20 Nov 2012

Two cups of coffee sitting on the wall

Author: will | Filed under: blogger, charity, LBC, Links

Its a simple idea, but in Ireland I think it would need to be adapted slightly, simply by putting a closing time on the wall.
What am I talking about well…

Giving is sometimes easy, but you can make it easier. Say you set up a café where you can buy a cup of coffee. Usually you can buy a cup for yourself, but to give back you can buy a cup "for the wall". The wall gets, essentially an IOU. Where the U can claim a cup of coffee later on. Which means someone down on their luck can come in, and order a cup from the wall.

Would you donate an actual cup of coffee?

I am a terrible blogger. Not just content, but frequency. In an effort to combat this I joined with the loosely affiliated "Loose Bloggers Consortium" with the plan of using the blogging deadline to force me to blog more. It hasn't exactly worked. One of the members is Padmum in India. She brought this story from Italy to my attention on the subject of "Pleasure". She is also an excellent blogger, and its an excellent idea.

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Pleasure: Two stories
Cup of Coffee on the Wall
From the Internet
I sat with my friend in a well-known coffee shop in a neighboring town of Venice, the city of lights and water. As we enjoyed our coffee, a man entered and sat on an empty table beside us. He called the waiter and placed his order saying, ‘Two cups of coffee, one of them there on the wall.’ We heard this order with rather interest and observed that he was served with one cup of coffee but he paid for tw…

7 Dec 2009

Water water everywhere

Author: will | Filed under: 2009, Cork, Cork City, Galway

She was woken up by frenzied banging at the front door to her bungalow. Half asleep the elderly lady swung around in the bed, instinctively grabbing her cane by the bed as she put her feet to the floor in search of her slippers.

Instead she found over foot and a half of water.

My aunt was evacuated from her Ballinasloe house, later to be submerged under four and a half feet of water, by boat with only her cane, glasses, nightie, dressing gown and an overcoat grabbed from the hook near the door by one of her boat bound rescuers.

Thankfully she isn’t exactly homeless as her daughter lives on higher ground near-by, but most of her possessions are gone.

Yes folks, this is about the floods.

Today FM and The Ray Foley Show have launched an appeal to the public to give what they can or in the case that you can’t give, do what you can to help these families.

It doesn’t have to be money, we’re all strapped these days, the SVP are calling for practical contributions. Lets face it, some people are going to splurge on new clothes and shoes on the run up and the aftermath of Christmas. Well take this chance to go through your wardrobe and donate anything that doesn’t fit, suit you or you haven’t worn for over two years without a very good reason. (Yes, a Munster shirt signed by the entire team does count as a good reason Ant).

If you have time to give or a skill that could be useful in the aftermath for example builders, carpenters, van/truck drivers if there was a list it would go on, then there’s a website Offers of Help and everything is appreciated.

There are also a bunch of fundraiser activities taking place around the country. Tonight (December 7)  in Cork’s Silversprings Conference Centre is the Raising Cork Quiz is in aid of the Cork Flood Victims – with all proceeds going to the SVP Cork Flood Victims Fund. It starts at 8pm with George Hook offering his services as quizmaster. A table of four costs €80.

If you can’t attend (I’ve heard that registration may be full) then you can make donations directly to
St. Vincent de Paul Cork Flood Victims Fund.
AIB 66 South Mall Sort Code:936383 Account No:47092772

Alternatively, contributions to the SVP Annual Appeal, that includes the Irish Flood victims,  can be made by  calling 01 8386990 or one of the Regional Offices. Or  log on to www.svp.ie and click on “Donate Now” or send a cheque to PO Box 1234 Dublin 1.

Many  organisations are providing support  for the SVP on a national level including a range of newspapers and radio programmes.  Arnotts has selected the SVP as one of six charities to be supported by a €20 charity voucher to given to customers with every purchase over €100 on a key shopping day, 8th December. This voucher can then be used to donate to a charity of their choice.

