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19th Jul, 2016

MEET THE MEMBERS: Celestine
by Ruthie Pinion on July 19, 2016 09:44

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MEET YOUR MEMBERS: CELESTINE ✎

Over the next couple of weeks, we'll be introducing you to our council members! This time, we're speaking to our Local President, Celestine Onomo

Council team » 12087089_908124182589794_3302963158041519210_o.jpgWhich chamber are you a member of? Southampton

How long have you been a JCI member? 19 months

What made you join? I heard about JCI when I was at University and was encouraged by lecturer and the employability to join to broaden my network. I also wanted to gain new skills and meet new people.

What is the most interesting JCI event you've been to and why? Without any hesitation, JCI European Conference. My answer would probably have been different a few months back but now that I had a taste I can’t get enough. The European convention was the place to be with people coming from all around Europe and the world, lot of knowledge exchange and ways to push yourself, meeting old friends and making some more and amazing parties.

Had JCI presentted any unusual/interesting opportunities? Too many! The most recent one was my invitation to the American Embassy to celebrate 240th US Independence. The opportunity was given to JCI members to join a program for Young Leaders in the UK.

What is your job/career/profession/business? I’m an E-commerce & CRM Executive Northern Europe & MEA

Has JCI had any impact on your job/career/profession/business? Yes, by becoming last year Marketing Director for JCI I was able to learn new things that I put in practice at work such as HTLM..I do love HTML now..

Who is a leader you admire? My brother!A famous one..Nelson Mandela!

What is your proudest achievement? Being the youngest permanent member of the whole EMEA Marketing Team

If we came to your home and looked inside your refrigerator, what would we see? Cheese..French cliché

What is a good weekend to you? 1 day out, 1 day In

Tell us something crazy/dangerous/inspiring/unusual you have done! Dangerous: I stood up in front of a crowd of German people during France – Germany a few weeks back singing the French anthem..in Germany. Inspiring: I’m doing mentorship with students to help them in the future careers. Crazy: Everyone knows that I don’t do crazy things or perhaps I will just keep quiet on that one. Unusual: I travel with two luggage: One for my shoes, one for my clothes. Apparently, it’s not common so I guess it fits the unusual box.

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18th Jul, 2016

MEET THE MEMBERS: Sophie
by Ruthie Pinion on July 18, 2016 08:00

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MEET YOUR MEMBERS: SOPHIE ✎

Over the next couple of weeks, we'll be introducing you to our council members! This time, we're speaking to our International Director, Sophie Delaporte.

Blog » President's Updates » Sophie in Krotrijk.jpgWhich chamber are you a member of? Southampton

How long have you been a JCI member? I’ve been a member since March 2015

What made you join? Friends, the opportunity to meet new people and take part in activities I don’t do at work

What is the most interesting JCI event you've been to and why? I attended in September 2015 the JCI Malta Small Talk which aimed to invest in intercultural dialogue. It was a life changing experience. We met JCI members from Malta, Italy, Estonia, Jordon and Morocco. We spent a week in Malta to discuss the opportunities and challenges of intercultural societies, how to deal with prejudice and discrimination. We met politicians and NGOs to discuss the migration crisis and we also met migrants. This experience really changed my vision of the world and our society. I really enjoyed it and learnt a lot from it. e

Had JCI presented any unusual/interesting opportunities? The JCI Malta Small Talk project has been my best experience so far but I have had a lot of fantastic opportunities since I joined JCI. We have twinned with JCI Kortrijk, I have attended National Convention in Barnsley and took part in English Debating, I was part of the JCI UK French Debating team at European Convention in Tampere this year, I have made friends with people from all over the world, I graduated from LEAP, Public Speaking and National Training Academies. So far JCI has provided with amazing professional and personal development opportunities.

What is your job/career/profession/business? I am the Marketing and Communications Manager at Union Southampton (the University of Southampton Students’ Union)

Has JCI had any impact on your job/career/profession/business? YES!

Which leader do you admire? My dad. He’s got a great career, he is very experienced and knowledgeable in management and in business at national and international level and I know I can count of him for advice and support. But if I had to pick someone more famous, I’d say Sheryl Sandberg from Facebook.

What is your proudest achievement? I don’t really know… Moving to the UK maybe?

