Mark takes the Pledge to Make a Difference

October 24, 2012 12:31 PM
Mark with Ezther Rantzen promoting CSV Make a Difference Day in Parliament

Mark with Ezther Rantzen promoting CSV Make a Difference Day in Parliament

Mark Hunter MP for Cheadle is taking the pledge to encourage people throughout the area to give time to benefit the local community, after joining Broadcaster and Campaigner, Esther Rantzen in the build up to CSV Make a Difference Day, the biggest single day of volunteering on Saturday 27 October 2012.

Esther Rantzen has given MPs across the nation a 'pledge kit' with a host of ideas to benefit others, such as sharing their career skills with local community clubs, groups and small charities, planting flowers in a local park, baking a Banana and Chocolate Chip Cake to donate to a lonely neighbour, homeless shelter or nursing home and even knitting hand puppets for children.

Mark will be taking to the shop floor for Sue Ryder Care in Gatley to promote the "Make a Difference Day" project.

Commenting, Mark said:

"I was delighted to attend this campaigning event in Parliament to highlight the UK's biggest single day of volunteering.

"There are so many ways we can get involved, and I am looking forward to volunteering in a local Sue Ryder Care charity shop to show my support and give a helping hand."

CSV Make a Difference Day ambassador, Esther Rantzen said:

"I am encouraging MPs and people of all ages to take part in CSV Make a Difference Day to share their career skills and personal hobbies, as well as making local communities thriving and happy places."

After school and sports clubs, small charities and community groups urgently need people to share their skills and passion to help them survive. From web design, marketing or accountancy to a personal passion for photography, gardening or music - everyone has a skill they can use to help others.

The day is supported by Music Producer, Pete Waterman and Channel 4 News Broadcaster, Jon Snow, as well as small local groups across the country and major charities including Barnardo's, Sue Ryder Care, Leonard Cheshire Disability, Action on Hearing Loss, Marie Curie Cancer Care and Cancer Research UK.

CSV Make a Difference Day, is the UK's biggest single day of volunteering on Saturday 27th October 2012 with events taking place a week either side. This year the focus is sharing skills and personal passions to support the local community. The campaign is looking to demonstrate how giving time through volunteering with friends, family and neighbours and being an active member of the community can help local community clubs, groups and small charities survive during difficult economic times.

The campaign is looking to empower individuals and groups to volunteer this year. New independent research shows that over three million people have been more inspired to volunteer due to the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

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