One legacy of growing up in the Eighties is believing that each and every one of us can make a difference. Whether it was going on protest marches, taking part in various sponsored events (the sponsored swim I did at school in the mid-Eighties is forever etched in my mind, as there was a thin layer of ice on the water surface of our outdoor pool, which had to be broken before we could get in to do our lengths!) or buying a charity record, we firmly believed that our efforts could, in some small way, change the world.
In today’s fast-paced climate, where technology seems to rule, and information overload can make a fundraising appeal seem like more white noise, how do you make yourself heard? The honest answer is, I don’t know. All I can tell you is what I know to be true. Firstly, there can be very few of our generation who has been unaffected by cancer, and the devastation it leaves on both the sufferer and their family. Secondly, no matter how small your contribution, it will still make a difference to changing the lives of others for the better. Which is why I want to bring your attention the fundraising efforts of David ‘Gnasher’ Nash.
Some of you may already be familiar with Norwich-based Gnasher’s murals and street art, such as this memorial piece of Robin Williams.
More of his work can be viewed on Gnasher’s website, through which he can be contacted regarding prints he is selling to raise money for Colchester Cancer Centre. To further ensure that “Cancer Can Do One”, donations can also be made via his Just Giving page.
What difference does it make? You’ve only to look to your 80’s self for the answer.