It’s fair to say I don’t do a great deal of charity stuff. I give whenever I think it’s appropriate and have done a fun run or a bake sale whenever it’s come along but I wouldn’t say it’s an above and beyond the call and duty vocation of mine. Partly because, like most of us (even if we don’t like to admit it), it can be a hassle doing anything outside of our normal routine, no matter how good the cause.
Which is why The Big Sunflower Project is lovely. Organised by The Information Point, the project aims to raise awareness of centronuclear and myotubular myopathy by growing sunflowers. And that’s it.
By signing up, the organisers send you a packet of seed in the post for free. You then plant them in spring and wait for them to grow. When they’re grown, you take a picture. Like this:
And they get added to the project’s flickr page.
No-one asks for any money, sends any irritating spam or even demands you to follow them on twitter. It’s all done in an amazingly kind-spirited way really. What’s more, the project picked sunflowers for their “cheery and positive outlook they convey”, which is exactly why I wanted to grow them in the first place. And knowing it’s helping someone raise awareness just makes them even nicer. It may be a bit late to start growing them now but next year, give it a whirl. They really are great.
p.s. If, like me, you do want to donate some money -entirely of your own volition – they recommend either of the following:
Single donation to:
Bank: The Co-operative Bank
Bank Account Title: The Information Point Centronuclear and Myotubular Myopathy
Sort Code: 089299
Account Number: 6540924800
Or, should you wish to support centronuclear and myotubular myopathy research, donations can be made at the Myotubular Trust website.