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25th April 2016

Giving Back (And Chest!) For The Choir With No Name.

There was a brief moment of panic as I entered the office, but that moment passed when I thought of why I am here and what I am doing this for.

A few weeks ago I set my mind to finding a creative way of making money for charity, something I can personally provide for the greater good, and it wasn’t until a friend of mine suggested I shave my back and donate the hair to our balding friend, that I had the idea that I could do a waxing for charity.

My friend laughed and said, “perfect, as long as I can be there to watch/laugh”.

Getting waxed is much like pulling off a plaster, best to do it quickly and as painlessly as possible and try not to squeal.

Well that was my thoughts when I first agreed to get my chest and back waxed for charity, the realization that it isn’t just one plaster, but what felt like hundreds of  lengths of duct tape extracting my ‘man rug’ one inch at a time.

There was a brief moment of panic as I entered the office, but that moment passed when I thought of why I am here and what I am doing this for.

The idea that I may suffer a little pain an maybe feel a little bit colder for a while was hardly a comparison to the suffering of those without homes and those with addictions.

My friend and the woman who performed the waxing made jokes during the whole process, and I did laugh in between tiny yelps and what sounded like someone pulling a Velcro strap over and over.

45-minutes in total until I went from looking like Chewbacca to a C3PO level of hairiness and after all the jokes, pain and wax the young lady who did the waxing wouldn’t accept payment saying “consider it her donation”, she then introduced me to everyone else in the building who gladly made even more donations.

The feeling of accomplishment and doing good is a wonderful feeling, it’s a feeling on connecting with humanity.

They say charity begins at home, and I like the think it begins with making a choice that you are going to leave the world a slightly better place than when you entered it.

The choice to give, rather than take, is what let us make it this far and it’s the only way we can more forward together.

if that all sounds overwhelming, a good rule of thumb to being charitable is,

 “If someone needs your help, do what’s in your power to help them.”

Written by David McDonough for Inspire Me.

David raised a total of £240.00 for Choir with No Name – thank you!!

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