A Friday photo with a slight difference today.
The sample image is of an original, larger and higher quality image taken by Hoylake photo-journalist Colin McPherson. Colin writes:
As you may know, each year I run the Hoylake 10k in order to raise funds for two very worthwhile causes. One is the Wednesday Special Needs Club that provides a sensory experience for young people with disabilities at Hoylake Community Centre.
The other is Musa’s Family in Swaziland. With the generous backing of supporters and sponsors, we have managed over the last two-and-a-half years to pay for Musa to attend college in Mbabane to study Accountancy and Computer Skills. The courses are accredited by an institution in Bournemouth and I am delighted to report that Musa has passed all his exams and gained the necessary qualifications which will hopefully allow him to find work. Musa is responsible for a large family network in Pine Valley and is the family’s sole meaningful breadwinner. He and his family have had personal experience of the terrible AIDS pandemic that has decimated Swazi society in the last 25 years. It is worth remembering that the country has the highest rate of HIV infection and lowest life expectancy of any country in the world.
While also providing backing for Musa’s studies, the money raised by running the Hoylake 10k has gone towards daily living expenses for the family. However, one urgent need that has not yet been met is to connect Musa’s homestead to the electricity grid. Indeed the family compound is the last one in Pine Valley without electricity. Bringing the supply to Musa and his family would significantly enhance the quality of their lives in a country that experiences extremes of hot and cold weather throughout the year.
Over the recent festive period we in Hoylake have been reminded just how much we rely on the essential services to make our lives comfortable and safe. It’s easy to forget how much we rely on electricity and gas supplies and refuge collection services. With this in mind, I am asking whether you would like to contribute in helping me to raise the money to bring electricity to Musa’s Family.
To raise the money we need, I am offering you the chance to buy this exclusive panoramic photograph taken on Christmas Eve in Hoylake. It shows the frozen, snow-covered sands and Liverpool Bay beyond.
The photograph measures 65cm by 19cm including the border. I intend to produce a limited edition of just 25 prints, each signed and with an edition number. The cost will be just £25 per print + P&P (delivery is free in the CH47 postcode area). You read it right – £25!
If you are interested, please email me and reserve one of the prints. Edition numbers will be allocated on a first-come-first served basis.
If you want to see some images of Musa’s Family, please click here: http://colinmcpherson.photoshelter.com/gallery/Musas-Family/G0000p3eoFLEZSgw/
Many thanks for taking the time to read this email. I hope to hear from you soon.
You can contact Colin via email at firstname.lastname@example.org