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Saving the world through dance…

By June 5, 2017 Blog, Making a Diffference

There was a running joke in our family:

“So if you were to win Miss World, what would you do to make the world a better place?” 

“I would end child poverty/end world peace/save the world…through interpretive dance” .  (We did a lot of dancing growing up, but I don’t even know why we found that funny.  I guess you had to be there). 

But watching the One Love Manchester stream, I started to think maybe that wasn’t such a crazy idea after all. Musical artists are not in politicians but last night they stood together because they knew they could use their particular skills to make a positive difference.    

I find it’s easy to feel helpless when bad things happen outside of our control. And it’s easy for that to translate that into thinking “one day” when everything falls into alignment  I will do something to make a difference (but until then it’s not worth trying).

But sometimes you just have to act.  As soon as you think about it. And do whatever it is that is possible in that moment.  Doing Just.One.Thing .

“If we do nothing…I can’t live with that. We must do something”.  Ariana Grande. 

Incidentally, whatever the goal, taking even a small step towards it immediately seems to increase success and efficacy.

This week, I was inspired by a friend taking the Acts-For-Peace ration challenge; living on the meagre  rations distributed to refugees for a week.  I don’t feel I could take the challenge myself at this particular point in time, but I could make a donation.  So I did.

How can you make a J.O.T of difference?

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Three Fun Ways To Support Your Favourite Causes

By March 1, 2016 Blog, Making a Diffference

It can be overwhelming reading or watching news stories sometimes.  The scale of some of the problems can make us want to turn away and forget, thinking nothing we can do could make a difference.

Of course, this is not the case, we know that every little bit helps.  But what if you want to do more than make a donation but are not in a situation to go and help on the ground, or don’t have the time to organize a major fundraiser?

Here are three fab ways to celebrate and appreciate what we have with people we appreciate, while helping those who are not so lucky!

In the course of a single morning, afternoon or evening you can not only make a contribution yourself but motivate others in a positive way to do the same!

  1. Host a charity party

A small group rather than a large function may be more manageable if you don’t have a lot of time.  I found a great article by Paula Biggs for Frog Prince Paperie (http://frogprincepaperie.com/2014/11/how-to-host-a-charity-party-at-home.html) with loads of tips on how to hold a successful charity party.

The type of party could be related to the type of charity you are collecting for, eg:

-breakfast party: to collect for school breakfasts for underprivileged children

-party themed to a particular country you want to collect money for

-international food and dress-up potluck party: to support Unicef or World Vision etc…

  1. Do something unusual online to raise money and see if it goes viral!

The Ice Bucket Challenge and No-Make-up Selfies are successful because they are invoke a sense of positivity and fun.  Also there is something nice about being part of something with lots of other people.  It’s exciting to be part of something big and that’s hot at the time because you get the sense that great things will happen…

  1. If you are into crafts, could have a craft circle to make things to send eg. to “Dress a Girl”.

Please share any other ideas you may have to help those in need, inspire others to do the same and spread some positivity in the process!

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