Charity

#FirstWorldProblems

I’m sure many of you are all aware of the hashtag #FirstWorldProblems, and if you are not, let me explain…

First world problems are problems that many of us will complain about in day to day life, many get broadcasted on Twitter or Facebook. Here’s a few first world problems that I have just found on Twitter…

“Can’t decide between Jamie or Nigella roast potatoes #FirstWorldProblems

“I’m so hungry, but I’m too lazy to go downstairs #FirstWorldProblems

“So many shoes…so little luggage space #FirstWorldProblems

“When your phone charger doesn’t reach you in bed #FirstWorldProblems

“All the tech in the world and still bored #FirstWorldProblems

Get the picture?

They’re all silly things and I bet we’ve all been guilty at one time or another of thinking/saying/complaining about something similar to these. At first, I found the hashtag quite amusing, and guilty, I have used it once or twice on Twitter. I found it rather amusing when I first heard about it, but now I’m rather reluctant to use it.

So here’s some food for thought… whilst we are here pulling our hair out because we’ve gone to bed then realised the phone charger is downstairs and we have to go allllllllll the way back down the stairs to get it, or Tesco has ran out of our favourite flavour of Ben & Jerry’s (which are all clearly #FirstWorldProblems), what would third world problems look like?

I have no water to drink and I haven’t had any for days #ThirdWorldProblems

We have no food to feed our family tonight #ThirdWorldProblems

This YouTube advert really puts into perspective how ridiculous the things we say actually are. It cleverly jumped on the back of the first world problems trend and was able to turn it around to raise awareness of their charity…

The aim of this blog post is to realise how ridiculous many of the things we complain about actually are. Since it’s Christmas time we need to look at the things we own and the people who are around us and be grateful of every single thing because there are millions of people who can only wish for the things what we have. Yes, it may be annoying if your phone dies and you haven’t finished editing your selfie for Instagram but be grateful that you even have a phone, be grateful that your house has electricity. It may only happen in the first world but it isn’t a problem. Realise how lucky you really are.

Merry Christmas,

Love Jo.

Challenge 60

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What is it?

Well, Multiple Sclerosis (or MS for short) affects over 2.1 million people worldwide. Here’s what the MS Society say about it:

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition of the central nervous system. In MS, the coating around nerve fibres (called myelin) is damaged, causing a range of symptoms. Around 100,000 people in the UK have MS. It’s normally diagnosed in people between the ages of 20 and 40, and affects almost three times as many women as men. Once diagnosed, MS stays with you for life, but treatments and specialists can help you to manage the symptoms. We don’t know the cause and we haven’t yet found a cure, but research is progressing fast.

What is the MS Society doing?

At the moment there is a #Challenge60 (in-case you want to track it on Twitter) campaign – where in 60 days they want to raise £250,000 to fund vital MS research. They are asking for volunteers to fund-raise to help reach their goal, and also wonderful human beings to donate/sponsor the people doing fundraising. (At least I’ve mentioned a marketing campaign somewhere in here – now this links to my blog name 😉 )

Why does it affect me?

My Dad was diagnosed with MS over 10 years ago now, and as a family we deal with the consequences of the illness. It’s an evil illness – but it takes strong people to deal with it, I admire and respect them all. As a result of this I like to keep an eye on the MS Society and do whatever I can to help, they do an amazing job and I know this very well.

What am I doing?

I am taking part in the Great Manchester Cycle on the 30th June, where I will be cycling a marathon through the center of Manchester. I am trying to raise as much as possible and help the MS Society reach their target. For any one who would like to sponsor me, any amount would be hugely appreciated and it’s going towards a great cause.

www.justgiving.com/jomcgrann – Here’s my page explaining what I am doing and where people can donate. The money goes directly to the MS Society. Even a pound would be hugely appreciated.

Thank you all for reading and spread the word of Challenge 60!