Tarian Cymru – some reflections on the work

About Tarian Cymru

A group of us have been running Tarian Cymru for over two months now, and over 1400 people have contributed over £74,000 towards PPE for health and care workers in Wales.

PPE is still needed. Have you donated yet?

Set-up

Running Tarian Cymru is a lot of work: fundraising, comms and publicity, finding/procuring/buying/importing PPE, liaison with workers, packing, distribution.

The whole initiative has been a unique experience. It’s one of the best experiences I’ve ever had.

It’s amazing to think what’s possible when a group of people come together (remotely) to accomplish something specific rapidly.

It’s so encouraging to see how much activity there’s been for the goal, how generous people have been – with their time, money, skills, and resources. The list of music projects alone is staggering – to name one thing.

I’ll probably have to document the whole thing sometime. In the meantime I tend to make notes here about web projects…

Web

The website is for donors, supporters, as well as the workers.

There was an obvious need for a memorable and clear name, and a simple domain name to share on radio, TV, etc. The web address of the GoFundMe page and social media addresses were not suitable for this.

Then the website had to be ready in an exceptionally short time – in minutes.

Usually I run WordPress software on a server. This means creating a theme, choosing plugins, writing code, maintenance… But I had to avoid the temptation to have so many options and setting and tweaks this time. There simply was too much else to think about on the Tarian Cymru initiative.

Everything runs on wordpress.com – there are two websites for the two languages, Cymraeg and English.

There is a language switch in the menu and in some of the pages and blog posts (the latter by hand). The interface in Welsh makes use of  translations people have done over the years.

Sometimes it’s best to just do things in the fastest possible way, and sacrifice flexibility/options.

Finally

If you’ve read this far then you should consider doing a challenge for the Tarian Cymru appeal.

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