Friday, 5 March 2010

Its all for a good cause

Borders are still the hot topic this week, with more calendar and card requests coming in each week, they are ever popular.
I was delighted to get the final tally on the funds raised for BADA uk, and Lurcher link, from the calendar that I photographed last year. A massive £2109.24 in total, and the following lovely letter.

The trustees and committee members of BADA-UK would like to thank everyone involved in the creation of "The Hunting Life" 2010 charity calendar. Our sincere gratitude goes to all those who donated items for the auction to raise funds for the printing of the calendar, the girls who were such great sports and posed so beautifully, Sam Clark of Farlap Photography who gave her time and waived all fees, and Toni and everyone involved in the organisation and administration. Our thanks also go to everyone who purchased a copy of the calendar which raised such considerable funds for BADA-UK and Lurcher Link. Being a self-funded charity of a lesser-known cause, funding is difficult to come by. The £1054.62 which the calendar raised for BADA-UK will help considerably to fund our exhibits this year at various shows; the first of which is the Scottish Game and Angling Show at the Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh, on the 6th-7th of March. These kinds of exhibits are hugely important in helping to raise awareness and teach bite-prevention methods and correct tick-removal techniques. The necessity for our attending is often demonstrated when a show visitor has had a 'Eureka' moment after visiting our stand and, as a result, they have sought medical attention for symptoms they had been suffering. There are many occasions when we have heard back from these people to say that they have been diagnosed with a tick-borne disease and it was because of the information we provided that they put two and two together. In fact, some of our most active volunteers have been introduced to BADA-UK this way. There are still a vast number of people who don't appreciate the risks that ticks pose and who are unknowingly using methods of tick removal which increase the risks of disease transmission. This money will help us to continue our work to educate. On behalf of all at BADA-UK, I thank you again and congratulate you all on such a successful project. Kind regard, Wendy Fox - Director / Chairperson. BADA-UK Limited (Borreliosis & Associated Diseases Awareness - UK)

Its only a week until Crufts......Im lucky to have been given a day "off duty" on the Friday to show my own hounds, and Ill then be there Sunday working for BASC covering their gundog activities all day, as well as covering all the groups/BIS for the Interntional and canine press. Im just hoping that my back will be recovered in time, as Im currently unable to even walk, let alone lift a camera.......more painkillers required!
The new weblog is nearly finished and hopefully everyone has now registered to be able to view and post comments on it. This blog will continue in the short term as I know how much its read and enjoyed...even it seems, Louise gets time to read it!

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