Blogging For Good Causes: The Fish Slap
” Who do you think you are ? Are you nuts? You can’t change anything, this is life get use to it!” A comment I hear daily, a comment that does not stop me but makes me even more determined, more passionate and more YES I can do it. I appreciate we all have incredibly busy lives, we all have stress and we are all juggling everything 24/7. Personally juggling my life at the moment has me taking one step forward and two steps back and no matter how hard I try, something else comes along which continuously keeping me on a permanent go state. The last couple of weeks have been one of those days every day leaving me feeling flat and a bit “Oh woe me what have I done to deserve this?” Suffice to say I have done things I would never ever think I would have to do especially with mum’s rapid final stages of decline with her Alzheimer’s. Nevertheless everyday I hope is an OK day because OK is actually the best I can hope for. Then I get the Fish Slap…
Bright sends me a Fish
So here I am with my “Oh woe me” and my gorgeous sponsor child ‘Bright’ sends me a letter. A letter thanking me for sponsoring him and he goes on to tell me that he belongs to the Wasse tribe and his people are farmers, although there is not much to farm at the moment. He loves to draw fish and is looking forward to a letter from me. Mr 7 says “Cool fish, did Bright not colour it in because he has no colouring pencils?” Bright has no colouring pencils but more importantly minimal food supplies. As many of you know the icon that is Eden speaks all about her visit to Africa on her blog. Eden was my kick in my butt to do something, I mean if Eden can go to Africa I can hold a fund raiser at my house- right?
So next Tuesday 5th June between 11am and 2pm I am hosting a get together at my house. More details just here. You only need to bring a plate of something edible to share. I am hoping to raise funds in groups to sponsor children through world vision , so if you can only afford $5 a month you can still be part of the sponsorship programme, with a $5 a month commitment. Easy Peasy Kids has also bought Giving Bowls which help support Foundation 18, which every person attending will receive for free or if you would like to make donation in return for a Giving Bowl this will then go back to Foundation 18. The Giving Bowl is a concept thought up by the inspirational Cate Bolt. The concept is simple – buy a bowl, throw your spare change in it each day, at the end of the week or month and when it’s full – donate the coins to your favourite charity or cause. I use them in schools, specifically in teaching children compassion and awareness of what other children go through around the world. So on school banking day they bring in their banking and a little extra for the Giving Bowl. The Giving Bowl are also great to have in your work place for your work colleagues to contribute too. The other charity Easy Peasy Kids support are Angels of the Forgotten who do the most amazing work helping children who have been through abuse and trauma.
I met with World Vision Australia this morning and they will be here too, answering questions you may have on all the work they do.
Passing on theFish Slap what can you do?
Here are just my suggestions of how you can help because the people that say I can’t change anything are wrong, Bright has a little more hope the the future, Foundation 18 has a little more hope for the future and so do Angels of the Forgotten. I’m not naive, I don’t expect to make giant waves but small ripples are better than no waves or ripples at all.
1) If you can attend next Tuesday drop me an email firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you an invitation
2) If you can’t attend may be you would like to send a prize that I can auction on the day to raise funds. I will blog about your business and your kindness.
3) If you are coming perhaps you can leave a comment as your presence may be the deciding factor for someone else to come along.
4) You can purchase the best E-book on parenting ever The Things They Didn’t Tell You About Parenting with ALL proceeds going to Foundation 18
5) You can share this blog as much as you like.
Thanks for reading and I’m really looking forward to next Tuesday