This time last year, your Intrepid Express editor decided it was time to set a New Year’s resolution that would make a difference for somebody else. For some very strange reason, I also felt compelled to knit.
Now I’m certainly not an avid knitter and like all of us, don’t have much free time, but I made a pact with myself that while watching television I would cast on some stitches for children in Mongolia.
The Intrepid Foundation has been a big supporter of the Lotus Children’s Centre for many years now and since the kids there have to endure incredibly harsh winters, I thought this was a perfect choice.
After a few months I had a collection of colourful pure wool pullovers ready to send, so popped them in the post and crossed my fingers that they would arrive safely. I hadn’t heard anything for ages and feared the worst, then suddenly on Christmas eve I received the best gift – a card from the Lotus children. I was quite overcome when I read their gorgeous card and it was so wonderful to know that something I had made would make a difference.
So don’t underestimate the warmth you will feel from helping someone else. It’s true that many charities prefer cash donations these days to help support a variety of projects, and I urge you to donate via the Intrepid Foundation so that your money will be doubled by Intrepid Travel. But if there is an opportunity to contribute something more personal, I say jump at the chance. I’ve already started knitting again and I think 2010 will be the year for GOONJ.