Five years ago, in response to the hyper-consumerism of November’s ‘Black Friday’ and ‘Cyber Monday’ – the biggest shopping days of the year in much of the Western world – a movement was started in the US to create an international day of giving, to be held every year on the last Tuesday in November. #givingtuesday has now spread to over 70 countries and has become one of the year’s most important days for British charities, raising millions of pounds for good causes.
In the UK, #givingtuesday is promoted by the Charities Aid Foundation, who run a series throughout each year called The Good ‘Uns. This features 8 ordinary people doing amazing things for charity, as way to inspire the rest of us to do our own ‘good stuff’ for charity, both on the day and through the year.
Naturally, we were thrilled when CAF asked if they could include Ecologia’s dedicated supporter Simon Clark in their series for 2017. Since last Easter, Simon has been running around the coast of mainland Britain in support of our work with vulnerable and marginalised children and young people, and has now covered over 3,500 miles and raised nearly £11,000, all while keeping up with his architectural design work on his laptop! It is wonderful that his efforts are being recognised nationally and we hope you will share his story to encourage him on over the last leg of his journey. To read more about what inspired Simon to take on his incredible challenge, scroll down to The Good ‘Uns on #GivingTuesday’s ‘What Can I Do’ page.