This might be one of the saddest posts I’ve ever had to write. I’m honestly at a loss of what to say, a fairly rare occurrence as those who know me personally will testify to. I can’t really contribute anything more to the conversation, but I need to write it out to process it. So here we go.

Today we lost an icon, a legend, a beautiful man and a part of many people’s childhoods. Today we said goodbye to Alan Rickman.

My brother told me the news a couple of hours ago and once the initial “It’s a hoax, Facebook’s lying, it’s not true unless you have other sources” wore off the sobbing began.

alan rickman

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The Australian Literacy & Numeracy Foundation

Hey guys!

As any of you who have read my previous blog post will know, made a video promoting the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation for the Project for Awesome a couple of weeks back.

This is said video.

The P4A was a whirlwind of sleep deprivation and watching heaps of cool charity videos. My video actually got featured on the livestream which is beyond cool and I got so many awesome comments, but one said something quite interesting. They questioned why I didn’t make a video supporting literacy in “Bangladesh, Philistines, Bhutan, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, or something… The literacy rate is genuinely low there.”

That question made me quite defensive at first, but on reflection it was a fair question, especially coming from someone who I assumed was not from Australia. Although the Project for Awesome is done and dusted for another year, I wanted to go a little bit more in depth about why I picked this organisation in particular.

charity doge

I’m so meme savvy

So, backstory: I have been on YouTube since late 2013 and had seen two P4As come and go, drinking up the wackiness and doing what I could to help the fundraising, but never quite working up the energy to make a video of my own. This year though, this year was the year I was determined to participate. I came to this resolution around 6 months and somehow still ended up researching, scripting, filming, editing and uploading the entire thing in one day like the procrastinating masochist I am.

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