bog-standard generosity

By Alexandra Khan | 31 August 2012 | Comments (1)

don't forget the soap

Part of the joy of my job is to spend hours (often the wee ones, just before I fall asleep) scouring the web for the latest news on giving and generosity. And when my own eyes fail, I ask my trusted colleagues to keep theirs peeled for the good stuff.

 

So when I received an email about a lady who was intending to sit on the toilet for charity, I mouthed ‘whaaa?’ and clicked on the link immediately. What I discovered made me laugh out loud. Not only was this slightly potty woman really going to sit on the loo to raise money for her church, she was also using Stewardship’s give.net to do it.

 

Rona’s Toilet Sit – raising money for a loo at St George’s Church, said her give.net page proudly.

 

“There,” I thought, considering the many hours we’d spent diligently and prayerfully dreaming up the future of give.net. “Our work is complete.”

 

I decided to give her a call.

 

“Some people do marathons,” she said, when I asked her about her unusual fundraising drive, “but I’m too old to run so I thought of a LOO-vely sitting down challenge.”

 

And so, the delightful Rona will be sitting on a disconnected toilet for two hours in the middle of her church on September 8th, to raise £2000 towards her church facilities project and, “so everyone can laugh”, she says.

 

“If I raise £2,000 I will be FLUSHED with success.  But we need about £76k overall as we have to bring water in from the road.”

 

Two thousand pounds may well just be a drop in the basin, but it reminded me that sometimes we must do the extraordinary and slightly - well - weird to make a generous difference in the world. Very few of us are willing to make spectacles of ourselves for a valid cause (although our Facebook photos often give others ample reason to laugh at us), but as Christians we’re inspired to become ‘undignified’ in our worship and our lifestyle, with the sole aim of making God’s Kingdom known. Sitting on a toilet so that a church can have the facilities to accommodate lots of people? I’d say that fits the description pretty well.

 

Rona will be live-tweeting throughout the event, and invites people to send her a tweet (or more importantly, a donation) as an encouragement. “Clean toilet humour only, please,” she insists, with a laugh.

 

The generosity challenge:

Spot the amount of toilet-related puns in this month’s Extra Mile.

Kidding!

Make September your month to raise money for a cause you love, and let us know what you’re doing: we’d love to get in touch and perhaps even feature you in our give.net blog.  Be extraordinary, extravagant and perhaps even a bit weird. Remember, you can use give.net to create and customise a fundraising page.

Not able to fundraise this time? Perhaps consider donating to Rona’s sponsored toilet sit! Or you can use give.net’s search tool to look for causes that interest you.  

 

image Restroom Reminder courtesy of Raymond Gilford

Posted by Alexandra Khan

Alexandra is a digital marketing executive for Stewardship. Originally trained in music, she went on to spend a few years in the videogames industry before making the leap to the NFP sector. Follow her on Twitter: @alxkhn

comments:

Gerald Gresham-Cooke

September 5, 2012 8:53 AM
Sounds a very jolly & fun idea. Gerald

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