Look, let's not make too big a deal about this, but at this time of year especially, I'm actutely conscious of how lucky I am and how not everyone is going to be tucked up cosily in front of a warm fire with their friends and family, with a glass of wine in hand, enjoying a peaceful Christmas.
With that in mind, and on behalf of everyone who stops by here, I've made a £50 donation to the Red Cross Darfur Crisis appeal.
As many as 4.5 million people are suffering as a result of vicious internal conflicts across Darfur, Chad and the Central African Republic. The British Red Cross has been working in Darfur since 2004 providing food, water and healthcare to the most vulnerable. £50 isn't much, but it is enough to buy a medical kit equipped to treat 1,000 patients, or it could be used to feed one malnourished child for three months.
Read about what the Red Cross are doing in the area and why they need our help here and here.
It's not much, but it is at least something.
Thanks for popping by over the last twelve months, and I hope to see you again around here in 2009. Happy Christmas to you and to yours.
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