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Somalia

I blogged yesterday about my intention to keep this blog for a more serious purpose and to keep to my original aims, to persuade you all to help children. The next step is the serious blogging.

With this in mind I had a look at new stories, local and international. There was one story that caught my eye, Somalia and the flood of refugees arriving in Kenya. Somalia has suffered from civil war for the last 20 years. This is now exacerbated by a severe drought meaning those already in need are fleeing to Kenya as their last hope. Latest reports from Save the Children say up to 1300 people are arriving on a daily basis, of which 800 plus are children.  When dealing with such numbers I try to get some context by imagining a sports stadium full of people. If I assume a stadium with room for 40,000 people it would take about one month to fill with a daily influx of 1300 people. That is staggering, I wonder how one refugee camp can cope with this? The reports say it is organised to cope with under 100,000 people but is currently trying to manage with three and a half times this level.

Living with conflict is damaging. I know this on a small level as I was born and live in Northern Ireland, we had conflict for 30 plus years. I grew up in these years and it was a strange world. I had a normal life by Northern Ireland standards. Nevertheless, most people don’t see getting searched before shopping or seeing news-stories about those maimed or killed on that day’s violence as normal. However, most of us didn’t grow up with the added ravages of hunger and thirst. It is a unreal world having conflict in a first-world society; it must be a running nightmare to grow up, if you do get to grow up, in a third-world society with war and starvation. I try to imagine the constant fear but it is too hard.

Considering this, don’t you want to help Save the Children?

I close with this:-

  • Donate to a valid children’s charity of your choice.
  • Visit this blog and comment about your donation. Please also tell me what you wanted to be when you were 8. I still want to collect those tales and hope that some child will read about your words and deeds and want to do the same when they are old enough.

I will:-

  • Add your donation to the Totals page on this blog, totals are updated weekly.
  • I will also write some words about the current donations and the charity
  • Store all comments so that everyone can read them.

Thank you for reading.

Lesley

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June 28, 2011 at 11:14 pm Leave a comment

Blog Guilt?

I haven’t blogged in a while and feel bad but I had good reason. I was worried that my style and words were becoming stale and uninteresting. A case of blogger’s block perhaps? I could be fancy-smancy and call it writer’s block but I consider this more dabbling than writing. I am not bored or stale about the reason for my blogging, it is my own words that are irritating me. I also read many blogs that put me to shame. They have words, themes, wit, humour and brevity, the last one I am not known for. It makes me want to clamber into a hole and never write again…..

Moan now over. I have mulled for a couple of weeks and have decided to get my head in gear and my fingers on the keyboard. I will (slightly) change my approach. The first step is to remove the ‘header’ portion of my blog as it is off-putting to see the same words at the beginning of every post. If I do my job properly then you will read to the end of the post and *ahem* follow the instructions! If you don’t read to the end of the post then it is my fault for being dull….

The next step is to go back to basics – my apologies for use of that phrase. I blog for a reason and I don’t want that reason to get lost in daft twaddle about tv shows. I’m not saying I won’t post more light-hearted pieces again but I have drifted away from my true intentions for blogging; this is wrong.

So, what is my message after all of these posts? Simple. At any point in time there are children who are hungry, in pain, suffering and crying. Yes, this is true for many adults too but my focus is children. I have no desire to sound twee or preachy but I want you to help children. They will then grow up to be strong and kind adults because of that help. We all complain about the ‘state of the world today’. Isn’t it possible that helping the youngsters out there to be educated and well with a belief in good will make this world a little better one person at a time? I don’t think this overly naive, I don’t think this impossible. Education, good health and a clear understanding of consideration for others is what makes a decent person. I feel that making our next generation a better one is the place to start. So, please consider what child you would like to help. I don’t mind where, I don’t mind how, just please do something and write to me about it.

I close with this:-

  • Donate to a valid children’s charity of your choice.
  • Visit this blog and comment about your donation. Please also tell me what you wanted to be when you were 8. I still want to collect those tales and hope that some child will read about your words and deeds and want to do the same when they are old enough.

I will:-

  • Add your donation to the Totals page on this blog, totals are updated weekly.
  • I will also write some words about the current donations and the charity
  • Store all comments so that everyone can read them.

Thank you for reading.

Lesley

June 27, 2011 at 11:26 pm Leave a comment

Walkies? Oh My…..

We all know I blog to get people to donate to kid’s charities direct. Today, however, I will have a short blog about a different kind of fundraising, Lesley fundraising to be exact.

