Your Christmas stamps can go to a great cause

January 6, 2011 at 10:41 am | Posted in Spread the word, Stamps | 1 Comment
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Gromit stamp

Gromit posts his Christmas cards

If you were celebrating Christmas, I hope you had a good one.  I received many less Christmas cards through the post this year and many more online ones.  I suppose it might be my age but I like the excitement of (carefully) opening the envelope and seeing a personal message.  Many of my cards came from the UK and this year’s Christmas stamps featured the characters of Wallace and Gromit, plasticine figures made by Nick Park.  I listened to his choices on Desert Island Discs the other day and he sounded absolutely thrilled that his creations were on the stamps.

I know that volunteer Terri who works tirelessly collecting the stamps for the RNIB in the UK is also thrilled whenever we send a parcel from the UAE.  She sees first hand the excellent work to help people who are blind that these funds help enable.  I aim to send a nice package by the end of January so please get your stamps to me soon (direct to me, via Gulf for Good or Volunteer in Abu Dhabi).  Thank you for all your contributions large or small and Happy New Year.

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Schools saving stamps

May 17, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Posted in Spread the word | Leave a comment
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Henry Wanyoike

Henry Wanyoike with his trainer and guide meeting English College students

I received a really nice note today from English College, Dubai giving me an update on their stamp collecting activity.  To quote, “I have got a group of our youngest students in the secondary school setting up and running the collection points for stamps here in the secondary school and also in our primary section. The students are very excited and enthusiastic and are taking full responsibility for this activity and hopefully we will soon have lots of stamps to send you.”

It’s great to hear this, as many children in our community get bad press I think (expat brats, terrible teens etc.).   As a mother of secondary school girls myself  I witness a much greater degree of altruism and real concern about our society, environment and helping others among their peers than often credited.  Saving stamps won’t save the world, but it does recycle something that would be thrown away to help people who are visually impaired.  I was searching for a nice picture of the English College to no avail, but I did come across this one in the Gulf News of other students meeting Henry Wanyoike.  Henry is a one of the world’s fastest runners and has participated in the Dubai Marathon many times – I’ve met him on a few occasions.  He lost his sight overnight when he was 17 due to a stroke and is a great champion for helping visually impaired people to become independent as well as an ambassador for Seeing is Believing (a charity helping to cure preventable blindness).  The RNIB does work in both these areas too so please help them by saving your stamps and sending them to be recycled.  Good luck with your collection English College and thanks to everyone saving stamps.

Thanks to The National

January 30, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Posted in Spread the word, Stamps | Leave a comment

Feature in The NationalThanks to The National for featuring the stamps collection.  I was expecting the publicity to knock me out on wave of stamps when I opened my PO Box this week – unfortunately  they didn’t print the website details or where to send stamps!  Please help spread the word (via Facebook or sending your friends this link) and please keep sending your stamps so we can help the RNIB reach their target.  And if you’ve visited this site prompted by the article – thanks for your tenacity and perseverance!

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