As October 23rd draws closer, I am dreading more and more having to eat insects for my sponsored big bug challenge, but in my heart I know it'll be worth it if it raises money for the vital work of Burma Campaign UK.
So far we have raised £1,000 towards our £2,000 target. Halfway there, with six days to go.
The insects I have to eat have arrived now. A tin of mole crickets, a tin of locusts, a tin of queen weaver ants, and a packet of mealworms. There is also a packet of oven roasted rhino beetles. For dessert, fudge with buffalo worms.
This week nine farmers were jailed for farming on their own land, which had been confiscated by the military. We want to campaign for their release.
Also this week, three journalists were jailed for publishing an article which upset the Burmese government. We want to campaign not just for their release, but for changes to the laws that are used to stop free media in Burma.
We have a good track record in campaigning, as the email we sent you about the released political prisoners last week demonstrates. Together we can make a difference, but campaigning costs money, and we simply don't have enough to do all the work that needs to be done.
So please support my big bug challenge, and help raise funds so that we can help those farmers and journalists who have just been jailed. I am dreading October 23rd. But if we can hit, or even better exceed, our fundraising target, it will be worth it.
If you're a UK taxpayer, please select the gift aid option as it makes your gift worth 25% more at no cost to you.
Even just a couple of euros, dollars or pounds will make a difference.
If you live outside the UK, you can donate instead at www.burmacampaign.org.uk/donate. You can donate wherever you are in the world you are, in any currency, or using Paypal. The donation will be automatically converted.
Doug Head of Fundraising Burma Campaign UK
PS: Can you share this link on Facebook and Twitter, or forward this email to friends? We have more chance of hitting our target if more people know about my challenge. Thanks!