World of Difference

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A Stonehaven resident has won a place on the Vodafone World of Difference programme.

The Vodafone Foundation will pay for Ditta Neumann to work for a charity of her choice.

Ditta is one of 500 people from across the UK who will work for a charity of their choice full-time for two months or part-time for four months, supported by the Vodafone Foundation. Over 5,000 people registered interest for the programme which will see placements start in March.

Ditta has chosen to work part-time for Maritime Rescue Institute (MRI), a lifeboat station and training institute for marine related skills. Her role will include working with the bosun to maintain their fleet of boats. She will also complete a survey of the 25 miles of coastline, collating a detailed photo-montage and map document that will enable MRI as well as other emergency services of the area to complete rescues in a faster and safer manner. On hearing of winning a placement, Ditta commented, “I am delighted to get a placement at a charity so close to my heart. Maritime Rescue Institute supplies the local lifeboat but trains rescue crew from around the world. I have been part of the lifeboat crew for seven years and this is an opportunity to get more involved.”

This is the third year that the Vodafone Foundation has delivered a UK World of Difference programme giving 500 people the chance to make a difference. Last year, 79% of those who took part have stayed connected to their charity.