Join The Aspire Foundation As A Mentor

Are you a women with a corporate or small business background? Would you like the opportunity to give something back by mentoring an aspiring woman from the non-profit sector?

The Aspire Foundation are looking for mentors!

Last year I was mentored by a woman called Sarah via the Aspire Foundation. I had never had an official mentor before, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect. The Aspire Foundation were fantastic in matching Sarah and I together, and they provided free online seminars to help us both get the most out of the experience.

I gained a lot from the mentoring programme, and would recommend the Aspire Foundation to anyone. The programme is only open to women as the Aspire Foundation believe ‘if more women gain business, social and economic freedom, the world will become a more equal, ethical and balanced place’.

Some of the mentors and mentees in the programme share their experiences and thoughts in the video below:

To become an Aspire Foundation mentor you will need to complete a short form on their website:  www.aspirewomen.co.uk/foundation/index.php/mentoring.

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The Cancer Research UK ‘Enemy’ Advert

I recently saw Cancer Research UK’s ‘Enemy’ advert for the first time. They launched the campaign back in December 2012 but somehow it’s passed me by until now.

The advert conveys a powerful, thought-provoking message. It positions research as the enemy of cancer and aims to show people that beating cancer is an achievable goal.

“Research has beaten polio. Research has beaten smallpox. Research is beating HIV. One day, research will beat cancer. The more research we do, the sooner that day will come”. 

I struggle to watch the entire advert, as the first line makes me really angry! “Research has beaten polio”. It sounds so final, like the problem has been solved. It makes the viewer think that polio is no longer a problem in society. This is not the case.

The advert is not factually incorrect. Research has given us a way to end polio. However the disease still exists. Polio remains endemic in three countries – Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. Until polio is eradicated completely all countries remain at risk.

I joined Rotaract last year after hearing about the work Rotary and Rotaract do to help the End Polio Now campaign.  Since joining Rotaract I have learnt more about polio, and I can’t wait until we have finally eradicated the disease.

Polio mainly affects children under five years old. The virus is transmitted through contaminated food and water, and multiplies in the intestine. It can then invade the nervous system, causing paralysis in one in every 200 infections. It is capable of causing death within hours.

While I hope the Cancer Research UK advert has helped them increase the level of support they receive, I also hope people watching it do not think polio is no longer a problem in the world.

What do you think of the ‘Enemy’ advert?