Hobby Aid is a small fundraising organisation to inspire and encourage people to use their hobbies to help make a better life for the children of Africa.
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For as long as I can remember I have had this feeling, passion, need to do something to help the growing crisis in Africa.
My problem is, like so many, that I give money and raise money for various charitable projects and the next year I see the same images of children orphaned by famine, war, AIDS, illness and now Ebola.
Once again I am left feeling disheartened, disillusioned and upset. It feels as if, as my mother said the other day, “it’s like pouring money into a black hole and nothing ever changes”.
I have spoken to a lot of people regarding donating to well known charities and was shocked by how many who said that the reason they do not donate is that they don’t see where the money goes or who it helps.
This got me thinking; as a keen baker and teddy bear maker I came up with the idea of setting up HobbyAid, a small charitable organisation to inspire and encourage people to use their hobbies to help make a better life for the children of Africa. I want to do something to make a difference but I need to know that it really does makes a difference, so I have decided that I want to do something in a way that it is very personal.
I would like to be able to follow the progress of a child or project via a blog so that people can see who and what the funds/items have helped. I am not going to raise huge amounts initially so I will be looking to focus on a small village, school or community and find out what they need and make that a really personal story; one that I can tell people about here so that we can all work together to make a difference.
Then if this works we can look for a different community and work with them.
I want us to be able to sponsor a child through HobbyAid to help pay for their education, food, medical expenses and send out clothes, blankets and presents on birthdays, Christmas and to develop a personal relationship with the children we are helping.
I want us to be able to get to know the children and families we help personally, to know their names, how well they are doing at school, how they are growing, developing. I want us to be able to communicate with them on a regular basis.
I want HobbyAid to be a really positive organisation making a real difference in the lives of real people, so that they know that we care about them as individuals.
If this idea appeals to you I would love you to join us and help by using your hobbies in some way to raise money or make things for these children and families in Africa.