Two emails landed in my inbox last night and at first glance unrelated to each other.
One was a link to a new blog entry by Margot’s dad Yaser reflecting on his own journey on the road of individual social responsibility after Margot’s diagnosis and wishing for more socially responsible ‘natives’ in our society, the younger generation that adopt socially responsible attitude to life without first having to suffer the loss of a loved one.
The other was an invitation to a performance this Saturday organised by 4 girls from a local primary school (with a little help from their mums) in support of Team Margot and Delete Blood Cancer UK. The girls were so inspired and touched by Margot’s story told by Margot’s aunt Nadia at one of the school assemblies held as part of CrouchEnd4Margot awareness week, that they’ve showed a great initiative, formed a band called ‘Mega Beats’, rehearsed and are now ready to do what ‘natives’ would do – help to spread the word and help others just because it feels right.
The assemblies were held in five local schools reaching just over 2,000 primary school children and we took a long term view in terms of seeing the returns. The ‘seed’ of socially responsible natives was planted then and it is amazing to see that only two weeks on we are already seeing the first results.
We are all so wrapped up in our daily routines, juggling work and family life, lack of sleep and lack of social life (at times), spending weekends as taxi drivers from football to ballet, swimming, language schools, play dates etc., and frankly there is little room (and energy) left to think, let along do something for someone else until you are ‘smacked in the face’, as one comment on Facebook said, with a big loss of a loved one. Only then you are likely to change your attitude and priorities in life and become a ‘socially responsible immigrant’.
It really doesn’t have to be this way.
If you are local to Crouch End (North London), please take 15 minutes out of your busy Saturday schedule and come and support these four wonderful girls of the new ‘socially responsible native’ generation at
Windmill 98 Weston Park, London N8 9PP where they will be performing outside the shop at 2.30pm this Saturday.
They will also be selling refreshments, beautiful Margot’s bows and Team Margot wristbands after the performance all in support of Delete Blood Cancer UK.