I was introduced to Give as you Live in November by a good friend who knows my husband is very ill with colon cancer (stage 4). I’ve done parachute jumping, firewalking, running, marathon walks, and I’ve regularly badgered family, friends and colleagues for sponsorship. With the current family pressures taking up so much of my time, Give as you Live offers a completely different and easy approach to fundraising – I just raise funds while doing my normal shopping online. This is how it has worked for me.
I work full-time, have 3 children and so I do much of my shopping online after 9.30pm – as do many Mums. I book holidays online, house and car insurance online and of course just recently I racked up many purchases of Christmas presents.
I downloaded the Give as you Live application apprehensively. Will this slow down my pc? (No it didn’t). Will this muck up all my searches? (No it doesn’t). Will this be really distracting and annoying? (No it isn’t).
I chose Beating Bowel Cancer as my chosen charity and began shopping. My first purchase was wine from Wine Hound. All went to plan, the wine arrived at home and I’d clocked up my first purchase. I then bought a new printer for home from John Lewis and a couple of Christmas presents from Firebox and Send It. It was so satisfying to see that for relatively no extra effort, and from great retailers, I had raised £10 for Beating Bowel Cancer in just 4 fairly minor purchases. The instant gratification is addictive.
My New Year’s Resolution is to continue to Give as you Live all year round – I reckon given my existing online spending habits I can easily raise £500 in 2011 for Beating Bowel Cancer. The next big purchase coming up is a replacement washing machine and then a holiday.
Please try it. You have nothing to lose and much to give – for no extra cost other than the couple of minutes it takes to download an app.
From Claire Walker