Next Saturday me and my knees will be taking a walk, an 8 mile walk. Not that far you say? I agree but it is the nearest I will ever come to doing a marathon. I am looking forward to it, just hoping that the weather won’t be what I see this morning looking out my kitchen window. Rain, please, give us a break next Saturday, pretty please in fact…

This is the walk I will be taking part in –

http://www.macmillan.org.uk/Fundraising/Inyourarea/Northern_Ireland/Northern_Ireland/Local_events/AntrimWalk2011.aspx

It will be through gorgeous local countryside with two of my best pals. It is very possible that we will laugh all the way round as well as planning our night out to reward ourselves. That I am looking forward to:)

Some of you may think it odd that with all my blog-preaching I am not taking part in fundraising for a children’s charity. There is no big mystery to this. I, like most other people, have friends and family who have been affected by cancer. Children’s charities are my main focus but Macmillan is also close to my heart. It helps as well that this will help people in my local area. Any funds I raise will help people around me, those I know and those I don’t. Charity begins at home, some say. I don’t subscribe to that notion unless you think the whole world is your home. Charity to me should have no boundaries but I do appreciate the chance to help my community. Also, isn’t it time got doing instead of just saying? 🙂

I will leave my normal request in place at the end of this post but before I do I will make a request that you visit my fundraising page. It can be found here – http://original.justgiving.com/lesleymiller1. If you wish to and you can afford it please donate. Also, please go the the latger Macmillan Cancer website; you might find something there you would like to do? Thank you from me and my knees, let us hope they don’t end up like this:-

I close with my normal request to you:-

  • Donate to a valid children’s charity of your choice. It is easy to do – online, collection boxes, Give as You Earn. Any amount is important and I am delighted for one pound, dollar, euro, yen to reach a charity. Donate a present to a family or child that will not have the holiday season that you might expect and plan for.
  • Visit this blog and comment anywhere with the charity, amount including currency and please also tell me what you wanted to be when you were 8. I love the stories of childish ambitions.

I will then:-

  • Add your donation to the Totals page on this blog, totals are updated weekly.
  • I will also write some words about the current donations and the charity
  • All comments will be stored on the comments page so that you can see what charities people are interested in and also what a variety of 8-year-old ambitions we have already. I am looking forward to way more surprises from you all.

The steps are simple. Again, if you like the idea please tell others so that they will come and tell me their stories.

Take care of you and yours.

Lesley

June 12, 2011 at 12:01 pm Leave a comment

What Do I Need To Do?

I blog to get people to donate to kid’s charities. I don’t want money, I want you to donate direct to a children’s charity then write to me by commenting on the blog. Please read the ‘About Lesley’ section of the blog to find out why I do this; the Comments and Running Totals pages to see how far we have come…

Okay, did you read the usual spiel at the start of my blogpost?  It is possible that you have seen it so often that you skip it now? I am conscious of this and have been thinking. Do I need a new tack? Should I look at gimmickry? I do want more readers and I want more people to write to me. Simple, some might say. However, it has been a while since I had a new comment about a donation to a children’s charity. I’m not too scunnered, we all have busy lives. This is only my attempt to make you think about the charities you would like to support. I’m not here to push guilt, I am here to divert you occasionally, at least I hope so.

So, what do I need to do, where do I need to go? I am open to suggestion, please feel free to point me in a new direction. I don’t really do politics on here, I don’t want to be partisan. I touch on politics when I write about news; the rest tends to be my opinions on life, sport, the odd spot of humour. However, I am well aware of the dangers with the blog; I sound the same and you all get bored, that wouldn’t be so good.

I have done a little research too. A note of caution, google ‘blog ideas’ you only have yourself to blame. The world of the internet marketer must be fascinating to some but really doesn’t grab me. Dig a little deeper though and the general advice is this:-

  • Link to sites that are interesting/related to your blog? Check – link to the Running Totals page with the list of charities donated to.
  • Current Events? Check – many of my posts are related to news.
  • Recommendations? Hmmmm, do you want to read my list of favourite books? Really? Let me know.
  • Reviews? Hoot! I am not a critic and do not want to be but if you want my opinion on a film then leave a comment; I will be glad to go all Barry Norman.
  • How to? Check – you have my recipe for broth.
  • Tips? Not an area I have explored yet. What tips would you like? Personally, I think google may have this one covered.

One link I will share with you before I close. The reason I blog is that I want all children to smile like this. This always makes me smile – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JmA2ClUvUY&feature=related

I close with my normal request to you:-

  • Donate to a valid children’s charity of your choice. It is easy to do – online, collection boxes, Give as You Earn. Any amount is important and I am delighted for one pound, dollar, euro, yen to reach a charity. Donate a present to a family or child that will not have the holiday season that you might expect and plan for.
  • Visit this blog and comment anywhere with the charity, amount including currency and please also tell me what you wanted to be when you were 8. I love the stories of childish ambitions.

I will then:-

  • Add your donation to the Totals page on this blog, totals are updated weekly.
  • I will also write some words about the current donations and the charity
  • All comments will be stored on the comments page so that you can see what charities people are interested in and also what a variety of 8-year-old ambitions we have already. I am looking forward to way more surprises from you all.

The steps are simple. Again, if you like the idea please tell others so that they will come and tell me their stories.

Take care of you and yours.

Lesley

June 5, 2011 at 4:39 pm 4 comments

There Are No Words.

I normally start and end each of my blogs with a request; I normally have tags so that this blog will appear in searches. Not this time.

He was 13, how could this happen.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-13622959

I have no words for this.

 

June 1, 2011 at 7:31 pm Leave a comment


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