Good Morning 😊
This really isn’t much to do with writing, although if you squint hard enough, it might be…
Have you heard of a website called freerice.com?
This site was created by John Breen, a hunger and poverty activist, and has been going since October 2007. It looks like this:
Essentially, this is a quiz where for every answer you get right, 10 grains are donated to the UN’s World Food Programme. It’s completely free to do, is paid for by the sponsors of the site, and it’s totally up to you if you want to just do it as it is, or sign up for a username.
You have a choice of subjects:
I tend to stick to the English stuff because a) lazy, b) I do this over my morning coffee and we all know that’s a delicate cognitive time, and c) well, who doesn’t want to have a reminder of a ton of synonyms shoved in their face? See? That’s the squinty writing bit – synonyms. We love synonyms (as do English teachers…) yay!
So. It helps people who need it, it helps you with general knowledge (think of the pub quizzes…), and if you have smol ones, maybe it’ll help them in a sort of fun way.
If you’re still suspicious, that’s fine, I’m a cynic about everything too. However:
Common Sense Media says this
Snopes says this
And it even appears on the World Food Programme website.
So it seems all fine and dandy.
I don’t know about you, but it feels like this world sucks all the balls at the minute (and in no fun kind of way, either). And I don’t have much in the way of disposable income, which is why I donate my time – usually with writing, because why not – rather than cold, hard cash. I’ve been visiting freerice and other, similar sites for a little while now, and it’s not enough, it’s never enough; there are too many people in this world that are hungry, too many people and places suffering, too much that needs fixing. And we can’t save them all, friends, even though we try… but! This might be a good place to start.
Okay, soapbox moment is over; on with our days!
Hugs all round 😊