I have a thing for bears. It started many years ago with a dream about being chased through the grounds of a ruined castle by a Grizzly. Since then, I've sponsored bears and given small monthly sums over the years but it's time for something bigger.
In the purest of Bob Geldof moments, I figured that in an average year, I had - at best - handed over around £60. That's a shameful sum. I almost spent more than that this morning booking tickets for my daughter to go to the cinema with her friends.
I sat down with a coffee. What is a good sum then? £100? £1000? Both of those sounded like the kind of amounts I've actually seen in my pocket. £3,500 on the other hand, would require work and no small amount of commitment.
£3,500 sounds like an kind of money you can do something with. That's not a handful of nuts or the amount it costs to photocopy 100 sheets of paper. It's realistic money that you can take out into the world and do something that will make a difference - and if not, then next year we'll up the stakes.
The big thing at the end of this new 2016/2017 fundraiser will be the World Animal Protection (WPSA re-branded) trek in Romania to the sanctuary out there.
In between now and then, there will be lots of other things pulled into the arena. To be honest with you all, I haven't got the time or inclination to stand around in the supermarket with a bucket, but if I use my brain... maybe fantastic things can happen.
Next step? A global art project with some fire behind it. As I write this, I'm hoping to figure everything out behind the scenes over the next few months and then I'll kick it in with a vengeance.
For more information and regular updates, you can keep up with what's going on right here: Big Bear Rescue.
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