Lent begins today, and for the last few weeks I’ve been trying to work out what to abstain from. What would challenge me. In the past I’ve given up many things (alcohol, meat, cakes, chocolate…), but this year I was really stuck for what to do. But then I heard about a project called 40 Days of Water.
It’s quite a simple idea, really. And we all know that simple ideas are often genius.
Well, what 4o Days of Water (or, as I’m going to call it, 40DOW) focuses on is the fact that we in the world who have a supply of clean water quite literally on tap are incredibly lucky. So, if we join the project, we give up all drinks apart from tap water for the 40 days of Lent.
No coffee. No tea. No wine. No beer. No cocktails. No juice. Nada.
And the money we save from not buying those drinks? We tally up and donate it to well building projects in Africa.
This has really captured my imagination, and I’ll be blogging about this as I go through Lent (I think the lack of tea and coffee may get interesting!). And to kick us off, I made my first video blog (please excuse the wild hair, pjs, and crazed camera angle….it was 1 am!).