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  1. Alexlayer

    Alexlayer New Member

    Jul 11, 2013
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    Charity Causes

    Discussion in 'Plot Development' started by Alexlayer, Aug 27, 2013.

    So… this is something simple, but still something I sorta need to fill in.

    Basically, I got a story involving a group of cheerleaders trying to raise funds for some charity cause. Issue is… what cause? I’m not so well informed on either field, so whatever suggestions you may have that think may be interesting are totally welcome. Please and thank you. :D
  2. jannert

    jannert Contributing Member Supporter Contributor

    Mar 7, 2013
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    Is there a cause one of your cheerleader cares a great deal about? Many lives have been affected by cancer, or other diseases.

    Or maybe, depending upon where they live, it could be a charity that deals with homelessness or poverty. This could be something that directly concerns them, OR could be something that doesn't affect them at all.

    If they come from rich families, it could be seen as an attempt either to understand and empathise with folks less fortunate, OR simply as a 'do-gooder-brownie-point' exercise—the cheerleader equivalent of the beauty contestant's wish for "World Peace." Perhaps this charity work might eventually promote real understanding, though?

    I'd say don't just choose a charity at random. Make the choice relevant to the story you're telling.
  3. chicagoliz

    chicagoliz Contributing Member Contributor

    May 30, 2012
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    It depends on how important the event and reason for the particular charity is to your story. If it's just a mechanism for having the group come together to work on something, it could really be anything. It could be raising funds for the cheerleaders to travel to a national competition, or it could be to get new computers in the school library or something. If there was a teacher or student who died from an illness or a drug overdose or a drunk driving accident or something, they could raise funds for that. Or for a scholarship in that person's name -- maybe a longtime teacher who retired might have a scholarship in their name for a student or something. Or it could be for an after-school program for poor kids, or a food bank.

    Is the crux of your story related to getting people to rally around a particular cause or to show that a cause is particularly important? Or is it related more to getting this group of characters to interact, and the focus is more on an unrelated issue?
  4. mammamaia

    mammamaia nit-picker-in-chief Contributor

    Nov 21, 2006
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    Coquille, Oregon
    for cheerleaders, something close to home would make more sense than a national or international charity... such as:

    an injured/ill member of their sports team or other classmate/teacher
    a local family whose home burned down
    local homeless/battered women's shelter
    local child needing costly medical treatment
    something the school or team needs badly but can't afford
    disaster relief if local area suffered a flood/tornado/brushfire/whatever
  5. Hwaigon

    Hwaigon Contributing Member Reviewer

    Dec 5, 2012
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    Second to the right, and straight on till morning.
    I pretty much like mammamaia's battered women's shelter suggestion; mine is for instance fundraising
    for the blind or deaf people.
  6. jazzabel

    jazzabel Contributing Member Contributor

    Jan 5, 2012
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    Local animal shelter desperately needs new kennels, or extra kennels since that disaster earlier in the year when a lot of pets became homeless (similar to what happened in Katrina).

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