One of my most important new year’s resolutions this year was to do something for charity every month.
I already had a charity in mind for January, but when the Haiti earthquake struck I decided I would concentrate my efforts on that.
I’m sure all of you have seen it on the news, and it’s absolutely heartbreaking. I find it so emotional, particularly the miracles of people, including children, surviving for days trapped under rubble. One story I saw on the news followed a man whose wife worked at a bank. He never stopped looking for her and eventually found her still alive under the building’s remains. LA firemen were enlisted to help get her out, and although it took hours it was successful. Obviously I had tears running down my face, but I had to laugh when she was being carried off on a stretcher and a reporter asked her, ‘Did you think you would die?’ and she answered ‘No, why would I?!’ as it were the most stupid question she’d ever been asked.
One of the most amazing things for me within this tragedy is the fact that the rest of the world has done so
much to help. Disaster really does bring nations together, and in a time when all we see on the news is violence and hate, it’s a lovely change to see different cultures working together for the good of all, whether that’s donating time, skills or money. Unfortunately, due to living so far away, the only thing I can donate is money. I donated through
If even one more person donates something to the cause because of this blog entry, then it will be worth it.