More scary stuff last night. I’ve realised that any night it’s going to be a big crowd, I can’t afford to risk leaving the blog till after the show. It only takes a few extra book sales to push us alarmingly close to the midnight deadline. And even then it’s a case of laboriously tapping it out on my phone and hoping it isn’t swallowed up. It’s never ideal to leave it that late in the first place, of course, but the way things have been recently, I’ve had no choice. Still. Today I’m on it.
And today I need your help.
You might remember a while ago, I was musing on the difficulty of finding a charity to back with your hard-earned money, when there are so many of the bloody things and all of them are on at you the whole time and all are equally worthy.
Well, now I’m running a half-marathon, in Bristol. Yep. It’s 13 and a bit miles. I’ve done a fair bit of running in my time, but never run a proper actual race. And I’ve been terribly out of practice what with Kit coming along, and me enjoying alcohol, and being cowed by Key and Minchin, two of my best friends, running an average of about eight marathons a day. But now all these considerations are being put to one side and I am in training. Today, Key and I ran a handsome 16km. My legs hurt a tiny bit but not too much. I didn’t collapse. I think I can maybe do this. Or maybe not. So from a sponsorship point of view, it’s perfect – you’ll look generous and you MIGHT not even have to pay out.
Which brings us to the meat of it. I am doing it for this charity: www.themoldovaproject.com/
It was set up my sisters (I mentioned this before) a couple of years ago, when they were still at school, with the aim of getting money directly to extremely poor families in Moldova, which is one of the shittest places in former communist Eastern Europe. I sponsor a family for thirty quid a month, alongside my new Senegal commitments, and it’s very rewarding to hear they’re making improvements to their house, buying better food, generally having a less bad life. Now I’m running this race in the hope of throwing more money in the direction of some deserving and pretty much destitute (and, in some cases, ill) people. My sisters and brother are also running, making it a four-way Watson campaign. Pretty cool.
BUT. Because it’s relatively new and run by amateurs (my sisters), the Moldova Project doesn’t yet have a charity number – even though it is perfectly proper and genuinely-for-poor-people and so on – and so on it can’t have a Justgiving account, which is how people normally collect sponsorship. So, I am polling your opinion on what is the best way for me to collect lots of money through online sponsors.
Is there some thing like Justgiving I can do, or can someone set up an online thing for me, or…? I don’t quite know what I’m after here, I just want to be able to ask my kind blog readers and Twitter followers and so on to dip into their pockets. Some – I’m well aware – have nothing at all in those pockets. But some will have a bit and I’d like to be able to do it as painlessly as possible.
So, I’d be grateful for your suggestions. And I will keep you up to date with my preparations for this horrifying run, which occurs on September 5. Although not technically one of my TYSICs, a half-marathon is the kind of thing I’ve always felt I ought to do, and it will boost my self-respect considerably if I manage it, and that’s what we’re all about. And actually, the incentive of this run has successfully deterred me from getting pissed during the normally bibulous month of August so far. So it’s not just about charity. Everyone wins.
I await your guidance.