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Non-Prophet Week is a terrific occasion that allows our societies to be both seen and heard on university campuses across the United Kingdom. Very often, these events take the form of bake sales and suchlike, which I’ll confess have never really caught my imagination. I wanted to do something different; something that would be both noticeable and effective in raising money for the Against Malaria foundation.
Perhaps bravely, perhaps foolishly I decided to wear high heels for the week around campus. My motto for this was simple; ‘What is one week of suffering for me compared to the agony of someone suffering from malaria?’ And so the heels were bought, and a white shirt was adapted with an explanation of what I was doing – the latter being integral to keeping some sense of dignity during the week!
The days passed as quickly as the – mostly weird but sometimes admiring – glances. During a particularly gruelling walk across the campus one girl took pity on me and walked with me as I hobbled, wincing every few steps, and as she left, she promised she’d donate (she did!).
The response from onlookers was one of awe: ‘How is he doing that?!’ a friend of mine was asked by a shocked girl – apparently I had swagger! On the last day, my lecturer asked me if I’d like to explain what I was doing for charity prior to the lecture starting. This was disastrous idea for my feet which had to endure walking down and up a lecture theatre once more, but the response was fantastic!
It is a testament to the kindness of others that in the end I managed to raise £185.70 for the Against Malaria Foundation. This was so much more than I thought I’d ever manage. We are all human, but some of us won the lottery of birth, and were born into a good family, in a good country, with plenty of opportunities to help ourselves. As a result we have a responsibility to help those who were less fortunate and cannot help themselves. We do it without the prospect of some heavenly reward, instead for the chance to make a difference in this one life we get.