If we came to your home and looked inside your refrigerator, what would we see? A bottle of Martini

What is a good weekend to you? Going for a run, spend time outside (in the rare occasions when it gets sunny and warm), going out with friends and going shopping. I like the JCI training weekends too, they are tiring but totally worth it. But because the last couple of months have been so hectic, I’d probably say a weekend when I can sleep at least 10 hours (each night!).

Tell us something crazy/dangerous/inspiring/unusual you have done! Punting at JCI South SummerFest in Cambridge last year. I thought we’d never make it back in one piece.

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13th Jul, 2016

MEET THE MEMBERS: Natalie
by Ruthie Pinion on July 13, 2016 09:33

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MEET YOUR MEMBERS: NATALIE ✎

Over the next couple of weeks, we'll be introducing you to our council members! This time, we're speaking to our Fundraising Director Natalie Hutchins.

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Which chamber are you a member of? Southampton

How long have you been a JCI member? 1 year

What made you join? I wanted the opportunity to meet new people and network with other young professionals in Southampton

What is the most interesting JCI event you've been to and why? I really enjoyed the wine tasting we did in March. We sampled some fantastic wines with some delicious food! It was perfect!

Had JCI presentted any unusual/interesting opportunities? Yes, it has opened up doors for me professionally, and it has enabled me to develop more relationships with key people in Southampton which is a huge part of my every day job. It has also enabled me to organise some fantastic and different events to entice members and non-members to come along and find out more about JCI and support our nominated charity.

What is your job/career/profession/business? I am a fundraiser for No Limits; a youth, information, advice and counselling charity based in Southampton and supporting around 5,500 young people a year!

Has JCI had any impact on your job/career/profession/business? It has had a massive impact on my job. I have developed relationships with so many new people across Southampton which has ultimately benefited our charity. In addition to this, JCI themselves have been working hard to fundraise for us all year through various events and even taking on running challenges such as the APB 10k and half marathon!

Who is a leader you admire? My Father. I worked for him for a couple of years when I was just starting out and his ability to juggle the stress of running a business and supporting all of his employees fairly blew me away. He was the kind of leader who was firm but fair, honest and cared about his employees' welfare- and sometimes if we were lucky he brought us muffins!

What is your proudest achievement? I'm pretty sure this will happen later this year when my baby is due!

If we came to your home and looked inside your refrigerator, what would we see? Lots of fruit, greek yogurt, salad, milk, butter, and a ridiculous number of opened jars that have only been used once! If my husband hasn't eaten them all there might be some kit kats in there too!

What is a good weekend to you? Saturday morning I love doing my gym classes- Body Pump followed by Body Attack. Then I love to go to the market in Lymington and look at all the lovely food and stuff they have on offer! Food is a massive part of my weekend: I love cooking and eating out so either having family over and cooking for them or going out for a nice meal would be perfect! Sunday are for lazing so chilling out watching a film if it's raining but if the weather is nice then walking into our local town, having a coffee and sitting in the sunshine.

Tell us something crazy/dangerous/inspiring/unusual you have done! I worked on cruise ships for 4 years and I did some pretty unusual stuff then, including visiting the most northern and the most southern post offices in the world in the space of six months (Svalbard and Ushuaia).

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13th Jul, 2016

New Intern on the Block
by Ruthie Pinion on July 13, 2016 07:32

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New Intern on the Block

11th of July, 8.30am. Cut to me standing outside Broadcasting House Southampton and looking incredibly lost. Celestine is getting out of a car, ready to show me in to the office I'll be working in for the next month. I'm Ruthie, and for the next 4 weeks I'll be working as a marketing intern for JCI Southampton.

What does this mean? Well, unlike my mother's suggestion of "filing, photocopying and stapling" (thanks Mum), it means that for the next couple of weeks most online content (be it twitter, blogposts or events) will probably be at least posted by me. Also lots of cups of tea. The office has a lot of teachers. Supply and demand really. If I'm honest, I wasn't really expecting this much when I applied. I too imagined a lot of grunt work and sitting in the back of meetings and generally not doing very much of consequence. Cue the shock when Celestine tells me that I will be running most of these channels on my own back, as well as getting to attend lots of different meetings and socials. I might be sat in the back, but I'm still excited to get to watch what happens at these kind of events. These kind of opportunities are incredible for a recent Philosophy and Politics graduate like me and I can't wait to see what I'll learn while I'm over here.

