Time to make time for charity
Charity, like the notions of volunteerism and philanthropy, provides real social bonding and contributes to the creation of inclusive and more resilient societies. Charity can alleviate the worst effects of humanitarian crises, supplement public services in health care, education, housing and child protection. It assists the advancement of culture, science, sports, and the protection of cultural and natural heritage. It also promotes the rights of the marginalized and underprivileged and spreads the message of humanity in conflict situations.
The International Day of Charity was established with the objective of sensitizing and mobilizing people, NGOs, and stakeholders all around the world to help others through volunteer and philanthropic activities.
The date of 5 September was chosen in order to commemorate the anniversary of the passing away of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 "for work undertaken in the struggle to overcome poverty and distress, which also constitute a threat to peace."
When you think of a 'countryside organisation' how many of them are charities? Probably the majority of them. It seems that most our British countryside and nature is overseen in one way or another by charitable organisations, from the big one everyone knows like RSPB, National Trust and Wildlife Trusts to the smaller groups like Froglife and the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust and the tiny local friends of groups caring for one specific site. If you think your site would benefit from a “Friends of” group but don’t know where to start read this In Depth article by CJS with thanks for Leeds City Council.
Please have a look at our featured charities pages to see the wonderful articles written for us by 'our' charities each year, this year we're featuring The Vincent Wildlife Trust founded in 1975 by the late Vincent Weir, a philanthropist, naturalist and visionary. The Trust has been at the forefront of mammal conservation in Britain and Ireland for over 40 years. We'll be introducing our next charity later this year, if your organisation would like to be our featured charity please contact us to find out what's involved and what CJS can offer you. Readers you may nominate your chosen charity as well, we do have a short list in mind but are always open to suggestions. Email suggestions and requests to Kerryn on Kerryn@countryside-jobs.com