Happy New Year! My Twitter feed is full of diet ideas and people solemnly swearing to start lunging everyday but there is one recurring theme; donation pleas for #DryJanuary.
This campaign reminded me of a sponsored 24 hour fast my sister and I did when at school in the Ethiopian Famine supporting 1980s. Like all campaigns it had the noble aim of educating us and raising funds. We awoke with the best intentions on the Saturday morning but then did 3 hours of dance classes and in a light-headed state of panic begged our Dad to take us to the nearest newsagents for a packet of Skips. We learnt more about the plight of the Ethiopians at that time by watching Newsround not by getting hungry. I think we still sent off our sponsorship money though.