Chris Thompson is one of our Vodafone World of Difference placement winners. Meet him below and see what he will be getting up to over the next two-months.
Who are you?
I have been a student for a few years. I was recently awarded a Ph.D. in Parkinson’s disease research at Cambridge University. Before embarking on a career path, I thought I should give something back. I heard about LearnAsOne and was fortunate enough to win a Vodafone World of Difference UK placement.
In my spare time, I can be found kayaking, paragliding, SCUBA diving, surfing and snowboarding. I’m a big fan of real ale too.
What will you be doing for LearnAsOne?
I am responsible for the management and coordination of WalkAsOne Volunteers, who will be organising 14km sponsored walks to raise money for classrooms, schools and teachers’ houses in Zambia. My job is to make sure all preparations are in place and then recruit and guide WalkAsOne Volunteers through the process of organising walks and deal with any problems that might arise.
Why are you helping with WalkAsOne?
I was intrigued by Saviour’s story. I thought that if I could do something to help, then I should. The money raised will go a very long way to making a tangible difference to people’s lives.
Have you ever done anything like this before?
I have organised events involving hundreds of people before and have some experience of project management. I have also worked with charities but I’ve never put all of these things together so I’m really looking forward to the challenge.
If someone wants to organise a walk what should they do?
Everything is now in place to make organising a walk and raising money really easy. We are currently recruiting WalkAsOne Volunteers. My job is to make it as simple as possible and provide all the support as you need to enable you to run a successful WalkAsOne event. If you’re ready to get involved or if you just want more information then get in touch at email@example.com
Can you share an interesting fact about yourself?
Many years ago, I was asked to be an extra in a “war film”. It was a 30 mile drive, I was pretty busy and I had no acting aspirations, so I didn’t bother. The “war film” turned out to be Saving Private Ryan. I would have made much more of an effort if I had known.