Archive for November, 2009

Update 29th November 2009

November 29, 2009

I’ve not posted an update since the 20th, apologies but was holding off until I knew Ethiopia was sorted and I knew more about Kenya. 

SO thanks to Alan, Jacqui and Toshy (Ian) we are sorted with a courier to take the 1000 items to Ethiopia!  Today I have spent the afternoon sorting out the 1000 that I promised Danielle, and was really chuffed to get a bit of my dining room back.  However, won’t be for long as expecting in the region of 500+ items this week….

Last night, about 10.30pm (hate dealing with the time difference between here and America!) I got confirmation  that I am going to Kenya in January.  Need to sort flights etc out but will give more detail later.

Maria

Update 16th November 2009

November 16, 2009

2141!  Was like a kid at Christmas going into work today as just knew there would be “stuff” on my desk!  Wasn’t disappointed as in total there were 309 items in carrier bags and a box.

BIG thanks to Shannen and her friends as they collected 134 items!  Bettsie wimped out collecting them for me so they had to post them.  Am sure the kids in Ethiopia will love the knickers.

Will keep posting updates on the number of donations as we go, but at the end of the month will do a “monthly roundup” summary as will hopefully have an update on the arrangements for getting the stuff to Ethiopia, a wee fundraiser that will raise money for Children In Need and Smalls for All and progress (if any) on getting Smalls for All accepted as a charity as this will help with ie approaching shops etc.

 

Update 12th November 2009

November 12, 2009

1832 items!!  with more on the way.  Thanks to everyone, but a special mention has to go to Visit Scotland (via Nicola).

A couple of things I need to let you know about.

Firstly, I talked about going back to Ethiopia this year and taking your donations to the orphanages supported by Ethiopian Orphanage Relief (through talking to Danielle the founder) and the orphanage I worked in.  Danielle is going to be in Addis in December and we’ve agreed that I will look into courier services to send the underwear to where she will be staying, and she will distribute.  I struggled a bit with this as the intention was for me to take the underwear myself, but am confident that our donations will get to the orphanages through Danielle.  It’s not concrete but this is the plan.

There is good and bad news on the back of this revised plan!  The good news is that given the overwhelming support and enthusiasm of people,  I’ve made plans to support the distributor in Kenya!! Therefore the bad news is that we (you!) need to keep collecting…

There is a trip scheduled for January but felt this was a bit soon, once I know dates for the trip I will let you know but it will be next year.

Maria

Update 8th November 2009

November 8, 2009

Well I had a fun Saturday afternoon surrounded by 1211 items of underwear!  With the help of Angie and Holly we soon had them sorted into 3 lots (women, boys, girls) then we sorted them further into ages and sizes.  No sooner than we’d finished though and I had a text from Bettsie saying another 132 items were on their way to me, was going to push my luck and ask him to sort for me but reckon I know what he’d say…

Was out of the office at the end of last week so am a bit nervous about what I’m going into tomorrow.  I owe Mr McIntyre a fish and chips lunch as he’s been a “pant mule” bringing the donations through from Glasgow, he emailed me to say he had “2 big bags full of pants”, he’d taken a holdall through but he couldn’t get them all in.  

Was on a course Thursday and Friday, I knew most of the people there but there were some people I had never met before.  Unfortunately, Mr Halley as we were standing getting registered and introduced, made the comment ” before we leave tomorrow mind me to give you your pants, they’re in the car”.  

Will post an update over the next few days.

Maria

Update 4th November 2009

November 4, 2009

New total (drum roll)…..1127!!

Will keep this “brief” – get it?  Well I’ve had to hear it lots so might as well say it once myself.

Just did a pick up at Stella’s and collected an unbelievable 488 items, this is amazing as has taken her less than 2 weeks to collect this.  Special thanks to her colleagues at Standard Life and to her friend Andrea, and Andrea’s colleagues at St John’s Hospital in Livingston.

At the risk of sounding boring, I just have to say again, that the response has been unbelievable!  Just today a friend called to say a shop and primary school in Limekilns were interested in getting involved, my lovely goddaughter has St Margarets Academy in Livingston advertising our appeal on their plasma screens, another friend in South Queensferry has put the word out and is collecting.  Last night a friend of my mum called to say she is getting the hospital where she works in Edinburgh involved, add to all that I know that Bright Grey and Scottish Life are busy collecting! 

Was in contact with one of the women who distribute in Kenya tonight and told her I had over 1000 items already, given we really only started a couple of few ago, I think her response sums up perfectly what I think as well.

Her response was “Holy shit”

Update 3rd November 2009

November 3, 2009

Hello, thought I give a wee update on numbers!  As at tonight, I have 639 items of underwear stored in my dining room…with a pick up from Stella tomorrow, not sure exactly how many she has but know its more than 100.

David is working on the “pantometer”, am a bit worried what that will look like as his mind is running wild (have seen a few drawings on his desk ).

Have said “thank you” to those that have given me the underwear but have an outstanding thank you to the person who sent me 2 bras and a pair of knickers through the post, and to the person who left 20 pairs of knickers on my desk!  Can I ask if you are leaving on my desk or posting that you give a name so I can contact you to say thanks.

Maria