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Free pen

Today (Wednesday), the British Red Cross sent me a small packet.

Free

FREE

This packet includes 2 greeting cards with envelopes (free), 1 bookmark (free), and the most amazing of all, a pen (free). Of course, it also comes with a letter asking for donation.

Here is the dilemma: a FREE pen from the Red Cross, sent to me by post. Should I use the pen to sign a cheque or give out my direct debit details? Or, does it make me a very bad person if I use this pen to doodle? Or even worse still, what if I chuck the pen — since the pen is not my kind of pen. I prefer Japanese gel ink pen such as Uniball Signo, or Staedtler Triplus fineliner from Germany.

I tried to discuss my dilemma with my 12-year-old son. “Ben, do you think the British Red Cross should spend/waste their money and send everyone FREE pens and FREE cards? Do you think FREE pens will attract more donations for the Red Cross?” My son replied, “Mum, you asked the same questions last time. Why are you repeating yourself?” Continue reading

Blogger Power

Some have… Some have not.
Image via Flickr by PeterJBellis

Today I discovered the power of blogging on WordPress.

After reading my blog posts, one renowned tea maker made a donation to Piam Brown Ward, a charity close to my heart.

On Tuesday, Ahmad Tea of London invited me for a visit to its headquarters, and gave me a generous cheque for Piam Brown Ward. Continue reading

The day we battled strong wind

In June, I wrote about Closeness with Cakes regarding our first fund-raising event for a children oncology ward, Piam Brown Ward.

To be honest, fund-raising in a school fayre demanded hard work and the preparation consumed a lot of my time. It was hard keeping sane as the wind constantly tried to turn the cakes into dancing cakes. Continue reading

Closeness: showing you care with cakes

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Last weekend, my son Ben and I braved ourselves on a windy Saturday and sold these cakes in a school fayre for charity.

It was a typical English spring weather on a summer day. We were wearing jackets still. Some nicely set up tents next to our stall were blown away. I spent the whole morning trying to rescue the cakes from flying off.

We raised £100 for Piam Brown Ward, of Southampton General Hospital. My son was treated in the cancer ward in 2001 as a baby and we were doing our best to raise fund.

It was hard work, but it was fun. It was worth it.

These cakes were all made by friends, and their children. Some friends were unable to bake, so they bought us some.

My friend Tim, an award-winning chef, made me 45 chocolate muffins.

My colleague Tracy made the most delicious cupcakes with lots of glitters on. She even paid for some beautiful boxes to put her gorgeous cupcakes in.

Michelle’s cakes were sold out in the staffroom well before they reached my stall. I didn’t even get the chance to buy one. One friend paid for the rent of my stall.

I’m blessed with friendship.

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