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That Friday feeling

Those of you that follow my little blog will know that I like to post a good news story on a Friday.

It often involves a charity or people just being good Samaritans – this one is both.

I happily admit to being a sucker for any kind of animal charity – dogs in particular – as I think they are one of the most beautiful, loving, trusting animals on the planet and it shames humanity that we don’t always treat them in the same way.

The video above was posted by Hope for Paws, founded by Audrey and Eldad Hagar who have been fostering hundreds of animals in their home for the past eight years.They created Hope for Paws to help animals in this the U.S. who suffer and die every year because of negligence and abuse.

The fact that the dog in the video was in no way aggressive, despite the fact that it had clearly had a difficult time, just makes my admiration for a furry friends grow even more. I think we could all learn a lot from them.

If you want to commit to a Random act of Friday Kindness, giving to or helping out at an animal charity could make all the difference.

Have a fantastic Weekend.



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October 3, 2014 · 11:31 am

Friday Feeling

We live in an amazing age of technology, science, prosperity, medicine and transport, yet still people live in poverty.

Some people live in awful poverty. No clean water, no sanitation, no home.

Some people live in relative poverty. They have the basics, yet still they struggle.

In the UK 13 million people live below the poverty line. Compared to some, they may seem rich, but these people struggle. Almost 1 million of them have visited food banks in the last year to get handouts so that they can eat.

Luckily people are often generous.

Generous with money – donating food to these organisations.

Generous with time – volunteering to man and support them.

Generous with labour – working to supply them.

One such initiative that helps bring food to these food banks and others in need is the Abundance programme.

A growing movement that aims to make better use of neglected local fruit trees such as apples, pears and plums by organising volunteers to harvest the fruit.

Each year hundreds of fruit trees go unpicked, on both public and private land, either because people don’t notice them,  they aren’t physically able to harvest them or there are just too many fruits at one time. Abundance counters this waste by picking the fruit and redistributing the surplus to the community on a non-profit basis.

Fruit can also be used to make jams, chutneys and preserves, some of which can be sold on as part of a social enterprise. Abundance continues through the seasonal cycle with planting and pruning workshops.

Volunteers who take part have the pleasure of eating fresh, ripe fruit from the tree, finding out more about urban food growing and working alongside enthusiastic people of all ages. Most activity obviously takes place when the fruit is ready to harvest, generally between August and the end of October.

In America there is an initiative known as Food Forward.

Over the past five years, Rick Nahmias, the founder of Food Forward, has been able to feed millions of people in need, and he says, it all started with an orange.

In 2009, Nahmias was walking around the neighborhood with his dog when he saw “a great amount of fruit trees that weren’t being harvested.” A friend of his, in particular, had a tangerine tree and an orange tree, but only used a few of each for herself and her daughter. He had seen how many communities were in need, and that sparked the idea to harvest his friend’s fruit and donate it to a local food bank. He launched his first harvest in 2009 with the help of just one volunteer. Together they gathered 85 pounds of tangerines in just a few hours. Less than a month later, he enlisted 50 people on another harvest, which yielded 5,000 pounds of oranges that would have otherwise rotted. Now with three core programs in place, Food Forward recovers and donates 4 million pounds of food each year.

If you have a fruit tree with fruit going to waste, why not see if someone would like to harvest it for you. Or if you don’t have a fruit crop of your own, why not join in with one of these organisations – or who knows – maybe even start one of your own!

Spread the joy, share the fruit – It’s healthy, It’s free and it’s good for your soul.


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Lessons from an Elephant with a blue ribbon

It’s Friday – time to get our groove on!

It’s all too easy to get so wrapped up in the grind of our daily lives that we forget how to simply kick back and play, but rescued baby elephant Faa Mai is here to remind us that life is always worth celebrating. Visitors to the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand, witnessed this 5-year-old calf discovering just how much fun she could have with a blue elastic ribbon. Rhythmic Gymnastics – here we come!

Elephant Nature Park is operated and funded by the Save Elephant Foundation, a Thai non-profit organization that focuses its efforts on caring for the country’s captive elephant population. For almost 20 years, the park has provided a safe haven for these gorgeous animals. If you would like to donate to keep them going they’ll be able to help even more of these amazing creatures. That will be my Friday Random act of Kindness for this week.

If you could do with a smile today I urge you to check out the video and if you can, donate.

Have a great weekend 🙂

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ALS Ice bucket challenge

You’re probably aware of the Ice Bucket Challenge – it’s where people are nominated to tip a bucket of ice water over themselves. They then have to give a donation to ALS research and if they fail to do the challenge then they have to give a larger donation. They also then publicly nominate other people to take the challenge. There are literally dozens of videos circulating on social media sites and if you’re lucky you can watch your favourite (or least favourite) celebrity pouring ice water over themselves.

As with anything like this there have been lots of people attacking the idea – they point out that celebrities are covering themselves in ice water in order to give less to charity. They talk about the waste of clean water, they point out that it’s a publicity stunt, they get upset that people are having fun with this…but in my humble opinion, they are grasping on to the wrong end of the stick.

ALS charities have had a massive spike in donations. Millions of extra dollars that they wouldn’t otherwise have received. To date $41,000,000!

How great is that!!

People are having fun and raising money for charity.

How great is that?

ALS awareness has increased – maybe someone somewhere will have a better day because of greater understanding about their illness.

How great is that?

I got to see Tom Hiddleston looking like this….

tom hiddleston

How great is that?

So take from this what you will. You can be happy about increased giving to charity, increased awareness and people having some fun or if you want, you can be angry that it’s some kind of stunt – me, I choose happy.

Have a great day, whatever you decide.

I’m going to donate as my Friday random act of Kindness and if you feel like giving to support ALS too, here is the link to Donate.

For a more personal defence of the ALS Ice bucket challenge you might want to check out this Blog


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