Hi, my name is Parisa Rahim and I am Genetic Alliance UK (and SWAN UK’s) new Fundraising Officer.
Tell us about yourself
Before I started in this role I worked at a law firm in London for two years, then moved on to working with an events and catering company where I helped plan the Queen’s Garden Parties at Buckingham Palace. Before that I studied Law at the University of Manchester and became very involved with student life. I was involved with the Diversity Scheme at university, acting as a mentor for students in sixth form who were the first ever members of their family to go to university. In my last year of university, I was elected President of Manchester University’s Law Society and I was responsible for raising funds for the biggest society on campus!
What most appealed to you about this role?
After spending many weeks searching for the right role with the right charity, Genetic Alliance UK’s position as Fundraising Officer jumped out at me straight away. I was drawn to the role because it provided an opportunity to join an organisation that is closely connected with its members and supporters and which helps to better the lives of children with rare and undiagnosed conditions.
Can you tell us a bit about what your role involves?
My role involves helping to organise the fundraising initiatives for Genetic Alliance UK, which includes Rare Disease UK and SWAN UK. This year we are going to work on some really exciting new community fundraising initiatives for SWAN UK!
What are you looking forward to most about your new role?
I am very excited to meet our members and supporters, to hear about your stories and the positive changes that SWAN UK is bringing to you. I also cannot wait to see firsthand the positive impact that our work has on the lives of children and families affected by rare and undiagnosed conditions.
Can you tell us about a fundraising success story you have?
When I was at university I helped organise a dinner to raise money for the Syrian Refugee Crisis. We raised a total of £1,500!
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I would have to say Mauritius. It has loads of amazing beaches, including one that was voted one of the top ten most beautiful beaches in the world!
Tell us an interesting fact about yourself
I had never heard of the Queen’s Garden Parties, and this year, I end up attending all of them.
What can’t you live without?
My family and friends won’t like this, but it has to be pancakes!