About Mo’s & Meat….

Those of you who have been reading my blog for a while will know, I’m a sucker for a cause. Sometimes in a flaky kind of way but I guess that’s not the point, the point is that I am conscious enough of my surroundings to be moved to action, to try and at least make a difference, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem. I actually find those that move through life nonchalantly not giving a damn about their surroundings to not only be ignorant but down right stupid. Some people are so afraid of making a “fool” of themselves that they won’t put themselves out there, they won’t try and make a difference in anyway, they won’t/can’t tolerate a moment of discomfort in an attempt to make a difference for someone or something else.

I recently became aware of Meat Free Monday’s and I just love what it stand’s for, so for the past couple of week’s, Walter and I have been observing Meat Free Monday’s by avoiding eating any meat or meat derivative products for one day of the week. When I made a statement about MFM I was surprised by the some of the comments I got. Ok, granted,  some people don’t know what MFM is but here’s a thought… how about researching it before making a judgment or negative statements about it. I’m concerned about my environment. I’m concerned about global warming. I’m concerned about pollution. I’m concerned about deforestation. I’m concerned about animal rights. And by observing one meat free day a week I am making a difference to all those things.

The other project I’ve signed up to support from 2011 is the Santa Shoe Box project. I’ve seen this mentioned on a number of blogs and on FaceBook and I’ve been wondering what it was all about. When I found their website and read the minimum requirements for each box, it brought tears to my eyes. Such simple things that I take for granted every day – toothpaste and soap as part of a Christmas gift for a child, can you imagine? So next year both Walter and I have committed to creating some shoe boxes for this worthwhile project.

Walter is also someone who is easily moved or motivated by a cause and he’s not the type to shy away from something because of a little discomfort or fear of making a fool of himself. So he, along with all my male colleagues and just about all of my friends and friends husbands are participating in Movember. They have all paid the R100 to Cansa and are in their one way raising awareness for mens cancer.

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What are your causes? What moves you to action?

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  • Reply lea2109

    I have been supporting 2 causes this year – CCF and SPCA. On a Tuesday I go and help out at SPCA. Helping with things like washing the blankets, towels they use for the animals, helping to clean out some of the cages, filling cat litter boxes so they are ready to use, spending time with some of the animals to help socialise them. And recently I have been helping out at CCF helping out with some admin / ad hoc little tasks to help make things easier for them. This is my way to give back just a little bit for all the support they have been giving us. The past 3 years I have shaved off all my hair to raise funds, but this year I’ll take a break and give a hand in their office.

    I am busy with some ideas to make Christmas an exciting time for my kids and one of the things we might do is to bake a batch of cookies and let them make something special and we might deliver this to the hospital or perhaps some old age home or something. We’ll see how we go.

    November 18, 2010 at 7:17 am
  • Reply waiting4amiracle

    Ya, my husband is also doing Movember. I love the idea of both the other charities and I am going to start with the meat free Mondays. I actually need to research other causes, I normally follow your lead. You are so good at finding these thing.

    November 18, 2010 at 9:53 am
  • Reply tzipieastwest

    Great Sharon !
    In Gent (city in Belgium) the whole city has adopted Meat free Thursday’s. Meaning that all the restaurants are cooking meat free on Thursday’s !

    November 18, 2010 at 11:04 am
  • Reply mrssee2

    I am a Santas Shoebox fan as well. For my birthday I got all my friends to sign up and we then packed 28 boxes at my house for my “party”. Lots of fun and good sense of purpose.

    November 18, 2010 at 11:14 am
  • Reply Mash

    I’m a vegetarian, mainly for the reasons you mention above. Well, mostly vegetarian, occassionally I eat a bit of chicken or fish. I started out with one meat free day, and EDH and I enjoyed it so much that we cut out meat all together from our cooking at home. You’ll see how much lighter you feel. I also have some great vegetarian recipes if you want me to send them 😉

    I recycle, even though it means a garage full of recyclable rubbish that needs to be driven to the dump once in a while.

    I used to volunteer at the Red Cross, but haven’t had time since my Dad died. I’ve been helping my mom with all the admin, which was an entire charity project of it’s own!

    It’s a forum thing too, making a difference! (Well it was for me).

    November 18, 2010 at 1:45 pm
  • Reply suestuart

    I support Meals on Wheels with a monthly donation via debit order, so its not actually something I physically go and do, but at least I feel like I am making a contribution.

    I’ve also seen and liked the Santa’s Shoebox project, and am planning on asking my friends to do something similar for my 40th next year, instead of presents for me. Am just trying to think of something that would benefit from this – along the lines of Cape Town’s Bosom Buddies.

    November 18, 2010 at 3:45 pm
    • Reply coachmarcia

      Sue, I love that idea for your 40th!

      November 19, 2010 at 7:25 pm
  • Reply orbit365

    My kids and I do Santa’s Shoe Boxes as well. Both my kids do their own boxes (obviously with my assistance) and my DH and I also do one. This time of the year we also go through the kids toy boxes and donate to a children’s home all the toys that are in great/excellent condition that they are no longer interested in. I figure that they get loads of Christmas gifts and so they need to make space for whichever new stuff they will be getting as well as donating to kids who really don’t have. I also donate money to the Red Cross Children’s hospital every month. My 3yr old was very sick in the first 18 months of his life. He was hospitalized 8 times before he turned 1yr old. I am lucky enough to be able to afford medical aid and we had the most fantastic service every single time he was hospitalized. I realized that so many kids don’t have what we have and I feel quite sad that a basic right such as decent medical care doesn’t happen for everyone. Hence my Red Cross donation every month. My 2011 thing is going to be recycling. My family is not on the ball with this at all. And my DH wants us to do Habitat for Humanity as well but I’m thinking that maybe the kids need to be a bit older for this one. I spoke with my DH about MFM and it looks like we might give it a bash.

