|Scooped by Judith van Praag|
Judith van Praag's insight:
A heads up for the emergency fundraising platform as Razoo calls itself. Seeing and ad on my Facebook timeline seems appropriate in the light of the massacre at the Orlando LGBT nightclub; this kind of tuning in to people's needs is exactly what we've come to expect from our Social Media providers.
Yet "Emergency Fundraising" doesn't quite cover what Razoo makes possible, those words bring to mind earthquakes, fire, flooding, death of a bread winner, but the text on Razoo's homepage says, "You can launch a memorial fundraiser to honor the memory of a loved one."
How welcome such a message can be when one is hit by disaster. On a personal scale I recall the funeral director who came to my room at the hospital in Amsterdam and told us an announcement of our baby's birth and death in the newspaper was an unnecessary expense, for "Nobody had known her, and our printed cards would be send to friends and family." Years later another funeral director would tell us an announcement of my 85-year-old mother's passing was unnecessary since "There would be hardly anybody left who knew her." How wrong both men were.
If anything the announcements in the newspapers of our loss(es) would've reached a larger circle of acquaintances.
The reason why we may not have pushed on, telling the funeral directors cost was not the issue, was that we didn't have that much money, and their advice seemed plausible. But, oh, how I've regretted our decision to go with their suggestion! We weren't the kind of people who would ask for help, in any way, financial or otherwise. Fundraising for projects or individuals is one thing, when it comes down to asking help in regards to my own needs, that's something I'm slowly learning to do.
These days raising funds for a cause, for a project or even for something you've always dreamed to do, such as a trip to your family's homeland to find your roots, or make rubbings of an ancestor's gravestone is not frowned upon, people often are more than happy to pitch in.
Just two days after the tragedy in Orlando, many will welcome Facebook's heads up, being able to raise funds to memorialize a loved one is a mitzvah, (Razoo) a good deed indeed.