As you can see by the photo, I recently shaved off my hair in aid of cancer. It was part of the Shavathon by the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA). It’s simple, you make donation of at least R50 and you get to look like me! And as everyone says, “it’s all for a good cause”.
So, which are the most deserving causes for us to be involved with? The other day my daughter and I were driving to the beach when she saw a bumper sticker about the poaching of Rhinos in South Africa. What a great cause! And I am sure that people like Save the Rhino are doing great work.
But my daughter asked a really good question. She wondered why a cause like Save the Rhino seems to have more traction than Violence against Women and Children, especially in a country like South Africa. According to rape.co.za a girl has more chance of being raped in South Africa than learning to read. Or, as the website states, a woman is raped every 17 seconds in South Africa.
Causes like “stop poaching the rhinos” need no justification. It’s a slight on humanity to think that rhinos may become extinct because somebody believes it will enhance their sexual prowess. But, is it more important than putting an end to violence against women and children?
Each of us will rank these causes and the many other causes according to a variety of both private and public influences. I support the Shavothon from time to time because my Gran, my mother and father, as well as my brother all died of cancer.
Nobody is going to say rhinos are more important than violence against women. So how should you engage in these things? Here are some things that may help you.
- Don’t disengage! Because there are so many worthy causes, don’t let that overwhelm you. Get involved somewhere.
- Touch a few, but go deeper with one or two. My wife and I contribute regularly each month to three causes. But at the same time, we will engage with others that may touch us from time to time.
- Allocate a specific amount to the cause of your choice. Being intentional will helps you focus on the cause that strikes you. So, allocate an amount each month. Often activity follows the money.
- “Do for one what you wish you could do for all.” A great quote by Andy Stanly.
- Try a seasonal approach. Commit to a cause for a season and then evaluate. You may land up making a life-time commitment to that cause or you may find something that is more important to you.
- Let it be a heart issue. I think that you must allow yourself to be more than a donor. You should have your heart in the matter. This will make you an advocate, someone who will go the extra mile and help others to get involved.
- Try something like Kiva – a once off donation gets recycled over and over again, and they do a great job in keeping you up to date. This way you can have this kind of cause going in the background while you dive into something more hands on!
Let me know what you think