Why I started WeTogethr

Hello strangers and friends alike,

I’m Zac, and during the day (and definitely during some evenings) I run a business called GradTouch, which I set up with my university friend, Joe. It’s been a bumpy journey so far, but *touches wood* things are really starting to pick up and I’m more confident about our future than ever before.

Over the last few months though I’ve made the time to work at the weekends and during the evenings to set up WeTogethr with Lizzie (the awesome girl who has stood by me the last 9 years) and Theo (one of my closest friends and also a work colleague).

Two years ago, Lizzie and I began volunteering for The Christie, a cancer treatment charity in Manchester. I’ve never really been involved with one particular charity over the years. I think it’s probably because I’ve never felt like I’ve had a connection to any particular cause. Sure, I’ve donated small amounts of money from time to time, but I’d never say that I was consistent with it.

Volunteering for the Christie was a great experience and something I still do today. It opened my eyes in a real way to the fragility of life but also, just how amazing people are.  Half the Volunteers at the Christie either had or were still living with Cancer and they were just some of the most amazing people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting.

I can’t even start to describe some of the stories people told me as my words would only be an injustice to the experiences they went through. It puts a whole new meaning on the word “perspective”.

From my experiences at The Christie, it also became apparent that whilst money can’t solve all of life’s problems, it can go a really long way in solving a lot of them. A lot of the problems that people face either during or after an illness whether they’re born with that illness or it develops over their life time, can be abated with life-enhancing equipment and services. For example, this might be as simple as a custom wheelchair that’s fit for purpose and enables its user to get around more easily.

It’s at this point that I really started to think about the problems that people face on a daily basis and how their lives could be made so much better if they had the money to buy the thing that would improve their quality of life.

This really is where the idea of WeTogethr came from. Using money to buy things that would improve the quality of people’s lives. I remembered thinking to myself that if this could be achieved on scale, imagine the impact it could have. The amount of lives you could touch and aid was something to get excited about.

But then reality dawned.

I rarely give to charity, so how am I going to convince others like me to do so as well.

So, when we set up WeTogethr, we agreed on a few key principles, principles which we hope will help us grow.

Firstly, we want to show the world as much as we can. This means we’re going to document, film, and write about all of the people we are going to help. We want to be able to really tell their stories and to use these stories to inspire others to join our cause.

Secondly, we are going to be completely transparent. We’ve created a live dashboard showing how many members are signed up and how much money we should be making, but we’re also going to update our members every week with a breakdown of our finances. Warts and all.

Thirdly, we’re not going to pretend like we have all the answers. We want WeTogethr to be shaped by the community that contributes to it. This way, we believe we will create an organisation that will have a huge impact.

Finally, we’re going to be upfront about asking for money and we want you to give £4.99 a month. We know it’s a lot, but hopefully our transparent approach coupled with the impact the money will have will convince you to put your hand in your pocket and help improve the life of a total stranger.

Thanks for reading and please, click here and sign up today.

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