...and why you won't make me feel bad for it.
So it finally, probably inevitably, happened. I was nominated to do the ice bucket challenge in aid of MND/ALS (depending where you are in the world). I was hoping this would all just pass me by without involving me, but there you go.
Now don't get my wrong, research into such a horrible illness is obviously a good thing. But then so is research in to alzimers, dementia, multiple sclerosis and many other life altering illnesses. Not to mention the many and varied forms of cancer. Then there are all the charities that help those less fortunate than ourselves, whether they be at home or abroad, not to mention the animal charities, the heritage charities, the environmental charities and the many others that don't fit into any of the above categories. The are all (one hopes) raising money for good and worthy causes and all equally deserving of our time, attention and money.
I would love to be able to put lots of money into lots of different charities, but unfortunately money is a scarce resource for lots of us, and there is no advantage to anyone in bankrupting ourselves by giving to charity. This is why I have a personal list of charities that for one reason or another I donate to on a regular basis. How I came up with this list is no ones business but mine, and I am at peace with my decision. I donate all the money I can afford across the year, and further to this, I donate my time to various charities and causes. Because of this, I feel no compunction to complete my challenge.
As an aside,if you are going to join in, please make sure you know why you are doing and what it is all for. The reason you drop a bucket of ice water over yourself is because it simulates, for a short moment of time, the pain that a MND/ALS sufferer feels all of the time. Also, if you say you are donating, actually do it, the statistic I heard in the news was that something like half of the sheep, I mean people, doing it don't actually donate to anyone. Talk about jumping on the bandwagon.