#WATWB: Happy Tummy Happy Child

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We Are The World Blogfest

It’s the last Friday of the month and the 7th month in which we post good news stories in We Are The World Blogfest #WATWB. For me, as the day draws near and time is tighter, I wonder about where I’ll find a good news story amongst all the sturm und drang prevalent in the world today.

Then I find there are plenty of stories in South Africa from which to choose. This one appealed to me – uniting against childhood hunger – this is in the wider Cape Town Flats area – and I thought I could link this to myself. I plan to check the Health app on my phone which measures the number of steps I do daily and if for example I do 5000 steps on a day or even 8000 steps in a day, I’ll put a corresponding amount in a jar – 4000 steps is R4.00, 8000 steps is R8 and at the end of the month donate the amount to Blisters for Bread. I’ve already put the jar out on my desk – 

I was telling my son who is visiting from Cape Town about this and he wondered why we don’t just do these things anyway – why people contribute and support when an initiative is eg climbing Kilimanjaro, bicycling across Africa, swimming to Robben Island and so on … I reckon it’s because we like the initiative and to feel part of a community? And we can support anonymously …

A Happy Tummy is a Happy Child

Your cohosts for this month are: Michelle Wallace , Shilpa Garg,  Andrea Michaels,  Peter Nena,  Emerald Barnes. Please link to them in your WATWB posts and go say hi!

These are the guidelines for #WATWB if you’d like to take part –

Keep your post to below 500 words, as much as possible. Link to a human news story on your blog, one that shows love, humanity, and brotherhood. Paste in an excerpt and tell us why it touched you. No story is too big or small, as long as it goes beyond religion and politics, into the core of humanity.

 Place the WE ARE THE WORLD badge or banner on your Post and your Sidebar. Some of you have already done so, this is just a gentle reminder for the others. Help us spread the word on social media. Feel free to tweet, share using the #WATWB hashtag to help us trend.

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 Thank you for reading! Have a great weekend!

50 comments on “#WATWB Happy tummy happy child”

  1. Great initiative, Susan–help people AND get in shape at the same time. I love it!

    Thanks for the kind, lovely words on my blog this month. As always, you were so eloquent. My apologies for falling so far behind on visits and commenting. Hopefully you can forgive me.

  2. Dear Susan, Thank you for sharing your own good news story, for after yesterday, I feel we’ll all be needing many, many more. Nevertheless today it’s wonderful to read of how Elaine has been, “Mothering her Monarchs” and then to visit here and read the “Happy Tummy Happy Child” article. What a brilliant idea, and a true win-win situation for each walker/soul and each hungry child, on many, if not all levels, mind, body, spirit and soul.

    I agree, an initiative and deep sense of belonging often pulls us together as the love and joy of working collectively to try to help solve the world’s, countries, and even village problems appeals greatly. I love your idea of contributing based on how many steps you do … what a great incentive! Perfect excuse to take a hike in nature, or around our own gardens and country parks. I hope the day finds you well. Blessings always, Deborah.

    • Dear Deborah, thanks for coming by. I don’t know what happened to my reply – it disappeared. Never mind … I agree this is a win-win situation and since each of us is a part of the collective it gives a sense of communion and belonging to walk with an added purpose. As you say, there is something about ‘working’ collectively and in communion on practical levels.

      I’m down again in Plettenberg Bay (after returning home to Johannesburg 9 days ago) – I’ve been here since Sunday and am walking daily on the beach and recording the steps. I’m enjoying it. The Robberg, a peninsula that juts out from the Bay, is looking very tempting but I don’t think it’s wise to do it on my own. Who knows, maybe I will ..

      No words re Las Vegas – a terrible tragedy. Eruptions on so many levels …

      Blessings to you Deborah – Susan

  3. Wonderful, Susan. And, yes, I agree that being part of community is part of a project like this–walking for Alzheimer’s, running for cancer, paddling for clean water. Keep walking and being part of a community that helps others, especially hungry kids. Hungry kids need our help everywhere–some starving, some undernourished, some overnourished. Love to you and thank you for inspiration, Susan.

