I have just found out that a friend of mine has been diagnosed with Breast Cancer, she is well on the way to recovery, with the operation done and its now the treatment to kill the remainder off sounds horrendous to me, and after a conversation with her, she has come to terms and her outlook on life is different now what it was just a few months ago.
I have been searching my personal database (my brain) for a while now and I have come up with 2 separate things that I want my life to reflect before anything else potentially dire happens to me and they are:
Cancer trusts etc
I am not going to plow money what ever I have into the actual company who are looking for a cure or preventive measure for 2 reasons, one there is already millions being spent on this and my few thousand I may raise will be a drop in the ocean so to speak, and then the CEO and their staff members are taking such big salaries from these organization, I feel that I would be paying just their salary and not actually fund the work to find a cure.
So where am I going to put my money and effort?, well its the smaller charities and hospices (all will be vetted) so that my contribution will be made to those who need it most the people with cancer, if my money allows them to go on a holiday or pay that bill then I am going to direct my money in their direction. I want the people to have a better quality of life, what ever that is to them.
My back ground with cancer is that I have lost 4 friends to this already in my life and I hope I do not want to lose this friend as no 5. They were all friends, 2 at work and 2 socially, I particularly miss Janet as she introduced me to a who new level of photography, and for a period of around 4 years before I left the area I was living (London UK), I grew as a person, had lots of creative ideas for photography, and I know my photography did improve during that time. But in short we worked together for this photography group free of charge, but enjoyed every minute of it, and if I was still in London I would be a very active member, but alas I am out of the UK and currently living in ASIA.
I have worked with a small charity in the UK who provides holidays for kids with cancer aged 13 to mid 20′s, they provide the fun and laughter in an otherwise dark and horrible world. I did have the privilege of working with them taking photographs for them, and helping out at a few events a few years ago and I am still in touch with them. Their web site is http://www.youthcancertrust.org/
The 2nd thing I want to support is
Sound like an impossible project, well if you take it as a whole then yes it is a big project, but I love taking photographs of the sea, ocean and waves see www.imagesfromaroundtheworld.com
I came across a small project out of Chile via the twitter network it’s http://ocean-of-trash.blogspot.com/2012/01/book-information-save-sea-adventures-of.html
Please make a small donation to them, even if it’s only $1 it all helps.
It’s a small program to educate children about not polluting the sea with the plastics and other crap we dump in it, by accident or purpose, I do not know, only you who do it knows the answer to that question.
There are a number of causes that I follow on twitter , and it all about clean up of our shores, as I have been in Asia for 14 months now, and more recently I have seen tons of this discarded rubbish being washed up on the shore, and it’s all non biodegradable stuff plastics, bottle (all kinds), polystyrene etc photographs will be posted in a new blog, later today, once I have sorted them all out.
So in conclusion please help me to raise awareness and funds for these causes how I hear you ask?
1. A Direct donation to them via credit card, bank, PayPal etc
2. Buy a print subscription from me www.printsbypost.com and mention this blog and I will take 10% of this and split it 5% to YCT and 5% to Save the Seas causes. You just need to send me an email once you have made the purchase of the print subscription.
3. Please re blog, tweet this story and publish it on any medium you can, if you could send me a link to it’s on line or printed version of this publicity that would be great – so I know what is happening to the story.
4. I have the domain name www.spiritoftheocean.com for sale, please email me an offer and a donation will be made to the above causes.
5. Watch out in a few months time I will produce a calendar of ocean images for next year – I have done these in the past and they are great desk top versions.
Thanks for reading cotact details are below for all the above mentioned people
Follow me Michael Crawford-Hick on twitter @mchphoto
Web site www.imagesfromaroundtheworld.com and www.printsbypost.com
Youth Cancer Trust @YouthCancerYCT
Save the seas Alejandra Planet @RecyclesSave