People say there are both selfish and selfless reasons as to why people give to charity. Whether it’s out of guilt, personal interest or to make you feel better, everyone knows that raising awareness or giving to charity is always a worthwhile cause. I try to give whenever possible; deductions automatically taken from my salary, a money box en route to the tube station or a guy on the street asking me to text a donation to save the tigers, chances are I’ll give what I can. Particularly having lost my Nanna to Cancer, I’m more aware of charities for specific causes. So for instance in January for the first time I did the Dryathlon and raised around £250. Oh, and I also sponsor a Panda… Well, actually that was a gift to my boyfriend…
Selfishly, giving to charity makes me feel better. It gives me a better sense of wellbeing and I completely believe in Karma. I also think that by supporting some of the causes that I do, it keeps me up to date with the social and justice side of things.
DoSomething.org is a wonderful charity, actually one of the largest global organisations for young people and social change. They have four million members all of which support campaigns that impact every cause, from poverty to violence to the environment to literally everything else.
From social campaigns raising awareness of ‘yes means yes’ (#TheSexiestWords) which is sharing the ‘hottest’ words to ask for consent without killing the mood (consent is an issue I’m particularly supportive of for a number of reasons), to #SuperStressFace (how to battle back to school stress for kids), to creating ‘patient play books’ for kids in hospital, the DoSomething.org is definitely a website to check out and get involved with. There is so much on there!
What’s really exciting is that Alexander Wang has teamed up with the DoSomething.org charity as part of the brand’s 10th anniversary. Alexander Wang has co-branded hoodies and t-shirts which are available exclusively in-store and online. They’ve also produced a photo series, shot by Steven Klein featuring 38 people of who the designer admires wearing the Alexander Wang x DoSomething garments. Don’t take my word for it though… celebrities fans already include Kate Moss, Pam Anderson, Rod Stewart and Kim Kardashian.
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