I’m 35 years old and live in Nottingham UK with my wonderful fiancée and 2 crazy cats. I love many things, the main ones being Liverpool FC and movies especially horror and animation. I’m also a huge fan of good TV shows mainly Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Dexter and of course Supernatural!
I work as a recruitment consultant in the construction industry which mainly involves finding temporary jobs for various people on building sites which is part of the reason that the Hope 2 Haiti project got my attention. My love for cooking is what gave me the idea to start baking cupcakes for H2H which gained the nickname “Random Acts of Cupcakes.”
In my spare time I kickbox and am currently a Purple belt, hoping to be a Brown belt by the end of the year and Black belt in 2012!
Meet Demi Harman
Where are you from?
What made you want to go to Haiti?
I’ve always wanted to be a superhero. Going to Haiti will alow me to fulfill that dream – and I won’t even need to wear my underpants on the outside of my clothing! To help so many people deal with the aftermath of such a humungous natural disaster will be to save lives. The ability to be right there and to be an integral part of building a legacy that will continue long into the future is so awesome, how can anyone not want to be a part of that?! Also, I can’t deny that the opportunity to spend a week with all the other superheroes is an opportunity I don’t want to pass up.
What are you hoping to take away from this experience?
To make a difference. It’s a cliche that I’m sure everyone involved will be thinking too. I have limited funds available to give to charity, so to be able to give my time and (possibly limited) expertise for a good cause is a fabulous opportunity to give as much as I can. These people have lived through unspeakable torment that we can’t really imagine, so we’ll be doing something to show that they still matter, that people still care even after the cameras have left. This is going to be a life-changing experience for us all and I hope it will give us the impetus to take an even more prominent role in charitable work long after we’ve left Jacmel.
How did you approach the task of raising $5,000 in donations?
Cupcakes, cupcakes, cupcakes and more cupcakes! I’ve sold over five hundred cupcakes so far (and I’m still going). I’m also involved with my partner, Cathy Hay’s, insane project to recreate the Peacock Dress. I’m fairly new to sewing, having sewn just one 18th century shirt to date, but I will be assisting with the creation of one of the most difficult dresses imaginable. I’ve also been pimping myself out to friends, family and colleagues to assist with any useful jobs. I’ve been ironing, moving furniture and gardening at a rate of £10 ($16) per hour. I’ve also been harassing my boss, and anyone else who will listen, to just give some spare money to an excellent cause.
What are a few of your best fundraising tips?
I think my best tip is simple. Just be cheeky. No need to feel bad about asking for money for such a good cause. Also, don’t take it to heart if people say no. We spent time at a car boot sale recently, where getting ignored was just par for the course. It’s easy to lose hope, but don’t – your next donation, nice word, smile, or act of encouragement is just around the corner.
Can you offer any words of encouragement to those still working towards their fundraising goal?
No matter how much money you raise, just remember that we are all awesome for trying to get to Haiti. Even those who don’t make it to $5000 are just as much superheroes as the rest of us for even trying. But don’t give up. I was convinced that getting to $5000 was totally not possible for me at the start but I thought I’d just get stuck in and give it my best shot! I soon realised it was achievable. I made it and so can you. Keep happy, keep working, keep believing and don’t forget just how much we all ROCK!