#NoMakeupSelfie | Project 365:2014 – Day 79

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Project 365 Tip! Raise awareness. Everyone has a charity or cause close to their heart. There are so many ways to raise awareness for the cause, and having seen photographs and read blog posts about various plights the world over, it has personally raised my awareness of things that I didn’t know about. Click here for more ideas and tips for Project 365.

Yesterday and today, all over social media, I kept seeing photographs with the tag #nomakeupselfie, of women taking a self-portrait of themselves without make-up to raise awareness for cancer research. I’ve seen many of these awareness things in the past – you’ve probably all seen the colour of your bra one, or where you’re going in the world for however many months on Facebook, which to be honest, meant nothing to me and was just cryptic. This campaign – however it started, caught my attention. Cancer is all around us. Statistics say that 1 in 3 of us will be affected by cancer in our lifetime. Cancer is the one thing that petrifies me. I’ve even had counselling for that fear because it consumes me every day of my life. I’ve never told anyone that before.

Seeing photographs of women I know, women I don’t, sharing a photograph with the world of something that they probably would never do – a face without make-up, whilst to some may seem trivial and stupid, to me seemed empowering and standing up to something worth fighting against: cancer. Just like people running to raise money, or sitting in a bath full of baked beans, or telling a joke. The chances are that we will ALL be affected by cancer in one way or another, and raising awareness, however trivial to some, is a good thing. If it means you get up and donate, you’re helping to beat it.

In the UK you can text BEAT to 70099 to donate to Cancer Research UK. I have done that this morning in addition to sharing my #nomakeupselfie.

Project 365 : 2014 - Day 79

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