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Used to run The Life You Can Save with Peter Singer. Prior to that ran the Community divison of Giving What We Can. Currently running an Oxfam shop in London. Regularly attend the London EA meetup group - hope to see some of you there! I love getting to know new folk :-)
Prologue to Bertrand Russell's Autobiography:
"What I Have Lived For
Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind. These passions, like great winds, have blown me hither and thither, in a wayward course, over a great ocean of anguish, reaching to the very verge of despair.
I have sought love, first, because it brings ecstasy - ecstasy so great that I would often have sacrificed all the rest of life for a few hours of this joy. I have sought it, next, because it relieves loneliness--that terrible loneliness in which one shivering consciousness looks over the rim of the world into the cold unfathomable lifeless abyss. I have sought it finally, because in the union of love I have seen, in a mystic miniature, the prefiguring vision of the heaven that saints and poets have imagined. This is what I sought, and though it might seem too good for human life, this is what--at last--I have found.
With equal passion I have sought knowledge. I have wished to understand the hearts of men. I have wished to know why the stars shine. And I have tried to apprehend the Pythagorean power by which number holds sway above the flux. A little of this, but not much, I have achieved.
Love and knowledge, so far as they were possible, led upward toward the heavens. But always pity brought me back to earth. Echoes of cries of pain reverberate in my heart. Children in famine, victims tortured by oppressors, helpless old people a burden to their sons, and the whole world of loneliness, poverty, and pain make a mockery of what human life should be. I long to alleviate this evil, but I cannot, and I too suffer.
This has been my life. I have found it worth living, and would gladly live it again if the chance were offered me."
This is my life too, except for being at an earlier stage, and for giving a damn about chickens.
Donations listed below include Gift Aid, include expenses incurred on behalf of charities that I could have claimed back for but didn't, don't include charities I've given less than £20 to and don't include anything I think would have been given anyway without my influence.
|£659.44||Schistosomiasis Control Initiative||2011 (£45), 2012 (£306), 2013 (£295), 2014 (£85.44)|
|£291.97, $122||Against Malaria Foundation||2011 (£9.64), 2012 (£97.51, $27), 2013 (£184.82, $95)|
|£541 apx.||Oxfam GB||2013 (£165), 2014 (£16, £360 apx.)|
|£125||Peace Direct||2013 (£125)|
|£110 apx.||Centre for Effective Altruism||2014 (£110 apx.)|
|$160, £17.47||Mercy For Animals||2014 ($160, £17.47)|
|$160||The Humane League||2014 ($160)|
|£66.27||Machine Intelligence Research Institute||2014 (£66.27)|
|£51.33||Leverage Research||2012 (£51.33)|
|£50||Animal Equality||2012 (£50)|
|£50||Kawempe Home Care||2013 (£50)|
|£50||Helen Bamber Foundation||2013 (£50)|
|£50||Medical Aid Films||2013 (£50)|
|£40||Positive Women||2012 (£10), 2014 (£30)|
|£30||Save the Children||2013 (£30)|
|$40||Vegan Outreach||2012 ($20), 2013 ($20)|
|£20||British Heart Foundation||2012 (£20)|
|Amount||To||Donated by||When||Any details|
|£503 apx.||Schistosomiasis Control Initiative||Friends and family||2012||Live Below The Line|
|£107 apx.||Schistosomiasis Control Initiative||Parents of girl I was tutoring||2011||Tutoring in exchange for donations|
|£65||Schistosomiasis Control Initiative||Students||2011||Securing free tickets for others in exchange for donations|
|£145||Oxfam GB||Friends and family||2013||Live Below The Line|
|£30||Against Malaria Foundation||Family||2014||Asking for donations instead of gifts for my birthday|
|£25||Against Malaria Foundation||Family||2013||Asking for donations instead of gifts for Christmas|