From time to time I’ll tie in our Thank You Thursday post with dates from what I like to call the Kindness Kalendar. That is, specific days or months of the year that are used to campaign and fundraise for a particular charity or cause. I’ll generally pick out some of the lesser known ones, from more grass roots organisations or causes, with a goal of promoting them a bit too.
February is all about giving up for good. Feb Free is a fundraising initiative cooked up just over three years ago by a philanthropic producer based in Sydney. Feb Free is a fun and exciting initiative in which participants are sponsored to give up a vice for the month of February – the shortest month of the year.
Participants can choose what they go free in February. It might be something to do with improving your health, like alcohol or fast food; but it might even be some other indulgence you’ve become accustomed to like reading gossip magazines or eating gelato. In giving up this vice for a month participants are faced with a personal challenge which provides a platform for them to undertake peer-to-peer fundraising.
Although not yet as widespread as other month-long initiatives like Movember or Ocsober, Feb Free raises much needed funds for the School of St Jude – an educational facility in Tanzania set up by Australian woman, Gemma Sisia. Check out the Feb Free video below.
Gemma was a true visionary when she went on the path of setting up the school. It commenced in 2002 with just one teacher, three students and a bold vision to educate the future leaders of the country. Today, on a day to day basis, St Jude’s continues to positively impact the lives of almost 1600 students, 400 Tanzanian teachers and staff and the wider Tanzanian community.
So a BIG thanks today for both Feb Free Founders and The School of St Jude for their wonderful work in fighting poverty through education.
See you in the pond,
The Fish Chick.
Disclaimer: Fish Community Solutions is currently working on the Feb Free campaign in Australia, but nonetheless thinks it is a fabulous initiative and a wonderful cause. Visit www.febfree.com.au for more details.