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I don't know what I was really expecting out of JCI as an organisation but whatever it was, I was wrong. After only really being part of this community for a couple of days I'm already incredibly passionate about the ideals and opportunities it wants to support. Young people are, as much as it is cliché to say it, our future and to be able to provide us with these chances for us to train and travel the world and meet people just like us is all part of setting us up for bigger and better things than our parents. Again, at risk of becoming a walking parody of every self-help book known to man, "Be the change you wish to see in the world". JCI really is one of the best ways to help you do this. I think it's safe to say that I will be becoming a full member as soon as I can!

It's going to be an exciting month working here and I can't wait for all the challenges and opportunities I'll be facing over the next four weeks. If there's one thing for sure, it's that I imagine JCI is going to become a big part of my life from now on!

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13th Jul, 2016

An Intensive Month in the Life of a Local President...Part IV
by Ruthie Pinion on July 13, 2016 00:00

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★ An Intensive Month in the Life of a Local President! ★

Three weeks, five countries: From Southampton to London, London to Helsinki, Helsinki to Tallinn, Tallinn to Helsinki, Helsinki to Tampere, Tampere to Helsinki, Helsinki to London, London to Southampton, Southampton to Dover, Dover to Calais, Calais to Kortrijk, Kortrijk to Calais, Calais to Dover, Dover to Southampton, Southampton to London, London to Frankfurt, Frankfurt to London and London to Southampton. 

Independence Day celebration at US Embassy:

I’ve written previously about the great opportunity you get by being a member of JCI. This is one perfect other example. I’ve been recently invited to attend the 240th Celebration of US Independence Day at US Embassy in London.

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This event is a one of chance given to me by the YLUK program that I’ve joined thanks to JCI. That night, they expected around 3,000 people. I attended the event with Max K-Thompson, 2016 JCI Southampton Immediate Past President. A pleasant surprise, among the 3,000 people we managed to find familiar faces from JCI London Epi and Immaculate. This shows howour organisation creates opportunity. The Garden Party way available only to restricted guests with invitations and we still manage to meet fellow Jaycees. 

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As member of JCI, we want to create tomorrow leaders and what a best way for leader to become better leaders than meeting leaders like the American Ambassador.

Ambassador Barzun speech was very inspirational; he is really approachable and dedicated to give people opportunity like the one we had to attend this event. We will miss you once you leave Winfield House.

The event was very rich with the traditional British and American anthems, performers such as Bastille, and the best of America’s food. Everything you can think of, unlimited. Max, Immac, Epi & I enjoyed America finest food.

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We’ve met with American soldiers and learnt more about their life to. I felt really privileged and proud to be amongst this chosen crowd and represent again JCI colours.

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12th Jul, 2016

MEET THE MEMBERS: Ritchie
by Ruthie Pinion on July 12, 2016 10:57

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MEET YOUR MEMBERS: RITCHIE ✎

Over the next couple of weeks, we'll be introducing you to our council members! This time, we're speaking to our Finance Director Ritchie Mazavinga.

Blog » RItchie meet the members.jpgWhich chamber are you a member of? Southampton

How long have you been a JCI member? 1 year

What made you join? Friends

What is the most interesting JCI event you've been to and why? It has to be the Malta Multicutural Dialogue and Diversity Conference

Had JCI presented any unusual/interesting opportunities? That particular trip to Malta and the massive educational platform that it entails

What is your job/career/profession/business? Property

Has JCI had any impact on your job/career/profession/business? YES!

Which leader do you admire? It's a three way tie between Mandela, Obama and Richard Branson.

What is your proudest achievement? I'd have to say it was starting up my own company

If we came to your home and looked inside your refrigerator, what would we see? Meat. Just meat. 

What is a good weekend to you? Arsenal and Southampton winning their matches after an amazing business week!

