As some of you may or may not be aware, a couple of months ago I launched my own giftware range. The increase in demand for more readily available quality products by my clients lead me to doing lots of research 'a year's worth', with lots of business management courses, self improvement courses etc.
Anyhow, in short, I launched my range of aprons to start with and more products will be launched in January. I don't think I was prepared for how well the aprons were received, so a massive thank you to everyone who bought one or more. The feedback has been fantastic!
And as I had planned in my head from the very inception of launching giftware that I wanted to be able to give back to Charity. I have managed to do that, so again I thank you. On each handwritten individual label I said I would contribute a portion of the sales profits to my charity of choice, The Donkey Sanctuary of Ireland.
Well I am delighted to announce that I have managed to adopt four more of their eleven donkeys. It is my pleasure to introduce Lorcan, he was the first one I adopted and captured my heart straight away, it's not hard to see why. Lorcan was signed over to the Donkey Sanctuary in 1995, he was only a year old, very thin and his ears were flopped over the front of his head. Their investigators discovered that Lorcan had been chased by youths into a barbed wire fence and had nearly ripped both of them off. Lorcan is a fellow Galwegian.
The sale of aprons led to me being able to add two more adoptees to my care and I selected with great difficulty Mary and Nollaig, to me their name and lead up to Christmas just caught my eye and heartstrings.
Shortly after Mary was born her mother died, she was just three weeks old, the Sanctuary veterinary team took her into their care and one of the team bottle fed her around the clock until she could feed from a bucket. Her best friend is Roma another rescue donkey.
Nollaig is a very special donkey, in December 2012, The Donkey Sanctuary responded to a query from a concerned member of the public about a neglected donkey in Cork. On investigation, their team found a male donkey in a very wet field with no access to shelter or adequate feeding. His hooves were so badly overgrown that he could barely walk and movement was very painful. As a result of being left out in the elements, Nollaig was suffering from a painful skin condition called rain scald.
They took him into care and began intensive treatment. As it was almost Christmas, they named him Nollaig Irish for Christmas.
On Tuesday 18th December, I was able to adopt two more donkeys, I had been looking and couldn't decide between Richie or Roma and went back and forth on numerous occasions to see which one I could add. Much to my delight more aprons sold and I was able to add both donkeys.
Richie, orphaned when he was ten days old after his mother died from blood poisoning. His owners were desperate for our help. Sanctuary staff made an urgent journey in the snow to rescue him and bring him back to the sanctuary where he required round the clock care. Despite his hard start to life he has grown into a handsome and well loved donkey.
Roma, another Galwegian donkey, I couldn't resist. Roma was a young foal when she went into the Sanctuary care after a dramatic rescue. One of the welfare advisers discovered Roma stuck in a water filled hollow in a bog, she was treated for shock and hypothermia before she was carefully moved to the sanctuary.