Naked ambition: Mothers of children at Leuchars day care centre are taking a bold (and occasionally breezy) approach to raising money to buy sun protection screens for the children's garden.
The GARDEN at not-for-profit Bright Horizons Day Centre in Leuchars offers no shade from the sun, and despite the best efforts of the centre's fundraising group; mothers Kate Sington, Caroline Middleton, Debbie Anderson and Charlie Milne, it had proved impossible for the nursery to raise anything even approaching the cash necassary to install the special shade sails its garden needs.
Although they kept plugging along, trying to raise funds from jumble sales and cake stalls, the women realised that these traditional methods were not going to rectify the situation quickly enough - and while the pennies were trickling in, their children were unable to play freely outside. They knew they had to scale up their fundraising by taking on a bigger project. The questino was, what could they do?
"Well, you do anything for your kids, don't you", says Charlie. "So we decided we would be prepared to strip off for them!"
The idea for the fundraising group's venture was sparked by what might have amounted to no more than a passing comment, had they not been racking their brains for a way to raise thousands of pounds. "We where sitting preparing posters for one of our coffee mornings," says Kate. "We were just having a chat, and someone mentioned the film of The Calendard Girls."
The 2003 British film was based on the true story of women from a Women's Institute group in Yorkshire, who produced a charity calendar featuring photographs of naked members of the Institute in traditional WI activities such as jam making and pressing flowers.
The A3 sized 2009 Calendar will be available from early September, and orders are being taken now. The price for advance orders from now until August 31 (inclusive) is £8. The normal price of the calendar is £10. Postage and packaging is an additional £2.50 for UK and BFPO addresses.
For orders, enquiries and offers of sponsership, please email email@example.com or write to Bright Horizons Day Centre, RAF Leuchars, Leuchars, Fife KY16 0JX.
The calendar will be on sale at the RAF Leuchars Airshow on Sepember 13, and advance orders can be collected at this event. Orders not being collected at the RAF Airshow should include a full postal address and telephone number. Orders will be posted as soon as the calendar is available and cheques, made payable to Bright Horizons Day Centre, have cleared.
source: The courier, Friday, July 4, 2008
by Ursula Pool