Tell us something crazy/dangerous/inspiring/unusual you have done! Two things come to mind: being in a lion enclosure with young lions and being in very close proximity to elephants

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12th Jul, 2016

An Intensive Month in the Life of a Local President...Part III
by Ruthie Pinion on July 12, 2016 05:48

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★ An Intensive Month in the Life of a Local President! ★

Three weeks, five countries: From Southampton to London, London to Helsinki, Helsinki to Tallinn, Tallinn to Helsinki, Helsinki to Tampere, Tampere to Helsinki, Helsinki to London, London to Southampton, Southampton to Dover, Dover to Calais, Calais to Kortrijk, Kortrijk to Calais, Calais to Dover, Dover to Southampton, Southampton to London, London to Frankfurt, Frankfurt to London and London to Southampton. 

JCI Twinning weekend with JCI Kortrijk in Belgium: 24/25 June

Our twins are awesome. I mean really awesome.

I didn't talk about the twinning agreement when I mentioned the European Confenrence but as I've said previously, that Saturday was for me the best day of the conference.

Over the last 3 years,  JCI Kortrijk and JCI Southampton have been building relationships and our great International Directors and International committees have helped us to achieve this agreement on Saturday 18th June 2016. Thank you to Sophie, Bruno, Bert, Pol, Alex, Michael, Alice, Drew and all the others for making this happen!

Another early day ahead for us, but we are up for a great time with our recent twins.

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Couple of months ago, we’d agreed with Kortrijk Chamber that we will attend their garden party and celebrate our twinning at the same time. We quickly forgot about the time and looked forward to a great adventure. 5 hours, and a car and ferry ride later and we've travelled through France, making our way to beautiful Kortrijk.

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Our twins have organised it perfectly. Bruno, JCI Kortrijk President at the time, welcomes us.  After a tour of the city, we head back to the hotel to  ready for a Great Jaycees Garden Party. Carl, Bruno, Sophie and myself arrived at the venue, again: another perfect place. We meet with JCI Kortrijk members and the only thing I can think of is how all these people are lovely, welcoming, and good fun. Putting names to faces, chatting with them... this promises to be a great evening!

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The dinner was lovely, the party perfected by a surprise Charleston dance lesson and an Ice cream stand. We’ve mingled with everyone, had some good food, thrown some great dance moves, had plenty of drinks, learnt more about the birth of our twinning and got invited to a wedding.

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Thanks to all for this short but intense weekend and, like we say in French, “On prend les mêmes et on recommence” which means we take the same ones and we start again. Looking forward to attending Pol & Stefanie’s weeding in September and celebrate Jaycees way.

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11th Jul, 2016

An Intensive Month in the Life of a Local President...Part II
by Ruthie Pinion on July 11, 2016 05:47

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★ An Intensive Month in the Life of a Local President! ★

Three weeks, five countries: From Southampton to London, London to Helsinki, Helsinki to Tallinn, Tallinn to Helsinki, Helsinki to Tampere, Tampere to Helsinki, Helsinki to London, London to Southampton, Southampton to Dover, Dover to Calais, Calais to Kortrijk, Kortrijk to Calais, Calais to Dover, Dover to Southampton, Southampton to London, London to Frankfurt, Frankfurt to London and London to Southampton. 

JCI European Convention in Finland and Day visit in Estonia:

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My journey started Saturday 11 June, early morning. Destination: Helsinki, for a pretour of Finland with my dear friend Katja before the European Convention! I couldn’t have wished for better place to stay with someone with such a big heart! Katja made my first days in Finland a memorable experience; as she said “You are building memories that you will tell your grand-children”. The first night was a success: sky bar, city walk, karaoke duet with strangers, a girl squad for bodyguard...so this is Finland and I’m loving it! I still don’t get the whole daylight situation though, you wake up in the middle of the night and it seems like it’s 4:00pm.

A few members from Scotland arrived early too so I had the chance to join Leslie and Jasmin for a day trip to Tallinn in Estonia after a pleasant afternoon in Suomelinna watching a military band play.

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Time flies when you are in good company and I had to get ready to leave Espoo (near Helsinki) on the Tuesday. I headed straight to Tampere, sorted out my registration for the EC, checked in.... now let’s wait for everyone to arrive and do some work.

