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Part 1. Matthew d’Ancona on becoming a patron for Child’s i Foundation
Well, our (not just for Christmas) wish has come true – Matthew d’Ancona, editor of The Spectator, has agreed to become our Patron.
It’s a sensational honour for us to have him on board, and even more of an honour is how much he cares about what we are doing and what we are trying to achieve.
We wanted to hear first-hand just why Matthew wanted to get involved with the Child’s i Foundation, so we popped into The Spectator HQ yesterday for a chat.
Matthew talks about how a project like ours, building a home for abandoned babies in one of the poorest places on Earth, may just be one small step, but in the grand scheme of things, it’s one that will resonate in more ways than we can imagine. Getting everyone involved, creating our own community and using the web to allow everyone in it to watch our babies thrive and grow – that’s the heart of what we are doing, and why he thinks we will triumph.
Matthew also gave us more background on his interest and belief in the digital revolution, which forms the foundation of our project, and how it is changing the world as we speak. Changing the world is no easy task – but if we do it one step at a time, it can be done.
Part 2. Matthew d’Ancona on The Spectator digital dinners
We thank him so much for giving up his time and we are honoured he is part of our team.
Now, in his own words… “I want you out there to do stuff. Help Lucy with her to do list. After you’ve clicked on this, click on the to do list now. That’s the Geldof moment…”
Yesterday we launched our website and went to a Digital Dinner at The Spectator magazine, hosted by Matthew D’Ancona.
On my way up to London, I was desperately trying not have a panic attack at the thought of my life being on the world wide web and going to The Spectator to dine with very influential people. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity to discuss the Child’s i Foundation with Matthew D’Ancona, Simon Andrews, Amelia Torode, Deb Khan, James Forsyth, Don Boyd, Matthew Knight, Kirsty Stephenson and Richard Osman.
I didn’t have to worry, we had a wonderful time and everyone really liked the idea and discussed how we could make the project a ‘charity 2.0′ collaborative proposition. I wanted to capture the moment for all our Supporters so asked our friends at Flip to lend us a camera so you can see the evening for yourselves.
Every day this projects seems to take a life of its own and yesterday I received an email from Matthew D’Ancona, the Editor of The Spectator who called it a ‘sensational idea’ and wants to hold a Spectator digital dinner to discuss the project.
It’s the opportunity of a lifetime and I am absolutely petrified, especially as he’s asked for a wish list of people I like to invite. Where do I start? Mum’s told me not to worry, she siad if I get really nervous, I should imagine all the guests naked. Hmm. I’m not sure if that’s better or worse?
I’m hoping Matthew might like to be our patron.