Southwark Area Activator. Just a GoodGym tourist looking out for missions and borough hopping around London!
Get Rid Of And Donate (GROAD) do amazing work making use of unused STUFF donated to them by the public. We've previously helped them pack Christmas presents and toys for local kids and packed and distributed bags of essentials for rough sleepers.
They're expecting lots of donations so have asked for our help to sort items into categories. Members of the public book a slot to bring their stuff and our job is then to put the stock into the right place.
The task is at St Faith's Church Hall, near North Dulwich station which is up the road from Herne Hill station. There may not be a member of taskforce there, but the GROAD team are all very friendly 😊
Please bring a mask as the task will be inside 🤿
Pun credited to: Adam
The smell of coffee at the Old Spike Roastery tempted us to meet inside even though the weather was mild and it hadn't started to rain (yet)! Adam was the first to arrive and like me, had already done two group runs this week with Wandsworth on Monday night and Lambeth last night. What a guy, full of goodness! 😇 Nelly arrived next after noticing she was away these past couple of weeks. She reminded me that she had a lovely time in France with her parents last week. She was back for her regular routine. Paulin and Jess arrived one after the other as we drew closer to the departing time. Jess was back for her second Group Run and good deed as well as Hannah, who just showed up on the dot! Great to see new faces come back for more!
The shortest Group Run run
After a quick warm-up to get our hearts racing and bodies warm, we ran towards Peckham Rye Park, doing half a (total) lap of the park and headed towards Nunhead Green. The run lasted just over 12 minutes (15 minutes with traffic lights) and came up to 2k! It was just enough to consider it a group run, but I knew that Polis (the task owner for tonight) and Trii were waiting for us at Salvation Army Nunhead. It was Trii's first ever good deed and it was great to see that she wanted to come and help out her local community. It really was a pleasant surprise - from tag rugby teammates (and we still are) to community champions! Thank you Trii for coming out tonight!
Enough books to start a book shop
Knock knock knock, is anyone home?!?
The lights were on. In the background, I could see Polis make his way to the front of the building to let us in. It was a pleasure to see Polis again after a few month since our last collaboration and he looked well. The charity shop that the Salvation Army set up a few months ago was in full stock (and in full swing too). Yet, we weren't here to shop (or so I thought....). We were here to help Polis shift and lift bags (and I mean BAGS) of books from the storage space underneath the stairwell to the first floor, where the project is to convert it into a (co-)working space (as many of us work from home). However, this is still in development and thus, this space could be used to sort and store books!
Travel, cooking, children, softback and hardback
Things to put on my Hinge/Bumble profile?!...maybe the first two...three? 😂 Nope, it was how we had to categorize the books once they started to come through from downstairs. Paulin and Nelly got a pen, some paper, sticky tape and a system in order to organise the books as Adam, Hannah, Jess and Trii took on the back-breaking and arm-aching task of carrying the heavy bags of books (and then DVDs) up (luckily) one flight of stairs.
Netflix and streaming killed DVDs - Jess
A bit of a statement there Jess, but true! Once the books and DVDs were up, the whole team got involved in categorizing. This is when the shopping started...the saying "I'll stay for one pint" and you end up having five in a pub can be applied to books in a charity shop. There were some interesting finds, it seems the book - Fear of Flying - isn't about the fear of literally flying...there were a couple of interesting sentences that catches the eye of the reader 👀. Literally.
The time to browse for books whilst sorting them too was approaching and I had to make sure we put a bookmark in this task for 20:00. Tick tock, tick tock. We had one last quick task to move the unorganised bags of books and DVDs to an area out of the way to be sorted for another day. We had to take that all important group photo before wishing Polis well AND taking our books home with us!
No time for a HIIT session or a longer run, so I took the group through a short-cut to get back to Old Spike in time for 20:15. We finished off with some stretches on the green before parting ways.
Thank You Polis
GoodGym is all about getting fit and doing good! We praise the runners/cyclists/walkers who come to get fit and help out, but we often forget about our task owners and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Polis for agreeing to stay later than usual and host us. We have a shared vision to do more work together (painting, food prep, youth clubs), so please watch out for this space and future Group Runs!
9 GoodGymers met for a delightfully mild October evening featuring bags, brownies and more bags.
If there was a Guinness world record for the number of times ‘bag’ was said within 30 minutes, I think we would have won.
We kicked off at Papa’s by sharing our favourite desserts (it was dessert week on bake off last week) and had a very varied selection. Sophie’s ‘chocolate apple Charlotte’ prompted the most intrigue.
Then we ran, finishing off with a nice up and down to get to St Faith’s Church Hall near North Dulwich.
We met doubting Andrea who questioned our ability to be able to sort through some big bags of clothes for Get Rid Of And Donate’s rough sleeper project. We were up for the challenge though.
We had a jacket bag, jumper bag, T-shirt bag, kids bag, ladies bag, shoe bag, accessories bag, trousers bag and the infamous naughty bag (for miscellaneous items) which we quickly filled, with some essential photographs of notable clothing along the way.
30 minutes past and we were done!
BAGS OF FUN
When we arrived back, Clare shared her Bake Off bake with us, some phenomenal vegan brownies. 😋😋😋