The Wonderful World of Charity

The Wonderful World of Charity

I believe it is important to get a balanced picture of the world right now, the good, the bad and the ugly. It is a rarer sight indeed to see something positive being done because it gets shrouded by the negativity we see online and in the media on a regular basis. Thanks to an increase in social awareness and social media campaigns though, we have seen a huge increase in people getting involved in charity, which is really heart-warming to see.

There are always many charities campaigning at this time of year; there is something about the season of goodwill and sharing with our loved ones that makes people want to get involved more than they would normally, which is never going to be a bad thing! I just wanted to take a moment to look at some of the many wonderful ways you can get involved in charity these days.

Social Media Campaigns

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There have been a few really popular digital charity campaigns over the last few years that have really captured the social media generation, such as Movember: being sponsored to grow a moustache for the month of November to raise money for the Movember Foundation, who deal with a number of men’s health issues; and Dry January – being sponsored to go alcohol-free for the month of January to raise money for Alcohol Change UK.

Another recent campaign that was actually banned from TV but went viral was an Iceland advert about palm oil, which originated from a Greenpeace advert. Regardless of the source, the online traction this campaign saw was incredible.

Raising money for charity has never been so accessible, which is fantastic.

Ongoing Charity and Sponsorship

It is commonplace to see charity advert campaigns on TV asking for regular sponsorship to help those in need, whether this is children, animals or for an ongoing crisis that is devastating lives around the world. These campaigns are often hard-hitting because they deal with the very issues that we hope to never have to deal with ourselves.

I have recently seen a campaign that focused on helping the homeless, with essential supplies being delivered into the rough sleeper community by a group of young Muslims’, which I thought was a wonderful idea. In Islam, charity is a huge part of everyday life and I have recently found out what zakat is and means for Muslims; zakat is an obligation to share wealth to those less fortunate in their time of need, and focuses on purification and growth of the body and mind. This kind of ongoing charity is brilliant to see and opens up your eyes and hearts to the good that can be done.

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Charity Shops

Charity shops have long been a staple on our high streets. Thanks to a number of influential celebs endorsing ‘thrift shops’ over the last few years, though, the humble charity shop has found a resurgence in popularity – but there is always more that can be done. Not only are these shops a haven for hidden gems, you might be surprised at the quality and selection available – and you’re doing your bit for a good cause, too. So, next time you’re after a book or are simply looking for an afternoon of adventuring with the kids, why not visit a charity shop and see what you can find!







November Movember Goalvember

I’ve written before about how I like the odd flutter here and there, be it via online bingo or one of the many sites which allow users to have a small bet and hopefully win a few pounds back. I don’t buy scratch cards, bet on the horses despite having our own race course here at Thirsk, I don’t do the National Lottery, or indeed any paid lottery however I do enjoy the odd bet here and there at times.

To say I’m an amateur would be putting the point across very mildly indeed but hell, why not? Some of the games are actually quite fun! The latest to hit my radar is the Goalvember game from online betting site Coral. Running for another week (Goalvember / November) players get to pick their football hero from a list of players on the site who will be playing during the week on qualifying games. For every goal your “hero” places you get a free bet. I’m a new customer to Coral so it would only cost me a fiver to place.

This game has tickled me great, mostly because I don’t recognise anyone! Seriously, Gary Lineker, Gazza, Peter Schmeichel or even Emlyn Hughes are all players whose names ring a bell (me and my two sister grew up with three football loving brothers) so you can tell how long it has been since I’ve watched a match! Given that I know very little about the form of these players it really would be a lotto of sorts however I can see why the football fans out there who are a little more in the know would find this latest game a winner.

For me they all look like supermodels, no cut eyebrows, long hair or a dirty face to be seen and yet I’m guessing with a few Google clicks I could find a hoard of stats on any of them that took my fancy.

Are you a football fan? Would this game be one you could win free bets from? I’m not knowledgable in any way when it comes to the great came however what caught my eye was the fact that Coral are paying a pound to the prostate cancer UK charity for every entry so for me this could be an enjoyable way to do your November Movember Goalvember bit.


I’m all for a bit of charity fundraising and if you can enjoy yourself at the same time (I struggle to grow a Movember ‘Tash) then why not. Will you be supporting Movember and Prostate Cancer UK this month?