Byrne’s World of Wonder toy stores, the pregnancy and parenting resource website Eumom.ie, Pfizer Healthcare Ireland and ESB Customer Supply are also heavily involved in the fund-raising campaign.

Another  major initiative is the SVP Giving Tree campaign which is a big success in companies, homes and stores throughout the country. The Giving Tree campaign asks people to buy a gift for someone who may not get one otherwise this Christmas, to be distributed by SVP volunteers. Giving Trees will be positioned in all cinemas showing ‘A Christmas Carol’ throughout Ireland. National Irish Bank staff across the country are taking up the Giving Tree and buying gifts for those who need it most. SVP is National Irish Bank’s Charity Partner in 2009.

Cork Flood 60

Photo credit to David Hegarty.

The Irish Muslim community has announced it is to conduct a nationwide collection at the State’s mosques in aid of those affected by the recent floods. Mosques involved in the collection with include those in Clonskeagh, Co Dublin; Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo; and Cork and Galway. The Irish Muslim Flood Relief Committee can be contacted on 01 6729038.

Last week, the Irish Red Cross estimated it has raised over €300,000 so far for its flood relief operations. Donations can be made online at www.redcross.ie or by calling 1850 50 70 70. There are approximately 6000 members of the Irish Red Cross who are all volunteers serving in local communities in every county in Ireland.  The Irish Red Cross is responding to floods in Ireland, in fulfilment of its role as an auxiliary to the state.

So folks. you have no excuse not to help out.

20 Mar 2009

All yellow

Author: will | Filed under: brand name, cancer, charity

Today is National Daffodil Day.

yellow daffs

Daffodils are a sign of hope, after all they usually mean that spring is here, but they can be nasty. As a cut flower they release a chemical which causes other flowers to die off really quickly.

Daffodil Day is organised and run by the Irish Cancer Society. It is the most popular charity event in Ireland and is a chance for everyone in Ireland to make the biggest difference to the lives of everyone affected by cancer.

This year you can also plant a daffodil in their virtual “Spring Garden of Hope. Visit www.PlantaDaff.ie and write a message to accompany your daffodil in the Garden.

Or buy a pin, a daffodil or a bunch of daffodils from the sellers around the country. Just don’t mix the cut flowers with others.

Take care,
Will Knott

Twestival Houston
Image by .imelda via Flickr

On Thursday February 12, there is going to be a party, a tweet-up, a Twestival.

The difference between a normal tweet-up and a twestival is that the date is global (there are currently over 100 happening in cites worldwide). And its going to cost you money. All the “entry fees” collected are going to go towards a charity, charity:water.

It hasn’t been in the pipeline for long; in just one month, from volunteer effort alone Twestival has created events in 175+ cities, predicted to raise $1 million for the 1.1billion people in the world who can’t access clean drinking water. Growing beyond all expectations since launching in January 2009, Twestival takes place for 24 hours on February 12th, everywhere including London, Paris, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Austin, San Francisco, Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Dublin, Munich, Amsterdam, Bangalore, Melbourne, Lima, as up to 20,000 come together inspired by community and charity.  Read the full press release for the global effort, but nearer to home…

(Search Twitter in Ireland only for Twestival)

The Dublin Twestival is in The Sycamore Club, No 9 Sycamore Street, Temple Bar , Dublin 2 and Is being put together by Aido McMahon, Anton Mannering, Debbiemet, Qamir Hussain and others. Given the musical talent on offer; there will be dancing (help).

The Belfast Twestival is in Laverys Bunker from 8pm – 10.30pm (currently before Radiation / Laverys DJs, changed from the earler venue) and is organised by Andy (Good On Paper) McMillan and Phil (Iced Coffee) O’Kane.

There are a lot more. If you’d like to help in a volunteerism role with any kind of Twestival organization, wherever you are, get in touch with Amanda Rose or Jaz Cummins. For updates, follow @twestival on Twitter.

I’m going to be at the Dublin one, are you going?

take care,


Jennifer Connelly in charity: water Public Service Announcement from charity: water on Vimeo.