Because JCI means challenge, this year (following a suggestion from my JCI Mentor Ben Hawley) we’ve decided to enter the first JCI UK Debating team in French. I’ve spent a good part of the European Convention getting ready for this with my fellow frogs Rafael & Sophie but it was worth every minute we’ve put it in. Wednesday 15th: Opening Ceremony. It’s amazing to be able to witness the energy in this room. I was incredibly proud of the familiar faces I saw on the stage, particularly Sarah.

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JCI European Convention was very well organised, with day programs and evening parties. I really enjoyed representing the UK in the debating competition. We’ve taken a challenge and worked hard to make it happen. Seeing some members of our delegation who don’t understand French but who showed their support during the whole competition was priceless: Lindsey, Henry, Charlotte, Melissa, Neal, Michael you guys are amazing!! Your support has helped us more than you can imagine.

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Saturday night was probably the best moment! We are the United Kingdom and that spirit of people being united was around our two tables. We didn't win the Debating Competition, but we are still vice champion of French debating in Europe as first timers and people who don’t speak French on a daily basis. This was a great achievement as a team and as individuals.  Soon after the results announcement came the awards. Well done UK, we came back with 3! Well done JCI Manchester, first to go on stage and JCI London. Until the Saturday morning, I almost forgot that I was running for an award. Or maybe I just tried not to think too much about it, fearing disappointment. On stage, Kaspar (our Vice President for Europe that I met the September before for a project in Malta) and Joanna are announcing the list of people shortlisted, the third person is announced and there’s no sign of me.. I thought never mind that means they were better than I was which was fine with me but.. it actually took 3 seconds of disappointment and 1 second of hope when I actually realised that I was the 4th person shortlisted. From then, all I could hear was excitement in the screams from the UK table and then it happened. They just said my name... I’ve just been elected Most Outstanding New Member in Europe, surrounded by some of my really good friends and the whole delegation. Feeling like déjà vu times 100, people are applauding me, and I will never forget the first hug (of many that night) given to my friend and going on stage with Sarah and last but not least being pushed by Michael (I really mean being pushed..... then forced to run with my 10cm heels, only he can do this...). Walking on stage in front of 2,000 people is a unique experience and a mix of multiple emotions all happening at the same time.  Thanks Michael & Sarah for walking (and running) there by my side, and the Tampere guys for avoiding a fall.  Thank you to the people who’ve acknowledge my work too, who came to talk to me, spent time getting to know me.. I have never given so much hugs in one evening.

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So you’ve guessed it, I’m actually the third one being awarded tonight. This reward, although being an individual one, is definitely a victory for the whole chamber and the UK. Being self driven is not enough to win; you have to be inspired by people to commit to change and that’s why I thank everyone who’s been an inspiration: family, mentors, friends, JCI members.

Good news is, I have won a free registration to Quebec. Not so good news is I did not plan to go so I hope I can make it. It would be an honour to see my chamber’s name on screen in front of thousands and thousands of people, JCI United Kingdom and my name.

To everyone wondering what you can get from JCI, my answer is that JCI is the place where you can better yourself and make a significant impact in your local community whilst having fun with awesome, like-minded people and be a future leader meeting leaders.. Follow blog number 3 and 4 for more about my crazy month!

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10th Jul, 2016

An Intensive Month in the Life of a Local President!
by Ruthie Pinion on July 10, 2016 05:46

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★ An Intensive Month in the Life of a Local President! ★

Three weeks, five countries: From Southampton to London, London to Helsinki, Helsinki to Tallinn, Tallinn to Helsinki, Helsinki to Tampere, Tampere to Helsinki, Helsinki to London, London to Southampton, Southampton to Dover, Dover to Calais, Calais to Kortrijk, Kortrijk to Calais, Calais to Dover, Dover to Southampton, Southampton to London, London to Frankfurt, Frankfurt to London and London to Southampton. 

National Training Team

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Another weekend, another great JCI UK Academy. Once again, we were able to send a strong delegation from JCI Southampton to this training: 5 members, 1 car and a lot of fun, starting from the early morning.

This course aim is to help JCI Members to become better trainers. Across the weekend, we picked up a lot about things such as different learning styles and how to create a training. NTT was a great example of how all the academies are linked and integrated with each other. For example, in May you can attend the Public Speaking Academy to improve your public speaking skills, and in June, you have the chance to practice what you’ve learnt during the PSA by working on the creation and the delivery of a course.

