Archive for the ‘Charity’ Category

The Sophie Lancaster Fondation

September 2, 2010

I consider myself pretty lucky. I live in a city where the worst reaction to how I am dressed is a disapproving stare. That’s it. A stare. Some people have to deal with name-calling, cat-calling, exclusion and even physical abuse. I consider myself pretty lucky.

Can you imagine what it would be like to deal with be being abused for being yourself? For dressing the way you wanted to?

Discrimination starts from somewhere and that is often prejudice. Some people are given a negative outlook of something and in worst cases – act on it. For instance, the media has often portrayed goths to be antisocial, self harming, depressed or violent and that has lead to them being discriminated against. The negative stereotypes have to stop. When you hear something negative or wrong being said about a person just because of their subcultural interests, defend them. Set the record straight before it leads to worse things.

What brought this issue to my attention the most was probably this article from Lolita Charm. Take an extra five minutes to read it unless you don’t like reading about everyday people, just like me and you, being filmed by perverted strangers.

If you watched the video above (and you should have done, because it is vitally important that you do) you will know that Sophie Lancaster was a girl. She had a family, friends and a boyfriend. She was also a goth. This is the sole reason that she and her boyfriend were attacked. If they’d have had different interests they could still be together. She was ‘an angel too soon’.

This has to stop. For every punk accused of being violent, for every goth called dangerous, for anyone who just wants to wear a damn hoodie and not be called a theif – this has to stop. Everyone has to embrace the self expression of others even when it differs from what we know. Everyone has to understand that diversity is what makes life interesting. Beneath the clothes, earphones, cell phones, shoes, hats, paintbrushes, and lipstick we wear to differentiate ourselves, we are all human and deserve to be treated that way.

Over these next two months do something to show you care. Two months gives you enough time to try at least one or two of these ideas:

* Donate money to or buy something from the site here

* Tell a friend about the cause. Spread the word.

* Organise a fund-raising event that lasts the length of a lunch hour.

* Have a cake sale. Hey, it’s not an original concept but it’s a a flawless one.

* Make something public that draws attention to the cause. Whether it’s street art, wearing a shirt about it or leaving a note on a bench somewhere, with a link to the website.

* Get sponsored to embrace your favourite subcultures for a week. Like reading Bram Stoker? Been playing Zelda from birth? Fantasise about being in The Clash? Ask your friends to sponsor you to take your interests to a new and public extreme for a week or even do it for free to just to show that people should not be afraid to express themselves.

Love and bright wishes for the future,

Lizzi x

Watch this too! I love Jillian Venters and this video is awesome and light-hearted and if you have any misconceptions about goth this should clear them up!


Introducing a New Feature

September 2, 2010

A little while back I wrote an article in an impulsive flurry to help people. It was called ‘How To Save The World’ (you can read it here) and whether it has made an effect, I don’t know but I sure hope it has opened a few eyes as too how easy it is to get involved and do some good!

But it didn’t feel like enough. I can’t rest thinking that right now I could being change a life for the better – but I’m not and I know that alone I could make a difference but in numbers you can start a revolution! ….What I mean to say is I want as many people as possible to do what they can to help everyone, to make the sun shine a little brighter so to speak.

Which is why from now on Quite Contrary Life will feature a different cause every two months. I think this is just the right amount of time to really think about what the cause means to you and consider how people (or perhaps animals or trees!) are affected by it. It gives time to get around to doing something about it, talking about it and spreading the message, donating to the cause or perhaps even organising a fund-raising event.

I can’t wait to see what we can do!

Love, peace and gold stars for all of you,

Lizzi x

P.S. I can’t think of a nice name for the feature! If any suggestions -please leave a comment!

How to Save the World

May 22, 2010

Okay, where to begin?

It’s one in the morning and I feel a little crazy. I need to do something and I need to help and I’m not sure where I’m going with this but here goes: Charity is so important I cannot stress quite how much we need to help others.
I just got back from talking to my dad about this. We’re both pretty passionate about equality and we have our different ways of doing our part (I favour charity shops and give to the homeless – he only buys from fair businesses and encourages others to do so) but I feel like I don’t do enough. So now after really thinking hard about this my head is spinning with what I want to do and what I can realistically do. Sure I could spend every evening at the local shelter or start giving public speeches to raise awareness but that just isn’t practical. No one can save the world on their own…

What issue do you feel closest to? Poverty, homelessness, disability, animal cruelty? We all need to do something! We all play a part in this world! We need to make charity a part of daily-routine. It can be so much easier than you think:

* Buy fair-trade products. I know we are told this all the time but I mean it! The tea and chocolate are gorgeous, I promise.

* Embrace charity stores. A lot of people are prejudiced against them but think about it, you get something new, it’s super cheap, your less likely to have the same as other people and your helping a good cause!

* Donate online! This is pretty self explanitory.

* Organise a little something every few months. It doesn’t have to be complex, just a simple cupcake sale for your office/school etc. will do!

* Make time for volunteers who approach you. There’re taking time out of their day to do something good, surely sparing five minutes can’t hurt?

* Get children involved… they are the future after all, so make sure that they are aware and stay positive!

* Check out Handmade for Haiti! I’ll update when I hear any more about it

and finally * Research a cause you feel passionate about and get your area involved.

So thank you so much those of you who are helping to make tomorrow better, stay positive.

All my love and confidence in you,
Lizzi x