This is something a bit different, it helps you to try new things whilst benefitting some good causes, and ALL without costing you a penny.

Welcome to Freegiving, where the ideas for giving are free, and giving to charity doesn't necessarily mean parting with your money.

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Stop NASA abusing animals

I know, it's been a ruddy long time since the last blog, but I've made an extra special effort today to write this one because of this: NASA expose monkeys to radiation It takes less than 60 seconds to add your details and send off the email the NASA administrative officials.

If you want to know more or want to send your views straight away head over to www.peta2.com

The space monkeys will be grateful!

Friday, 7 May 2010

Give Vaccines

For those of you that are familiar with FreeRice, here is something you will recognise. Give Vaccines is the same principle, but instead of rice, vaccines are provided for the GAVI Campaign.

It works because, as you do the quiz, the page refreshes and sponsors money from the adverts on each page pay for vaccines to immuninse children in third world countries where they are most needed.

Each time you answer a question correctly, you provide funds to buy 0.01ml of vaccine. It doesn't seem like much, but by the time you have let the addictive game swallow you up for 20 minutes or so, your donations can make a real difference.

-To play the game go to Give Vaccines.
-Or to find out more about the GAVI Campaign click here.

Sunday, 2 May 2010

Encourage Nestle Stop Destroying Rainforests

Greenpeace's latest campaign is aimed at the Nestle corporation. Turns out they are buying PalmOil from suppliers that destroy fragile habitats in Indonesia. All you have to do is add your name online to the e-mail to Nestlé CEO Paul Bulcke and Chairman of the Board of Directors Peter Brabeck-Letmathe and hit send.

If you're still not convinced check out this, their campaign video. (not for the squeemish)

-Click here to learn more and sign up straight away.
-Or, click here to find out what else Greenpeace are up to.

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Post a Smile on a Sick Child's Face

Watchers of Russell Howard's 'Good news' may have already checked out this site but I figured it's probably worth mentioning anyway as it's such a good project.

It's called Post Pals, just go to http://www.postpals.co.uk/ to get going. You can send cards, presents or even just an email to a kid of your choice, and it  may make a massive difference.

The children featured on the site suffer from a massive variety of un-pronouncable and life-threatening diseases. Even if you ignore everything I say, this one is really worth doing, so get going!

Friday, 16 April 2010

Cut it out for change

This is a really quirky FairTrade site including an entertaining short animation which is well worth a watch. Basically it is promoting FairTrade cotton (in association with Max Havelaar fair trade awards) and trying to encourage more large companies to get involved and help make a difference to trade across the globe. So if you care about the rights of farmers and workers world-wide cut your label out and sign the petition here.

And if you don't care about the wellbeing of farmers world-wide then it is still worth checking out the site for it's pure artisic value (..and also shame one you!)


Alternatively, for you twitterers out there, copy their tag into your twitter to share with your followers :)
"Cut it out for change with Fairetrade - Max Havelaar! Sign the video clip petition for fairtrade cotton http://www.changeonsdetiquette.fr/"

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Will my money make a difference?

I'm guilty of this; questioning whether or not my puny donation is really going to affect anyone. It was after the Haiti earthquake, when I learnt that celebrities had been reaching into their own pockets and making massive donations.

Sandra Bullock - $1 million
Brad and Angelina - $1 million
Madonna gave - $250,000
Giselle Bunchen - $1.5million
Tiger woods - $3million
Lance Armstrong (and LiveStrong) - $250,000
Tyler Perry - $250,000

That's $7.25 million (or approx £4.7 million) and that's just a handful of celebrity giving.

Back in 2004, when I had a job (or two) and charities called for donations after the earthquake/tsunami in the Indian ocean, which killed hundreds of thousands, I could afford to give what I considered to be a large enough amount to make a substantial difference in someones life. But now, alas, I am jobless and much more penniless and I can afford very little in terms of money.

So my question is this: Seeing as celebrities and famouses can give away millions upon millions, what good is my, quite frankly, pathetic donation of a few quid?

However, I've been mulling it over and I've come to consider three things. Firstly, just as in any aspect of life, to compare yourself to someone else is usually not a wise thing to do. It doesn't give you any truth, and certainly no real scale or grasp on the situtation (whatever the situation may be) because there will always, ALWAYS be someone from BOTH ends of the scale of comparison. Take Tiger wood's donation. Makes mine look quite miniscule, but compared to someone who didn't give anything, I'm doing the victory dance all over the moral high ground. :)

Secondly, any donation I give isn't just for the chosen cause. It is also for me. I'm so set on living what I consider to be a 'good life', to give back and share all I have and in order to achieve this (personal little mission of mine!) I need to start small, and giving change to make change is a good way to make myself feel like I am achieving something.

Lastly, and probably most predictably, it's power in numbers. I am right to think that my £ won't change much. But if I get 20 people to each give some, a real change can materialise. Hence why I even write this blog, to try and show you all that it's all about the mass effort. In some religions and cultures it's expected of you to give a proportion of everything you earn (usually about 5%) to charity. And why not??

Remember, you need hundreds of bricks to build a house.. and bricks are cheap.. or something.
Thanks for reading, get giving! :)

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Join Amnesty International

...and get free stuff! So if you're a student you can join Amnesty International for £7.50 a year and get goodies including a FREE T-shirt, badges (not badgers unfortunately), exclusive invites to comedy and music events as well a say in the future of the organisation.

Amnesty International, as you will probably know, campaign for human rights and freedoms, including victims of war, abused women etcetc
So you can do more than just become a member (which obviously costs you money) such as help to campaign by writing letters (for free!) Most of the cases really do tug the old heart strings so grab the tissues and start reading about hundreds of cases from around the world that deserve our attention.

Alternatively, if you think your penmanship isn't up to scratch, you can just browse the shop for fair-trade and organic goodies, the income from which helps to support Amnesty's good work.

Useful Links
-Amnesty International UK
-Amnesty Shop
-Amnesty's guide to writing letters
-Amnesty's list of cases
-AI on Facebook