I admit that I haven’t been following the recent news events, because I’ve had too much going on in my own life. Between my daughter’s autism diagnosis and getting made redundant from my previously beloved part time job, it’s been one thing after another. I speak in a very first world problems type of way though. Ultimately I know how incredibly fortunate I am to have a roof over my head, food in my fridge and a loving family surrounding me. Which is why I, along with every other mother I know, was moved to tears when the photo of drowned Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi started filling up our social media feeds.
I haven’t had it easy, in fact life has in parts been tougher for me than any other person I know, but nothing I have experienced even comes a teeny tiny bit close to what the refugees in Calais are going through. Nothing ever could. I feel ashamed that it’s taken me seeing this photo to snap me out of my bubble and start thinking about people outside of my little world.
I once made a statement that got me into trouble, but am standing by my words: I believe that apathy is worse than evil. My conscience won’t allow me to sit back and turn a blind eye because this doesn’t directly affect me and mine. As a blogger I’d like to use my voice for some greater good, and I’ll be getting involved in any way I can to try and make a small difference to these people’s lives.
I’ll be taking supplies to a lady in South London which will go straight to Calais, this amazing woman has opened her home as a storage warehouse, simply incredible! I’ll also be sending winter clothes, toiletries and crockery we no longer need to the charity In-Visible. Click on the coloured text to learn more about these grass roots organisations.
There’s lots that you could do from the comfort of your own home though. Such as sending a text to 70008 with the word SYRIA, to donate £5 to Save the Children. You could also sign the petition to lobby our government to ensure that Britain is accepting its fair share of refugees seeking safety in Europe.
Whatever you do, please don’t turn a blind eye.
Do something to help.
Whatever you decide, don’t chose apathy.