Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Living Lenten Love...

Another wee idea for Lent giving... born out of my weakness for tea and coffee which I've found works well for the last couple of years and now some folk have asked me to explain in more detail.

The principle is to total up an amount equivalent to the value of every drink drunk regardless of whether you paid for them or had them bought for you. So rather than cutting out those (vital!) morning caffeine oral injections and risking the potential of a skullcrushing headache this little spreadsheet sums up all your drinking at home and/or out and about during Lent. The final sum can then be given to a suitable good cause, my preferences are Microfinance sites such as Kiva or, my personal preference, UK based Deki. The template for this year (2012) is available to download here which even allows those with a Catholic disposition the option to leave out Sundays ;-)

An interesting side effect of this process is that this does enable some self discipline both in moderating drinking habits and reducing mean-spirited attitudes!

Meanwhile for another approach during Lent check out Tearfund's Carbon Fast:

Posted by Picasa


Liz Hinds said...

Interesting although I'm not sure that we could afford that much!

nevell said...

...and it would also be good to only drink fair trade tea & coffee, which means you're already doing something positive, and not supporting the exploiters. If it's hard to find "on the hoof", you could take a flask instead of buying.
The Carbon Fast has good initiatives, many of which I find I'm trying to live already - it makes you realise that a lifestyle cannot just be fitted into 6 weeks.

Peter Banks said...

Hmmm, Liz, wondering if that is 'cos you drink too much ;-) Always good to hear from you...

Yes, Tim, always fair trade!

Best, PB