thiskindalove: ({doctor feelgood} feel good!)
Well, it's now 01:10am on Saturday. My 24 hours ended an hour and ten minutes ago.

Of course the first thing I did was I went and made myself an omelette. Can't go wrong with an omelette.

But that's it. Day survived, money raised, Tracy happy with it.

James, from work, suggested that we, the whole newspaper, do it as a group next year.

We'll see, I said, we'll see.

(My stomach is now freaking out because of food content. It's gurgling terribly.

Typical.)
thiskindalove: ({personal} relative insignficance)
So, it's 10pm here. I've not had anything to eat for, actually, 25 hours or so - I last had my dinner at about 8pm last night, but didn't finish eating it until 9pm-ish, so. 25 or 26 hours, I suppose.

The hours before midnight don't count. I was actually awake until 2am last night, reading The Tale Of The Body Thief (more David than a David fan can handle!)

(Actually, that's a lie. There's never enough David. He's so proper and fun. And very gentlemanly.

And he touches little boys.)

and so I'm counting from midnight last night until midnight tonight as my 24 hours. I think they almost wanted you to do 12noon-12noon, but I prefer it this way. It's not like I'm asleep before midnight, anyway, and it was a work day today, so it also wasn't as though I slept through until 2pm or anything.

Having said that, however, I did go lay down in bed to read for a while and ended up asleep from 5-10pm, when I didn't even feel as though I was tired. I wonder if you'd call that cheating. But I also wonder, y'know, in the grand scheme of things, if the people the money who will receive the benefits of the money I raised do the same thing - I wonder if they sleep to get away from the hunger. I don't know.

But I took my sponsorship card into work today, and the guys (and girls!) were so fucking generous it kind of made my heart swell.

  • Mum       €10
  • Mary       €5
  • Damien       €5
  • Leszek       €5
  • Linda-from-work       €5
  • Shirley       €5
  • Niamh       €5
  • Paul       €10
  • James       €10
  • Larry       €10
  • Elizabeth       €5
  • Nuala       €10
Which makes a total of €85. I've collected €65 of it so far, because those who had the money were nice enough just to give me the money right away. I've to collect the money from Mum, Mary and Elizabeth, and so that'll be not bad at all.

But, you guys. It's a small thing, really, this €85. I earn four times that in a good week. (Not recently, but you get the idea. When business is better and there's not a recession, I earn four times that, easily, in a good week.) But it's a small thing that might change somebody's life for the better.

And I'm happy enough with that as a contribution. Because until I went into work, I only had Mum's €10. ^_^;;; I didn't get around to going through the estate because I do not know people around here, except for Jane's parents, who live across the road from the exit of our cul-de-sac.

So €85?

Hell yes am I happy with that.

You read the first post I made on the subject of the fast? You'll know that €85 can change somebody's life.

I can't tell, however, if anybody made a donation through my page, although I asked Dad to forward it on to members of the family. But if he did and anybody made donations, then that's more money.

And today, to be perfectly honest, has not been so difficult.

I can honestly say that I've felt "hungrier" on days when I've not been Fasting. My stomach doesn't particularly hurt right now, but there's something there that could be called hunger, right around the edges of my stomach, you know?

I've been drinking plenty of fluids, anyway, and just now I've had a cup of coffee - although it suggests against it, because the idea is to stay hydrated, but it's almost the end of the day.

I feel kind of good about this, you guys.

Small steps and all. I'm not about to run out and join a religious order or anything, but it feels kind of nice, helping to change the world for the better.
thiskindalove: ({davidusher} out in the real world)
*begin message*



So, on March 6-7, 2009, I am going to be taking part in Trócaire's 24-hour fast. I've already convinced Mum to sponsor me €10! Score.

I'll ask in work on Friday, if anyone wants to sponsor me. I'm thinking about going around the estate to ask, too.

And of course I'm going to ask y'all, too.

You can make a donation via debit/credit card (er, I'm sure, outside of Ireland, they'd probably only accept credit card, but. Yeah.) at my "personalised" Trócaire Sponsorship Page.

Ahahaha. :D

Anyway! I got my sponsorship kit today, and here's a list of what sponsorship money could do:

    • €20 would provide an olive tree for a family in Palestine, helping them to earn an income, and replacing ancient olive trees destroyed during conflict.

    • €35 would provide seeds and trees for a family left impoverished by the conflict in Uganda. This would help them to grow food and provide wood for construction and fires.

    • €60 would fund business training for a woman widowed by the conflict in Uganda, helping her to set up a small business and support her family.

    • €100 would buy enough rice to feed a family in India for a whole year. This would help them to cope with food shortages and rising food prices.

    • €200 would provide eight people with 30 hours of literacy training each. There are 876 million illiterate adults in the world, and this is one of the main factors that keep people poor.





So! More than likely, a week on Friday, there will be lots of Twitters and LJ posts of, "OMFG AM STARVING." and y'all have that to look forward to.

I remember doing a fast when I was... 13? 14? I was in high school anyway, and because I was under 16, I was only allowed to do 12 hours.

24 hours is going to be a lot more difficult.

And yes, I'm down on my knees here, looking for your help.

Anything you can afford. Y'all know how much I love my food. And I'm willingly giving it up for a day to help the poor and the less fortunate and those starving African children my parents were always telling me about when I left some mashed totties on my plate when I was younger.

... Sarcasm aside, anything you can afford would be greatly appreciated, I'm sure, by the people who would be helped by it, and by me, because as I mentioned before, I am, by my own choice, giving up food for 24 hours to try and help other people.




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