101 Hour Fast for Barnardos

If you’ve seen my Instagram story over the past few days, you’ll see that I’ve decided to do a fast from tonight (7pm) to Monday midnight.

This is 101 hours in total.


Because Black Friday has become this event where everyone waits for the sales to buy whatever it is that they want, not need.

Of course there are exceptions, like buying presents for Christmas or similar, but for the most part, you are buying stuff that you don’t really NEED.

I really believe we’ve become a culture that buys things, that they don’t need, to impress people that they don’t even like.

We’ve become so driven by materialistic objects that truly don’t bring any happiness to your life, and I felt that I wanted to do something different this weekend.

I’m fasting to not only get my message out there, but it’s also to prove that we don’t need as much as we tend to let ourselves believe.

Food is another area I’m passionate about, purely because I help people for a living to control their own struggles and eating habits. If we think back to hunter-gatherer times, you would go days without eating. It was normal.

Food was never as available as it is today and that in itself is causing a ton of health issues throughout the world, as moderation with food is very difficult to manage for so many people.

For me, I want to remind people of this. When you’re having a tough day, and you turn to food, a lot of the time it isn’t because of a true need for food, but the majority of the time it’s habitual, emotional or environmental. This is my own little way of just bringing attention to this.

Lastly, I want to do this with a purpose to raise funds for a charity. Barnardos Children’s Bereavement Service do amazing work, and they don’t receive much funding at all.

The bereavement service help children to deal with the loss of a parent, child or any loved one. This Christmas instead of spending money on another Yankee candle, how about instead you give that money towards a child who is grieving and struggling to understand why their loved one has died. Doesn’t that seem a million times more meaningful than another gift?

I think of Sophia or Sebastian, if they were ever in this position I would want them to be able to get the help they need to overcome this. If it were a child in your life, imagine how difficult that would be.

Now is your chance to donate and help other families get the support they need throughout the hardest point of their lives.

This isn’t about me fasting, not even remotely, and I don’t want it to be about me. Fasting for 101 hours is such a small thing compared to what so many families go through each and every year after a loss of their loved ones.

If I can do a very small piece to raise funds to help others that are less fortunate, and help people think differently about Black Friday, it is a job well done in my eyes.

I’m hoping to hit €1000 over this weekend. If you have ever read or watched any of the content I’ve put out, and gotten value from it, it would mean the world to me if you donated whatever you can.

I’ll be posting hourly over the weekend as the fast goes on, and if you could take even a moment to re-share this post, it will allow me to reach a bigger audience and raise the money needed.

From me to you, a heartfelt thank you for anything you can do, whether that’s a share or a donation. Thank you so much.
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