The power of an act of kindness

Guest posts

Faculty: Business and Law
Course: BSc (Hons) Tourism Management
Category: Business

21 November 2017

Tourism Management student Anna Hollander

My name is Anna Hollander and I'm in my third year of studying Tourism Management. I also volunteer with Oxfam and the University's People's Patch Allotment, which grows fruit and vegetables for a local homeless charity.

During my role at Oxfam Burleigh Street, in Cambridge, I help to sort and price stock and help to improve the display of goods at the store which, in turn, helps the charity increase their revenues which are put towards their goals.

Oxfam wants a world where people are valued and treated equally, enjoy their rights as full citizens, and can influence decisions affecting their lives. Oxfam use a combination of rights-based sustainable development programs, public education, campaigns, advocacy, and humanitarian assistance in disasters and conflicts. They challenge the structural causes of the injustice of poverty, and work with allies and partners locally and globally.

Supporting less fortunate people has always been important for me. Working for Oxfam means [I can] work towards the alleviation of global poverty. I find it very rewarding seeing the changes that can be done by one simple act of kindness.

I also volunteer at the People’s Patch Allotment Project, which is run by Anglia Ruskin students. It is a place for us to grow fruit and vegetables that get donated to the local homeless charity, Jimmy’s.

I am looking to take this philosophy as well as the skills I have learnt through my volunteering roles – including project management, team work, social responsibility, self-management and problem solving – with me into the workplace after I graduate


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