Give £101 to Charity
YAY! I did this quite unexpectedly. I was considering a health kick, not to mention a weight loss programme and because my month without alcohol was so successful last year I decided to do it again. This time instead of November I joined the Sober for October challenge for extra motivation.
Go Sober for October is an incentive to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Care which is a phenomenally worthy cause. When prompted whether to share on social media I thought ‘What the hell?’ I rarely share causes on Facebook as I feel it can be saturated with them but I thought even if half of my 200 facebook friends gave me a £1 I would have cracked it.
To be honest not many people sponsored me but thanks to only seven INCREDIBLE friends I surpassed my target. Thank you so much to Ronnie, Julia (together we are the 3 amigos) Pamela and Lia (from HK), cousin Sharon the lovely Emma and Gill (my IOW crew), Debbie (an old friend I miss very much) and Jamie who I am thrilled to say has just got engaged. I am a very happy girl.
The challenge wasn’t too bad, luckily I have cut down to only social drinking now anyway which isn’t that often. The problem was October, as those who know us well can tell you, is birthday month in our household, not one birthday toast passed my lips.
Health benefits? I am sure that I did benefit in the long run but I must admit sleep was scarce on the nights I got home late and I was still driving in my mind at 3am in the morning.
But here are a few little facts to persuade me that I have done the right thing.
1. Less alcohol means better joints, better complexion and better health generally
2. Several types of cancer are caused or not helped by alcohol, having lost so many people from this diabolical disease why risk it?
3. Alcohol means you do and say the most stupidest of things – yes guilty – I don’t like being off my guard and I hate it when my defences are down. Maybe it is my age, the fact I have been suffering with grief or that I am cutting down on alcohol generally, but on a couple of occasions this year I have let myself down badly, not helped by alcohol and I have felt rotten.
Macmillan is such a worthy charity, they provide practical, medical and financial support to cancer sufferers and their families (read more here) and I am very glad in my small way, I have been able to support them.
I believe that the link is still open, if you would like to donate to Macmillan, or better yet why not consider signing up for next year. It is never going to be a ‘convenient’ month, so just do it!
Not to mention another challenge ticked off 😊
Raising £101 for Charity was one of my 101 challenges to complete in 1001 days. You can read them all here. IF you can help me in any way I would be very glad to hear from you.
Until next time