Today marks the 6th International Day of Charity. A day to reach out and help those in need of our support and to inspire people to become involved with charitable efforts.
What is it?
The International Day of Charity, also known as World Charity Day was declared by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012. It was created to raise awareness and provide a common platform for charity related activities. It serves to enhance and increase social responsibility and also increase the public’s support for charitable causes. According to the UN, its purpose is to “mobilise people, Non-Governmental Organisations and stakeholders all around the world to help others through volunteer and philanthropic activities.”
Why the 5th September?
The 5th September marks the passing of humanitarian Mother Teresa of Calcutta. She devoted her life to overcome poverty, distress and suffering of the poorest people in the world.
The list is endless and it will depend on your circumstances, but there are numerous ways of charitable giving. Start by checking with your preferred charity for any organised local events. Furthermore, you can always support a charity by volunteering to spend time with those in need. A friendly face and smile goes along way.
However, when volunteering, you may be working with members of the public. These will be people you may not know. Therefore, it is important that your own personal safety is considered. Ensure you understand your chosen charities health and safety policies. If you are going to be working alone, ask if they have a lone worker policy in place. For more information about lone worker solutions for charities and the benefits of using a lone worker alarm, click here.
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