As promised a few weeks back, here is an update on the story of T – the little ballet star I work with whose father has untreatable cancer.
You can find my original post here.
Firstly, I want to send a huge, massive, heartfelt THANK YOU to all the kind and caring people who donated to my original appeal for help for Tuesday and her family. As you will see, if you go to the ‘Go Fund Me’ site, your donations have already made a massive impact and T’s Mum and Dad would like me to pass on their gratitude and wonder that people who have never met them can be so kind.
If – understandably! – you felt uncomfortable sending a donation via my PayPal account, you’ll be pleased to know that there is now a proper funding site set up. You’ll find details, and T’s own version of her story here.
I’m very much aware that being asked for money dredges up all kinds of resistance in all of us.
I can’t speak for others, but the kind of thoughts that go through my mind are:
“Hey, I’m on a really limited income. Is it reasonable to expect me to give some of my money to someone I don’t even know?”
or “The world is full of deserving cases. Why should I give to this one? How on earth do I choose?”
or “I can only afford to give £x (or even x pence) and people will think I’m really mean if I only give that much.”
When we’re made to feel uncomfortable by thoughts like that, the easiest way out is to put the whole thing aside and move on.
I’m not great at this fundraising lark, but these are people I know and care about, so I’d love to see them fulfil their dream, whatever adventures and wonders this new phase of their life will bring them.
If it helps, you can donate via Go Fund Me
keeping your identity anonymous if you wish, so if you only feel comfortable giving 50 pence or 50 cents, that’s just fine. All the money and the energy of kind, caring people will build up and help this family to move forwards.
Thanks again to everyone who has already donated, shared the link and sent healing energy to T’s family.