Today (Wednesday), the British Red Cross sent me a small packet.
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
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 VIP visit to its headquarters, and gave me a generous cheque for Piam Brown Ward.
Janet’s Notebook has linked a global enterprise and an outstanding children oncology ward in Southampton General Hospital. I’m very honoured to have connected the two through blogging. I’m very touched by the generosity of Ahmad Tea of London. I thank WordPress for this wonderful platform.
What’s a blogger for? We make connection. We build bridges. We spread kindness. We act.
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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.
However, it was important to contribute to the ward which once saved Ben’s life. Ben’s now more aware of his medical history and is just mature enough to support the ward, in which he received supreme medical care, with the most dedicated and highly specialised team.
I later received this warm thank-you letter from Jane Buchanan, the charity fund manager.
“We value your support more than you’ll ever know.”
The letter ended with this paragraph:
“As always, everyone joins me in sending much love and our most sincere thanks. We value your support more than you will ever know.”
This personal, touching letter made the effort of taming the dancing cakes more worthwhile. Having straggly wind-tossed hair for a day was actually quite alright.