A perfect antidote to Black Friday
ONE of the things I like about the Gazette are the positive stories about people doing things to help other people, whether it be raising money for charity or running a community event. It is a refreshing antidote to what the nationals choose to focus on.
In that context, I wondered if the Gazette could help raise awareness of a new initiative that I kick off this week?
My instinct is that there are residents who have a lot to offer local charities in terms of time, skills and experience. However, there is not a very effective channel for local charities to say what they need.
So I have created a space on my website called ‘Community Giving Hub’, which you can access through this link http://www.nickhurd.com/ volunteering/.
At this stage I am listing volunteering opportunities where local people could make a big difference. Over time I hope it could help showcase local fundraising efforts.
This is part of my contribution to a new campaign called #GivingTuesday, which I am supporting. It is a grass-roots movement set up to celebrate and encourage a day of generosity after the orgies of consumerism on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
It started in the USA where it touched a nerve, trended on Twitter, raised hundreds of millions for charity and ended up being endorsed by the White House. The movement is going global, and when I was Minister for Charities I encouraged people to take it up in the UK.
As you may know, Black Friday is expected to generate over £200m in sales in the UK.
I am delighted that the first Giving Tuesday in the UK is the following Tuesday (December 2).
Already over 600 organisations have signed up to be partners and I am keen to spread awareness in the constituency. airport. A similar referendum was held by Richmond Council, which showed an even larger vote against expansion.
Given these figures, it is not surprising that local politicians opposed to expansion include all the three MPs for Hillingdon, two cabinet ministers and the Mayor of London.
They know that it would be electoral suicide to come out in favour of expansion.