I trust you have all had an amazing week and are looking forward to a little relaxation on the weekend (however if you go by the name of Elly-Grace, sadly that will not be the case!). As mentioned in myÂ last blogpostÂ my next little piece of writing was going to talk about my â€™40 Hour famine journeyâ€™, how much I have raised and just why I chose to do it – because you have to have some motivation to go 40 hours without food. But before we catapult into the sad tragedy of poverty I would love to include a little something about the term â€˜going dutchâ€™ thatÂ my grandma defined for meÂ (Supposedly this little verbal tangent will link somehow into my famine talk discussion…hereâ€™s hoping!).Â
G O I N G Â Â D U T C HÂ
I have never heard of this term before and initially my mind conjured up images of myself walking into a room and â€˜turningâ€™ in a dutch person – so to speak- oh how I take things so literal. However, I am always terribly wrong and a little google search led me to understand what this actually means, a perfect definition for a few situations I have been in recently.Â
“Going Dutch” is a term that indicates that each person participating in a group activity pays for themselves, rather than any person paying for anyone else, particularly in a restaurant bill. It is also calledÂ Dutch date,Â Dutch treatÂ (the oldest form) and “doing Dutch”.
After some research I have made a link for howÂ â€˜going dutchâ€™ is such a strong problem in our society.
“How much money will I need?â€
“How much money do you have?”
“Paying separately or together?â€ – separatelyÂ
Money this, money that and not enough time to consider that itâ€™s only money really…
It has become a common necessity that the money that fills our pockets and the sleeves of our wallets is money to be used for our benefits only. Itâ€™sÂ myÂ money inÂ myÂ wallet therefore it isÂ mine.Â But have we ever taken a step back from ourselves to realise that blessing someone else can be a life-changing act whichÂ involvesÂ you.Â Hereâ€™s three simple situations involving money that I or others have experienced which could make someoneâ€™s day!Â
(1) Shouting someone a coffee/ foodÂ : A girlÂ whom I will not embarrass by naming has been such a lovely friend to me. Before school about once a week we go to the church cafe at our school to quickly get a take-away coffee in these cold winter days. She always offers me one, I donâ€™t always accept because I feel bad but I feel so blessed that she wouldnâ€™t just guard her wallet as it is allÂ herÂ money.Â
(2) Just generally being generous- even to homeless people.Â I recently came across this video- the link is hereÂ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2RWG9BaflMÂ where two homeless men have an arm wrestle in order to win $100 from the person who created the video. I wonâ€™t spoil it I just think it is such an inspiring video on behalf of the man who gave $100 from his wallet and also what the homeless man (who has absolutely nothing) does for the other homeless man. Just watch it cause Iâ€™m not good at explaining haha!Â
(3) Donating to a cause …. such asÂ 40 hour famine or Destiny rescue- they are such amazing causes!Â
Yay, this is leading me into phase two of this blog post!Â
40 Â Â H O U R Â Â F A M I N EÂ
I participated in this wonderful cause last weekend 15-17 August. I started at 8:00pm Friday night and thankfully survived until Sunday 12 pm! If you would like to check out by clicking myÂ online profile here. Anyways!! I am sooo excited to say that have raised a crazy $460 to go towards families in poverty, this years aim being â€˜Rwandaâ€™. Â This money figure is only based from online donations. My original goal was $400 however I have reached over that goal ! Including other money in total I have raised $503. Â I am absolutely honoured with the generosity of others who, in my eyes, have broken the â€˜going dutchâ€™ term.
I chose to give up â€˜FOODâ€™ which was actually a very big step for me. You may look at me and automatically throw my name into the stereotypical category of â€˜oh that girl doesnâ€™t eat anyways so it wouldnâ€™t have been hard for herâ€™ but oh my gosh you clearly donâ€™t know me! Some assumed that I would try going with technology or even Facebook however I have actually already done that before- (when going overseas or camping.. etc) Shocking hey! So I thought Iâ€™d give no food a go! Below is a photo of what I got to have once an hour during my weekend- 2 barley sugars and green tea!Â
I wasÂ motivated to step away from my selfishness. I had never done this famine before and something needed to change, I needed a change! In our first world country we get offered everything from large portions of food to expensive clothing. Yet we still complain? Itâ€™s our nature to assume that we have it the worst and that others donâ€™t…. do you even know ? I wanted to step outside of my own problems and focus on something that I could make a small positive difference into! And we can allÂ make a stop to this!Â
I hope you have enjoyed my blog post tonight, please remember to, if you feel compelled to do so, donate here for my 40 hour famine sponsorshipÂ https://40hf2014.everydayhero.com/au/elly-graceÂ
And have a brilliant night lovelies,Â