International Day of Charity
Posted by Francis Whitehead on September 5, 2023
The International Day of Charity is an international day that falls on the 5th of September every year. Declared by the United Nations in 2012, the purpose of the International Day of Charity is to provide a common platform for charitable organisations and philanthropic causes as well as raise awareness of the importance of contributing to a cause that means a lot to you around the world.
To celebrate this special day every year, the work of different charities all over the world is publicised and celebrated, and people are encouraged to donate time and money to carry out charitable works and educate people about their chosen causes.
Why Be Charitable Today?
Today is a day to think of those less fortunate than you, and those who require help the most.
We can sometimes take things in our life for granted, but it's important to remember that some people don't have basic necessities in their lives.
Today on the International Day of Charity, we at Ability Superstore want to show you some charities that mean a lot to us.
The Alzheimer's Society are a driving force in the research of dementia, and aims to work towards a world where dementia no longer devastates lives. There are currently estimated to be 900,000 people in the UK with dementia, many of which are undiagnosed.
The Alzheimer’s Society provides a wealth of resources that can help towards a diagnosis, and all the support you could need to make sure no one faces their condition alone.
In the past 12 months, they have helped:
- 92,000 people access direct support
- 1,500 people every week reach out to the Dementia Connect Support Line
- 54,000 calls to combat loneliness
- Push the government to address the ongoing issues people in care homes and their families are facing
- 73,000 people access peer support on their online community
You can make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Society here.
Cancer Research UK
Cancer Research UK has made wavelengths into the funding of the research of all forms of cancer, and have scientifically backed breakthroughs such as the link between tobacco and cancer. They’ve funded the research of immunotherapy, radiotherapy, drugs and clinical trials which have all made progress as new viable treatments of cancer.
They have funding opportunities in the early discovery and prevention of cancer, drug discovery and development, and have several funding schemes in place in different areas of cancer research.
Over half a million lives have been saved in the past 30 years thanks to Cancer Research UK’s efforts, so why not choose to donate to them here?
The Epilepsy Society’s vision is for a world where epilepsy is irrelevant and people with epilepsy lead the lives they want to lead. They offer a wealth of support and resources for those that live with the condition, as well as contributing to genomic research and offering a therapeutic drug monitoring service. They also offer awareness and education on their epilepsy training courses.
Their website has countless advice on employment, claiming benefits, mental health and wellbeing when living with epilepsy, and aims to add to this expansive list.
With breakthroughs such as the first dedicated MRI unit for epilepsy made in their name, why not choose to donate to them here?
Mencap is a charity organisation devoted to valuing and supporting people with a learning disability, as well as their families and carers. They envision a world where people with a learning disability are valued equally, listened to and included.
They have helped those with learning disabilities find their way through life through education, friends and relationships, and finding employment. You can donate to them here to support thousands of those in the UK with learning disabilities.
One of the most well-known charities is Oxfam, a community that believes everyone has the power to thrive all around the world, especially in under-developed and third world countries. They aim to overcome poverty by fighting the injustices and inequalities that fuel it.
They take action by providing clean water and food in places where they have none, helping vastly improve the quality of life for communities and families. They also campaign for the rights of women across the globe, preventing forced marriage and abuse.
With their limitless impact spanning all around the world, you can make a donation to them today here.
Scope is a charitable organisation devoted to disability equality and have launched thousands of surveys and research initiatives into how having a disability can affect all aspects of your life, and ultimately aims to raise awareness of what an equal society for everyone could look like.
Their campaigns have helped change attitudes towards disabled people, and have highlighted statistics such as the employment and pay gap that affects those with disabilities. With no signs of their impactful research stopping, you can choose to donate to them here.
Today on the International Day of Charity, you can get involved by making a donation to any charity you wish, as well as spreading the word about your cause on social media.
Another idea would be to come up with a fundraising event for your chosen cause, including running a marathon, baking, or even doing a livestream!
Ability Superstore has an extensive charity directory you can take a look at on our website too.
As long as you feel the charitable spirit of Mother Theresa in whatever you do, then today’s International Day of Charity will not be wasted.
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