So, first things first - This is my contribution to Paint Party Friday this week - You might remember how I did the pointy portrait of our boy dog, Reuben, a while back? Well, I couldn't not also do one of our girl dog, Brodie, and after umpteen attempts to get just the right photograph to work from, I started it this week (a half hour here and there during my lunchbreak at work). It's a work in progress obviously, but although I've finished a few more Twisty Towns, this seemed appropriate for what I really wanted to talk about this week which is this...
Money for nothing (sort of!)
As anyone who is a regular visitor to my blog will no doubt know, animals are the thing I get most fired up about - more specifically the never ending catalogue of horrific things that humans (with the alleged superior intelligence) inflict upon the creatures that we share this planet with. Anyway, it's for that reason that if I ever sign a petition or donate to charity then more often than not, it will be in support of one of the planet's creatures or another. For me it's animals, for you it might be children, the elderly or a cancer charity - we all have something that affects us personally or just means a lot to us for one reason or another.
Recently, I discovered Easyfundraising - a website set up specifically to help those of us who regularly shop online (and let's face it, credit crunch or not, who doesn't shop online these days?). It couldn't be easier - you register your email address and choose the charity you'd like to donate to then each time you plan on treating yourself to something online, instead of going directly to the retailer's website you simply go via Easyfundraising's website and the retailer will automatically donate a percentage of what you spend.
It doesn't actually cost you a penny but you are helping the charity of your choice everytime you indulge in a spot of online retail therapy -what's not to love!
Easyfundraising email you to confirm that a donation has been made and then every couple of months they let you know how much has been raised for your chosen charity. I have two using two different email addresses - Dog's Trust which is a well known UK charity and Assisi Animal Sanctuary which is a small animal refuge in my home town. I got an email about both of these letting me know how much was being sent to them this month. Unfortunately, even though Assisi has a lot of local support, only 3 people are registered with Easyfundraising and so we didn't raise enough to warrant sending a cheque this time around (It has to be over £15). This is why I felt compelled to write this post - it seems crazy to me that more people wouldn't register - it's the easiest possible way to raise money for the charity of your choice!
Although Easyfundraising is for UK charities, I'm sure if any folk reading this from anywhere else in the world wanted to help raise funds for a charity that means something to them, they could still register and shop (E.g Amazon, Ebay) via Easyfundraising anyway. It is, after all, the charitable thing to do :0)
Happy Paint Party Friday!
Happy Paint Party Friday!