Every bough is, by now, lavishly festooned with all the shimmer and seasonal delight that we are have grown to be accustomed to. With every passing year, it seems that our celebrations and expectations grow and, we do very little to hide our glee.
However, in the back of many people’s minds, niggling away, is the sense that we should be sharing our blessings with those less fortunate. It is a sad reality, but, for most, our philanthropy is a seasonal custom. That said, it is entirely welcome and needed.
It is a struggle at times to know and commit ourselves to just one charity, especially when bombarded on every side by *chuggers and expertly curated hopeless causes, but, whether you believe that charity begins at home or further afield the smallest act can make a huge difference.
Tourists and lovers have long pledged the very simplest of commitments throughout Paris. On the bridges that weave the city together, declarations of love are locked in the form of padlocks. Now 65 tonnes of love locks are set to be removed in a bid over safety fears - the Pont des Arts bridge, situated by the Louvre, simply cannot support the weight of the estimated one million padlocks.
This year, in the face of many tragedies, Paris is setting the stage for a simple yet deeply symbolic act of kindness and perhaps an even greater expression of love. Bruno Julliard, the city’s first deputy mayor, has recently announced that around 10 tonnes of the locks will be sold off to members of the public with the proceeds being sent in the form of much needed aid to the refugee groups.
Julliard commented, “Members of the public can buy five or ten locks, or even clusters of them, all at an affordable price. All of the proceeds will be given to those who work in support and in solidarity of the refugees in Paris.”
It is hoped that the sale, speculated to take place in early 2017, could raise up to €100,000.