Hello. It has been a long time since I have written a post.
Life has been so hectic. I haven’t been able to have my feet touch the ground. Daniel and Matty are doing well in school. They are loving life. All is going well.
The reason for my writing today – and I promise to get back in the swing of it – I want to tell you about an initiative that is very exciting for people with special needs in the UK – Talk Like A Pirate Day.
Talk Like A Pirate Day is a parodic holiday which happens every year on September 19th, having been founded in 1995 by two men playing squash in the USA. Cap’n Slappy and Ol’ Chumbucket as they are now known use this event to raise money every year for charity.
Through a long and complicated story we are running the ‘Official’ website for the UK side of the event.
International Talk Like a Pirate Day is when lots of people, be they individual or groups gather together and run charity events to raise money by talking like pirates (arrrr!), acting like a Pirate, doing Pirate related activities and games and that type of thing. You get the picture. It is meant to be a lot of fun. And to raise money for charity at the same time. It is worldwide all on the same day but hey if you can’t do that day pirates were flexible.
Well the charity being supported this year is HFT who provide services for people with learning disabilities and their families. Their web site is HFT.org.uk They are a well respected charity with the Principal Patron HRH The Princess Royal and other Patrons including Martin Clunes, Floella Benjamin OBE, Ronnie Corbett OBE, Dame Judy Dench, Griff Rhys Jones and others.
You can organise any type of event and register it with the Pirate website to see it displayed on the Big Pirate Map O’ Events. All money raised goes direct to the charity and can be paid by cheque or BACS really easily. When you register an event HFT will send out wonderful high quality fund raising event packs (or if you want you can just download them). They include many activities for children such as making your own pirate bunting, colouring your own eyepatch and so on. It is an opportunity to have lots of fun and raise some money for a very worthy charity. Two packs are available; one for 12 years and under, and for over twelves.
I hope that some of you may be interested in joining in the fun. Please do spread the word!! Share the Facebook Page with your friends. Follow it for latest news and updates. More followers means more chance of success.
Thanks for reading!
Happy event planning.