Coldplay fan Sian shares her diary for GROW week.
Coldplay fan Sian came to our attention when she tweeted about her fundraising blog. Sian, from Darlington, England, decided she was going to do something to create change in her own way and support Oxfam through living the GROW method for a week. She asked her friends and family to sponsor her for a week full of vegetarianism, buying local food and reducing her food waste.
So of course we interviewed her for GROW week and asked her to share her diary with us. Check out what song got her through the week and her discovery of new food.
City: Darlington, England
Coldplay activity: Living the GROW method for a week
Money raised for Oxfam: £50 and still counting!
How did you find out about Oxfam?
I looked into Oxfam a lot more after attending my first Coldplay concert. I already knew how involved Coldplay were with the organisation but I learnt to understand it a lot more after noticing the Oxfam campaigners at the gigs. This made me do some research into Oxfam and get more involved.
What inspired you to get more involved with Oxfam?
My school is very ‘into’ fundraising and encourages others to do so. I’ve always been a busy person and felt very guilty for not doing my own fundraiser and I wanted to feel good about helping others. Also I felt as being a Coldplay fan that it was my duty to get involved.
What did your family think about your GROW method week?
Surprised! That I’d decided to do something I’d never normally do and organise it all by myself. I think they realised how independent I can be!
What did your friends do to help you?
Well they all sponsored me! They also came round with me to collect donations and kept my spirits up during the week!
Did you discover any new foods?
Veggie burgers and soup! I’m usually a tomato soup girl, but I realised how much variety there is and they are a very helpful way of creating a dinner from your leftovers.
Did you have anything that kept you going through the week? A song, snack, picture etc.
My friends definitely did and Oxfam. I can’t thank Oxfam enough for all their support and encouragement. Also of course a bit of Coldplay! ‘Every Teardrop is a Waterfall’ was on constant replay!
I love your quotes, what made you start a daily quote?
It was to encourage people to get involved, words are powerful things and used in the right way can make a huge impact on people.
What was the most important thing you learnt from doing the GROW method week?
I never realised how much work Oxfam does with people internationally and what an impact their work makes on others. Since completing the GROW method week I am much more efficient now with food and try to buy local to reduce air miles and support local farmers. It made me realise that although I may have a bad day at school, there are millions of people out there who are much worse off and need your help.
What advice would you give people who wanted to do something like you too?
DO IT! It gives you such a buzz helping others and doing something. Using an idea you’ve thought of and developed is also a lot of fun and changes people’s mindset towards you. It’s hard but it’s a great way to help people less fortunate than you and although the challenge is hard it’s so easy to get involved and Oxfam, who are extremely helpful and supportive!
Sian’s GROW week diary.
What’s is all about?
I recently got a email from Oxfam and they’ve opened up my eyes to this campaign all you need to know about the GROW method is here and if you want to know more about getting involved click here and to Join GROW click here.
I’m going to get people to sponsor me on a GROw method week, if you want to do the same download a sponsorship form here, wish me luck!
The GROW Method- DAY 1
I’ve started my GROW method week and I’m over the moon with the amount of interest I’ve had from class mates, friends and Oxfam. I can’t thank you all enough. From all my sponsors (I’m still getting more at the moment) so far I have around £50. This week will be challenging and I’m sure I will enjoy it! So here goes my weekly diary of living GROW method.
Breakfast: I kick started the day with a breakfast of toast and homemade jam!
Lunch: For lunch I had some potatoes, vegetables and a slice of margarita pizza. To finish I had a pot of strawberry yoghurt to which one person decided it would be funny to read out the ingredients and tell me it contained crab-which of course it did not!
Dinner: For dinner I had planned to go out for a meal with friends and devour another margarita pizza! But got stuck in traffic and couldn’t make it so had to settle for some tomato pasta and a cup of Yorkshire tea! For dessert I had a cheeky chocolate bar – but made sure it was fair trade!
The GROW Method – DAY 2
Hello again! Going veggie today was proving hard as I had to resist some beef curry!
Breakfast: I had my braces tightened yesterday evening and I went down stairs and made some toast again but discovered I could not eat it! My teeth were hurting too much! Had to settle for porridge!
Lunch: For lunch I ate some vegetables and potatoes along with some vegetarian gravy and a pot of yoghurt to finish!
