Could you say nothing for seven days?
Emma Swailes is about to do just that. Not a word. For seven entire days.
In the first of what we hope to make a series of profiles on local people doing excellent things, we bring you the very brave Emma Swailes. A second year metal work student from Sheffield Hallam University, Emma is embarking upon an epic 7 days of total silence â€“ with duct tape over her mouth no less â€“ in order to raise money for a volunteering trip to Ecuador with the charity VESA (Volunteer Eco-Students Abroad).
Not entirely cut off though, Emma will be documenting her exploits and attempts to live as normal a life as possible on facebook, twitter and her blog. The starting gun will sound at 1pm on Monday 4th April, get involved.
Spurred on by a desire to do something life changing, Emma decided that to raise the funds sheâ€™d need to come up with an unusual idea and since sheâ€™s known for chatting, it all flowed from there. This lady is certainly not making it easy for herself! Sponsorship can be sent via Paypal to account firstname.lastname@example.org or just send her a tweet.
All being well, Emma will be leaving for Ecuador on 23rd of July. Show her some love and help her do something amazing.
VESA specialises in working with indigenous communities on everything from building maintenance to digging wells to teaching English. On her trip to Ecuador Emma will be commuting to work by canoe and frankly, weâ€™re all quite jealous. However not one of us here at team Now Then reckons we could manage a week of silence â€“ weâ€™ll be supporting Emma and we hope you will too.