The season of good will and giving is just around the corner and it’s at this time of year that time of when we should look out for our common man. That’s where the website DoSomething.org comes in, by recommending global charity campaigns designed to help a number of causes.
We’ve taken a look at some of the great causes you can get involved with.
(Not) Stuck in Traffic
Around the world who are an estimated 20.9 million people are bought and sold worldwide due to human trafficking, about 80 per cent of these victims are sex trafficked. A lot of those who are trafficked tend to end up in homeless shelters.
The (not) Stuck in Traffic campaign encourages people to donate their unwanted clothes to charity, but to include a special hidden note. They want donors to write the number for your local people trafficking number, in a hidden place on the clothes, so that these poor people can get help.
We Are Able
This campaign hopes to help children with disabilities who are disproportionately vulnerable to violence, exploitation and abuse. To reduce this, campaigners want people to promote individual abilities and special skills. They provide a blank “I am able” sheet which you fill in with your greatest skill which you then tweet out with the hashtag #weareable.
It is estimated that over 115 million animals worldwide are used in laboratory experiments every year many in the cosmetic industry. The Kidnapped Cosmetics campaign encourages people to spread awareness of which companies test on animals, by taking friends products that test on animals and leaving a ransom note informing them why.
The internet can be a nasty place, with 1 in 10 children around the world saying they’ve been bullied online. The Positivity Page hopes to counter this by getting filling your friends’ Facebook feeds with positive posts instead of negative ones, to promote healthier self-esteem.
The world’s population is growing bigger and bigger and this is putting pressure on available water resources. There have been terrible droughts this year and the problems only going to get worse. The Shower song campaign encourages people to create a 5 minute playlist of songs so that people can time their showers and by reducing shower time to five minutes, the average person can save more than 1,500 gallons of water a year.
If any of these wonderful campaigns have interested you please visit DoSomething.org and sign up.
More of a concept than a journalist, Tom Percival was forged in the bowels of Salford University from which he emerged grasping a Masters in journalism.
Since then his rise has been described by himself as ‘meteoric’ rising to the esteemed rank of Social Editor at UNILAD as well as working at the BBC, Manchester Evening News, and ITV.
He credits his success to three core techniques, name repetition, personality mirroring, and never breaking off a handshake.