"Listen to their stories, learn about their lives, spend time with them."
Ryan McCarthy, SUPPORTER DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR, OXFAM AUSTRALIA
After reading about the devastation caused by the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami, which killed an estimated 280,000 people across the rim of the Indian Ocean, Ryan McCarthy felt compelled to lend a hand as a volunteer at Oxfam Australia.
“Like so many other people, I wanted to do anything I could to help, and for me the best way to do that was to volunteer. So I joined hundreds of others in lending a hand by answering phone calls from donors all around the country. Volunteers are the heart and soul of the organisation and have always been an inspiration to me,” says Ryan.
“At the time, I was studying in the theatre and working in book shops and record stores. In retrospect, these roles were quite instrumental in setting me on a path to relationship fundraising, though I might not have realised it at the…