How can I make a difference? - The Moderate Mum with One Refugee Child (COMPETITION UK & IRELAND ONLY)



A confession - I don't really recycle. I have all the paraphernalia, of course I do - you have to if you want to be considered an upstanding member of society. How would it look if my friends came round and there was no sign of the compost heap, the plastic tub of empty wine bottles and the recycled paper toilet roll? I know I should recycle. I know why it's a positive thing but when I'm stressed or tired or rushed (and I am frequently all of these things) everything gets chucked in the bin. 

My issue with recycling is that it makes me feel so sad. As I crush another milk bottle, I'm just reminded of the futility of it all. How can my small pile of empty cereal boxes be enough to rail against the 37 million flights every year and the mammoth conglomerates spewing greed and pain into our air and seas? 

I broached the topic with a colleague recently. As soon as I met Tony I recognised him as someone who would be a teacher to me - he is so present and lives so consciously, he and his family even spent some time living in an eco community. I instantly knew that he could help me address my poor recycling habits. I told him how pessimistic I felt about the topic and he stroked his chin like a six foot something, Glaswegian Yoda and said, 'You're thinking too big, you need to think about one thing.' I gave him my 'whatchu talkin' bout?' face. He continued, 'You need to think about one good impact your recycling might have, one less fish killed or one less tree being needlessly chopped down. It can be too painful to think bigger than that but to stay present, think about just one good thing.' He's a very clever bloke. 

I say all this because I think the way I feel about recycling may be the way others feel about supporting refugees - how can I begin to make an impact on so much suffering and so much injustice and shouldn't someone more powerful than me be owning this? That's why I want to introduce you (if you haven't formally met) to One Refugee Child. One Refugee Child aims to improve the lives of refugee children. The model is simple, they identify the most pressing, practical needs and fund raise specifically for those outcomes. 

I was so moved by the One Stroller Project. Anca Ponea lived just 30km from where refugees were landing in Greece, packed into small, inflatable vessels. She thought about the scared, tired families struggling to keep going forward and wanted to give them one thing - a pushchair. Any parent knows how vital a pushchair is with a young family, I use mine daily. Now imagine if your child has a broken bone or hasn't slept in days or if you are physically and spiritually at your limit, how valuable would it be then? When Marie Beechy and Lanseye Hook, both living in the United States reached out to Ponea to help, one pushchair became many and many became One Refugee Child. 

So I'm writing to urge you to think of one good thing, one person you can help, one gift of change that you could help create and if you really can't think of what you could do, One Refugee Child will do it for you. 

Read more about One Refugee Child and donate HERE

And now I'd like to do one good thing. I'm giving away an Over The Moon selection box containing a Mandarin and patchouli bath foam, body wash and body cream to one lucky reader willing to help spread the word about One Refugee Child.





photo credit: Refugee crisis in Europe via photopin (license)


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  1. I am going round to sit with my neighbours cat as she is on holiday and the cat looks so lonely without her. I have a key to her home as I am feeding the cat daily for her.

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  2. Spend quality time with my daughter

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  3. I've spoken to a elderly lady living near by who has been stuck in the house because she had a operation, so I spoke with her for a while :)

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  4. I totally understand that feeling of being overwhelmed by it all. We sponsor 4 children via the charity compassion and although our friends think it is a huge commitment to sponsor 4 - it still feels like such a tiny drop in the ocean. I remember my friend telling me about how a single snowflake seems so small and tiny but together with all the other snowflakes it can bring traffic to a standstill and make a big difference. Today I'm simply going to rush to watch my son in his school assembly as my one little thing I am doing. Next week I have 3 days on a volunteering course - hoping it will go well! x

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  5. Look after my disabled mum which i do everyday :)

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  6. I always go and sit with my elderly neighbour for an hour on a Friday night, we have a cuppa and a chat

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  7. that is such a beautiful analogy there with the recycling issue. Definitely if we stop thinking that big we can do many more little things. I will have a look at ORC. It sounds like a great project. Thanks for sharing! x

