Phoenix Rising, the Bournemouth and Poole Chapter of the Harry Potter Alliance, has been working in conjunction with the Hope for Food Campaign, supporting homeless people in the local area.
The Alliance is an international society, with each ‘chapter’ working closely with local communities, using themes from the Harry Potter books.
Kirsty Stanley, President of Phoenix Rising, caught up with Buzz to tell us more:
Q. What sparked your interest in the Harry Potter Alliance?
A. I found out about The Harry Potter Alliance and the Chapter scheme at LeakyCon in London. What appealed to me about starting a Chapter was using themes and ideas from stories to run local campaigns and support social justice.
Q. How and when did you initially form the ‘chapter’ and recruit members?
A. The Chapter formed in August and we are currently open to over eighteens. At Bournemouth University’s Freshers’ Fair, we recruited fifteen people. Jay Sawdy, our Vice President, and I will be running a recruitment drive in the New Year.
Q. Tell Buzz about your involvement in the Hope for Food campaign.
A. We wanted to support the homeless and Jay found Hope for Food, a local soup kitchen and food bank. We helping them raise £5000 to become a registered charity. We recently won £80 in the quiz at Dylan’s Bar for them. Becoming a registered charity will discount rent costs feed their friends inside instead.
Jay and I also visited Hope for Food in October to meet its founder Claire Matthews and see the soup kitchen in action.
Prior to Christmas I am launching different campaigns for Hope for Food: Hogwarts Feast involves donating food items or money to support their Christmas dinner. Weasley’s Jumpers is about donating any clothing or blankets over winter. After Christmas, our Dursley Gifts Campaign will be to donate any unwanted Christmas gifts. Anything they can’t give they sell on eBay to raise funds to keep things going.
Q. How can others get involved with Phoenix Rising’s work?
A. You don’t have to be a fan of Harry Potter. The important thing is that you want to have fun whilst contributing to social justice.
“Like” us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @PhoenixRisingBP or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more and spread the magic.
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