One of the things I am very passionate about is Cancer Research UK. It is a charity raising money to fund the research for the cure in cancer. I have been donating money towards the cause ever since I have been in the UK and even though it’s only been a small amount every month, this has now amounted to a fairly considerable amount.
In addition to that I’ve always wanted to get involved a bit more, for example helping out with events and raising awareness to the charity, even though it’s a widely recognised charity already. The only thing that’s really stopped me is that I didn’t know how to get involved.
However, looking at their website recently, I discovered a section which I have missed for years: ‘Volunteer for us’. I singed up and will have a meeting with a local organiser in a few weeks to discuss how I can get involved.
Cancer is something that may have influenced me more than some other people. I’m sure pretty much everyone knows someone who knows someone who has had cancer or maybe even died of it. Also see the ‘Six degrees of separation’.
My mother died ten years ago because of cancer and I have seen her health getting worse and worse all the time until it was too late and she wasn’t even able to leave her bed any more. And I have also seen just how much it can mess up families, my stepdad’s and mine relationship was very strained throughout her suffering and even more so after her death. In fact I would almost say that it’s never fully recovered.
Several people I know have previously gotten involved in various charities, all just to raise the quality of their CV. Maybe I know the wrong people, but talking to some friends today about wanting to volunteer, most answers I got were just: “But how would that help you in your line of work?” or “Why would you want to do it, you’re not applying for university?” Of course, I don’t ‘need’ to to anything, my CV is decent, it won’t help me as a certification tester to volunteer with a charity and I am not applying for university.
Is it wrong to want to help without necessarily getting something out of it? Am I looking at it from the wrong angle? Is everyone just so selfish that other people and charities don’t matter? Is that part of today’s society, just look out for yourself and no one else?