“The True Measure of Any Society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members” – Mahatma Ghandi
Over the last month my Facebook newsfeed has been awash with videos of various celebrities and ordinary people participating in the Ice Bucket Challenge ~ having a bucket of iced water poured over their heads to raise awareness and money for charity: the ALS Association in America and Macmillan Cancer Support In the UK.
The views on whether this is the best way to use/waste such a valuable resource are controversial, considering the lack of safe, clean drinking water in many parts of our World. But I’m not about to debate those here. Family and friends have made a splash in good faith and ~ by the look of it ~ with great fun and ingenuity! As a fundraising drive, it’s been a huge success.
This morning I read about a spin~off variation, which has become an internet sensation in one short week. Started by Manju Latha Kalanidhi in Hyderabad, India, the Rice Bucket Challenge suggests that participants make a tasty meal from a bowl of ordinary rice and hand it directly to a needy person. Pictures of the act can then be posted to Facebook with the #ricebucketchallenge tag, as long as that’s not violating anybody’s privacy.
This simple act of compassion is not just relevant in India, though. My career in Social Housing taught me that hard times can befall any of us, at any given moment. The numbers of those in need, through no fault of their own, are rising, even in ‘civilised’ countries, where sound welfare provision for the vulnerable ought to be a top priority.
I haven’t been nominated for this particular challenge but I am going to donate the makings of a nourishing meal to the Food Bank, at my local supermarket. Someone here on The Isle of Wight will benefit immediately ~ and, from personal experience, I know how much my small donation will be appreciated.
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