November/Movember

handlebar_moustache_glitter_black_gold_photosculpture-r147ac7ef9e3a40898691e4be1132282e_x7sai_8byvr_512We’ve all seen it – the bandwagon that is the Movember moustache!

Men all over the country have been growing their moustaches.  But do they really know why they are doing it or has it just become another fad?

There are lots of guys in our village growing moustaches in November.  Are any of them being sponsored? I’ve no idea.  Have their efforts raised awareness of the problems it was set up for? I doubt it.

So do you know what Movember is all about?

Did you know it was originally set up  in New Zealand and Australia to raise funds & awareness of men’s health issues?  It was not just set up to raise awareness, but to raise funds to fight problems facing all men, with the likes of Prostrate Cancer and depression.

I was over the moon when my son shaved off his fully grown beard & moustache at the end of October to commence a Movember fund raising moustache.  He set up a charity page online and started growing his ‘tache.  Imagine my disappointment when I looked at his page today, 28th November, to find there were only 3 donations, myself, my husband & my daughter!  He has 629 friends on Facebook. (And something really weird just happened (he phoned me as I was typing this!) Oh well, I digress.

Anyway, there is still a chance for you guys & girlies out there to donate to the Movember charity, and guys, make sure you and others know why you have grown that hairy lip feature!! It matters, more than a competition between friends on how thick a ‘tache they can grow!!

 

Oh and by the way here’s my son’s just giving page! http://www.justgiving.com/Karl-Emsley

Feeling Benevolent

It’s been a while since I blogged on here, mainly due to so much going on in my life – but that’s another story.  I just wanted to let everyone know about a wonderful way to give money to your favourite cause whilst shopping & not having to pay extra for the benefit!

It’s a thing called Easy Fundraising and I’ve been using it for a while now to help raise funds for The Border Collie Trust which relies on public support, to help rescuing and re-homing border collies and collie crosses throughout the UK.  I’ve managed to raise over £70.00 so far which hasn’t hurt a bit & has actually made me feel really good.

Our local mum’s also use it to raise funds for the Hinstock Village Primary School.

easyfundraising.org.uk helps charities, schools, sports clubs, community groups, and other good causes to raise money when their supporters shop online.

It works in a similar way to many other loyalty shopping sites, but instead of earning points when you shop, you raise a donation for your cause instead.

Shopping online at over 2,000 well known stores with each donating up to 15% of your spend total. For example, John Lewis will donate 1%, Amazon 1.5%, The Body Shop 6% and some insurance retailers will donate up to £30 just for taking out one of their policies.

You can choose one of the already registered causes in their system to donate or you can register your own cause or charity by completing a short registration form.

If you are a UK Taxpayer, you can also Gift Aid.  Simply tick the Gift Aid box and complete the relevant fields. Every quarter Easy Fundraising will provide your cause (if they are a registered charity) with the information they need to make a claim from HMRC.

Unfortunately The Nest @ John Richards has not figured out a way to get our business on the site to donate but if you are using shopping online with one of the major retailers,  (I suppose, you have to sometimes as we don’t sell holidays etc) why not get yourself registered with Easy Fundraising and do your bit for a worthy cause at the same time?

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