With 18 years of helping supporters help children under her belt, Lee McDonnell is the longest standing ChildFund New Zealand team member. We sat down with Lee to ask her a bit more about her experience here at ChildFund.
THRIVE: Tell us a bit about what you do at ChildFund?
Lee McDonnell (LM): Mostly donor related work so this is largely inward and outbound calls, opening and forwarding mail and also helping donors with visit or child enquiries, child departures and also child deaths (this has to be more personal). But pretty much I do anything I can to help supporters.
THRIVE: Lee, why do you want to help children overseas?
LM: Having travelled a little bit in my early years, I saw a lot of child poverty and this made a very strong impression on me. By working at ChildFund, I have the opportunity to see communities grow because of donor support.
THRIVE: What do you bring to the team and to the children that ChildFund works to help overseas?
LM: Change here is constant and we are always changing to move forward. So I guess my years of experience here help a lot and I like to think I can grow here too.
THRIVE: What does working at ChildFund mean to you?
LM: Working at ChildFund gives me piece of mind that I am helping children in many places.
THRIVE: When not at work at ChildFund, what do you enjoy doing Lee?
LM: Art, reading (non-fiction mostly), walking, taking photos and haha some armchair sports too.
To join the ChildFund team, visit: www.childfund.org.nz/jobs.
About ChildFund New Zealand:
For more than 80 years, ChildFund has been making the world a better place. A lot has changed since 1938, but our focus remains the same: We help children and youth to thrive. Our programmes create sustainable change in communities across Africa, Central and South America, Asia and the Pacific, impacting the lives of more than 14,000 children youth and family members each year.
As part of the ChildFund Alliance, we reach nearly 13 million children with education, clean water, health care and child protective services, providing $450 million in programming support to communities across 63 countries. To learn more about ChildFund New Zealand, visit www.childfund.org.nz.