It was again a case that when Cheri posted this week’s challenge that I considered passing it by. Not always in the mood to be prompted and not always in the mood to scratch the head or scramble the grey matter to come up with something original occasionally makes me think twice about doing challenges.
Escape. Simple challenge, you may say. Yes, we would all like to plunge into the water as in Cheri’s photo, would we not? Escape to the warmth of a Med island… to a tropical beach where (hopefully) the sand fleas don’t bite too fiercely. Escape… on a cruise around the Caribbean, away from the cares of the world… enjoying what those floating palaces have on offer.
However, sometime during yesterday afternoon it dawned on me that escape had a very different meaning for many. Escape homelessness. That is real escape. Escape from poverty. That is real escape. Escape from the drudgery of low-income, menial labour because opportunities were not there for everyone That, my friends, is real escape!
It’s not always possible to accomplish this form of escape. No, it is often very difficult even just to dream of escape, never mind making good such a feat! It’s often not possible to make an effort without the help of others. Luckily there are folk out there who care. There are folk out there who volunteer to help raise awareness and funds. There are folk who give freely of their time to make a difference. It is the dedication of folk like these that makes escape a reality for some. It is also the generosity of kind folk who often helps the trapped make their first tentative steps into the light of freedom from the chains of poverty, homelessness or drudgery of unemployment.
Thank you to CL of Midlands SIMON for an afternoon well spent. As always, I enjoyed your company. The pensive look? Yes, CL was constantly in contact with 7 other venues throughout the Midlands Community’s area… coordinating 8 collection points takes a little doing!
PS – Please click here if you have a few pennies to spare… this is the link to OMBH last fund-raising challenge. We didn’t quite make our target so, even though we completed the challenge there is still time to add a few extra Euro… please and thanks! Your help may make an escape just that little closer for one or two folk who are in need!
PSS – We’ll soon have a new challenge page going… within a month the Royal Canal walking challenge will be on the way…