Firstly, I’d just like to say a massive thank you to all of you who have supported me/the blog in any way.
I started this blog on 14th December 2016 and on 12th January 2017 I reached 5,000 total views on this website – this is all thanks to your efforts. Honestly, I’m still in awe.
This milestone has led me to think far more broadly about the purpose of all of this. How can I use this platform to facilitate some form of positive action? As my audience continues to grow, I firmly believe that my ability to create impact also expands.
So this is what I’m going to do.
Once a month, I am going to find a different cause – I will write about it and donate money towards it. In doing so, I aim to raise awareness for the given cause and ultimately support any fundraising efforts. I’m not saying that you have to donate money too; all I’m asking is that you take a brief moment to empathise with the purpose of the cause that I will be sharing on any given month. By reading about it, sharing it, discussing it or even donating to it, you are genuinely helping the lives of others.
Today I came across a JustGiving page being shared on social media for a Warwick University student named Alexander.
“We’re raising £50,000 to help Alexander beat brain cancer and give him back his dream of becoming a politician.”
Please read a brief extract from the JustGiving page established for his fundraising:
“Alexander was an aspiring young politician attending Warwick University when in early 2016 at the age of 20 years old he had a major fit which led to him being put in a coma for 3 days. After further medical investigation this talented young man was sadly diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer. Alexander has bravely undergone a frontal lobectomy and has had both chemotherapy and radiotherapy but sadly he continues to deteriorate. Alexander not only experiences extreme headaches on a daily basis, but he is also beginning to lose mobility on his left side.”
Joanna, his mother, has given up her job to take care of him.
But there may be hope; his family have found a clinic in Germany offering particular treatments that could help his chances for survival. Your donations will go towards these treatments, nutritional support and it will even aid the cost of accommodation for Joanna to remain with her son whilst he is treated.
Social media is a very powerful tool. A simple share of his JustGiving page on Facebook, or a Retweet on Twitter, can most definitely go a long way.
My thoughts and prayers go to him and his family – I wish them all the best.
You have the ability to create positive influence – one small action can have a great result.