Teenager seeks one million people to sign up for volunteering – could you be one of them?

Bournemouth Echo: THINKING BIG: Chandos, crouched, wearing glasses, with supporters at his festival THINKING BIG: Chandos, crouched, wearing glasses, with supporters at his festival

A BOURNEMOUTH teenager who was diagnosed with a brain tumour at three years old has set himself a challenge to get one million people to sign up for volunteering in 2014.

Chandos Green, 18, pictured inset with his mum, Carmel, who is a disability ambassador for the UK, launched the My Challenge One Million project on New Year’s Day with a YouTube video.

He is currently engaging with local charities and councils in Southern England, including Access Dorset and the YMCA, in an attempt to boost support for the challenge.

The youngster, who attended Oakmead College in Bournemouth, said: “The challenge is for anyone with a passion to volunteer.

“I came up with the idea in November 2013 and, even though I know it’s ambitious, I really want as many people to get involved in volunteering as possible.”

As part of the challenge, volunteers will be encouraged to set up their own music event in June 2014 and keep a video journal with updates uploaded to the website.

Chandos said: “Music helped me enormously when I was diagnosed with a brain tumour as my mother used to sing to me.

“I know that people undergoing treatment can often feel very isolated and lonely, so I will be setting up a Glee choir which will go in and sing to children in hospital.”

The music event Chandos plans to set up in June will raise money for Southampton General Hospital where he received treatment before being told he was stable in May 2013.

It will be similar to the Fighting for Change Festival he organised last year.

He said: “2014 is my year to say thank you, so I’m speaking to as many charities as possible to get them on board.”

The campaigner, who now studies Social Work at Chichester University, has also applied for a £2,500 grant from O2 Think Big.

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12:39pm Fri 3 Jan 14

stevobath says...

The Government have forced millions to 'Volunteer'.
Councils are using said volunteers in place of people whose jobs have been axed.
The Government have forced millions to 'Volunteer'. Councils are using said volunteers in place of people whose jobs have been axed. stevobath

5:27pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Anonymous5789 says...

This is not the place for a comment like that, Chandos is doing amazing things and helping people who really need it. Volunteering has changed many people's lives, both those doing the voluntary work and those receiving help. Your comment is uncalled for.

I'm all for free speech but if you are annoyed about a lack of jobs, this article was not the place to voice this opinion.
This is not the place for a comment like that, Chandos is doing amazing things and helping people who really need it. Volunteering has changed many people's lives, both those doing the voluntary work and those receiving help. Your comment is uncalled for. I'm all for free speech but if you are annoyed about a lack of jobs, this article was not the place to voice this opinion. Anonymous5789

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