Friday, October 2, 2009

Who am I and why am I here?

(pretty psyched at adding a Paypal button, so without further ado, some blurb about what this is all about).

Hello, my name is Robert, this is the blurb:

Meridian Primary School is an excellent community school in the glorious Borough of Greenwich, London. Greenwich is of course one of the greatest spots in the world (it is a World Heritage Site) and, as a parent of two children who go to Meridian, it is perhaps unsurprising that I also think that Meridian is one of the best schools in the Borough.

Anyway, I'm sure I don't need to go into details. If you're reading these words, there's every chance that you already know and love Greenwich well. Otherwise... WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?

As for the idea behind the Charity Cards - well, it was my wife who realised that 'Banx' - not his real name, it goes without saying - but, nonetheless, a very succesful professional cartoonist, was also a parent at the school. So, she got together with him and with FROMS (the Friends of Meridian School) and together they came up with a genius idea:

Why don't we ask Banx to make some bespoke Christmas Cards that celebrate Greenwich?

He's a professional - he'll do a good job..... won't he? (The answer to this is 'YES YES YES, HE DID AN AMAZING JOB') and then we can maybe get a local printers to print the cards and then we can sell them on behalf of Meridian School, making sure that 100% of all profit we make from the sale of these cards goes to the Friends of Meridian School.

That's why I find myself writing this blurb - or rather it is and it isn't. You see, Banx didn't just do a good job. He did a BRILLIANT job - and we were all blown away by the quality of his work. Clearly, he loves Greenwich, cares passionately about it and all of this love and passion is demonstrably evident in his 6 fantastic Christmas Cards that he's drawn for us.

And then we come to the printers, MWM LITHO - a local company from around the corner. Stuart's been our contact at MWM and, because of his support, the company are essentially printing all of the cards at cost price so that we can raise as much money as possible for the school.

In fact, Stuart has been incredibly helpful from start to finish - ringing to keep me posted on how the printing is going and helping me over the various logistical hurdles of turning our pictures into foldable cards. He has been fabulously professional and courteous, the cards he's produced are awesome and I can't recommend MWM Litho highly enough, frankly.

And so that's where I come in. I am only tangentially involved with all of this, but I have been so impressed with everyone else's work on the cards that I thought.... 'well maybe there's a way of selling these amazing cards online...?'

Reader, there is! You're here already - and if you'd like to buy any of the packs of 6 cards, then do please click on the ADD TO CART button (on the top right hand side of this blog) as that will then take you to a page where you can give me money and I will sell you the cards.

Ah. I see an error in my thinking now for the first time. How can I prove that although you're paying ME money, ALL of that money is going to the Friends of Meridian School...? I wonder if this is an issue. Let me have a think and I'll get back to you.

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