I have long considered the many different month long fund raising campaigns out there and every year I let them pass by seemingly accidentally. I know in my heart that it was a result of my laziness and fear, not any other excuse that I give myself. So this year, I am going to take the shortest month and try to make the most difference. I will be doing FebFast and giving up my luxurious 7am sleep-ins. My feet will hit the floor at 6 each morning to power walk at least 45 minutes. No leisurely stroll, these will be fast paced and pre-coffee. I might even run again if my asthma settles down. Selfishly, walk or run, these moments will be my alone time and I can get my priorities straight before anyone else in my family is even awake. More importantly, I will also be (with your help!) raising funds for disadvantaged young people in Australia.
As I explain on my page, I am not giving up my wine since I’m actually only having it once a week…maybe. I’m not giving up my coffee because no one needs that sort of mother/friend/human to be wandering the streets. I’m not giving up sugar either…out of principle. This had made me think what really would be difficult for me and what others have no choice but to do every day and how I could also make myself healthier for it… It did not take long for me to come up with a huge list of privileges and the one I would be giving up.
While I get to safely sleep in until 7am and rise from a comfortable bed to make breakfast for my three healthy kids who all get to attend school with home packed lunches, there are many here in Australia who don’t have any of these luxuries.
Where will these funds raised go? What will the money actually do???? Great questions! The answers are varied but simply from overcoming mental health issues and the impact of abuse and neglect, to finding safe housing and tackling drug and alcohol problems, febfast funds youth workers who connect with young people experiencing disadvantage and ultimately help them stand on their own two feet. My kids have not only me and Alec, but a huge family network of family and friends…I can’t imagine the lives of the young people who have none of that.
Maybe you will do your own fast or join me in my quest. I understand that money is tight, so maybe you will help in other ways like thinking of how you can help the youth of your own community. Anything that you can do to make things easier for someone less fortunate is a step towards a better world. If you do donate to my page, I want to thank you for supporting my febfast challenge to literally get my lucky and frankly, lazy rear end up and out the door at 6 each morning.
How shall I be accountable? What do you suggest I do to share my morning dedication with you all? A daily photo post taken durning my walk? A daily quote that motivates me? Combine the two? Give me your suggestions!!!!!