Bachchhala Site Progress – Backfilling

After we had poured the concrete foundations we had to backfill the holes with the excess dirt we had previously dug out. This was a much easier job than digging and tidying up the foundation holes at the start of the project!

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Why I Did Not Accept the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

I would like to thank Nicola and Claire for my ALS ice bucket challenge nominations. You have successfully done your part in raising awareness of ALS (Amytrophic Lateral Sclerosis). ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, it is a condition I perviously had not heard of until watching both your videos and doing my research into the story behind the challenge. If you are not familiar with the challenges origins take a look at Peter Frates story here…….

I think the awareness and money raised through the ALS ice bucket challenge is phenomenal and I can’t fault it. I however have decided not to accept my nominations.

There are over 1.2 million charities worldwide and 180,000 are registered in the UK alone. I think it is fantastic that one viral challenge can make 1 of those million good causes known, but I can’t help think that there are thousands of other charities struggling who are unable to breach the conscience of the population in the same way.

Because of the sheer number of charities there are in this world I am a strong believer that charity always starts at home, with a charity close to your heart. (Much like Peter Frates friends). My chosen charity is always TRACKS a charity funded pre-school for children with autism. My brother attended TRACKS and without their support he would not be the character I know today.

As well as believing that charity starts at home, I also think it is in our best interests to be conscious of those who are more disadvantaged than us elsewhere in the world. Matt Damon highlights this exact issue in his own ice bucket challenge.

I had considered doing something similar myself with collected rainwater, although I don’t think doing the challenge really aligns with my own beliefs in charity giving. Those of you that know me well will know that I personally prefer to give my time to cause rather than my money. Which is why this evening after having written this post I chose to contact my chosen charity TRACKS  to offer them a few hours of my time.

With this in mind I would like to nominate Meredith, George & Pooja to think about a charity that is close to them and to give something to help aid their cause. This could be in the form of a donation of money or time, or even a video/song to help create awareness for the charities cause. The only thing I ask is that you document what you do and nominate 3 of your friends to give back in a similar way to you. Refer them to this post if you need to but keep the good giving going.

To Nicola, Claire and the other readers of this post – although some of you have already partaken in the ice bucket challenge I would like to re-nominate you to consider my above proposal and to partake in giving to a charity that is close to your heart.

Further Information:

ALS Association –
MNDA, the British equivilant to the ALS Asociation –
Water.Org, Matt Damons water aid chairty –
TRACKS, my chosen charity –