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I’ve learnt a lot more about both myself and others, which is what you would expect from this kind of course, and so from this end, NTT has fully fulfilled its course objectives.

Why should you attend this course? Some people are naturally good at delivering content, but this course enable you to understand that when you deliver a presentation, training or any other type of content that is meant to educate people it’s not about you but your audience. Who’s the audience in the room and what is the best way of communicating your key points?  For less than £100 we had the chance to get answers to these questions and more over the two full days and one evening course. What’s more, the accomodation is included. It would be a shame to miss it!

Aside from the training aspect, there is always one other great thing about these academies: the social side. Going to these acadamies gives you the opportunity to meet new people and catch up with people you’ve met across the country or even the world. I’m always happy to get to these academies because for me, they empower me with a lot of positive energy, laughs and fun.

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I’ve completed a circle, I’ve attended all the JCI UK academies that I needed to attend (I did not attend the Marketing Academy as a participant, but as a trainer since it’s been my job for the last 5 years) and it’s now time for me to train others in the academies where I attended as a participant 1 year ago. LEAP 2016, here I come!

Thanks Emma, Martin, and Sarah for delivering the training, and James for the smooth organisation. I loved it!

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1st Jun, 2016

Pound a Day - I’ve been challenged to live on £1 a day
by Sophie Delaporte on June 1, 2016 18:28

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Last week, I took part in JCI UK Pound a Day Challenge: living on £1 a day for food and drinks for 7 days. The aim was to understand the impact that hunger brings on our communities and raise money for Save the Children (my usual weekly expenses minus the £7 were donated to charity). Save the children works on preventing food poverty, not only in developing countries but also in the UK.

It was a really interesting and challenging experience. The £7 had to include food and drinks, including dining out and alcohol and we were not allowed to accept food from friends or colleagues. It was not only about donating money but also seeing what it is like to live in such a situation.

So, how was it?

Tough. It didn’t think it would be that hard. Not because of the amount of food you eat, but mainly because of its quality. I actually spent £6.70 last week.

Here is what I bought:

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5 x onions
Carrots
500g Porridge
Smart Price Pasta x 2 packs
Tinned pineapple
Mushy peas
4 x Smart Price tomato soup
1L of milk
Smart Price strawberry jam
Smart Price Cup soup (4 servings)
Bread
Frankfurters
Yogurt

 

Goodbye meat, hot drinks and biscuits. But I was quite impressed by what you can actually find (4 cup soup for £0.20!). My meals were pretty boring as I wasn’t able to get very varied food throughout the week, so I ended up eating the same thing every day:

- Porridge for breakfast (with water, and a bit of milk)
- Pasta, carrots, onions and sausage for lunch
- Soup and two toasts (no butter!) for dinner.

Food for the week

It was frustrating to eat the same thing every day, but this is all I could come up with with the ingredients I had. But you can also get creative: a 24p tomato soup is also a perfect sauce alternative for your pasta (but I am glad I managed to afford some carrots and onions to go with it).

This was a great experience and I am glad I took part in it, as it made me change the way I see things or how I buy.

 

What I took from it

It is quite easy for us to go the shop to get a treat if we feel hungry in the middle of the day. On a £7 weekly budget, you can’t. You have to budget very carefully your week. My colleagues and friends were surprised to hear that I was not allowed to accept food and drinks from them, or even take advantage of the free food at work. But for people living in this situation, very few help them. We are more likely to get help because we are doing this as part of a challenge. I wasn’t always (very) hungry during the challenge, but I was actually worried I’ll be hungry. So I was thinking about food constantly. And then I got hungry.

This was a challenging experience but it did help to see so many JCI members getting involved in the project across the UK, so we could share tips and experiences throughout the week.

I think Pound a Day is a great way to raise awareness of poverty in the world and in the UK. People are more likely to understand food poverty if they can see how it affects someone they know. If I take part in the challenge again next year, I’ll probably do things slightly differently but I personally took a lot from the experience. Experiencing the struggle that thousands of people have to go through is an eye opener and a great conversation starter with friends and colleagues, mainly when they ask you why you are boycotting the free buffet with champagne and canapes at work!

 

 

 

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