Saturday, February 06, 2016

Fundraising for Mellon Educate #330

This morning I assisted Roma for a while in her bucket collection for Mellon Educate in the Bloomfield Shopping Centre in Dún Laoghaire - she's off to South Africa again this year. I have managed to reach my 57th year without ever having done this before, and I have to say I was both nervous and uncomfortable about asking people for money. I had the quiet shift between 09:30 and 10:30, and I guess I collected about €20 in that time (including a tenner from a nun!).

It is an interesting people watching experience. Some people of course put their hands in their pockets and drop a few coins into the bucket. Many say they'll "get me on the way back". Some apologise and say they have no change. Others avoided even looking at me as they passed by. One or two were a bit rude. I'm in no doubt that I have done all of the above to other bucket collectors!

It will be in a different light that I will pass all bucket collectors from now on - I expect I'll be a soft touch for the next while. Even if I choose not to donate I will try to be polite no matter what the cause is.

For more information about Mellon Educate, check out the video below:

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