Today is Remembrance Day in Commonwealth countries. It’s the day when we remember those who gave their lives to fight for us and it is the date (11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month) in 1918 when hostilities were ended and World War I ceased.
It’s a day to think about what we have, and what others have given in order for us to have it. I want to take that feeling a step further today. And think about what we have and what we might give in order for others to have it.
Three days ago Typhoon Haiyan tore across the Philippines, destroying communities, killing ten thousand people and making millions of people homeless, and without water, food or electricity. It may not be over yet, as a further storm is forecast to hit those areas already worst affected.
As I sit here in my warm and comfortable living room, I feel both horrified and humbled. I am safe, I know the people I love are safe and for that, I am so grateful.
The devastation left in the wake of the typhoon has obliterated towns and cities of a country which is mourning, and so thoroughly physically and emotionally destroyed that financial aid is the only option to help.
Until today, I felt powerless to do anything to help. The Philippines is so far away and I’m one person. I don’t have much money. Jammeh Resident and Liela Core are working hard within Second Life to give us an opportunity to feel useful. They have begun a campaign to raise funds for the Red Cross who are there, right now, helping people – providing emergency care and shelter, giving clean drinking water and trying to find people who are lost.
Any lindens you have are appreciated. If you were thinking of buying an outfit today, find something in your inventory instead, give that money and feel proud.
Jammeh herself is from the Philippines and I’m so proud of her for pro-actively trying to help her country. You can help her too. The Water Lantern Festival team have given her a little island at the shopping festival to raise funds. You can visit and donate, or buy one of the special items given by those designers supporting the cause, on the little island. Typhoon Haiyan Appeal at the Water Lantern Festival
If you would like to donate, but don’t want to do so in Second Life, you can donate directly to the Red Cross typhoon Haiyan appeal – via Paypal or your credit card.
For those of you not from the Philippines who say ‘Charity begins at home’ and use that as an excuse to not give aid abroad, consider this. The phrase is meant to mean that it is not good to be kind outside the home and not nice to your family. In other words, be consistently good.
For me, today is about being thankful that I have a home and that my little bit of charity can begin here.
I’m sending all my good thoughts and prayers to those people whose lives are in tatters, who are mourning the death of family and friends, who have lost their homes and possessions, or who don’t know if the people they love are alive or dead. I hope they find the help that is so desperately needed.
Please, give whatever you can. I have put a donation box in AAi.