Twestival from charity: water on Vimeo.
Thanks to Neville Hobson for being the first to tell be about it.

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18 Dec 2008

Cycling about a revolution

Author: will | Filed under: advert, charity, cycle, Health

Ferg and Si are cycling around the world. Literally.

funky yellow

And, among other things, the are cycling to support the charity Aware.  Aware provides support for those suffering from depression and is working to de-stigmatise depression and suicide in Ireland. Aware provide a wide range of services to ensure that help and appropriate therapies are available to those who need them. And over Christmas a lot of people need help.

So help Aware.  Ferg and Si are selling Revolution shirts for €20 where 100% of the proceeds go to Aware. So go and buy a shirt.

take care,

Will Knott

19 Aug 2008


Author: will | Filed under: charity, photo, pink for October, pinkforoctober


Is it better to go on without someone you are sure you need. Or should you wait.

I’m at a crossroads with the Pink Portraits for October project, and a very strict deadline with a heap of organising to do. And no official word from the officials source other hand “wait and see”.

For this to work we need:

  • Photobloggers to group and work in teams, while spread out across the county
  • A complete model release form (literally yesterday)
  • Advance publicity about the photoblogging teams so that willing volunteers show up to be photographed
  • Those willing models, who will also commit to buy the photographs
  • Enough lead time to modify and print the photos

I’m sure I should be bothering HARO and a few of the PR guys for help.

Any tips on ways to get large groups of volunteers to show up?
Is an online model release form legally binding (a copy to read would be a good idea anyway)?
Would a facebook group (or 2 for each country) or myspace pages be a good idea?

Given that pinkforoctober.org exists, should I set up a site just for the portraits?

Of course doing any of these actions guarantees that any official support will just halt.

And all of this on our own. Or is it my own?

I’ll take all the advice I can get in the comments,
Will Knott

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29 Jul 2008

Ms. James and the Dragons

Author: will | Filed under: business, charity, conference, open coffee, opportunity, photo

More Open Coffee Club BBQ photos, this time from the Dragons’ Den.


This is E. Alana James, Ed.D. of Reinventing Life facing down the Dragons.

She is opening a consulting business whose purpose is to facilitate the NGOs or charity organizations’ communication process to include dynamic web interaction and social media tools.

The result of a few hours of consulting can be a redistribution of communication and communication methods, so that clients, funders and all interested parties gain easy access to the benefits of the organization. This redesigned process will result in increased support, especially important during low economic times and will make use of free or open source internet technologies.


I should have more from the den tomorrow,
take care,
Will Knott

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29 Oct 2007

Talking Shite

Author: will | Filed under: bloggers, blogging, blogs, book, Bowel Cancer, cancer, charity, Health, Ireland, Irish, Writing

Would you be willing to donate time you already spent, to help give people more time to live?

This is international breast cancer month. It’s why I actually started putting up the pink images here. At the time I joked about what would be done with Bowel Cancer Awareness month. Bowel cancer does not have any glamour to it. We are talking about a part of the body which we tend not to think about until something goes wrong.

Two things occured this week and it sparked an idea. One where I’ll need your help.

I listened to the Podcast Sisters creating a book by re-using your blog (I’m paraphrasing). And I came across Chris Anderson talking about Blogging Heroes: Interviews with 30 of the World’s Top Bloggers by Mike Banks.
Bank’s book is a series of interviews with bloggers. Sales are presumably going to be based on the fact that everyone likes to see their name in print…

Which is where “Talking Shite” comes from.

A book of Irish bloggers (which means Bloggers in Ireland, from Ireland or about Ireland) by Irish bloggers doing what we do best. Talk and blog (same thing really).
This is about being a patron, not being patronising to a cause.

Would you be willing to donate a blog post for inclusion in a book which would be sold in aid of bowel cancer?

Would you be willing to donate time you already spent, to help give people more time to live? And would you buy the book? And get your friends to buy the book?

Let me know in comments and such?
Will Knott

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