…well! I have patiently sat back and watched people use the TV media coverage of war to jump on the bandwagon of sharing ‘Hot’ news about affected areas, fall into fruitless arguments, hunt for ‘Likes’ and ‘Favourites’ and stir controversial debates…WHILE not many seem to actually do anything about any of the problems at hand. I mean sure, I will ‘Like’ your post about a graphic picture of a child who has been mutilated by a bomb (thanks for that image while I’m having my morning cup of tea by the way), to show my support and sympathy for what’s going on (I think?), but while your popular ‘Like-Attracting’ post might make some sleep well at night by giving them an elated sense of sainthood, it will in no way, shape or form help a kid who is sleeping at some shelter, and wakes up crying at night from the horrors they’ve experienced.
Annnnd….A little about me and why I’m doing this:
I am a part time Make Up Artist and a full time (trying to be) actor, and have always struggled with money! But in February, I came across this book of chocolate making, and having been a passionate baker and cook most of my life, an idea popped into my head…what if I do this and sell what I love? I won’t bore you with the details, but I did my research, studied the market and voila!! Here I am a few months later…somehow people have liked what I have to sell, and I have become a regular stall holder in both London and Canterbury at various markets!
I feel now I have reached a stage in my life and career where I can do what I’ve always wanted and somehow, truly, make a difference! Since I’ve started doing what I love, my acting career has been going from strength to strength, and due to the nature of both my works, I have met some absolutely fantastic people! Everything seems to be falling into place. I feel at home within myself and wake up with a smile every day. Even if I am having a stressful day, seeing a child walk past my stall, their eyes widen, and their jaw drop at the sight of colourful macaroons and chocolates, is enough for my day to brighten up again. One of the greatest aspects of this is a regular income, which I hadn’t had in many years! The feeling of always having some spare money in your wallet to spend, guilt free, on something that catches your eye in a shop window! Joy!
ANYWAY, the point I’m trying to make is that I can now live in relative comfort with a clear mind, and focus on things I have always wanted to do! I researched numerous charities because I had read a lot of horror stories about what happens to the money that people donate to some charities out there and into which hands they fall! This was until I came across War Child! What an awesome group of people and only 29 of them!! They are directly involved! They are based in north London and physically send their people to these areas for help…and what I love most is that they do it in such creative ways…music gigs, sports, arts and crafts, you name it…and they really do make a difference! Here is a link to their website, I will let you explore what they do here!
From Monday onwards, 10% of all my earnings from each stall I hold in London or Canterbury will go to this charity. They have been kind enough to let me do this, and what better way to donate to a charity than to end up with a sweet for your coffee or tea as a result? (That’s right, you don’t have to freeze, wipe your make up off, or any act of random bravery, just treat yourself to something nice to compliment your hot or cold beverage!)
My prices are extremely reasonable, I make absolutely everything from scratch at home and with lots of love! So if you’re about, come around and spread the word to your friends too….I am not asking you to donate money to me or to share this link! Simply spread the word about this lovely group of people and what I’m trying to do for them!
Meanwhile, I am going to try and talk to my local communities and see if I can find a venue to hold a bake sale purely for War Child and donate all proceeds from that day to this wonderful organisation!
Knowing myself, I have always felt I won’t be good at blogging, but I feel this is a cause which can finally motivate me to write about, pursue, and who knows, maybe one day have enough money and insight to visit some of these beautiful children myself and meet them up close! All I know for sure is that I’m on the right path, and with the help of you people spreading the word, so many many innocent lives can change for the better! ❤