Levelling out the world’s unfairness
Solo Expenses champion Ollie and his dad spend some quality time together in the garage talking about how to do something about the unfairness in the world, and the money management app sparks a blog idea in the older man
The rasp of the saw was a comforting sound as Grandad pushed it back and forth through the softwood, preparing a base for the latest baby monitor to sit on under the cot mattress.
Pausing in his labours, he looked up at his son Ollie, leaning against the garage wall. “There was never anything like this when you were born, son. Your mum and I just left the door open and listened hard.”
Ollie shrugged. “Things move on, Dad. Technology gets better. It would be crazy not to have the best we can afford. This monitor gives an audio and video feed, and that piece of wood you’re cutting will give a stable base so the monitor can tell us if the baby stops moving for more than 20 seconds.”
His father pushed the saw back and forth a few more times before stopping again and looking up. “I hope he doesn’t turn out to be a sound sleeper then. No, you’re right, of course. We should all do the best we can for our families, and I’d be angry with you if you weren’t doing your best for my grandchildren. Trouble is, for a lot of families around the world their best falls a long way short of ideal; doesn’t stop it being their best though. There are kids in India sleeping on the streets; kids in Africa that can’t get a drink of clean water, and don’t have a mosquito net to sleep under. Malaria can be a killer, you know.”
Oillie frowned and felt guilty. “Can’t argue with that, Dad – but what can you or I do that will make all that better? It’s just the way the world is.”
He was re-assured by the start of the older man’s answer; but only by the start of it. “Nothing. You can do nothing to change it all. None of us can, but just because that’s the way the world is doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to improve a little part of it; lots of little differences amount to big changes in the end. It’s not just about children now; mankind needs to learn to treasure the planet and everything that lives on it.”
Grandad was warming to his topic, and gave Ollie an on-the spot lecture about his perception of what was wrong with the way the planet was being treated, and what good he believed there had to be, somewhere along the line.
Suddenly, Ollie brightened. He had an answer. He said: “Tell you what, I am doing something about it!” He pulled out his smartphone, and the older man shook his head. “You’ll not find the answer in there.” But Ollie pressed on: “Got you this time,” he said triumphantly. “I already am doing. I use this app to monitor what I spend at work and at home.Expense management app Costs me hardly anything, and pays for itself anyway. It’s called Solo Expenses, and the people that created it put a proportion of the money from sales into good causes. They sponsor an orphanage in Kenya, the National Association for the Blind in India, Alzheimer’s Research in the UK, a not-for-profit Asian film festival and a charity working to eliminate avoidable blindness in more than 30 countries. It’s all on the giving back page on their web site. That’s making a difference, just by using this app that helps me to make the most of the money we have, so I’m doing my best for your grandchildren at the same time!
“They’ve even sponsored a dolphin; its name is Hope.”
“Good name,” said the older man. “Hope’s a good name. Along with faith, charity and a little effort, it’ll make a difference to be proud of. Tell you what, I’m going to look around to find out what other good things people are doing to put a little hope into the lives of people who don’t have much, or that help to keep the planet clean. That’s the kind of positivity I need. Might wake up some of those who haven’t thought about the problems as well. I’m sure your Solo Expenses people would be interested to hear about what I turn up. Perhaps they’d let me write a whatsit, a blog thing about what I find? Would they put it on their web site?”
“No idea,” said Ollie, “but I’ll certainly ask. Hurry up and get that wood cut, then we can go in for a cup of tea.”
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