Introducing Stephanie, our new Operations Coordinator
14th August 2019
I am delighted to introduce our new Operations Coordinator, Stephanie Rukin. She has taken over from Mia who has gone to work for the Home Office.
Stephanie is a Bournemouth University Anthropology graduate from St Albans, with a background in sales. She has experience living in rural Uganda where she taught English for a year. With her frontline experience of the charity sector, she is keen to begin her career and learn about the sector from the operational side.
“I am really excited for the opportunity to work for Goods For Good, it’s a small yet impactful charity that is helping people less fortunate across the globe. I have a passion for international development that derives from my year working in rural Uganda in a village called Kaihura. I saw there that the majority of people are living without basic necessities such as shoes, possessions we often take for granted. This got me interested in working for a gifts in kind programme as fast-fashion and over production of goods causes so much waste which can easily be distributed to those with very little.
I am a keen sportswoman and have always been passionate about getting people involved in sports. Whilst I was living in Uganda people in the village were always playing football, netball and volleyball. However, no one had any trainers, boots or kit to play in and played in their day to day clothes. Seeing this, I decided to coordinate a collection of sports goods from the UK and get them sent out to with the help of my mum.
By contacting local secondary schools and using social media we managed to get over a hundred pairs of football boots and trainers collected, along with shin pads, balls, and sportswear. We also had two brand new kits donated, one was given to the village men’s team and one to the juniors. There were also netballs, netball bibs, girls sportswear and shoes donated. This was great to see as in Ugandan culture the women rarely participate in sports, having these goods enabled them to get involved and learn new skills. All these goods were distributed throughout the village I lived in, Kaihura, as well as the surrounding area. To cover the costs we got all the goods flown out for free my British Airways, as well as the cost of couriering them covered by local companies.
The Kaihura FC and junior team with their donated kit
Having this practical experience of how donated goods can change lives gave me an awareness of the positive impact gifts in kind programmes can have on people’s lives. Therefore, when I saw the opening at Goods For Good it seemed like the ideal charity for me to begin my career. I can’t wait to work alongside such an experienced team who are all working towards a common cause and learn more about this dynamic sector.”
We are excited to have Stephanie on board and looking forward to the ideas, skills and experience she can bring to our ever-growing charity.