Earlier this month we introduced you to Stuart Scott, the Scottish man getting a tattoo to raise money for Nyumbani. This week we were able to connect with Stuart and get the background story to his awesome, creative campaign.
Why did the idea of a tattoo come to your head as a fundraising idea?
The idea of a tattoo came from my middle daughter Holly. When I was a young lad growing up at ‘the fit ‘o the toon’ my playground was down by the harbour at Arbroath, either rock-pool hunting or exploring the dangers of our cliffs and walkways. Every year on my birthday my brothers and my pals would take great pleasure in catching me and throwing me in the harbour (fully clothed) to celebrate. I reckoned I would revive the good old days and get sponsored to be chucked in the harbour. Holly said “No Dad, get a tattoo!” It appealed to me as soon as she said it because it felt like a challenge as I have a real phobia of needles and blood, not to mention pain as well as not approving of tattoos. I know it may sound cheesy but I feel that by making a change to myself I might actually help change lives for the orphans in Nyumbani in Kenya, not only by the funds I hope to take over to Kenya but by being physically changed.
When did you first hear of Nyumbani?
I first heard of Nyumbani from a fellow Rotarian Alison Stedman who has been taking working parties to Kenya over the last 14 years.
What was it like hearing about Nyumbani after your daughter visited?
My eldest daughter Abbey is a great help and inspiration to me and my wife Audrey as we would not manage to go on our Nyumbani trip next year if it wasn’t for her volunteering to oversee our business whilst we’re away. She has been to Kenya and Malawi doing great things and is a member of our newly formed Rotaract Club along side her two sisters. It was very interesting hearing about the differences that Abbey experienced between Malawi and Kenya, but the best thing to hear was that they both had one thing in common…..We CAN and ARE making a big difference to folks there.
What inspired you to make the trip yourself next year?
Generally I’ve always wanted to go. Well ever since 1985 and LIVE AID, Bob Geldolf, Midge Ure, Billy Connelly, Queen etc. But I reckoned it was just what other folk could do. Through Rotary, Alison’s influence, and the help from my girls it felt more like ‘it’s now or never’ as this should be Alison’s last time taking a service trip out and what a marvellous achievement she has made. Audrey and I have managed to send out cash, supplies (ex. an old lap-top last year) and have stayed very much on the fringe of hands-on stuff but we are now up for anything we can do to help the children and Sister Mary on-site. Audrey is also making this very sugary confectionary ‘tablet’ which is a kinda Scottish version of fudge and is selling it to also raise funds for our cause.
What are you post looking forward to seeing at Kenya’s Nyumbani programs?
What am I most looking forward to? Safari, the scenery, great company, the experience?’…….or the chance to help a wee one who needs me there at the right time?
Are you excited to show off your tattoo to the Nyumbani children?
Oh yeh, I am going to show off this tattoo like nobody’s ever had one before! I can only imagine the kids interest in the story but my Scottish Giraffe should draw some attention.
Thank you so much to Stuart for answering our questions. His campaign is a great example of creative fundraising. We will be sure to check back in with Stu after he gets the tattoo and visits Nyumbani in 2017.
In the meantime, check out Stuart’s crowdfunding page and consider donating towards his campaign: