I really do miss the times when I could fulfill all my charity ideas while working for an international corporation. Being a Global Volunteer Network Lead I had all the freedom to support the organizations and causes that I chose, as long as I had an idea how to do that and the energy to make it happen. This is probably how I ended up organizing over 25 fundraising and in-kind assistance events perfecting my baking skills or having the most fun rides while driving to the local hospice with the truck full of Christmas presents. I was also lucky to meet the greatest people along the way, who did those little wonders with me, for which I am grateful.
These were good times. And I miss them.
It took me some time to realize this does not have to be over. In fact, co-running our family jewelry business, I have more impact and freedom to do things I love. So I thought, why not use the resources available to me right now to create something unique that combines my heritage (jewelry), my HOME (Gdynia), and my passion (philanthropy). Some of you may know, I am planning to move out and re-direct my career path to NGO sector so the idea of leaving something behind that will actually connect me to the place where I am from, while supporting local causes on the ongoing basis takes on a whole new dimension. And makes me very excited!
Perhaps you are not an inborn activist, just like I am not a great speaker, but you do little wonders in your everyday, private life. Maybe you have started reading about social/ecological matters or recycling, or maybe one day you decided to choose bike to work over public transportation. Whatever you do, you do this because you start to CARE. I firmly believe that all these small actions REALLY matter not only because when added up, the big change gets ahead, but because they build a FOUNDATION for the real and permanent shift in our mindsets. The new beginning that comes from something truly great inside you. And I admire that.
Nowadays, there is as much social and ecological awareness as there is still ignorance, and it is in our hands only to change these proportions. We DO HAVE all the power in the world, if only we come together and, as one, fight for the common cause. Clean Baltic Sea is one of them. By wearing Save the Sea Bracelet you do not only support the noble cause but, more importantly, become part of a unique, brave community saying: I CARE! in a really loud voice. A voice that matters and the voice that is the one true hope for the future of our planet.