Walking on broken glass in the name of charity...
On the evening of Tuesday 15 May, myself and the team at CRYSTLSD arrived at Tyne Bank Brewery, ready to walk on broken glass. Yep, you read that right. We walked on broken glass. And not just any glass; broken wine bottles. Of course. We signed up for the Glasswalk as part of our continued efforts to raise a massive £40,000 in one year, in celebration of our client, Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland’s 40th anniversary.
I, along with a bunch of other brave souls, listened intently as Glasswalking expert, Karen Sterling, talked us through the walk. It all felt a little surreal. Until, of course, I was stood at the end of the walkway, facing 10 feet of sterile, broken glass. With Karen’s help and guidance, I took my first, tentative step. Cue the crunch of the glass breaking beneath my feet. It took me around three minutes to complete the walk, but it felt like a lifetime. I felt no pain, rather a sense of satisfaction of my control over the glass.
There was a real sense of pride in the room as each person walked over the glass, with every single one of us receiving a huge round of applause at the end. Volunteers, wearing RCTN t-shirts, mingled with members of the public; friends and family, who were there for moral support; the team at CRYSTLSD, and even a BBC journalist, who was roped into walking at the last minute.
The Glasswalk was part of the wider £40k for 40 campaign, which sees a range of events hosted throughout 2018, with the aim of raising much-needed funds, allowing the charity to continue supporting women and young girls who have been affected by sexual violence. Previous fundraising events have included a Firewalk and an all-female Cabaret on International Women’s Day.
In October, RCTN will be hosting Her Story – a conference celebrating women’s achievements, which is to be held, again, at Tyne Bank Brewery. The conference will feature nine awesome women, sharing their stories of success; each woman’s definition of success, of course, is unique.
“I feel honoured to speak at the Her Story conference,” Florence Adepoju, cosmetic scientist and founder of MDMflow, told me. “I’m a huge believer in women supporting women, and I look forward to sharing my own journey to success!”
Now that my daredevil antics are out of the way, I can begin to look forward to the rest of the £40k for 40 events. As well as Her Story, there’s a summer fete, two comedy evenings, a 24-hour outdoor challenge, and a right old knees-up for Christmas.
Okay, so I know it’s May, and you’re going to have to bear with me on this one, but we need to talk about Christmas. Yes, really. Because, if you’re a charitable or not-for-profit organisation, you’re in luck. RCTN will be hosting a fabulous festive do, and you’re all invited! Enough with the extortionate ticket prices, we say. Which is why we wanted to invite you to join us at Christmas. There will be drinks, dinner and dancing, guaranteed. And, if that wasn’t reason enough, we have the immensely popular Monster Ceilidh to get even the most scrooge-worthy colleague into the festive spirit.
If the upcoming events have even a slither of the atmosphere of the Glasswalk, then we’re all in for treat. Hope to see you all there!
Myself and the team are hoping to raise £4000, after collectively walking on 40 feet of sterile, broken glass. If you would like to donate to our campaign, please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/crystlsd4good