Today, I read an article about the Giving Pledge. It was the brainchild of Bill Gates, who wanted to encourage multi-millionaires to give away money to good causes.
The most recent recruit is a gentleman by the name of Sunny Varkey. He made his money through an education business and is now giving money to help people in developing countries who are unable to access education.
This made me think. We’re not all multi-millionaires. Which is a pity. But we do all have something to give to causes that are dear to our hearts.
For example, I wrote about the influence of bloggers and how we could choose whether or not to use our influence to do some good.
Take Emma for example. She blogs at Emma 4 FACS, a blog that is dedicated to her campaign to raise awareness for Fetal Anti Convulsant Syndrome. Her blog is just part of her work to further her cause.
I also frequently see posts from bloggers who address important topical issues on their blogs. For example, I loved this post from Amy at Mr And Mrs T Plus Three addressing the issue of female body image.
Amber at Goblin Child is fabulous at blogging from the point of view of an LGBT family. It is inspirational to see how much Amber and Kirsty have gone through on their journey to have their beautiful twins.
Amber also addresses the issue of pressure to breastfeed in a way that will be incredibly comforting for people who are currently struggling.
The other thing I notice about giving something back is that there is always a benefit to the individual. I’m the first to admit that I don’t do enough in terms of voluntary work or giving to charity.
But the one thing I do insist on is that we always have animals from rescue centres rather than buying them. I do this to ease my own conscience about the number of pets that are put to sleep every day because they are homeless.
But I’m pretty sure you’ll agree that we are all benefiting from it.
I hope that in the future, I’ll be able to play my own part in volunteering, giving money to charity or at least raising awareness of good causes.
I also want to teach my children that we all need to play our part in helping people, however small that part is.
It’s easy to criticise people who are multi-millionaires and assume that they are motivated by greed. So it’s nice to learn that lurking behind all the bad news stories, there people out there who are changing the world for the better.