    • Thanks Elaine – we live so much what we are familiar with, our own comforts, and stretching outside of them can only to be our own good and the larger whole. We’re all hungry in one way or another – for peace and balance, calm and beauty. I’m sending you love – Susan

  4. I applaud all of this goodness and light-sharing. Tying your health app to donations more than doubles the effect, I think. All of that positive energy flying around is bound to multiplying itself many times over.

    Enjoy your visit with your son!

  5. Hi Susan, here is my theory on why it tying donations to actions is a great thing to do:

    Linking donations to personal initiatives keeps it in the forefront of our minds and makes us more likely to talk about it organically. With the jar on your desk, it might come up in conversation. Also, when you are with a friend and notice your counter pass 7000, you might mention it to the friend. Perhaps your friend will decide to do the same thing and the cycle of giving begins again.

    Repeat this scene several times and look at how quickly your one initiative can grow.

    Alternately, if you send money, you are much less likely to mention it to anyone, ending the cycle of giving right there. Your generosity is still wonderful and appreciated but not likely to spur someone else into giving in the same manner.

    Wonderful that you are doing this! I love the name of the organization Blisters for Bread!

    • I like what you say Emily thank you re linking donations with personal initiatives. Very few if any see my study but that doesn’t preclude me mentioning this to the odd friend which I will do. I agree that the cycle of giving can continue. Thinking about it, I’m not sure that my friends walk – they’re more gym people, but of course there’s that treadmill that perhaps can measure steps? I wonder … mmmm, thank you again, I will really think about this and see if the initiative can spread among my own small circle 🙂

  6. I like your idea of donating based on your own steps. I hope others see this and think it will aid them in their own donations. Thank you for sharing about Blisters for Bread and also for being a part of #WATWB

    • Thanks Lynn so much. I’m off down to the sea tomorrow for a week and am anticipating longer walks on the beach and the app on my phone recording this! Thank you for being part of #WATWB 😀

    • Thanks for coming by Michelle! A bit of self-interest linked to something like this is no bad thing! A win-win 🙂 Like clearing one’s wardrobe! I did that a little while ago – it’s again a win-win knowing that others will benefit.

  7. I’ve never heard of this! What a great idea. And yes, sometimes is is easier to do these things as part of an initiative, but I believe the more we participate in them, the more likely we are to think of them on our own as well.

  8. Blisters for Bread is a wonderful slogan, and this is a great initiative. I love your plan for contributing based on your own steps.

    I’ve thought a lot about why we contribute to what we do. Each year I choose twelve broad categories I wish to contribute to, and each month focus on one, choosing a particular charity/initiative to donate to. It brings me great delight researching who is doing what, and finding something that really resonates with me. It’s hard knowing we can’t contribute to everything, but focusing on things that really do light my heart makes it a bit easier.

    • Thanks for saying about choosing 12 categories Deborah for each year – this is a good plan and gives it focus. Especially when the drive particularly resonates. I can imagine how this would make it all easier. And clearing out one’s cupboards every now and then and taking to hospice shops is also a win-win …

  9. Hi Susan – what a great idea … small amounts mean so much. I had a whole lot of pennies and tuppennies and five pence pieces – which I had taken to the hospice in the past … but this time I took them to an old age computer group offering a get together – help with those tablet things, that facebook thing … I don’t think they’re into tweeting – yes twittering! … and other social things … we even had a computerised sewing machine at one stage … but the pennies help as there’s no funding …

    But food – an essential … I gather the foodbanks here are struggling – I think it must be because so many community groups, churches etc are now encouraging food bank style donations …

    Happy tummy, happy child and happy adult here … lovely story – thanks and cheers Hilary

    • Morning Hilary! Thanks for coming by and saying about the computer group of elderly people. Yes our small change can contribute to big changes. Food banks – it is extraordinary how much food is wasted. I heard something about food waste on the radio or TV the other day. But I know that supermarkets and restaurants do their bit in a meaningful way and there are often bins at supermarkets asking for contributions for basic food stuffs, tea, coffee, sugar, rice and so on which is easy to add to the shopping basket as one does one’s own. Have a lovely weekend, Susan

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