Guaranteed you know by now that I've been collecting money for Movember. It's a popular campaign where men are encouraged to grow moustaches as a way of sparking conversation about men's health and wellbeing. So far over raised over $350 dollars, which isn't bad for someone who's just asking his friends and family for money. I think it's a really worthwhile cause and if you'd like to help out, there's a link on the right hand side of the page that will take you there. As added incentive, here's a photo of how disgusting I've opted to look for a whole month in the name of charity. Don't make me look like this for nothing.
But that's not the main reason for this post today. I got an email recently inviting me to take part in a campaign by the National Breast Cancer Foundation. It's called "Trek Towards a Cure" and aims to raise money by hiking through Peru for 12 days. Their aim is to have no deaths in Australia caused by breast cancer by 2030.
You might have just asked yourself the same question as me - how does hiking through Peru raise money for breast cancer? So far I've found no satisfactory reason. No discernible link between sightseeing in Peru and ending deaths by breast cancer. So could it possibly be worth going? I want to do it, but I'm not sure if I should. There are a number of things to take into consideration. I've listed them here so I can get your opinion...
- The trek doesn't take place until November next year, which gives my friends and family time to recover from my pestering during Movember this year.
- It will cost $770 to register for the trek, and $6600 to cover travel costs. This amount can be fundraised.
- If I've only managed to raise between 300-400 dollars for Movember this year, how am I supposed to raise six-and-a-half grand next year? And if by some miracle I manage to raise that money, what's left to actually go towards the cause?
- The foundation says their target is to raise an extra $4000 per person on top of the $6600 travel costs that will actually be donated.
- I've also been told that the people taking part get together and brainstorm ideas to raise the money. Things like sausage sizzles, movie nights etc generally raise a fair bit of money for the cause.
- If I was required to pay this out of my own money, I wouldn't do it. I'm saving up for my own house, and there's no way I'd pay for a big international trip with my own money before then.
- Am I basically asking the public to pay for me to go on holiday?
Thoughts and opinions are greatly appreciated.