#nomakeupselfie is what again?
I’ll tell you straight, I’m not really a huge fan of taking pictures of myself. It’s not that I don’t like pictures, I actually don’t mind joining in on others’ picture taking fun, but I was just never big on taking pictures of myself… or at least not since I closed down my Myspace profile many many years ago!
For many girls I know, voluntarily presenting themselves to the world without make-up is not really an everyday occurrence, so when I started seeing a plethora of no makeup selfies floating around the Facebook-o-sphere, I knew something must be up.
Initially, I thought it was the female version of the Neknominations going on, because the girls all seemed to be nominating each other to take part. After a little bit more research, I found out that it was actually a very simple, but effective PR stunt of unknown origin, using the hashtags #nomakeupselfie and #cancerawareness that resulted in over £2,000,000 being raised within two days for Cancer Research UK. Although Cancer Research UK did not start the trend, the buzz and boost in awareness is absolutely fantastic news!
Not knowing all too much about Cancer, having luckily escaped this disease within our family so far (touch wood.), I took a look around the Cancer Research UK site and found out some pretty shocking facts.
Facts about Cancer in the UK
Did you know…
- There are more than 200 types of cancer, each with different causes, symptoms and treatments.
- Every two minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with cancer.
- More than 1 in 3 people in the UK will develop some form of cancer during their lifetime.
- Cancer causes more than one in four of all deaths in the UK.
- In the UK in 2011, more than 430 people died from cancer every day, that’s one person every four minutes.
- Nearly 4% of cancers in the UK are linked to occupation. (This I found very interesting…)
How Cancer research helps
- Half of people diagnosed with cancer now survive their disease for at least five years.
- Cancer survival rates in the UK have doubled in the last 40 years.
- Three-quarters of children are now cured of their disease, compared with around a quarter in the late 1960s.
How can you help?
There are a number of ways that you can help fight the battle against Cancer, so why not see if you could give that little bit extra to this great cause?
Volunteer in Cancer Research Shops/Events/Offices
Charities are constantly looking for help in their endeavours to raise funds and continue the battle against Cancer and other diseases and disasters. Volunteering is a great way to support the cause as well as raise awareness within the community of the prevalence of the illness within society.
With the likes of the Color Me Rad race and various Cancer awareness days all year-round, there is always a good excuse to raise money for a good cause. It doesn’t matter if you raise £30 or £3,000 it still ends up going to a good place. I used Halloween as a good excuse for a Ronald McDonald House Charities fundraiser a few years back, which was great fun!
Volunteer Your Time
One of the most precious things you can give in life is your time, as you’ll never get any more of it and there are often schemes where you can give Cancer sufferers in person support to help ease their suffering.
One of these schemes is the Clown Therapy for Cancer scheme. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a UK alternative to this, but in the US some organisations actually give volunteers the opportunity to train in Clown Therapy to help put a smile in Cancer sufferers’ days. I thought the idea was pretty neat!
This one is the one that people always immediately think of, but I actually put it last because it’s really not the only way to help. If you have the money, donating a monthly sum is a great way to help the cause, but giving your time and efforts to the cause is just as valuable and I personally think often means a lot more to the people affected.
You can find out more facts about cancer, volunteering and donating by going to the Cancer Research UK website at: http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/