Friday, April 07, 2006

Smart. Beautiful. Gibson.

So I'm back to add some fun into your (I'm sure) otherwise mundane day. And I'm here to assault you with more letters asserting the authenticity of our efforts over here for the scouts. By the way, I've started training. This means getting up earlier than I have been and running around in circles for about half an hour. I'm hoping to get to the point where I can run around in circles for longer periods of time! And just when you thought I couldn't go insane enough over here in Bulgaria....
Before we get to the letters which will convince you to donate your child's college fund to support cute little Bulgarian knot-tying, rope climbing, flag-saluting rug-rats (not to mention my insanity!), I thought I'd hit you with this gem I found on the web. It's called "The Advertising Slogan Generator." Just put in a word (Your name perhaps - see the title of this post) and watch the internet perform it's magic. I know you want to see what I've come up with, and then try your own. Here are some of my favorites:

"Only the Crumbliest Flakiest Gibson."
"If Only Everything in Life was as Reliable as an Apryl."
"Nothin' Says Lovin' Like Lyrps from the Oven"
"When You've Got Apes, Flaunt It."
"Super Apryl is Almost Here."
"We Bring Apryl to Life."
"Apryl - Australian for Beer."
"Semper Apryl."
"A Smooth-Running Apryl is a Relaxing Experience." --- That's good for the marathon!
"I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Apryl."

I would hit you with more, but they didn't come out exactly suitable for my PG blog. That's it for the fun. Onto the letters....


April 05, 2006
Dear Sir or Madam:

The National Organization of Bulgarian Scouts (OBS) is an organization which serves the needs of youth who in turn aid their communities through scouting activities. OBS is a volunteer based non-political, non-militaristic, non-governmental organization open to all youth regardless of their race, religion, nationality, ethnicity, creed, gender or sexual preference. Bulgaria currently has 20 scout troops who have had over 2,700 scouts participate in their activities. OBS focuses on the development of youth by creating opportunities which expose them to other cultures, skills and ideas. Scouts also participate in team-building and outdoor activities. By participating in the opportunities offered to them by OBS, the scouts develop an overall sense of self while learning the ideals of peace, understanding, and tolerance.

One such event which accomplishes these goals is the World Scout Jamboree. The 21st World Scout Jamboree will be held in England from July 24th to August 9th 2007. This jamboree will mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the first scout camp on Brownsea Island, England. Scouting groups from over 130 countries around the world are expected to participate in this Jamboree.

Unfortunately, the current economic situation in Bulgaria has earned it the title of one of the poorest countries in Europe. Although the desire has long existed to attend the jamboree and represent the Bulgarian scouts, the OBS has previously been unable to raise the funding. The cost of sending one scout is equivalent to six months salary in Bulgaria and thus is prohibitively high. OBS would like to send 10-15 scouts, two leaders and two international service team members (scouts between the ages of 18 and 25). The cost of sending one scout or their leader to this event is 580 EURO and to send a scout as a member of the international service team is 470 EURO. OBS would like to raise at least 8,700 EURO for 15 scouts, 1,160 EURO for 2 leaders and 940 EURO for 2 ITSР staff for a total of 10,800 EURO. Although the jamboree seems distant, the World Scout Organization requires a schedule of payments beginning in March 2006.

To make this dream a reality we have partnered with a group of Peace Corps volunteers in Bulgaria. These volunteers are running the November 2006 Athens Marathon as a fundraiser for our cause.

Please support this cause by sponsoring a volunteer. The attached letter is instructions on how to donate. Again, 100% of the donations will go to aiding the scouts in making their dreams of attending the World Scout Jamboree a reality!


Diana Boteva
OBS International Commissioner
Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Bulgaria, Plovdiv 4004 5 Br Shkorpil str. apt 1

World Scout Bureau Mondial du Scoutisme
European Regional Office
Bureau Régional Européen
P.O. Box 327 CH-1211 Geneva 4 Switzerland
Rue Henri-Christiné 5 CH-1205 Geneva Switzerland
Tel: (+41 22) 705 11 00 Fax: (+41 22) 705 11 09
Geneva, 29 March 2006
Peace Corps’ support to the Scout Organisation of Bulgaria
Dear ,
Referring to our recent exchanges of emails, we would like to thank you very much for the fundraising operation organised by the Peace Corps Volunteers in Bulgaria to support the participation of the Scout Organisation of Bulgaria to the World Scout Jamboree of 2007 (UK).
We happy to help you by providing a mean to channel the funds raised, as follows:
1. Donations
By credit card, donors can pay on:
Select “Scouting in the European Scout Region”,
Select the currency “EUR, USD, ..”,
and mention “World Scout Jamboree 2007, support to Bulgaria and the name of the donor”
2. Acknowledgement for the payment
We would then forward you the automatic email generated by WorldPay (the e-payment system on WOSM web site) for information.
At the end of the fundraising operation a “thank-you letter” will be prepared by the Scout Organisation of Bulgaria and sent to all the donors. NB: we will get the email addresses of the donors via the e-payment system on WOSM web site.
3. Sending the funds to the beneficiaries
Once the funds raised, the European Scout Office would agree, in co-operation with the Bulgarian Scout Organisation, on the number of Bulgarian Scouts who would participate to the 2007 World Scout Jamboree. One part of the amount raised would be paid to the Scout Association in the UK, to cover the participation fees, and the other part to the Bulgarian Scout Organisation to cover the travel cost from Bulgaria to the UK.

Yours sincerely,

Blaise Bachmann
Director, Administration & Finance

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