I was invited to speak to our local WI tonight, as they had offered to donate to my fund-raising cause. For those of you that don’t know, the WI (or Women’s Institute) is a charity, “formed in 1915 to revitalise rural communities and encourage women to become more involved in producing food during the First World War. Since then the organisation’s aims have broadened and the WI is now the largest voluntary women’s organisation in the UK.”
What I didn’t know is that their anthem is the hymn Jerusalem – I found out because we all stood and sung this hymn at the start of the meeting tonight. Then they had some WI business to discuss, and after 10 minutes, it was my turn.
I stood up to tell everyone about my plans and the work I will be doing in India. I talked a little bit about Project trust itself, about teaching in rural India, and my fundraising efforts so far. They had lots of questions, about the food I would be eating, where I would be going, and the language I would use.
It seemed to go well, they were all very kind and were worried about what jabs I would need. And at the end, to my delight, they gave me a donation of £50!! And they also invited me back after my Project Trust year to give them an update – I look forward to it 🙂
Many thanks to everyone in the Comberton WI, particularly Sandra and Nerys for inviting me.