So, this week’s Q&A is with… me. I am Becky, the Social Media Officer, which means that I do a lot of online based stuff — whatever I’m asked to do, really! Writing blog posts, making graphics, seeing that the layouts of our Social Media websites are shiny and pleasing to the eye. I’ve also been asked to do more writing recently, which why I maintain this Tumblr, and I’ve been lending a hand with the AWBG catalogue and website, which will be coming your way soon. I will continue to ramble on below.
How did you first hear about Caleb’s Hope, and how did you get involved?
I first heard about Caleb’s Hope from a convention report on a website, where Tahmoh Penikett had spoken about the charity in one of the guest talks. After checking out the website a couple of times, I saw that they were looking for volunteers and decided to join. We did a bit of shuffling about, but eventually I joined the e-Team, which I’ve been a part of ever since.
What is it about CH that drew you to the organisation?
The women and the children. Their stories were what drew me in; I wanted to be able to do something for them, to help them create their own sustainable businesses so that they could support their families.
Is there a particular project which has captured your interest over your time with Caleb’s Hope? Why?
There are two projects which I’m particularly interested in; Project Build, because everyone deserves to have the security of having a roof over their heads and a safe place to live and sleep; and Real Men Don’t Rape. All women have the right to be respected, no matter what culture or community they’re from.
What has been the most enjoyable aspect about your work so far?
I really love working with the other members of the team. The members have changed a lot since we began, some have left, some have only come on recently, but they’ve all contributed to some good times and we’ve bonded. I’ve made good friends through Caleb’s Hope, and I’m thankful for that.
Do you own any NYARA jewelry? What does it mean to you?
I do indeed; a choker (which I use as a bracelet) and a long necklace. They’re a way of feeling connected to the women, knowing that they put their hard work into making a unique piece of jewellery for you to wear.
(For those who have been with Caleb’s Hope for an extended period of time) What is it that has encouraged your continued support?
The last three and a half years that I’ve put into Caleb’s Hope have been such a rewarding experience from getting to know the people, to picking up new skills, to seeing how our work has gone into helping the community. I’ve grown with the charity, and I can’t imagine ever leaving.
What are your top ten favourite films.
Oh man, I cringed when we came up with this question, it’s so hard!
The Avengers, The Dark Knight, Serenity, The Social Network, Tangled, Inception, Never Let Me Go, Midnight in Paris, Easy A, annnnnd Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.
Where is your favourite holiday destination, and what special memories do you have from there?
I have two; first of all, the trip to Paris that my sister and I made as a celebration of my 21st Birthday. I tired her out walking all around the streets of the city, admiring the architecture, and the general beauty of the city. The Jardin des Tuileries and the Louvre (the actual building, not the glass pyramid thing) were two of the most gorgeous things that we saw there. And the other, although this might sound strange to some, was my trip to Los Angeles. It was my first time travelling abroad alone, staying with a friend of mine while I was there. She showed me as many of the sights as she could possibly fit into ten days without completely exhausting us both, and provided me with the best company. I totally fell in love with the beaches there. If I could live there and take pictures of the sunset every day, I’d be very happy.
What would you do in a zombie apocalypse?
I react strangely to stressful situations, so I would probably be freaking out big time, but would still be double tapping them left and right.
Have you supported any other charities over the years?
Every year I donate to Children in Need, which is a televised event that helps to fund organisations up and down the UK. I’ve also done fundraising for the NSPCC, another charity that supports children who have been abused or are in need of help and attention. I also have a Stand Up to Cancer t-shirt, which I wear a lot, and I also participate in clicktivism, when the cause clicks with me.
If you have to eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
Garlic bread. Because it would make me an excellent Vampire hunter.
Think about it.
When you have time to yourself, what things do you like to do to relax/unwind?
My three staples in life: reading books, writing, and listening to music.
Claim to fame?
The winner of Britain’s Got Talent a few years ago was a boy from my High School. We both went to the same Saturday morning performing arts group and were part of a spoof James Bond sketch; he was a henchman, I was Mrs. Bond.
Therefore, my claim to fame is that I (fake) kicked George Sampson’s ass with a rubber duck.