Determined, intrepid and dedicated don’t even begin to describe Zoe’s Place newly appointed Head of Fundraising Muna Chauhan.
She is an individual who meets challenges head on – an attribute which has been evident throughout her career.
Prior to joining Zoe’s Place as Corporate Fundraiser eight years ago – almost to the day – Muna had spent ten years working for the International Disaster Relief Fund which took her to far flung regions such as Mozambique, Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka as well as throughout the UK.
It was a role she relished although her hunger for adventure did not stop on joining Zoe’s Place in her hometown of Coventry. From day one she hit the ground running and has certainly since made her mark, engaging with businesses throughout Coventry & Warwickshire securing funds of over £250,000, in turn helping to ensure that Zoe’s Place was able to meet it annual £1.2 million target.
But it didn’t stop there, over the years Muna has seized every opportunity to help boost the coffers on a personal level which has seen her climb Kilimanjaro, run two half marathons, walk the Great Wall of China and cross the Himalayas – personally raising over £20,000. Indeed, plans are already in place for her to take part in next year’s Base Camp challenge.
In her new role, Muna plans to attack the challenges ahead with the same level of energy. Although early days, Muna is planning the roadmap ahead which will involve her working with the team to create more fund-raising opportunities and increasing the number of volunteers to help extend Zoe’s Place further out into the region. Crucially she also plans to raise the fundraising target by a further £200,000 which will enable the hospice to open a much needed fifth cot as well as introduce new services such as play therapy, hydrotherapy and end of life counselling.
Also on Muna’s agenda is the charity’s 10th anniversary celebrations in 2021.
Zoe’s Place Executive Trustee Joan Stainsby commented: “Muna has been a huge asset to Zoe’s Place since she first joined, and she was a natural successor to Chris Ward who has been in post for the past two years and done an excellent job.
“It is a role however that is not without its challenges with the majority of our annual target having to come from the local community through corporate support, donations and regular giving.
“We are confident however that Muna will embrace the challenges whole heartedly and we wish her every success.”