9.26.2017

What Are You Giving?

Event Brite is currently running a campaign about giving more and charity.I think this is something that is very important so I was delighted to be a part of it and let me assure you, this is not sponsored in anyway. Kiran also talks about it on her blog, if you would like to read. I thoroughly enjoyed her post. 

There are a lot of people out there who are suffering. People who are ill, hungry, living in war torn areas, living in refugee camps,  dealing with abuse of different forms, people being trafficked, so many things. I could go on and on but you get my point. It's really sad , there's a lot of suffering in the world. My question to everyone reading this and also to myself is 'what are you giving?' Don't get me wrong, I know we cannot help every single person out there but we can all do a little bit. I know I should be doing more to give back and I'm sure some of you reading this also feel the same way. 

There are so many causes out there in different countries, you don't have to help everyone (pretty sure you can't) but you could pick let's say a particular cause that's close to your heart and give what you have. For example, I'm passionate about the internally displaced people (IDPs) in my country Nigeria and I would like to contribute in any way that I can to that. I'm also passionate about sick people , women and children in particular. I am in no way saying that I do not care about other causes, just that these ones are quite close to my heart. Only you knows what you care about, so find out what you care about and give towards it. I'm sure when I say give you're thinking of only money, here are some ways that you can give:


Money: Definitely had to start with this. Some charities allow monthly direct debits. You tell them how much you want to pledge and this amount is withdrawn from your account monthly. If you can't do that, a one-off payment is also great. A GoFundMe is also another way to give money. You might think just donating a fiver is nothing but trust me, it's something. A nice lady on Twitter was able to raise over £30,000 for her final year of medical school using GoFundMe. Not a lot of people donated hefty sums , they donated fivers and tens and before she knew it, it added up! Just remember, every little counts. There are countless ways to donate your money out there, you just do your research. I know some people are scared of getting scammed , I would say do your research and just follow your gut. 

Time: If like me, you're a student or you just don't have a lot of money to give, you could consider donating your time by volunteering. It doesn't even have to be for long, an hour in a charity shop isn't bad at all. Or volunteering to go with a charity to distribute supplies to people or something. For example Sanitary Aid is always on the hunt for volunteers to help them distribute pads to girls in public schools and IDP camps.

I used to volunteer at a charity shop once a week for two hours and it was quite nice. If you don't have money, you could consider giving your time.

Walks/Runs: Walks and runs are also a great way to give. There are walks for cancer, dementia, brain injury, addiction and so on. This probably involves purchasing a tee shirt or maybe a souvenir. It doesn't cost a lot, you'll be raising awareness for something important and also getting fit at the same time. What's to lose?
Concerts/Events: Sometimes, concerts or events such as fashion shows are organized and the proceeds usually go to charity . For example, Ariana Grande's concert a few months ago was to raise money for the victims of the Manchester bombing. I'm sure that those who attended enjoyed the concert thoroughly and they were able to give to a great cause at the same time. Win win right?

Awareness: Anytime I see someone on Twitter trying to raise money for one thing or another, I retweet. I might not be able to help but maybe someone who follows me can. Raising awareness is a great way to give back and it has more impact than you think. Share on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, tell your friends, your classmates, your PTA group, whatever. If there's a cause you're passionate about and you want others to know so they can help too, speak about it!


I hope I've been able to inspire someone out there to try to do more. I've certainly inspired myself lol. You may think you don't have anything to give but trust me, you do. Even if it's putting hundred Naira* or a pound in a homeless person's cup, you've given something. It doesn't have to be big, we can all start small. Eventbrite has a page where you can see events for charities if you're interested and you can check that here. 

*Naira- Nigeria's currency. 
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34 comments

  1. This is so true. Donating money isn't the only way to give back . Great post 💜

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  2. I love doing walks/runs for charity. It's a good way to get out there. I've also volunteered at food stands outside grocery stores! Doing little things to help out always makes me feel good!
    x Kenzie // Kenzieblogslife.wordpress.com

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    1. You feel good and the person who you're helping feels good too. Win win right? Thanks Kenzie! :)

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  3. What a lovely post! I love charity concerts. They make the experience 10 times more amazing.x I hope there are more of those to give back to people.

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    1. Charity concerts are such a great concept! Thanks for reading :)

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  4. This is such a great post Demi and all of your ideas are valid. Thank you for sharing. Xx

    KacheeTee.com

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  5. Great post, there are others ways to give, doesn't just have to be money...xxx


    www.sunlightdreamer.com

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  6. This is such a brilliant idea and I love how you've come up with many ways to contribute to doing more for charities and the community! I love giving to local causes and anything to do with animal welfare as this is important to me but I always try to help whatever the cause xx

    Jenny | Krystel Couture X

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    1. Aww thank you Jenny! I totally forgot to mention animal charities/causes in this post. I think it's great that you always try to help :)

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  7. great post - just a caution to folks to always research their charity of choice, sometimes a $10 is less because of fees etc. volunteering time and clothing always helps so much.
    http://ahhhsoneo.com

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    1. that's such a great point, thank you for sharing :)

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  8. This is such a lovely idea for a blog post. I completely agree with you - it's so important to give back and try to help the world be a better place. For the last year, I've been volunteering for two hours every weekend in a local charity shop and I really enjoy it. Great post!

    Heather xx
    https://www.hefafa.me.uk

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    1. Aw thank you so much Heather! It's great that you're helping out , we all need to do so :)

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  9. It's always super important for me to give back. I always donate old clothes and things in my house I am getting rid of. I'd rather donate them to someone in need, then put them up on a site and ask for money for them. Personally anyway. Every year I also pick a charily to donate to monthly as my new year's resolution. Everyone can afford $5 or $10 a month!

    -Emily www.coatandcoffee.com

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    1. I totally agree! It's so much nicer to give out old stuff to people who really need them (not to talk of way easier than selling them online) , I suppose it does depend on what it is.
      I think that's wonderful, the fact that you pick a charity as a New Year's resolution, how brilliant! <3

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  10. This is such an important post - it is so great that you're raising awareness about the fact that money isn't the only way to help a cause one feels strongly about. I often volunteer for a local animal charity and it is the most fulfilling activity in the world. And in early 2018 I will be going to America to work for a charity which helps homeless children all around the world and I could not be more excited. xx

    maria (http://whatismaria.com)

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    1. You're going to volunteer abroad?! How exciting is that! :)

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  11. This is such an amazing post! I work for a charity that isn't government funded so we sometimes struggle to get by, but when people go out of their way to donate and help it's always so uplifting! Thanks for sharing this!

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

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    1. Aw that's so nice, I can imagine how great it feels. Thanks so much Anika :)

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  12. Time is perhaps one of the best things one can give. It's also very rewarding and eye opening to engage in certain causes. Great post by the way!

    annescribblesanddoodles.blogspot.com

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    1. Giving your time is truly very rewarding and eye-opening. Thank you Anne! <3

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  13. This is such an amazing post... I so agree with your thoughts about how we can give and contribute by engaging in different charity causes...
    Beauty and fashion

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  14. Even if you don't have very much to give, I think awareness is something that everyone is able to help with! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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    1. Yup, that's something everyone can give. Thanks Audrey! :)

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  15. This is a great wake up call! I love to give and my goal in life is to do that!
    Loved the ideas you gave here :)


    http://www.desiringsme.com/

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    1. Thank you Yaramel, glad you liked the ideas! :)

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