One of my most important new year’s resolutions this year was to do something for charity every month.
I already had a charity in mind for January, but when the Haiti earthquake struck I decided I would concentrate my efforts on that.
I’m sure all of you have seen it on the news, and it’s absolutely heartbreaking. I find it so emotional, particularly the miracles of people, including children, surviving for days trapped under rubble. One story I saw on the news followed a man whose wife worked at a bank. He never stopped looking for her and eventually found her still alive under the building’s remains. LA firemen were enlisted to help get her out, and although it took hours it was successful. Obviously I had tears running down my face, but I had to laugh when she was being carried off on a stretcher and a reporter asked her, ‘Did you think you would die?’ and she answered ‘No, why would I?!’ as it were the most stupid question she’d ever been asked.
One of the most amazing things for me within this tragedy is the fact that the rest of the world has done so
much to help. Disaster really does bring nations together, and in a time when all we see on the news is violence and hate, it’s a lovely change to see different cultures working together for the good of all, whether that’s donating time, skills or money. Unfortunately, due to living so far away, the only thing I can donate is money. I donated through Unicef UK (US version is here). If you haven’t already donated and can spare some money, then they take Paypal, debit cards and a range of other payment types. If you work you can also add Gift Aid on top of that. I recommend you use those links or Google a reputable charity or company (a national newspaper, Google, Save the Children etc.) so you don’t get scammed and so your money goes where it’s needed. I think at last count I saw that the UK had raised over Â£230 million, which whilst it won’t bring back the hundreds of thousands of loved ones that have been lost, it can help people to rebuild their lives and find some hope amongst the destruction. There are people who need food and water out there.
If even one more person donates something to the cause because of this blog entry, then it will be worth it.