Let’s hear it for the boys – volunteering is for everyone

by Gary Stevenson Marie Curie Volunteer Marie Curie has nearly 2,000 male volunteers – and we would love to have more. Meet Gary: he first got involved as a Marie Curie Volunteer when studying at Wellington College in Belfast. Four years later he’s still raising money and is now an enthusiastic member of the Marie Curie Knock Fundraising Group. Gary Stevenson, Marie Curie Volunteer

I’ve been involved with Marie Curie for almost four years now, volunteering my time for street and store collections whenever I can. In March 2013 I joined my local Marie Curie Fundraising Group and I’m honoured to be able to give up my time to help
raise vital funds for terminally ill people and their families. I’ve had an absolute blast of a time during my time with Knock Fundraising Group. I always seem to get dragged into dressing up in all sorts of wacky costumes, from ‘Daffy’, Marie Curie’s giant daffodil, during the Great Daffodil Appeal, Santa for Christmas Street Collections and Super Mario for a Halloween quiz. Fundraising is something I really enjoy, it gives me the opportunity to meet new people and tell them the great ways they can help Marie Curie. Since joining, I’ve attend numerous fundraising events; one which stands out was Towell House Residential Home’s sponsored walk along Comber Greenway where I promoted Marie Curie’s Walk Ten with a sandwich board. At events like this, I’ve met some fabulous people, and I’ve also heard some emotional and heart-breaking stories along the way. Every single person I’ve met is my inspiration to keep raising more funds for Marie Curie.

“The cheque presentations, the fundraising group meetings, even the wet and cold street collections, are all worth it as you can see the benefit of what has been raised in order to provide care and support to those who need it.”

What first drove me to get involved with Marie Curie was to raise funds to help provide care for terminally ill people and their families. This was mainly due to a close friend’s mum having cancer and I just wanted to be able to give something back for the care and support she had received. I would just like to thank the Marie Curie Fundraising Team in Northern Ireland for all their guidance and support, and would urge anyone who is interested to get involved. There are many ways to get involved as a Marie Curie volunteer, see what opportunities are available in your area  .