Saturday, 7 June 2014
Clothing The Poor
There is a Chinese proverb that says 'Beware of occasions that demand new clothes' I've always ignored this piece of advice and as a result had a frightening number of clothes spilling out of my wardrobe many items have never been worn and still had the price tags attached. So before I went away on holiday I set about minimizing my wardrobe to 50% packed away in 11 black bin bags including the YSL shirt I bought from Fenwicks in canary yellow, the price I paid for that shirt is a secret I will take to the grave, I only kept it as a reminder that drinking alcohol in the afternoons and shopping don't mix. I didn't want to give them to the Oxfam shop because I didn't want the staff to have first dibs, so I sent them freepost directly to Africa.
I received a lovely e-mail this morning with a picture attached from Ipaishe Pipi Opekwe who lives with her tribe in a little remote African village somewhere in Botswana thanking me graciously for the wonderful donation. It brought a tear to my eye.