Why I’ve donated to the Gaza Crisis Appeal

Gaza Crisis AppealI don’t donate to charity very often, when I do it’s because I’ve been truly moved, horrified or outrage but the suffering being endured by innocent people. I used to donate regularly to help women who had been the victims of war in the Congo. This time I’m donating to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Gaza Crisis Appeal to help support the relief efforts to the hundreds of thousands of people who are in desperate need of food, water, shelter and medical care. People who have nowhere else to go.

You might have seen their appeal ads on television recently. I’ve added the BBC appeal below so that you can quickly find out more about the DEC and about what been happening in Gaza (thought I’m not sure who could have missed it if you’ve watched even a few minutes of news coverage recently).

Gaza’s children are the terrorists of tomorrow

I have been moved to act, my social conscience has been pricked, because at the heart of this humanitarian crisis caused by a self-defeating military onslaught, are the children of Gaza. Children who did not ask to be born in a war zone. Children who have nothing to do with Hamas‘s terror tunnels into Israel or with the rockets being aimed at Israeli homes, and mostly being deflected by their iron dome.

Children who as a result of this conflict are more likely to be part of the Hamas of the future. Children who will hate Israel. Children who will hate us because of our implied support for the Israeli government and the Israeli Defence Force. Our government armed them, our government has done little to stop them.

Let none of us forget the suffering from which hatred will spring forth

In twenty years time when a new war is being waged by young Palestinian terrorists upon Israel, or even upon the heart of our very existence in the western world, let none of us forget the tragedy and suffering from which that hatred emanated, and who caused that hatred to spring forth.

I’ve posted on Facebook, on twitter, donated and written this blog because I want those children to know that some of us stood up for them, that some us thought the war being waged upon them was deeply unjust, and that some of us did something to try to right those wrongs, in a very small, shamefully inadequate way. I wish I could do more.

So I’ve donated, and if you want to give to the appeal too here are the details:

Tel: 0370 6060900
Text: CRISIS to 70000 to give £5 (the whole £5



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Conscience kickers (link roundup) 25.4.14

This week's conscience kickersI’ve missed a couple of weeks due to the collision of work commitments and an impending house move, but that means is that there is plenty of conscience kicking material stored up to get your cogs whirring.

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Giving social workers the credit they richly deserve

I’ve just watched the final episode of the Channel 4 series 15000 Kids and Counting - the three part series that with unprecedented access to the child protection system revealed the whole adoption process through the eyes of birth parents, social workers, foster carers, adopters and of course the children themselves. Having worked in a child welfare charity I knew what to expect – but even so it was an emotional roller coaster. Continue reading

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Conscience kickers! (link round-up!) 4.4.14

This week's conscience kickersIt’s been a busy week here at My Social Conscience. I spent two days working in-house at Macmillan Cancer Support, spent a morning volunteering at local charity Loveworks, I’ve been writing this blog and just to keep things interesting I’ve also been taking part in Vlog Every Day in April with Savvy Sexy Social. Phew! In the midst of all of that there’s been plenty of conscience kicking articles, videos and blogs that have caught my eye – so here’s my round up of the week’s best! Continue reading

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A crisis of conscience about my relationships

Enlightened-doorwayThis week has been an enlightening one. Prompted by a combination of events and discoveries, I embarked on some soul-searching and faced up to some uncomfortable truths about my relationships.

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Conscience kickers (link roundup!) 28.03.14

This week's conscience kickers

Good morning everyone! It’s bright and early on a Friday morning and it’s time for this week’s Conscience Kickers – a roundup of links to articles, blog posts, tweets and whatever else that has caught my attention and set my grey matter on fire… Continue reading

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Stripey Stork: Supporting families this Mother’s Day

Cause of the Month March 2014Every month I am going to give a My Social Conscience shout-out to a cause that catches my eye because it is a shining example of how we CAN all make a difference if we set our mind to it. As it is Mother’s Day this Sunday it seems appropriate to highlight a fantastic charity in my local area that’s all about mums helping other mums who need a bit of a helping hand during difficult times. Continue reading

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Conscience kickers 21.03.2014

This week's conscience kickersRoll-up, roll-up! Here’s a roundup of the news and views that pricked my conscience and got me to sit up and take notice this week: Continue reading

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Tony Benn, you encouraged me

According to Gary Younge who wrote affectionately about him in the Guardian this week, Tony Benn, who died last week aged 88, wished his gravestone to read: ‘Tony Benn – he encouraged us.’

He encouraged me, and here’s how. In this era dominated by political spin, short-termism, and politicians who do and say what they need to in order to further their careers, he was a glimpse of light in the dark – a man governed by his convictions. The veteran Labour politician’s first loyalty was not to his party but to his principles.

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