[Caz Ataman | Contributing Writer]
Following the roaring success of challenges such as Jailbreak, kudos by the way to everyone who was involved), I thought I would take this opportunity to raise awareness of other charitable tasks you could get involved with.
The first one is the British Heart Foundation Dechox. I am sure like me many of you have started (and possibly stopped) the post-Christmas detox. That one New Year’s Resolution that never seems to get to the end of the January. But here is your chance to give up the ‘Biccies’ and make a difference to the world as well as your waistline.
Question: What do you need to do? Answer: Give up cocoa e.g. chocolate sweets, treats, biscuits, ice cream, cake – and even the chocolate on your latte, for the month of March. In the words of the British Heart Foundation: “Whether you’re an undercover chocolate eater, a crafty nibbler or a full-on midnight fridge raider, now’s the time to dump the chunk and give chocolate the finger!”
Chocolate not your Kryptonite? Fear not you can still take part! Why not give up some other tasty snack. Perhaps swap that trip to the vending machine at the LRC for a tasty piece of fruit? Or refrain from buying that bag of Pick N’ Mix from the Students’ Union shop? Big or small any change can make a huge difference.
The second one is Red My Lips. This is an online campaign directed at raising awareness of sexual violence, as well as taking a stand against victim blaming and all associated stigmas. The premise, although intense, relies on a simple act to bring it to life – The use of red lipstick. All the campaigns asks of you is that for the whole month of April, Sexual Awareness Month, you wear red lipstick. Also to highlight how victims of sexual assault are not always women the charity has opened up the opportunity for both genders. Do it for a joke or do it for a dare, whatever reason you use to take part; Apply your ‘warpaint’, become a Warrior, make a difference, and look fabulous doing it.