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Striding forwards

Posted by Oli on Saturday 30th August, 2008

I spent most of this afternoon in a meeting with Emma and Emily, two of my fellow Trustees of Live Life Then Give Life.  I say fellow Trustees, what I actually mean is my superiors – as Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the charity respectively, they’re far more important than me.

Anyhoo, we spent a good few hours pouring over the construction of a firm business plan for the charity, something that Emma has been pushing for us to do for an age, but which all of the Trustees have been unfortunately lax in organising and offering in-put for.  I’ve been one of the worst offenders, knowing how important it is, but never setting aside the time to think about it properly.

Being locked in a room with the girls made us focus properly on the bits of the charity we needed to focus on and work out our strengths and weaknesses, where we’re good and where we can improve.  It also gave us a chance to analyse where we can best fit in with the rest of the transplant charities in the UK at the moment.

Obviously, still being very much in the planning stage (the other three Trustees have to look at and approve our ideas, for starters), I can’t really go into a lot of detail, except to say that I think we have finally identified what we do best of all and are now hoping to commit ourselves to rolling it out as our “thing” which we can use to promote organ donation in this country without treading on the toes of everyone else in the Tx community.

One of the key things we have identified with Live Life Then Give Life is our fantastic standing and relationships with people in the transplant community, both transplant professionals, people affected by transplants and other charities themselves.  Because of this we all saw it as being vital that we strive not to replicate, but to complement other people’s work.

Too often in the charity sector you see organisations compete with each other for the same people’s cash, the same people’s time and the same pots of money and in the end it can be counterr-productive.  Live Life Then Give Life’s core aims are to promote organ donation in the UK, so if working alongside other charities suits a project best, that’s what we’ll do and if we can see that another charity does something better than us, we’re not going to try to replicate their work, but attempt to support them however we can to achieve the same goals that we are.

So the plan is coming together and the potential for Live Life Then Give Life as a charity is huge.  I can’t wait to be part of it.


3 Responses to “Striding forwards”

  1. Emily said


    As for superior….well yes, but only to the extent that I wrote on the correct board with the permanent markers 😛 xx

  2. I’m so proud of all three of you — all of you are such awesome representatives of the CF community in the UK, and all over the world… And all of you, in my heart, are even greater representatives for transplant and organ donation awareness…

    Oli — you, Emily and Emma hold a place in a lot of hearts, including mine…



    Steve Ferkau
    Chicago, IL, USA

  3. Emmie said

    Fantastic blog entry Mr, though I don’t recall you being “locked in a room with the girls”…sounds like the imagination took over a bit at that point in your writing LOL ;o) If we get a LLTGL blog up perhaps you could pop this entry on it?

    As for the most superior person there – I’d say it was actually K, for identifying that alcohol gel could get us out of a wee spot of bother for having used permanent marker all over the white board!

    P.S: Brad is a little offended that his remarkable input into the meeting (that woudl be the drawing a dog on the white board) has been overlooked in your blog…..

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