So it can’t have escaped your notice that there’s a challenge going round. But incase you missed it the challenge consists of a person being nominated to donate money to an ALS charity and to throw a bucket of iced water over themselves. The challenges spread via social media and help to raise awareness of the condition. ALS is a motor neurone disease. There is no cure. There are very few treatments beyond those to alleviate the symptoms as the body’s motor neurons stop firing. This leads to the shutting down the muscles governing everything from walking to breathing leaving the person wheelchair bond and unable to look after themselves. It is a brutal condition and affects not only the person suffering from it but everyone around them.
I haven’t been been nominated for the challenge yet but will be tonight or tomorrow as my husband has just been nominated. I am all for raising awareness especially for charities that are already underfunded. However, I doubt most of the people who have taken the challenge and uploaded their video to social media have given their money. Even if they have then this leads to other problems too. Charities, especially underfunded ones, don’t always know what to do when they receive such huge amounts of money. Mark Zuckerberg donated a large sum of money to a charity last year and already the projects they put in place had to be reviewed as they failed within months, now almost all of the money has been spent but many people at the charity have said it could have been spent in much more effective ways.
I have had a few people who have been nominated and have donated to different charities, for me this is the right direction for these social media challenges.
Let people donate to whatever charity they decide, let them tell the world in their video which charity they are donating to so that awareness is raised and let them do a little good.
Here are a selection of underfunded charities in the UK. Maybe you would like to donate to one of them when your nomination comes along!
Refuge- for women and children effected by violence. http://refuge.org.uk
Alzheimer’s- helps to find preventions,
treatments and hopefully a cure for dementia. http://www.charitychoice.co.uk/alzheimers-research-uk/
Brain tumour research- helping to find research into brain tumours one of the worst funded types of cancer. http://www.braintumourresearch.org
Bliss- a charity that helps premature babies and their families. http://www.bliss.org.uk
Young minds- a charity committed to helping young people struggling with mental health problems. http://www.youngminds.org.uk
These are all charities I’ve heard of or have helped someone I know.
Feel free to find your own, comment or nominate them in your challenge.
(I have only put national charities here but there are many worthy and underfunded local projects. For example in my local area we support: