My pre election nerves are setting in …I really really hope that all who are elected in both the UK and Mauritian elections, will strive to improve conditions, not just locally, but in so many parts of the world where so little can help the lives of so many.

There are two things I would really like people to do on 6th May if they are UK (or Mauritian) voters…

but first an update on a revoltingly hectic whirl at Ellie HQ … Having failed to fly on the intended date due to interference from the volcano (Madagascar flight now rescheduled for 15th May – hurrah), I’ve been making full use of my time… list in no particular order;

– hen weekend in Birmingham (Janice)
– christening in Bexleyheath ( #babyJoe )
– floors sanded and first coat of varnish applied
– work work work (and looking for work from end June)
– gardening, picking up sticks and peering at tadpoles in Mother’s pond
– doing website for the Friends of Stourbridge Common
– taken to theatre for the Glass Menagerie
– took friend for her birthday trip to theatre for Guys and Dolls (surely an inspiration for Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus)
– trying to unswell my re-swollen knee (booooo)
– being elected onto the PCC at church
– walking on very ugly but wonderful MBT shoes to help flakey knees
– trying to get huge stain out of carpet
– drinking small lake of Margaritas
– finding lots of Malagasy twitterers
– team building with globaltolerance
– learning how to best use the Flip camera that wonderful Simon Berry from http://www.ColaLife.org lent me for the trip
– looking at old photos of my parents in a life long before I landed when they were black and white pictured and setting off on their own adventures in Africa
– considering social enterprise and government
– organising two conferences
– burning toast

ooohhhh and most importantly I have been busy FUNDRAISING … currently around £1200 raised for Kitchen Table Charities Trust – huge thanks to all who have helped so far, hugely hugely appreciated – but I want more – aiming to raise £5000
http://www.justgiving.com/elliestoneley please click donate and encourage everyone else to as well!!!

So – back to where I started… Two small things from which, as the song goes, big things will come…

If you only do two things on election day 6th May 2010 then make them these two:
VOTE – vote with pride, vote from your heart and vote for compassion (people fought and died for the right to vote)

and

CLICK DONATE http://www.justgiving.com/elliestoneley
– thank you – sorry to be cheeky – it’s all in an incredibly good cause as you will read on the just giving page.

Having done both of the above, the rest of the day is yours and you will feel so much happier!!

On tap


Just look at the expression on these children’s faces – the first time ever in their village that they had been able to access fresh water by turning on a tap and not walking for 2 hours to fetch it from a well in the hills above the village – all for the cost of £1,700.

Go on click donate and vote!

Thank you
Copyright © 2010 Ellie Stoneley

Stuffed full of diseases … Hep A, Hep B, Swine Flu, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Typhoid, Polio – all injected in by the lovely Wendy at the Doctor’s surgery earlier in the week and feeling bright & ready for anything.

Dr Donovan suggested that Vitamin B and Marmite might also help (alongside some strong anti malarials) with avoiding being bitten by malaria carrying mosquitos … On the subject of mosquitos, did you know it is the female of the species that is indeed deadlier than the male?

So off out into the Cambridge sunshine now to pick up tablets, vitamins and Marmite(??) and pick up some gadgets to help provide my tools of the trade (laptop, iPhone, vado camera etc) with additional power and so on… and for a walk on the ever lovely Stourbridge Common.

I need to get my head around the statistic I just read that 7 children under the age of 5 die in Madagascar every hour… every hour … from preventable disease and malnutrition.