Would you save two strangers or your partner?

A review of ‘Strangers Drowning’ by Larissa MacFarquhar

By the end I was sad.

It all started well. The writing style is very vivid, very intimate. It draws you in. You peer through the window into these people’s lives, they invite you in and you become friends. Together you share in their triumphs and their pain.

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Why I choose to give now

Each year more than six million people die from preventable diseases. 2.4 billion people live on less than $2 every single day day.

If your average person in the US just donated 10% of their income they could protect 700 people from malaria for at least three years with mosquito nets or treat 7,100 people for neglected tropical diseases that keep them from work and school.

But what if you could double or triple even those numbers? What if in the future we discover even more helpful ways to donate our money? Would we regret ‘wasting’ our donations on less effective interventions in the past?

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What kind of fundraiser are you?

There are a couple of big things you, yes you, can do to help support some of the most effective causes.  You can tell people about them and you can get money for them.

Fundraising for effective charities is an ideal way of doing both. All you need is passion and time.

According to Just Giving the average fundraising page receives £177.

Donated to effective charities this could mean 354 people treated for Schistosomiasis and other neglected tropical diseases , around 88 anti-malaria nets protecting two people for 3-5 years or nutritionally fortified food for over 2950 people!

That’s a huge impact right there.

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