Tuesday 20th December 2011, Penarth, South Wales.
Toy called me up to tell me that we had a ghost. Now, I don’t believe in ghosts but I believe Toy, so this was a bit of a conundrum. She said stuff had gone missing and then reappeared in a completely different place, but that nothing had permanently disappeared. I told Toy to leave it with me, but after a quick scout around the house, I reasoned that a mischievous ghost wasn't the end of the world and I got on with the more pressing business of Wearelucky.
When I asked Toy to take part she immediately told me about Smile Train, a charity that she had wanted to help for years. She battled back the tears and gave me an enormous hug. Then the questions came thick and fast as she struggled to comprehend the project and its potential repercussions. After that, a bunch of other possibilities for the money; maybe even a trip to New York for her sister's wedding. No longer an impossible dream.
Questions & Answers
1. What were your first thoughts and feelings when propositioned with Wearelucky?
2. What are we going to do with the money?
We have decided to divide the money between Smile Train and our two daughters' savings accounts.
3. What, if anything, are you hoping it will achieve?
Millions of children are suffering with unrepaired clefts in developing countries. Most cannot eat or speak properly. They aren't allowed to attend school or hold a job. They face very difficult lives filled with shame and isolation. Their clefts usually go untreated because they are poor - too poor to pay for a simple surgery.
4. Did you think about spending the money on yourself
I had a little angel on one shoulder telling me to give the money to Smile Train and a little devil on the other telling me to go to Tiffany's!
5. Is it better to make a small impact on a big problem or a big impact on a small problem?
I think that we should just do what we can. Some people have more power than others but we shouldn't underestimate our own ability to create change for the better. I believe in passing on good luck, performing random acts of kindness. While we are not well off financially we are really blessed and so grateful for our blessings and I believe that if we can help someone else then we should.