Thursday, 10 May 2007

Giving generously

Lifeboat crews give generously. In so many ways. Now I'm not seeking my own aggrandizement or that of my fellow crew, or indeed seeking thanks for what we do. However, the very obvious generosity of this small band of givers often masks or hides the incredibly generosity of many folk who give but without the glory. I've said it before that without the actions of the little girl stood on a corner selling stickers and shaking a box we would be nothing.

Tonight the Wareham branch of the RNLI are coming to the boathouse. They wish to see our kit, learn more about the institution and meet some of the crew. This is no chore for us, indeed it is a real pleasure, a chance to thank personally some of those kind, generous but oft forgotten givers who make our work possible. So of course we will be there and we will gain great pleasure from sharing our knowledge of lifesaving at sea with some true supporters.

But somebody's gonna have to answer
The time is coming soon
Amidst all these questions and contradictions
There're some who seek the truth

Tell me,

Why do the babies starve
When there's enough food to feed the world
Why when there're so many of us
Are there people still alone
Why are the missiles called peace keepers
When they're aimed to kill

(Tracy Chapman)

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