Dinner: I settled for some pasta again tonight but this time spaghetti!
I think soup is on the agenda tomorrow
Today I went food shopping buy local/fair trade items as a key point of the GROW method is to eat local to support local farmers and ensure people globally get a fairer price for their produce.
Below are just a few of my items I managed to snap before they were cooked!
GROW method – DAY 3
Oh dear, having some technical difficulties with the laptop sorry for the late post!
Breakfast: Ok so I started off the day with porridge again as still having brace problems!
Lunch: I was very upset to find no vegetarian option at school today for lunch so had to settle for a jacket potato beans and vegetables! I then had to have my fair trade Kitkat as I was still hungry!
Dinner: When I got home I was welcomed to some lovely spicy tomato soup made from the tomatoes we didn’t use in our pasta. This proves it’s easy to eat your leftovers as the GROW method promotes being careful with your food to reduce food waste. It was yummy too!
All is well with the GROW method; it’s hard, but not as hard as I imagined but certainly not easy! Can’t thank Oxfam on tour enough for all their support so far! Here’s to Oxfam I’m very excited to see how much has been raised! I’ll leave you all with these beautiful quotes I found!
Quotes of the day:
‘No one has ever become poor from giving’. – Anne Frank
‘You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give’. – Winston Churchill
GROW Method – DAY 4
WOAH, today I almost ate a haribo! We had a netball match against Darlington town netball team and we won so we were given haribo gummy sweets as a prize but I had to pass it on as gummy sweets contain gelatine. Gelatine is a protein product that is present in animals so I couldn’t eat it. Anyways hello again!
Breakfast: I finally got to have toast again Yey with chocolate spread mmmmm.
Lunch: For lunch I had some spaghetti pasta at school with some carrots and some chocolate sponge!
Dinner: For dinner I finished my day with beans on toast.
And here’s a quote goodnight!
Quote of the day:
‘I believe the world is one big family and we need to help each other’. – Jet Li
GROW Method – DAY 5
Only two days left! Where has this week gone! It’s been extremely fun though and although people have tried to tempt me I’ve stayed strong!
Breakfast: For breakfast I had weetabix
Lunch: I then had some lovely cheesy pasta, peas and chips for lunch!
Dinner: I then had leak and potato soup for tea (aka dinner)! The recipe for it is below.
Quote of the day:
‘Every charitable act is a step towards heaven’ – Henry Ward Beecher
GROW Method- DAY 6
Hello! Sorry I didn’t post yesterday I was very busy at school helping with a school open day then had to go to Teesside shopping! Anyway
Breakfast: to start the day I had banana yoghurt and a cereal bar!
Lunch: I had carrot and coriander soup!
Dinner: I had a veggie burger and chips!
GROW Method- Day 7:
Breakfast: This morning I had eggy bread. This is cheap and tasty dish of bread soaked in eggs and then fried. Try it out to use up your left over eggs and bread.
Dinner: I was then naughty and skipped lunch! I just forgot and had some pasta for tea. I would have killed for a Sunday roast though WA :’)
Quote of the day:
‘I don’t wish to be everything to everyone, but I wish to be something to somebody’ – Javan.
So that’s it! My grow method week is done, sad face. I really enjoyed it and it has made me appreciate what I’ve got much more. I can’t thank everyone enough for supporting me particularly my friends and Oxfam on tour. So goodbye and a massive thank you!!
Leek,Onion and Potato Soup
4 Large Leeks
2 Medium Potatoes peeled and diced.
1 Medium Onion,Chopped small
2oz butter (50g)
11/2 pints water (850ml)
10fl oz Milk ( 275)
Salt and black pepper
1) Cut off the tops and roots of the leeks and get rid of the tough outer layer. Split them in half lengthways and slice them finely. Then wash them thoroughly and drain.
2) In a large saucepan melt the butter then add leeks potatoes and onion stirring them into the butter.Add salt and pepper to season and cover to let the vegetables sweat on a very low heat for roughly 15 minutes.
3)Add the water and milk and bring to simmering point and put the lid back on and let the soup simmer gently for a further 20minutes (or until the vegetables are soft).
4) Then put it into the liquidizer and blend to a purée or press through sieve.
5) Return the soup to saucepan and reheat gently and serve.