Ellen’s fundraiser was established to raise vital funds for MSF to help support the work of Dr. Nat Thurtle, the medical coordinator for MSF in Palestine, and her team, as they find themselves continuing to work in extremely challenging circumstances. Ellen knows Dr. Thurtle through her professional network and was moved by her dedication to her work in the field and her vision for providing accessible care to those who need it most.
Ellen began to have conversations with her colleagues in the medical community, particularly the Network of Women In Emergency Medicine (www.NoWEM.org) and realised that so many people want to help to raise much needed funds and often, all they need is an opportunity to do so.
The message was shared on social media (Ellen found that her Twitter network was integral to the success of the fundraiser). We asked Ellen what her top tip would be to fellow community fundraisers and this was what she shared with us: