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[personal profile] rmc28
The first cards of the year have been arriving with us, and for once I may be prepared enough to send cards to other people. If you want to send us a card, my contact details are here. If you want a card from us, and think I may not have your address, please leave it in a comment. (Comments are screened - I'll unscreen those that don't contain personal addresses.)

Alternatively! If you would rather avoid the exchange of seasonal paper-based products, I am going to borrow [personal profile] nanila's idea, and donate £1.50 per person who ticks the poll, split among the three charities I've chosen, following the direction you give in the poll. (So if you tick 1, they get £1.50, if you tick 2, they get 75p each, if you tick all 3, they get 50p each).

If you don't have a Dreamwidth or OpenID account to enter the poll, leave a comment with your selection(s) and an indication of your identity. I'll leave those screened too.

My chosen charities are:

1. Schistosomiasis Control Initiative which, despite being nearly unspellable and unpronouncable unless you shorten to SCI, is a very cost-effective way to tackle poverty and reduced lifechances around the world.

2. Practical Action who work with poor people around the world to find appropriate technological solutions to problems facing them and keeping them in poverty.

3. Education For Choice who work to provide young people, primarily in the UK, with accurate, evidence-based information on abortion.

Reciprocal donations/cards are nice but not obligatory.


Poll #8695 Christmas cards and seasonal giving
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 11


Instead of a Christmas card, I would like Rachel to donate money to

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SCI
6 (66.7%)

Practical Action
7 (77.8%)

Education For Choice
5 (55.6%)

Christmas cards ...

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Are great! Please send me one!
3 (50.0%)

Are ok I guess
0 (0.0%)

Are a waste of resources
2 (33.3%)

Other (please expand in comments)
1 (16.7%)

Christmas letters ...

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Are lovely! I like knowing what you've been up to
4 (80.0%)

Are ok, can be a bit formulaic
1 (20.0%)

Are a terrible example of middle-class oneupmanship
0 (0.0%)

Other (please expand in comments)
1 (20.0%)

Your essay crisis is over isn't it?
4 (80.0%)

Date: 2011-12-03 14:55 (UTC)
kaberett: Overlaid Mars & Venus symbols, with Swiss Army knife tools at other positions around the central circle. (Default)
From: [personal profile] kaberett
In both cases, "other" means: I want nothing to do with celebrations of Christian festivals, and I get really twitchy about secularisation of religious festivals full stop. The fact that Christianity deliberately co-opted existing festivals doesn't make me feel any better about it. Solstice, however, I am absolutely fine with being enthusiastic about: days getting longer is BRILLIANT.

Date: 2011-12-03 17:37 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bens_dad
1. Schistosomiasis Control Initiative which, ... is a very cost-effective way to tackle poverty and reduced lifechances around the world.

*increase* ?

Date: 2011-12-04 18:01 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bens_dad
Hmm. I think I didn't see the final 'd' and read "(tackle poverty) and (reduce lifechances)" rather than "tackle (poverty and reduced lifechances)".
I think I'm programmed for "(verb noun) and (verb noun)" rather than "verb (noun and adjective noun)";

How does "tackle poverty and increase lifechances" read for you,
or "reduce poverty and increase lifechances" ?

Don't worry about a card for us.

Date: 2011-12-03 18:06 (UTC)
From: [personal profile] techiebabe
Sorry, but I'd prefer the card. I spend the year donating to charity, and when I can I do active things to support Reprieve, or I write to my friends in 3rd world and death row USA. At Christmas I prefer to be surrounded by cosy lights and friendly cards that remind me that people care about me, and to have the fun of sending cards to other people.

If you would prefer I donate £1.50 to Reprieve instead of sending you one, let me know. But I actively enjoy giving and receiving cards. I always buy charity ones (usually RSPB / RSPCA / Greyhound rescue / etc.)

This is Flash by the way. Every time I try to log in it reposts my comment as anonymous and screened. I'm so sorry - for that, and for the duplication. ARGH!

Date: 2011-12-04 14:23 (UTC)
From: [personal profile] techiebabe
Oh, I am sorry for the repetition. And thanks for your answer!

Date: 2011-12-03 18:40 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] emperor
I am, however, rubbish at sending cards :-s

Date: 2011-12-05 10:24 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] naath
Christmas letters are great for keeping in touch with people who you don't generally keep very much in touch with. Good for great aunts, bad for people who read your DW :-p

(I dislike cards, but mostly because I'm really really bad at getting around to sending them).

Date: 2011-12-07 09:35 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bugshaw
I like cards, but I'd rather money went to charity instead if you're that way inclined.

christmas cards

Date: 2011-12-19 16:43 (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
we would love a card..
Dad Lisa George and Annabelle

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