    #PoCoLo

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  8. Excellent cause. I love it when I see other bloggers using their platform to try and do something good. #POCOLO

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  9. I am going to make my gf dinner

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  10. It is nice to see a blog raising awareness of a great cause, this is a great post.
    #fortheloveofBLOG

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  11. Really thought provoking post...Your friend is indeed a wise person! I love his perspective. It is easy to get overwhelmed by all of the need in the world...I work as a VOlunteer Debt Advisor one day a week and it is only a handful of folks we have helped so far but making a difference to one person struggling with debt is something... Great post. #fortheloveofblog

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  12. cook a family meal because it is not often we are all off work on a sunday, so we will get to spend quality family time together

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  13. Raising awareness for a great cause here and such a simple idea. I love the idea of just thinking smaller and what you can do to help just one person. I want to make a concious effort to give back this year and I'm going to be heading to the women's refuge I once lived and donate some items to hopefully make all of them feel a little better about themselves. #fortheloveofblog

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    1. That's beautiful. How wonderful to pay it forward x

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  14. This is so inspiring, I love this post!

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  15. I went to visit my parents today x

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  16. Today I'll go hiking with sister :)

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  17. A moving post, and for such a great cause.

    #fortheloveofBLOG

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  18. I will make a fab cake for my kids pudding tonight!

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  19. This is such a lovely thought and charity, and one that is certainly needed at this time. I love the idea of providing items that are desperately needed to help children. If there was one thing I could do would be to spend more time with our family, enjoying their company and allowing our parents to spend more time with their grand daughter. I hope that your blog post helps to raise awareness of One Refugee Child and I hope as well that you're recycling too. Thanks so much for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

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  20. Try to give out some positivity no matter how hard x

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  21. No wonder you were moved by it, it's a powerful thing when we reach out and help each other. Thanks for linking to #PoCoLo

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  22. Not very over the top but me and the kids are going to feed the ducks, they have just had there babies which are so cute and my youngest adores them :)

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  23. today i will finally sort out my daughter wardrobe xxx

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  24. What a smart man your colleague is. He's right too, it definitely makes it seem more manageable, more possible if you start small. And what a brilliant way of raising awareness of One Refugee Child. And the one good thing I will do today? Spend time with my youngest boy, alone, while he's got an inset day and his brother is at school.
    Thanks for linking to #PoCoLo.

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  25. I think its easy to forget that helping people does not have to cost money, a simple conversation can mean more than you think.

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  26. I made my son laugh until he cried tears of joy x

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  27. I will be popping in on my nan and her elderly neighbour to see if they anything :)

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  28. Iv been ill for 4 days now but the one good thing I am hoping to do is knock this sickness bug out of me and blast this house clean, I know that's not a good deed to anyone else but I suppose if anyone was to pop over they might be in for a shock as I'm normally very organised. Xox

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  29. Iv been ill for 4 days now but the one good thing I am hoping to do is knock this sickness bug out of me and blast this house clean, I know that's not a good deed to anyone else but I suppose if anyone was to pop over they might be in for a shock as I'm normally very organised. Xox

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  30. I'm helping my neighbour with her garden

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  31. I have quite a few elderly people I help with shopping cleaning etc I do it 4 mornings of a week x

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  32. I am taking 3 black sacks of clothes and oes and toys to the charity shop today to the save the children shop

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  33. i was going to play with my little girl all day but my mams took her out so ill be doing the garden if it doesnt rain

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  34. Make my boyfriend some lunch xx

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  35. I look after an elderly gentleman that frequents my local coffee shop, ive taken him and my daughter to london for thw bank holiday weekend he doesnt get out much and seems to be enjoying himself !

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  36. Looking after my neighbours boys so she can have some quiet time on her own. Thanks

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  37. help my sister paint her bedroom pink xx

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  38. Im going to see the Princess Anne as she is visiting Rosyth Parish church to lay a wreath
    for The Battle Of Jutland and its alovely sunny day and also its Rosyth Gala aswell so agood dayxx

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  39. Playing without cat in the garden

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  40. I baked a tart for my parents!

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