Stiflers Mom (27-07-2012)
But I don't think that is an excuse not to do anything or be aware. On ground level and a personal level, change can be made, no matter how small.
Last edited by Ffrenchknickers; 27-07-2012 at 14:21.
I've been reading BH for years, and your threads and posts about environmental and social issues have made a difference - even if it's simply increasing awareness and encouragement for one other person - me! But I'm sure this is true for many others.
I wish I did more too though. Probably the main thing is being vegetarian (closer to vegan) is very important to me, for the sake of the environment and humanity as a whole.
I tend to do what I can at a local level. If I know someone needs food I give it, If they need clothes I send them clothes, If they need a break, I babysit/eldersit.
I also do random acts of kindness. I try and bring up kids that will grow into adults that care.
For overseas things I pray as that is all I can do.
It's really hard
My friend and I founded a little not for profit that we raised funds for to build a library at a primary school in Africa.
So many people have said to me how they're strongly against that kind of 'aid' work. What? Why?! Yes, I could have donated the 20k we raised to another organisation, but at least we know that we made a difference in this town at least - kids got a library, many builders got jobs, we pay a lovely woman to be our librarian - so at least it's helping some people!
People who said that really upset me - my answer was always, "well then, what do you do? Any suggestions?!"
I buy from the oxfam shop/fair trade shop, try to op shop and I sponsor a child in Peru and one in Australia too.
But I wish I could do more...I'd love to eventually work for a not for profit and work in education development but that won't be happening until we've finished our family.
I collect food and other supplies for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, I volunteer on various community group committees. I have a diploma in disaster management so i can advise on disaster management preparedness and help in disaster situations as they arise (although tbh i havent actually gone to a disaster site for a few years) and when possible I am registered as a legal volunteer with the indigenous community volunteers.
There is plenty of volunteer options via websites like volunteeraustralia, govolunteer or state-based ones.
Oh I forgot, once a month, mum, nana and i make soup a few big batches of soup and go and feed asylum seekers too
Whenever people say that there's no point doing small things because the problem is so big, I always remember the little story about the person walking along the beach throwing washed up starfish back into the sea - you know, the one where someone tells them how pointless it is as there as too many to save them all, and the person replies that well, 'it made a difference to that one' (as they throw one back).
I know its done the rounds again, and again, but its true. Every little thing you do to help someone makes a difference to at least one life. And that one life is important.
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