Earlier this year I made a big mistake. Following my fundraising half-marathon last year, I told my colleagues at Burma Campaign UK that I was up for a new sponsorship challenge, and asked if they had any ideas. Preferably something with a Burma theme.
Instead of suggestions I had hoped for, like climbing a Burmese mountain or swimming across the Irrawaddy river, consensus in the office swiftly boiled down to two options. A chilli eating contest, or an insect eating contest. After much debate, they decided insect eating would be the best, probably because that was the one I was least keen on.
In the UK most people think the idea of eating insects is revolting. Me too! But in Burma eating insects is fairly common, with many markets having stalls selling fried crickets, ants, and bamboo maggots. Insects are not only considered tasty treats, but are also a cheap source of protein and minerals.
For this reason the United Nations is encouraging people to eat more insects, and insect production is better for the environment as well.
So I am going to give it a go. On 23rd October I'll be doing a sponsored insect eating challenge. I am dreading it, but if it raises funds for our campaigns to stop rape in Burma and free political prisoners, it will be worth it.
PS: My colleagues are also taking great delight in trying to find the most revolting insects they can find for me to eat, even cockroaches. Please sponsor me to make it all worthwhile: www.my.give.net/DougsBigBugChallenge