About a month ago Fiona from Little Lioness left a comment about her cool little project: Thirty before 30.
If you’ve been reading my blog for more than two minutes you’ll already know that I’m pretty hooked on lists and goals and all that stuff. My enthusiasm for goal-setting extends to other peoples’ to-do lists as well. In the past I’ve had heaps of help to achieve the things on my 101 Things in 1001 Days lists (both my current list, and my previous one) and so I’m always looking for ways to ‘pay it forward’ wherever I can.
Fiona mentioned in her comment that she wouldn’t be able to complete her thirty goals by her 30th birthday, which is coming up this month. I spotted a task on her list that she could definitely achieve by her birthday if she had an incentive: Have a caffeine free month.
So naturally, I bribed her.
Fiona has an adorable nephew called Liam who has been diagnosed with a rare bone growth disorder called spondyloepimetaphyseal dysplasia. His condition doesn’t fall into the usual funding categories, so there is a real need to raise money for research, treatment and support for his quality of life.
The Steve Waugh Foundation has been established to support young people like Liam who suffer from “orphan” diseases.
The Steve Waugh Foundation is committed to a coordinated approach to the service, identification, treatment and cure of rare diseases – primarily focusing on children (0-25 years of age).
We strive to improve the quality of life for children and families affected by rare diseases.
The rare disease patient is the orphan of the health system, often without diagnosis, without treatment, without research and therefore, without reason to hope.
Families and carers of children with rare diseases experience significant psychological stress due to social isolation, unemployment, diagnostic delays, lack of information and difficulty accessing appropriate health care.
The Steve Waugh Foundation is working to help change things for children with a rare disease by giving hope, providing medicine, equipment and treatment, supporting education and research, partnering with other like agencies and organisations as well as supporting specific projects and programs. The Foundation has already supported over 200 families through generous donations from our Patrons, corporate partners and supporters. Over a million dollars has been used for medication, treatment, specialised equipment and financial support.
Fiona has asked for donations to the Steve Waugh Foundation instead of presents for her 30th birthday, and she’s set an ambitious fundraising goal of $1000. I pledged some money last month in exchange for Fiona’s caffeine habit, and she officially completed the challenge at midnight last night!
Of course, I’d have made my donation whether or not Fiona quit her coffee habit. But let’s not tell her that. If you have $5 or $10 to spare, I hope you’ll consider using it to help this excellent cause. There are lots of people just like Liam who need a little extra help, and I am so happy to have supported Fiona’s fundraising efforts.
Congratulations on a caffeine-free month Fiona! (I hope she’s not overdoing it today, but if you happen to run into her please scrape her off the ceiling and switch her to decaf ok?)