We have a winner! Camille St-Omer Donaldson on her IWITOT journey

Monday, March 18th, 2019
IWITOT 2019 winner on stage.

Hi there! I’m Camille, a passionate fundraiser at the British Red Cross and a guest blogger on the Open blog!

Why am I guest blogging? Because last month I spoke at I Wish I’d Thought Of That (IWITOT), Open and SOFII’s annual event.

I chose to speak about one of the cleverest, wittiest and most taboo-busting fundraising campaigns I’d ever seen – Bloody Good Period’s Festive Period. And… I BLOODY WON!

What is IWITOT? 18 brave speakers from the charity sector have just seven minutes each to present an idea they wish they’d thought of. Believe me, this was tough; I’m all about the detail, and concise is a concept I struggle with.

And if you don’t know who Bloody Good Period are, they are EPIC! They literally gave me ALL of the inspiration I needed to give a passionate and, hopefully, eye-opening talk.

Their founder Gabby Edlin (she knows my name!) was in absolute disbelief when she asked a local asylum seeker & refugee drop-in centre why period pads were not on the list of essential items, to which she received the response ‘these are only given in an emergency’! *SHOCK FACE* She got to work and, from there, Bloody Good were born.


Gabby tweeted about me!!!

The prep for the event was crazy; I’ve had literally no social life for the last month; if I wasn’t working on my IWITOT presentation, I was certainly thinking about it. My boyfriend and boss can vouch for that.

But I had the most amazing woman by my side – Lou Lai, Director of Client Services at Open, was selected to be my mentor and the rest, as they say, was history. We clicked from the beginning (I hope she agrees) and she is now not only my friend (again, I hope she agrees) but my style icon too, #LeopardPrintsAreUs

After countless coffees with Lou and a couple of trips to Open’s offices, the day had arrived. Armed with my Britney mic. I stepped onto the stage to a roaring crowd!

So for anyone scared of this ‘public speaking’ thing, Paul Amadi, the Chief Supporter Officer at BRC, said something very poignant that really helped: “Everyone in the audience is rooting for you, and wants you to do well”. This really felt true on the day!

Watch this year’s amazing IWITOT event here, starting with Camille’s show-stopping talk:

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