A message from our guest poster in need

I received this email this morning from our guest poster:

To all my new friends who have come to my help.

I had not meant to ask for help – it was more a rant against idiot politicians, and I was astonished at the response.

Initially I wanted to give my usual response which is “ I am fine thanks, there are more people out there who need your help.”  But after some tears I realised that my “stiff neck” was getting in the way.  I had to admit to myself that help was really necessary.  If I can get tearful over my inability to afford a rubbish bag, I was more distressed than I thought.

So I would like to report that I cried again, this time with relief, when I unpacked my supermarket shopping which included rubbish bags, toothpaste, soap and flyspray.  Such basics but so necessary.  I had never though that the lack of a rubbish bag could be such a strong example of disadvantage.

Your generosity means I have a bit spare for when I come out of hospital and may have increased expenditure for a few weeks.  It certainly takes the pressure off me.  I call you my friends because that is how you responded.  You are proof of the power of community.

And a special thanks to Cam and SB for all the work they put in to making things happen.  That took time, and time is a precious commodity.

From your grateful member of the Whaleoil community.

I would like to add that I spent the weekend responding to dozens of emails. I am constantly in awe of our community. Thank you all so much for helping one of our friends.

It is amazing what we can do with a little help from our friends.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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