Be the change that you wish to see in the world 2


Firstly, I want to be very clear with you all after receiving some surprising negative feedback about my participation in Junk Free June and about the Junk Free June campaign concept. I wish this wasn't a post I have to write and I wish I didn't need to justify myself to anyone however only a day in I have been called silly, and I have been laughed at and mocked by some people for participating in Junk Free June. People have asked me “How is that going to make any difference?” or said insolent things like “I would donate to you if you were shaving your head,” and to be quite honest with you and regardless of whether or not you were joking – comments and attitudes like this are insensitive and insulting. 

I want you to know that for me, Junk Free June isn’t actually about me at all. Through my participation I want to start conversations that aren’t always easy to have. I love to write so along the way I want to share with you some of the stories of people whose lives have been touched by cancer and that have touched my own life. I want to be a voice. I want to give you an insight into what certain things and experiences might be like, and for some I want to show you that you’re not alone. I also hope I can educate people and encourage being proactive when it comes to your health. And yes, obviously I’d like to raise money for the Cancer Council whilst limiting my junk food intake.

I may not be shaving my head, running a marathon or riding my bike over a thousand kilometres but are you really going to mock me for participating in a campaign and raising awareness and money for a charity that I hold dear to my heart? I sure would hope not.  Do you remember the time you poured ice over your head for ALS awareness, or was it because you wanted likes on Facebook? Do not mock me for giving up junk food (because it’s actually bloody hard, but that’s beside the point I am trying to make). I am doing the best that I can, with what I’ve got in hope that I can contribute to eliminating the savage thing that is cancer. 

So in summary, I am asking you to not let what you might consider as an inadequate campaign (Educational Fact #1: Analysis of global research shows that about a third of the most common cancers can be prevented through a nutritious diet) discourage you from donating to what is an amazing charity and at the end of the day I would like to remind you it’s not me you’re giving your money to, it’s the Cancer Council, who are working on incredible things to make a difference in the lives of those who need it the most and whose goal it is to create a happier and healthier world for us to live in. 

Thank you.

P.S: For those of you who have actually been supportive, you are amazing. It means the world to me and I couldn’t thank you enough! :) XXXX

About the author

Rebecca Palma

In addition to being a bit kinder to my body and giving it a break from my beloved 'snacks' (chips, chocolate, lollies, anyone?) and partaking in more activities that rid me from 'life junk' (yoga, walking etc) - I will be raising well needed dollars for the very worthy Cancer Council ?