As the fund raiser for MSF Doctors without Borders comes to an end (28th is the last day since 29th is Airtel Delhi Half Marathon) I want to talk about the kind of experience I have had. I started fund raising sometime in August and thought I had enough time to raise 45k (5k comes from me; so effectively, I need to raise only 45k). All I needed was 45 people who would donate Rs 1000 each or 90 people who would donate Rs 500 each or 450 people who would donate Rs 100 each. No big deal. Easy peasy. Well, not easy at all. Difficult. Very difficult. Very, very difficult.
Here is what I learned:
- There are people you can rely on even though they may not be your close friends. These are the people who will donate because you asked and you will not have to request twice. They won’t care what the cause is, they will support you no matter what.
- There are people you may not like but they will donate because you asked. That is a positive thing about them you will always remember.
- There are people who will go out of their way to figure out a way to make the donation. So what if they are in the USA and cannot make a donation in a foreign currency? Where there is a will, there is always a way. (Thank you so much. You know who you are).
- Your hubby has no option but to make a donation. You don’t even need to ask. Whether he agrees with the cause or not.
- I had a simple rule- if you said “No”, I wouldn’t ask again. To each his own.
- But if you didn’t say “No”, I would ask again. And if you gave me a hint you would donate, I would bank on you to go the mile.
- If people don’t know you, they won’t donate. Basically, twitter was useless. Despite a lot of retweets, I could not get people from twitter to make a donation. Atleast not if they were not connected to me on facebook/WhatsApp as well.
- It is easier to get people to just give you money rather than donate. Like, I could have asked people to loan or even give me money but getting them to make a donation was impossible. I am not judging anyone but this is a big learning. Am I also like this? Do I think like this too? Or did I think like this in the past?
- Some people said they didn’t agree with the cause. I found this weird. Is one cause lesser than another? Who decides what is more urgent? Is it better to donate for the education for under privileged Indian kids vs free medical care for people in war zones? I don’t differentiate between causes.
Raising funds for Doctors without Borders has been a privilege and am grateful for the opportunity. I am sure every rupee will help someone. I wish I was a medical professional and could volunteer to work with them. But this is the only way I can help.
Thank you MSF. I would like to do this again next year.
The fund raiser has helped me more than I have helped MSF. This is what I promise to do:
I promise to donate for every fund raiser I come across- on twitter, facebook or in person. So, if you are raising funds for a cause, please do contact me. I will make a donation… whether I have the money or not. It is the least I can do.