    November 18, 2010 at 7:13 pm
  • Reply pandoragelb

    You make me feel quite guilty, really need to get involved in something! I do give to chatity, but I feel I must do more than that.
    I will give to East Coast Radio’s toy story this year. I see how my daughter loves her teddies, and she has a lot of love coming her way, so imagine what it is like for those kids that have no-one to love them. That is something that just breaks my heart.
    Will think about the MFM, I won’t battle, but DH might! Maybe I will just do it on my own.

    November 18, 2010 at 7:51 pm
  • Reply Hanneke C

    I recycle, does that count? I’m thinking about being a blood donor which I was before I had kids and think that it is about time I start again. We do eat meat free at least once a week but more because of the budget than anything else.

    November 19, 2010 at 2:51 am
  • Reply mayflowerladybugs

    I did Santa’s Shoeboxes this year for the first time, and it was also the minimum requirements that caught me! Doing it was really special to me, I was only thinking and hoping they got enough for all the kids on their lists! We

    We also recycle, I pay a company to collect on a two-weekly basis and it means storing the stuff in the garage till they come, but I already feel so guilty about all the nappies I am dumping that I can’t bear just chucking away paper, glass, batteries ect that can be reused!

    We also invested in solar geysers – my husband for the monetary saving but myself definitely for the ‘greenness’ of it!

    Lastly, when it is time to tride in my trusty steed I am definitely looking at some type of hybrid!

    I am definitely a big supporter of going green!

    November 19, 2010 at 9:03 am
  • Reply ttcnot2easy

    Travs and I did the Santa Shoebox last year – I agree, such simple requirements! And here I am now, looking for all sorts of ‘luxuries’ to buy for Bella, who won’t understand a single part of it….!! We take SO much for granted! A friend of mine works for the Old.Mutual and she runs with a similar shoebox scheme. She posted pics last year and I cried when I looked at every single one – the kids were so happy to get these simple gifts!!!
    We both donate to the ARO (Animal Rescue Organisation), as well as donating our old, unworn clothes to their shop in Kalk Bay – where it is sold by them to raise money.
    I have also arranged toys and childrens’ clothes (from colleagues, friends and family) to drop off at the Orphanage in Somerset West.
    We want to teach Isabella about those less fortunate than her, so we will keep her smaller clothes and take them through to an orphanage when she is old enough to understand. I think this is also another way for us to teach her about adoption – although we need to be careful about the potential “abandonment” issue…
    And on the recycling issue – I’m embarrased to admit that I don’t – but I would LOVE to! I just wish that the municipalities in most areas would make it more convenient to recycle – e.g. in Pinelands, they get colour coded bags for different recycleable trash… but do you think they would initiate it elsewhere??? I ask you!!
    I don’t eat red meat at all.. but sadly, my darling husband makes up for what I don’t eat. Perhaps I should address meat free monday’s.. not only a good cause, but great for your health too!

    November 19, 2010 at 9:05 am
  • Reply dee

    I donate each month to the SPCA and Meals on Wheels. I also recycle religiously and would have loved to do the Santa shoe box but I only found out about it the day before we had to go drop them off. We also have at least one day a week that is meat free but its not always on the same day.

    Eating meat free is actually no big deal at all, infact at times veg meals are better than meat meals. Although Im not vegetarian I often will order a veg meal at restaurants or work functions as I dont like not knowing where the meat has come from. I buy free range as often as possible, esp chicken. Those cheap chicken packs you get are loaded with hormones etc and those animals are not treated in a humane way. I dont even buy my dogs that chicken.

    November 19, 2010 at 9:11 am
  • Reply Sharon

    We started recyling at the beginning of this year, but you’re so right, it is a pain in the butt. Currently, we recycle our paper and glass. The paper is not so bad as our estate has paper recyling bins at all the gates, so I just get the garndern to empty it out once a week. But the glass is another story. I keep a crate for the glass at the back door and then have to drive to a recyling bin every couple of weeks to empty it out.

    November 19, 2010 at 10:39 am
  • Reply wheresmybun

    I love the Santa Shoebox charity, will definitely sign up for next year. We donate each month to meals on wheels and the SPCA as well. As for meat free Mondays, we’ve been doing that anyway but for health reasons. Further, I shop conscientiously alway making sure our meat products are free range and grain fed.

    November 19, 2010 at 10:43 am
  • Reply coachmarcia

    Hmmm, well for about 12 years now I’ve been paying for a World Vision child. Anything that involves children gets me. Confession, I’m more a child person than an animal person, and I was always so outspoken about this as a “youth” that the minute I could do it, I started supporting a child.

    I also recycle and we do about 2 meat-free days a week – not because of MFM (first I’m hearing) but just because it’s DIVINE and it forces me to be creative in the kitchen which I love. I also have some lovely lentil and kidney bean recipes 🙂 And Mash is right, it just feels healthier.

    November 19, 2010 at 7:29 pm
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