Our wonderful CRIS volunteers help us fund the incredible life-saving research projects that are making such a difference in the fight against cancer. To make World Cancer Day, we wanted to share with you just some of their stories. Will you join them, and be one more?
That’s why 95% of the money we raise here at CRIS goes towards vital cancer research projects, helping researchers, technicians and doctors carry out their groundbreaking work.
But we couldn’t do any of that work without our incredible volunteers. So, to mark World Cancer Day, we spoke to them about their experiences – and why supporting CRIS is so important to them.
“CRIS compels me to be a better person.”
“I always thought that a lot was being done for cancer research. But once I got involved with CRIS I realised that there is so much more to do. Most people who work at CRIS are here because they genuinely believe in making a difference. The work the charity is doing is incredible, and I also find the selfless work that [CRIS founder] Lola, the volunteers and the trustees do not just awe-inspiring, but also highly motivating. They compel me to be a better person. Being part of CRIS is the best decision I could have made.”
“All fundraising efforts go straight back to research, so every bit of progress makes the light at the end of the tunnel a bit brighter.”
Artist, designer and CRIS volunteer
London-based artist ATMA – the name is the Sanskrit word for ‘Soul’ – is a long-time supporter of CRIS, voluntarily creating artworks that are used to raise vital funds. He says:
“Volunteering for CRIS is a hugely rewarding and humbling experience. We can never do enough, but everything we do is done with such great dedication and motivation: we know that it achieves results, and helps suffering people and families to ease the pain and have hope. All fundraising efforts go straight back to research, so every bit of progress makes the light at the end of the tunnel a bit brighter. That’s where the healing begins, and we will not stop!”
“Working for CRIS is a great experience, full of adventures and an amazing atmosphere.”
CRIS Cancer Foundation Fundrasing and Events Manager
Now CRIS UK’s Fundrasing and Events Manager, Marta started her own CRIS journey as a volunteer – an experience she has always found so rewarding:
“I was introduced to CRIS five years ago. From the very beginning, I fell in love with CRIS. I knew I wanted to be part of this team. I worked as a volunteer for three years until CRIS offered me a position. Working for CRIS is a great experience, full of adventures and an amazing atmosphere. I really believe in CRIS and its work. I am proud to be a member.”
“I never thought volunteering could be such a rewarding job.”
CRIS Cancer Foundation Trustee
As CRIS Cancer Foundation’s UK director, Nuria and her team work with many of CRIS’s volunteers and fundraisers. She says:
“I’ve experienced amazing self-discovery in my work with CRIS. Apart from donors, I’ve learnt that volunteers are at the core of what CRIS does. Without them, we just wouldn’t be able to offer the support that we do. Whether we are raising awareness, fundraising, interacting in social media, supporting research for people affected by cancer or leading other volunteers, we believe that by working together we can make a difference and beat cancer through research. I am developing my passion whilst helping others, in a great organisation which appeals to me very much. I never thought volunteering could be such a rewarding job.”
We know that it is research that will provide the cure to cancer.