New Faces At Kicking Off

After the hugely successful trip to Ghana in October, the Kicking Off movement continues to gather speed, creating a model, a team and a culture, that in the years to come can bring real change to so many people in need of support around the globe.

The purpose of this Blog Update is to introduce three major appointments that have been made over the last month – all of which are hugely exciting for Kicking Off, as we continue to grow. I hope you can join us in welcoming them all to the team…

Amanda Clarke – Ghana Project Manager

Amanda Clarke has supported Kicking Off since the very beginning and was a key part of the October 2017 trip to Ghana. We are delighted that Amanda has agreed to become the first ever Area Project Manager and will be taking control of the continued growth of our Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 activities in Ghana. Her role will be to set key priorities, and subsequently implement community-led sustainable projects, that will benefit Mpraeso and surrounding areas, for years to come. She has already begun to get stuck into her new role, and we will keep you updated on her progress, through blogs/ vlogs and our bi-annual newsletters.

Amanda embracing her knew role as Ghana Project Manager with Dom from SVG Africa

Carole Byrne and Helen MacKenzie – Trustee Appointments

Carole Byrne and Helen Mackenzie are our incredible new trustee appointments, and they will be focusing on setting our fundraising strategy, over the next few months.

As a pair, they have a formidable portfolio of joint achievements, having worked closely together in corporate finance for over a decade – alongside which they have raised close to £1,000,000 for various charities, in a whole array of creative ways.

Individually, Helen has also worked as the head of new business in the Corporate Partnerships team of Save The Children, and is now the founder and CEO of Purity Fundraising, who offer fundraising services to the charity sector.

Carole has been involved with Kicking Off since January 2017, and has inspired us to look at considering operations beyond Ghana – daring us to dream big from our very first meeting.

The expertise and guidance of our new trustees will be indispensable to the successful growth of Kicking Off as we move forwards, and we are fortunate to have them supporting us.

The Kicking Off Trustees - (From Left To Right) Michael Connelly, Ellis Pugh, Helen Mackenzie and Carole Byrne

Over to you

We are currently looking to expand our core fundraising team. If you (or someone you know) are a whiz at organising events, pitching to potential corporate partners, networking at various events, or just enthusiastic, positive, committed and looking to get involved with a charity, please contact us at – we’d love to hear from you!

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