Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Keeping an Eye on the Pennies; All Businesses Have to Be Cost-Conscious but This Is One Job Where Every Little Bit Counts. Hilary Whitney Reports

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Keeping an Eye on the Pennies; All Businesses Have to Be Cost-Conscious but This Is One Job Where Every Little Bit Counts. Hilary Whitney Reports

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Byline: HILARY WHITNEY

AS someone who has worked in both the commercial and charity sectors, Donna White, 30, is well placed to consider the different rewards and benefits of both fields of work. "Obviously the money is much better in the commercial market but working for a charity is extremely fulfilling, especially when you make contact with the people you've helped," she says.

White is PA to Chris Beer, the director of Y Care International. It is the international development agency of the YMCA, which is committed to helping young people in the developing world. "We aim to help them make the transition from childhood to adulthood in countries where this can be very difficult, by giving them the training and skills to enable them to become self-sufficient," says White.

"Our projects range from working with street children in Bombay to helping children who are exploited as cheap labour in Latin America.

"Everyone is constantly bombarded with appalling images of the developing world on the news so it's not surprising some people become almost indifferent to the suffering they see on their television screens. If you work for an organisation like this, it's impossible to become immune to it because you are always working on individual projects which bring it much closer to home.

"That's not as depressing as it sounds because at least you are working towards changing things for the better. I think everyone working here has a greater sense of purpose than you would normally find in a commercial environment."

After finishing her A-levels, White worked in a bank before studying for a degree in English and history. "When I left college, I wasn't sure what I wanted to do," she says. "I knew I had

to do something that really interested me. I started working for a relief agency in Birmingham that delivered aid to Eastern Europe and I became so involved that, when I moved to London, I decided to find another job within the charity sector."

As director of Y Care International, Beer spends an enormous amount of time travelling. When he is not visiting projects overseas, he is attending meetings and fundraising functions all over the country. …

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