Friday, 16 September 2011
Bed Bound Mother Theresa
All in all though, I try, like most people, to be kind and considerate but when you're ill, it's very easy to get wrapped up in yourself. When mental or physical reserves are really depleted this is an entirely appropriate response. The really poorly just have to look after number one as there is no spare va va voom to give up for others. Happily, I'm not in that category. ln spite of limits to what I can do at the moment, I decided that doing something for others would give my sense of self-worth a bit of a lift too. It seemed like a win-win situation.
So, I've made use of the Internet and sent off some emails in response to Amnesty International campaign requests. The other thing that I did was to go on a shopping spree using my hard earned savings! I can see how this statement might cause eyebrows to raise. But fear not, I haven't worked out an argument for why an almighty act of prolific consumerism could possibly count as altruism. Instead I've 'raided' my Charities Aid Foundation account which I contribute to monthly and made some donations.
The reason that I decided to write this post was to publicise a less well known charity who got a few pennies from methat I heard of on the Radio 4 appeal the other week. Chance UK works with children who are exhibiting early signs of behavioural problems. They provide mentors who try to engage troubled kids and get them back on track so that they return to being normally naughty rather than going off track on a more permanent basis. Must rush now - surgery beckons!