A drop in the ocean or a tsunami

It’s been a while since we posted anything, apologies!!

This post is somewhat different as it is not about testing. It is this crazy Covid world that has prompted me to write this. I have been a long time member of the local Lions club, which is a registered charitable organisation that raises funds locally, with the majority of those funds raised going to deserving causes within the local area and the rest to 3rd world countries and to major disasters. The Club is part of Lions Club International which has around 1.4 million members around the world.

We have really struggled to do any fundraising over the past year because of Covid, It is not just the Lions charity that has taken a hit, I know from speaking to other charitable organisations within the area that their fundraising is a fraction of what it is in ‘normal times’, which of course means that there are limited funds available for those who desperately need it.

At our recent board meeting we decided to initially set aside 2% of our turnover (to be reviewed at least bi-annually) and donate that to both local and international charities. As an SME, this gesture is just a drop in the ocean, but this got us thinking, what if a percentage of the SME’s within the UK did this or something similar. According to the Government web site (https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/business-population-estimates-2019/business-population-estimates-for-the-uk-and-regions-2019-statistical-release-html)  there were roughly 5.8 million SME’s with a turnover of £2.1 trillion.

Now I should imagine quite a few of the businesses already donate to worthy causes in some shape or form, but I have no idea how many actually set aside a specific ring fenced proportion of their income, but if just 1% of the businesses ring fenced 1% of their net income, that would be a STAGGERING £21 billion (£21,000,000,000) available for worthy causes and together we could make a huge difference!.

Additionally, a lot of these charitable organisations just don’t rely on the generosity of everyday folk or businesses within their community, they also rely on the volunteers who give up their time to help their local community, so If you feel you would like to get involved, a good place to start would be your local Lions, Rotary or Round Table or other volunteer organisation within your community. It does not have to be a huge commitment on your time, it can be as little as a few hours every month.

You can find out more via one of the following links:

Lions International – https://lionsclubs.co/Public/

Rotary International – https://my.rotary.org/en/club-search

Round Table International – https://roundtable.co.uk/