On a whiteboard in the SIRC admin offices, I have pulled together a list of items that we hope to achieve by the time I depart at the end of April 2014. There are five categories of items: Awareness, Management, Fundraising, Communication and Vocational Training Program. Within these five categories I have a list of twenty-seven unique deliverables. Have I lost anyone yet? That’s a heck of a lot of work to get through and although I am known for taking on far too much, even I recognized I could not do all of this on my own. So I reached out and sought help (is that another first for me?).
Today three MBA students from the prestigious ACE School of Management in Kathmandu, have accepted a 10-week internship with SIRC. I am thrilled! Their first day is this Sunday and I will start with reviewing the 2014-2018 Strategic Plan with them, and the subsequent deliverables that we have committed to the Board to complete by the time I leave. After that, we get the sleeves rolled up, start on the organization of the upcoming SIRC Golf Tournament (March 15th) and use these young folks to revise our website and FB page to try to increase traffic to it. That’s the top two deliverables this week, 25 more deliverables to go.
To assist with the coaching of these energetic young interns, the PHNIC-ers in the reading audience will recognize Karen Hilton’s name as Project Manager from the Integration Program. Karen, happily for SIRC, will spend two weeks at the beginning of April volunteering with us ….. perfect timing to assist with another fundraiser, the Gala Dinner and Silent Auction on April 4th as well as celebrating SIRC’s 12th Anniversary celebrations on April 7th. I’m fortunate (and relieved) to have another pair of (seasoned) hands to make sure we complete everything we said we would complete, and also make the next ten weeks the best possible experience for the MBA interns.
You may also remember me putting a “shout-out” for any expertise in alternative heating systems. Well, the Irish came through for me again. My friend and fellow Corkonian Brian Fitzgibbon (based in Vancouver) reached out to his brother Kevin Fitzgibbon – an engineer at Nimbus CIT in Cork City to see if he could be of any assistance. After a brief email exchange, Kevin thinks he can assist us with the initial assessment of the SIRC facility and make some recommendations. So now the Kathmandu based engineer involved in the building of the SIRC facility here in Bhainsepati in 2008 is providing Kevin with a whack-load of information so that Kevin can get started.
Don’t you just love that, with the help of technology, it’s easy for two engineers on different continents, to easily work together? Thanks to Brian and to Kevin for stepping up – there may well be a heating system installed in the wards and therapy rooms at SIRC by next winter! Woo hoo!