Meet Julia Clarke, Supporter Content Manager
Julia Clarke started her role as Supporter Content Manager in late 2019, although she first joined the Leukaemia Foundation in 2017, as a Community Supporters Coordinator for the U.G.L.Y. Bartender event.
Julia, where have you worked previously?
“I have a pretty varied work background. I’ve been projectionist, customs and quarantine officer, a documentary/short TV series/movies location manager and worked for the restaurant review app, Zomato.
“In the last job before I first started with the Leukaemia Foundation, I was working as a travel agent. I love travel but hard sales weren’t really my thing,” said Julia.
What inspired you to work for the Leukaemia Foundation?
“A friend told me about the contract role for U.G.L.Y. Bartender and I liked the sound of it: a giant dry pub crawl, meeting new people across the country, and getting them excited to fundraise for families facing a blood cancer.
“I get a lot of energy from meeting new people. Getting to travel around the outback talking to people and doing that as a job was an attractive proposition.
“The adventure of U.G.L.Y. got me interested in the work of the Leukaemia Foundation, I was inspired by the stories from regional areas I was visiting. Seeing the affect the Leukaemia Foundation had on people’s lives made me want to be part of the team.”
Which roles have you worked in during your time at the Leukaemia Foundation?
“After the 2017 U.G.L.Y campaign, I came back to Adelaide and supported the team with the Adelaide Christmas Pageant, before moving into an events logistics manager role for Light the Night, Aussie Muscle Car Run and World’s Greatest Shave, and then into a Development Manager role, project managing the development of all of our signature events.
“I left the Leukaemia Foundation for just over six months – but was lured back for my current role! It’s all about creating content that inspires, encourages, thanks and retains our supporters.
“Fundraising is one of our enabling functions that helps us build organisational capability to ensure our stakeholders, people living with blood cancer, can get access to trusted relevant knowledge, best treatment, and supportive care.
“Our strategy and content, at the end of the day, is about uniting our supporters against blood cancer.
“As the impact of the Leukaemia Foundation grows, more people will need to add their voice to the cause.
“Securing our supporters’ loyalty and generosity will ensure we can support even more Australians living with blood cancer.”
What do you like to do outside of work?
“I enjoy stand-up comedy having performed at the Edinburgh Fringe, Adelaide Fringe and Melbourne Comedy Festivals. I also enjoy watercolour and illustration.”
Which item couldn’t you live without?
My iPad and apple Pencil (I know – what a millennial). With it I can draw, write, work and connect with the world.