Hattie has been taking part in Schools Triathlons since 2016, raising money for Restless Development. She has grown up with Cerebral Palsy and was told she would never be able to walk. But against all odds, Hattie walked, participated in the triathlons for many years and has now started volunteering with Restless Development to help young people all over the world.
Back in 2019, we published Hattie’s inspirational story. Click HERE to read.
Hattie recently shared her volunteering experience. Excerpts:
What is your background working with Restless Development? What has motivated you to remain involved since?
My journey with Restless Development first started in 2016 at 7 years of age when I participated in my first Schools Triathlon. Since then I have gotten more involved with the agency and the work they do apart from the triathlons.
Last year, I was also a part of the Restless Development Young Leadership Council with other young people who worked to try and make the world a better place and sustainable.
This charity has done so much more than just getting me involved in the triathlons. I have grown so much from being involved in the agency and I hope others will be inspired to get involved too and help this amazing organisation
What inspired you to volunteer at the Knight Frank Schools Triathlon event at Marlborough?
I decided to volunteer this year as I wanted to give something back to Restless Development for what they have done for me. After participating in the School triathlons back in 2017, I wanted to get involved again in a great event to support those taking part this year.
What was your favourite part of the event?
My favourite part of the event was supporting everyone who took part. It was great to see how pleased participants were to have become a part of the event, taking part in such a fun day and knowing it would help young people all around the world.
Why do you think it’s important for young people to be supporting charities like Restless Development?
Restless Development is all about the empowerment of young people. If more fortunate young people are supportive then it will encourage change and make a huge difference to other young people across the world.
What does youth leadership mean to you?
Youth leadership is incredibly important to me because young people are the ones who will be left with this world. If we lead the change we can make a real impact and make the world an even better place. Young people deserve the right to be heard just as much as anyone else.
What would you like to say to people who are thinking of volunteering at one of the Triathlon events? You should do it! It is such a great way to help people who need your support. Your help will be really valuable and appreciated!
The Knight Frank Schools Triathlons is all about taking part and giving back to the wider community. Visit their website if you are interested to learn more.