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Huge thanks to the lovely ladies of Follifoot WI . On 11th October, I was welcomed to the group for the third time to give my latest presentation about MSF. This one focuses more on our fundraising challenges. It was a lovely evening and a great fundraiser for Doctors Without Borders. Here is the review of my presentation. If you know of any groups or businesses that would be interested to hear either my clinical or fundraising presentations please let me know or pass on my details. Thank you.

Andy has been a speaker at Follifoot Women’s Institute three times in the past few years. It is very unusual for us to book the same speaker more than once, and so the fact that we have booked Andy three times is in itself testimony to how interesting his presentations are. In all my dealings with Andy I have found him to be very professional and organised, responding promptly to email enquiries during the booking process, and arriving on the night with everything that he needed, (even down to bringing his own extension cable!).

On his most recent visit to our WI, Andy began by giving us some background information about the work of MSF, illustrated by slides showing relevant facts and figures about the organisation, and he then went on to tell us about his own very personal experiences of working on four MSF missions in Sudan, Uganda and Sierra Leone. The main part of the presentation was about Andy’s incredible fundraising activities since his last mission, covering ‘Walk A To B’ in 2011, ‘Trans America Bike Ride’ in 2016 and with a focus on his most recent challenge ‘Ride To The Rock’ in 2022, a gruelling cycling adventure taking him and his partner Tracy  from Amsterdam to Gibraltar during an unprecedented heat wave and with many adventures along the way.

Although Andy’s talk covers very serious and sometimes even harrowing subjects, he delivers his material in a very gentle manner, and with an appropriate level of self-deprecating humour. The talk is illustrated with slides showing beautiful scenery and wildlife, but the viewer is never allowed to forget the real reason behind the adventure.

I wholeheartedly recommend Andy as a speaker for any organisation.

Anne Dewsnip

President, Follifoot WI, Harrogate, North Yorkshire

 

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