I am on Anum Stubbington's DT for Twisted Sketches. Some of you might recognize her work from Prima, as she is on their awesome DT! She is holding an auction to raise money. Check the details here (there is also a video showing the goodies up for auction) http://anamstubbington.typepad.com/a_little_of_my_life/2009/08/sticky-post.html Anyway here is her story:
back to the legal deal
now that life has 'calmed' down slightly, we're back to stressing about the current state of our Permanent residency Visa - you can read the whole back story *here* - we have been trying to get the little bit of paper that lets us live here in Canada for the rest of our lives as we love living here and our kids love it here.
so basically we need to raise $6,000 (Canadian) by the end of September (we’ve managed to get some more time to raise the funds), we’ve already personally raised $2,000 ourselves by selling our shares and a few other things so we’re asking for some help for the last part as we have exhausted all the legal options options to us (and no, illegal options are not even worth contemplating)
I know it sounds awfully selfish and I hate asking because I feel we should be able to do it on our own but the truth and reality is that we cannot and basically if we don’t raise the fees, we will be deported as there is no way we can afford to go back to the UK on our own as the flights themselves are $5K and life is the UK for us would suck big time.
I will be putting up details in a minute about a fund raising Crop that Treasured Memories are putting on for me - because they are awesome and then over the next few weeks I will be selling handmade items on etsy and holding some silent auctions to try and raise the rest of the fees. I am not asking for money for nothing, i will be offered my skills and love to anyone who can help us. and We will be informing everyone of any news as it happens.
I am very grateful for the friendships I have, and am already humbled by the generosity of my friends as they have already started to donate such beautiful items and services to allow us the chance of moving forward. If you would like to donate an item, a skill, a layout or anything for the silent auctions, please let me know as I am useless at asking.
I have been asked to add a paypal donate button to my blog for people who would like help. While I am slightly weirded out by doing so - everyone knows me and how uncomfortable i get about asking for stuff for myself personally - sometimes there are no other options.
Please don’t feel you must help, donate or such like as we are grateful to be here as it is, we are trying all angles to raise the funds and basically it have come down to this that I am reaching out to my friends in the Scrapbook world for help. Even just words of encouragement and support is gratefully appreciated.
I hope you can find the time to stroll through all of the items up for auction! Thanks for helping out!