My Very First Fundraising

Today, marks my very first fundraising!

I decided to let go of my prolonged hesitation! My fear of rejection..and my pride!

I decided to try making this Christmas less stressful on a few families I know. I have been struggling with this! I am not close friends with them, and I could’ve said to myself ‘I wish I could do something but what can I do?!’! And leave it at that! I’ve done that before many times! We all have.

This time around, I decided to do something! They have kids! That changed it all for me!

So far, not bad at all! The support has been great from my coffee customers especially!It’s looking pretty good!

At the same time, this whole thing caused me anxiety! What if I offend those I’m trying to help?! What if they are to discover it was I! How would that affect my relationship with them?! What if they refused the help?! What if …filled my head!

Action. Action is my thing. Doing something about ‘it’! Whatever it is! I don’t always succeed! I fail to do ‘something’ at times! A lot of times..

What did I learn from this experience so far?!

I learnt, doing something like this takes nerves and requires courage! I’m not one to ask. And asking others to help others ‘through me!’, felt very unnatural and even awkward! It’s not easy at all!

I learnt, that your heart gets full of amazing gratitude, when ‘your people’, in my case my coffee customers and friends, decided to support me. The trust is overwhelming but so so beautiful! You feel that warmth swimming in your heart! It’s a new type of warmth! That I have never felt before! And that is pretty cool!

I also learnt, I may not be too too bad at this after all. The art of getting others, to help others. To find humanity and spread it around. To inspire others to care. It’s a beautiful thing.

I wish, I could fill the world with creative ideas that inspire us all, to be there for one another! Our humanity is THE most beautiful thing that we can give! I truly believe in that!

What I have also learnt, sometimes…the ones we least expected to exhibit ‘actual’ care! May surprise us! And the ones, that we expected to help, simply don’t! They just magically disappear. But I sort of, knew that already! I don’t get shocked as easily anymore! I think a lot of how humans behave! And my cynicism is well established deep in my psyche! I don’t trust easy! But if I give you my heart, my word, it’s there forever. And when/if I discover ‘your soul’ is a rare beautiful one, I usually cradle it very gently between my palms. And I may even water it diligently, so it continues to flourish and grow! So it could fill the world…with light.

And I’m still learning…

Author: Kat

I used to work as a graphic designer, until one day I was tragically and blissfully hit by two colliding meteors! One caused my falling in love with the world of coffee! And the other resulted in me falling out of love with the not so wonderful and nearly suffocating office culture! I left the glamour of the design world, and opened up my little café! Those were the best years of my life! I say ‘were’, because (wait! May be another time! But please do ask me if you ‘must’ know and can’t sleep tonight unless I tell you!) For the past three years, I have been living in a pyramid shape house in a middle of a green forest in the summer; a green forest buried underneath lots - I mean LOTS - of snow in the winter. I used to ‘think I still do ;)’ love the city! With its buzzing energy! I love to travel and seeing different food and coffee scenes...preferably alone! visiting ‘quirky and unusual’ places! I do not love visiting museums, hugely commercialized areas, malls and landmarks! I love old and full of heritage ‘anything’! I also love, to sit in a busy coffeeshop ‘reading quietly’ and not talking! Talking exhausts me most of the time! Watching the world unfold.. and thinking ...never does!

13 thoughts on “My Very First Fundraising”

  1. Beautiful post, beautiful gift to a family at Christmas. Good for you, Kat! Yes, it is surprising who helps, who doesn’t. And, as you said, really no surprise … 🙂

    You are spreading your magic, your heart, into more lives … excellent! And your help will likely be hugely appreciated.

    Many years ago, Barbara, my wife for 25 years, and I had 3 little kids. And we were very, very poor for a stretch. Our church at the time gave us $300 one Christmas so we could have a Christmas dinner, and buy gifts for our kids. To this day, I am indebted to Pastor Tim and his wife.

    Sometimes ‘little gifts’ — and it was not little at the time — change the direction of someone’s life.

    Your generosity, and the generosity of others through you, will touch lives in ways that will live on forever.

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    1. Thank you.

      Thank you. Thank you for sharing this touching story Michael.

      The people that were there for us. The ones who extended a hand. We took it. So we can help ourselves. But, we are never to forget.

      Thank you my friend! You’re a beautiful human.

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  2. thank you for having such an amazing heart! this story puts the cheer back into me, have been feeling so sorry for myself some days I need to shake myself out of this gloom, and this did the trick, you are such a good heart warmer!

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    1. I am so, so, glad this post managed to put the cheeriness back into you Gina.

      Life is too short for ‘giving in’ to that insidious voice in our head. The one that tells us things that aren’t true about ourselves. Blaming us. Feeling sorry for us.

      You are wonderful my friend. You deserve to smile, laugh and be cheerful. And if all failed, put your hand on your beautiful heart, it will remind you of how amazing you are.

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      1. and please you do the same too when those ugly thoughts try to take over.

        i will always remember your words here.

        thank you and i wish you beautiful days ahead.


  3. This is a great story, Kat. Fundraising to help people, sure! They have children to feed and educate. What a responsibility! In this cruel world of inequality and rising poverty we surely need to help others. I also do things like you. Wish I could help many more people. Even if we the people disempowered all these few rich that rule the world, trade with weapons, cause wars, plant all the evils of Capitalism and thus make the rest miserable… even if we did so, charity would still be needed.


    1. Thank you Marta! Yes I agree it’s not a pretty world out there. And it will never be. And yes, It’s utterly naïve to expect we can even ‘try’ to ‘fix’ it _At least for me_
      But yes, I agree with you, what we can do, is simply help when we can. We can give our time, our caring words, a smile and a reason to laugh. It doesn’t have to be restricted to tangibility and ‘things’. It ‘shouldn’t’ be restricted to anything.

      ‘The long proto-human and early human experience of hunting-gathering life in a world of scarcity and danger also certainly formed in deep human neurology the importance of generosity among at least the members of family, kin, and tribe. Natural selection would have worked against human ancestors who did not practice the giving, sharing, and sometimes self-sacrifice necessary for the collective survival of one’s immediate group. Such processes would have over the long run built the capacity and readiness for generosity into deep human nature. (As an aside, the much bigger challenge, usually only somewhat successfully met, has been learning to be generous with people beyond the close social ties of blood relatives and tribe, to those who are genuinely “other.”)
      By: Drs. Stephanie Brown and James Swain

      Thank you for stopping by Marta! Thank you for caring about others around you. You made my morning.

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    1. well, Kat, that made me laugh … (I have some dark ones) hehehe … lol … Okay, already, on with the dark ones! C’mon, we’re not all love and light here! We get angry and selfish and frustrated … wait wait … we have our impulses that keep banging away in there! … wait, no we don’t, we’re all love and light! I didn’t mean that! oops, my ‘other sides’ have something to say here! you guys be quiet! we’re love and light and blue skies and sunshine! we’re kindness at all times! lol … no? what? you’re NOT?? lol …

      sorry, couldn’t help myself there … I think it was the ‘hehehe’ that got me going! it’s fun to be human, isn’t it? I mean, really human … whatever we are, omg …!


  4. May I play us a song (Marta, Gina, you Michael) and if I forgot someone please do whack me on the head _gently of course! I already lost a couple braincells the other day, as someone took it a tad too literally_ and tell me.

    The song: no other than one of my absolute classics. Billy Joel/Piano Man

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