In my recent post, Buy Me A Camel!, I reported on Oxfam's Unwrapped Gift Catalogue. This scheme caught my imagination because it allows you to buy a present for someone, a present which is in aid of Oxfam's humanitarian work and which will actually be allocated to a community in need. I was particularly interested in the camel gift as I had just posted an entry on Amazing Animals: The Camel.
'Well, why not try to fund-raise for this purpose?', I asked myself. So, I contacted Oxfam, who pointed me in the direction of bmycharity.com. Here, I was able to set up a special web page - "Unwrapped Gifts - A Camel for a needy village". From this page, you can access a secure site for donations by credit/debit card and, if you are resident in the United Kingdom and pay tax, you can increase your donation by ticking the box for gift aid. Oxfam tell me that donations through this service help charities to save time and money in administration - so every donation goes further.
If you could afford to donate anything from #1 upwards, I would be most grateful. Wherever you see a 'camel' button, click on it to go to my fund-raising web page, https://www.bmycharity.com/helptessa2give4life.
Please ask your family and friends to support this appeal, together we might raise enough for a herd of camels, or a camel and a cow for #75, who knows!
by Rothwell Bishop (1910-1998)
Though desert life is rigorous
The camel's life is vigorous
In killing heat his master wilts
But he plods on, on padded stilts
At night sometimes his master freezes
But with the cold he never wheezes.
In truth he's learnt a better trick.
Is to lift
His temperature when it is hot
And lower it when it is not.
Plod on, plod on, you surly brute
I wish I had your thermostute
(I know the word is thermostat,
But couldn't find a rhyme for that.)
Many grateful thanks to Barbara Dixon for permission to reproduce her late father's poem. Visit John and Barbara Dixon's Website