Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Christmas shopping and the GMRT

With Christmas approaching, many of you will no doubt be eagerly looking forward the inevitable pre-Christmas trip to the shopping centre. Surely there can be no better way to spend a hard earned day off, than to wander aimlessly from shop to shop, looking for that perfect gift? Add in the thrill of trying to find a parking space, navigating through the crowds, the long queues, and you’ve got the makings of a real epic!

If, however, this isn’t your “cup of tea”, and you’d rather shop online and let the postman do the work, then are you helping the Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team at the same time? And if not, why not?

It was around this time last year we here at Clachaig set out to try and raise some extra funds for the local team using the EasyFundRaising scheme. We’ve just passed the £200 mark, which isn’t bad given that not one of the supporters so far has had to give a single penny of their own money, but it could be a lot more if we can persuade more of you folks out there to help us.

Details of how this works are available on our GlencoeScotland website. In short, pretty much every time you buy something online, you could be adding a little more to the team’s funds. The cost to you? Nil. Not a penny, Just a minute or two to register (email address and chosen cause only) and a few seconds each time you shop to go via the EasyFundRaising site first. Say for example you buy a £9.99 DVD from Amazon, then Amazon (and NOT you) will pay a 2.5% commission/donation to the GMRT. Okay, only 25p in this example, but if enough folks help out then that can easily build into a more meaningful figure. Don’t forget, this isn’t a one-off or short term scheme, but ongoing.

So, in the coming weeks, when your credit card is taking a bit of a hammering, console yourself with the fact that at the same time, you could be helping out the GMRT. With snow on the hills, and more on the way, these guys are likely to be in for another busy winter. Take a minute or two to read a bit more, and hopefully we can convince you to sign up and help out. It’s all for a good cause, as the saying goes.

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