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    • MSE Martin
    • By MSE Martin 20th Dec 05, 4:12 PM
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    A huge thanks and Merry Christmas/ Happy Chanukah
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    • 20th Dec 05, 4:12 PM
    A huge thanks and Merry Christmas/ Happy Chanukah 20th Dec 05 at 4:12 PM
    This year lots of you were kind enough to send me holiday messages and to say a thank you for this, and for all your support through 2005, I wanted to give a wee prezzie back.

    So Iíve arranged for a well to be built on behalf of MoneySavers via the charity World Vision; itís in a desolate part of Africa and will provide clean water for ten villages. The idea is that easy access to clean, fresh clear water will stop diseases and sickness; at any given time about half the people living in developing countries are suffering from water-related diseases.

    To find out more about World Visionís work to provide clean water and see how you can help read Water: A Ten Minute Guide

    If you want to give a similar alternative prezzie to someone, check out World Visionsí gift catalogue. It has hundreds of gift ideas from a mosquito net to buy a bog (for someone with a sense of humour!).

    Last edited by MSE Martin; 20-12-2005 at 5:15 PM.
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    • Fran
    • By Fran 20th Dec 05, 6:30 PM
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    • 20th Dec 05, 6:30 PM
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    • 20th Dec 05, 6:30 PM
    Brilliant! What a great idea Martin.
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    • megsykins
    • By megsykins 21st Dec 05, 2:33 AM
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    • 21st Dec 05, 2:33 AM
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    • 21st Dec 05, 2:33 AM
    Brilliant Idea!! *proud to be a Moneysaver*

    I've bought my parents a toilet this year for Christmas! (from Oxfam Unwrapped though - £30 - is Moneysaving still good when it's going for the cheaper charity?!)
  • tigermatt
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    • 21st Dec 05, 12:17 PM
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    • 21st Dec 05, 12:17 PM
    (from Oxfam Unwrapped though - £30 - is Moneysaving still good when it's going for the cheaper charity?!)
    by megsykins
    I bought 3 x 100 school dinners from the same magazine for 3 people. I think I am going to be doing a bit of explaining though on Christmas Day.
    • Cumbrian Male
    • By Cumbrian Male 22nd Dec 05, 12:00 AM
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    • 22nd Dec 05, 12:00 AM
    Charity fund?
    • #5
    • 22nd Dec 05, 12:00 AM
    Thank you Martin for your generous present on our behalf.

    If I may suggest, could we have a charity fund set up on the site?

    I would be more than happy to donate some of my savings from your tips to the fund. Who knows we could sponsor a child through school or even build a school!!!!

    What does everyone else think?

    • MSE Andrea
    • By MSE Andrea 22nd Dec 05, 12:09 AM
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    • 22nd Dec 05, 12:09 AM
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    • 22nd Dec 05, 12:09 AM
    Hi Cumbrian Male

    We have a charity fund. There's more about it on the About Us page here

    If you feel like donating please do donate to them directly, I'm sure they'd be really happy
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    • Cumbrian Male
    • By Cumbrian Male 22nd Dec 05, 2:48 AM
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    • 22nd Dec 05, 2:48 AM
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    • 22nd Dec 05, 2:48 AM
    Thanks Andrea

    It gives details of the fund but not how to donate. Also which charities will this years funds go to?

    While I appreciate the reasons and idea behind a democratic vote. I prefer to know in advance where the money would go. Would it be possible to have a specific fund for "developing world economies" ( hate the term 3rd world ) to provide for schooling,health care etc.
    • MSE Andrea
    • By MSE Andrea 22nd Dec 05, 7:41 AM
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    • 22nd Dec 05, 7:41 AM
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    • 22nd Dec 05, 7:41 AM
    Hi again

    The charities' hyperlinks will take you to their sites where you'll find information on how to donate to them directly.

    Having site users nominate and then vote on their favourite charities is how we do it at the moment as it's the fairest way for everyone to have their say on who should be considered for the charity fund.
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    • peteraj
    • By peteraj 22nd Dec 05, 12:28 PM
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    • 22nd Dec 05, 12:28 PM
    Merry Christmas Martin and all Moneysavers
    • #9
    • 22nd Dec 05, 12:28 PM
    Thanks martin,
    Great idea, we did this at the school where I am a Governor last year, and it has prompted me to buy a goat instead of giving cards at work. Much more worthwhile and longer lasting.
    Have a great time everyone and save some money hey!

    Peteraj
  • madfrenchgirl
    Merry Christmas everyone!

    And Thx Martin for the well! It is the perfect pressy aside saving us lots of money all year round!
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    • mr_fishbulb
    • By mr_fishbulb 22nd Dec 05, 12:43 PM
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    That's a great idea!

    World vision are paying too much for their Vitamin A tablets - 100 for £14! You can get them cheaper at Boots :C
    • carly
    • By carly 22nd Dec 05, 2:25 PM
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    Thanks for that , Martin. It's a marvellous idea. This is my favourite site on the internet because of all the generous helpful people I come across everyday.
    • don9999
    • By don9999 22nd Dec 05, 4:52 PM
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    Urgent - Be Aware!
    Upon receiving Martin's latest newsletter, I too went to the Worldvision web site to donate some money.

    However......I have found a problem with their site!

    As I tried to place an order, I was given access to other people's accounts! I was shown their name, address and E-mail address, and had access to the screen to changed their password.

    I contacted them immediately to let them know.

    Even as I placed my order/donation, I was being told that confirmation of my order would be sent to SOMEONE ELSE'S E-mail address! Indeed, I have not received any confirmation of my donation.

    BUT......I have started to receive confirmation of OTHER PEOPLE'S donations - the latest one being for over £90.

    I urge caution for the time being......

    I have contacted the site again and they are still investigating - I'm awaiting a call back.

    I don't want to stop people donating, but likewise I think people should be weary. In particular I am concerned that if they have a security problem on their site, whether someone could get access to my credit card details.

    I'll update this site, when I've had my call back from them.

    Cheers,
    Don
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    • don9999
    • By don9999 22nd Dec 05, 5:47 PM
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    It seems like their site is completely messed up.

    Apparently, when I tried to create an account, I didn't actually create a 'new' account, but changed someone elses! So when I made a donation, it was regsitered under THAT person's name, and they received an E-mail confirming the donation.

    Then.....the next person who tried to make a donation, tried to set up an account, but ended up changing MY account details. He made a number of donations, and confirmation op 'those' donations were sent to me.

    I suspect that the NEXT person to visit the site to make a donation, will 'think' they are setting up an account, but will end up changing the prior person's details. 'Their' confirmation E-mail will be sent to that prior person's E-mail.

    And on, and on....

    They are still investigating, as it looks a mess to me......

    MY donation has been registered under someone else's name!

    Cheers,
    Don
    There are 10 types of people in the world. Those who understand binary, and those who don't!
  • Me Myself
    Thanks for a great site Martin.

    The only downside is that I'm sure my family and friends get fed up of me saying "my friend Martin ....".

    Merry Christmas all

    Things can only get better.
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