My name is Fred and, more often than not, I am the person behind the Sri Lanka Campaign’s emails. I am the Campaign Director and our sole member of staff. And by the end of the week I will be able to call myself a boxer.
Working for the Sri Lanka Campaign I know how much we do with so little. We really are very compact and cheap to run, and yet we have so much impact. Even in just the last few months:
- We exposed the censoring of BBC World Service broadcasts by the Sri Lankan Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC). Following our public campaign the BBC terminated the relationship.
- We ensured demonstrations outside the Commonwealth “CMAG” meeting, something that would normally fly under the radar, received national and international media coverage.
- We launched a series of infographics which were seen on facebook over 170,000 times.
- In February a public, media, and legal campaign – of which we were an integral part – led to the cancellation of a charter plane which was due to return 63 deportees to Sri Lanka.
So giving money to the Sri Lanka Campaign isn’t like giving money to many other causes. Even a few pounds makes a massive difference in terms of our ability to keep going, and by keeping going we achieve so much more than you would expect for an organisation of our size. We punch above our weight, and that is why I am determined to do the same.
I’ve always enjoyed boxing as a way to keep fit but I’ve never done anything like this. I’ve always been the sort of person who avoids violence if at all possible, but given the proud tradition of peaceworkers in boxing (a tradition that stretches from Muhammad Ali’s refusal to fight in the Vietnam war to modern organisations such as Fight for Peace) and knowing how important funding was to the continued work of the campaign – I decided to step a long way out of my comfort zone and take on the fight.
I am fighting a very nice man called James who is fighting on behalf of a homeless shelter, and he is a lot bigger than me. We’ve both trained very hard over the last few weeks though, and we are fighting as part of the very responsible and professional “White Collar Boxing London” event – so it should be safe, just scary!
So please sponsor me, if you can. You can do so anonymously and from anywhere in the world if you have a debit card.
Are you inspired to do something similar? Have a look at our Community Fundraising Page and then please get in touch – we’d love to hear from you.