I was so tired and happy afterwards, I came back to Imagine and rewarded myself with a chocolate pudding! Don't think THAT is good for high cholesterol...
About 30 ladies gathered at the Daiichi Hotel in Susukino and I spoke for about 30 mins. with the help of slides and other information.
UK Volunteer Work was the topic.
I talked about two particular forms of popular charity/volunteer action in the UK: 1) sponsored events and 2) charity shops.
Sponsored events are runs/swims/bike rides/bungee jumps/diets - anything that is challenging and fun.
Before the event, the person who will try to do it goes to everyone they know with a sponsor form and says: "I'm going to try and do this, if I do it, will you give me money for XX charity?" Their friends and family write a promise on the paper e.g. run 1 km I will pay you 1 pound.
On the day the runner runs...and maybe they run 5 km.
After the race they go back to the friend and collect 5 X 1 pound - and give that money to the charity.
All over Britain on any weekend you will find people of all ages doing a sponsored event. And on Monday morning in offices across the country colleagues are paying their promised money.
Last year I did a Walkathon in Eniwa, in aid of the Tohoku Red Cross appeal. That was a sponsored walk. About 100 people walked, and maybe 800 people sponsored them - and the event raised Y1,4 million for Tohoku.
That is the best part of a sponsored event - a fun event done by a few people, lots of people give a little money and the result is WOW!