Sunday, November 01, 2009

Thank you, Aardvark Silver!


As many of my readers will know, I donate the profits from everything I make to charity. I raise funds for Cancer Research UK, my village church, and various Tibetan causes, amongst other charities, and between now and Christmas I’m donating all the profits from my Etsy sales to the American Cancer Society in honour of my fellow-Etsian and cancer-sufferer-in-remission, Laura Slocum.

Today I want to share something with you about a very special person called Tanya Boden. I’ve never actually met Tanya, but I’ve had the privilege of corresponding with her. She lives in Thailand and together with her Thai husband, Attit, runs Aardvark Silver – a quality silver and gemstone supply business.

This summer, completely out of the blue, I received a Facebook message from Tanya asking if she could donate some of her gemstone beads for me to use in my creations – she had noticed my charity work and wondered if she could help in some way. I was amazed at such a generous offer! No-one had ever suggested such a thing before (or since, for that matter!), and for a fleeting moment I wondered if there was a catch! But Tanya, like me, just wants to “give something back”.

Not long afterwards I received the most amazing parcel crammed full of all these beautiful beads – all of which will eventually find their way into my jewellery creations and will thus ultimately benefit good causes. I aim to start listing these new designs on Etsy in early 2010, and you’ll know which ones incorporate Tanya’s beads because “sponsored by Aardvark Silver” will appear in each listing.

So I’d like to say a huge thank you to Tanya for being such a warm, caring and wonderful person, and for helping me to raise funds for good causes. And it’s not just me that she has helped – Tanya and Attit also support two boys from one of the villages in East Thailand, and are currently looking to raise enough funds to employ an English teacher in the area next year – a wonderfully worthy goal to help raise the level of education in the area. Thank you so much, Tanya!

Click these links to find Aardvark Silver on Facebook and Aardvark Silver on Etsy

23 comments

  1. That's a wonderful story - so good to hear about folks who are doing good things.

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  2. thank you to Tayna for helping out, but especially to you, Erika, for all that you are doing..... WOW! You are pretty amazing.......... laura xxoo

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  3. What a wonderful story! I can't wait to see what you create with those beautiful donations!

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  4. How incredibly generous. It warms my heart just knowing that there are people like you and Tanya out there to lend a helping hand to those in need. Gotta go - I'm in tears now...

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  5. Truly amazing ,both of you!
    Erika and Tanya, thank you for your caring and generosity.
    The world is a better place with people like you in it.
    Hugs!!

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  6. Wonderfully generous of you both! Thanks Erika, for letting us know about Tanya... and of course I had to heart her shops too! ;)

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  7. The world is a better place because of you Erika, and Tanya. It through unselfish generosity that we make small inroads to helping very deserving causes and, ultimately, people.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Two generous, caring people. Thank you for all you do, Erika and Tanya.

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  9. That's so nice, can't wait to see what you make Erika and to think the profits will benefit someone of need Nice to see very caring people out there.

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  10. this is wonderful! thanks for letting us know about Tanya and her contribution to you good work - totally heartwarming!

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  11. That is just super! have fun making your wonderful creations!

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  12. What a great story! It is the perfect way to start my day to remind me that hope and love exist in a big way! Thanks Erika and Aardvark!

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  13. Wonderful story -wo generous people! Oh and I love your new Christmas earrings posted on the EPE Thread..-I bet those will be on someone's ears very soon as the holidays near! Wonderful to be following your blog.

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  14. SO wonderful! I love Etsy for Charity and artists/crafters working together to help others :0) Very inspiring to me! Michele, http://mvegan5.etsy.com

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  15. SO wonderful! I love Etsy for Charity and artists/crafters working together to help others :0) Very inspiring to me! Michele, http://mvegan5.etsy.com

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  16. What a generous gift. And, what a generous gift you provide. Hugs to you.

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  17. wow, that's so amazing. I'm really touched by that!

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  18. WOW, Erika - you and Tanya both are awesome, giving, wonderful ladies. God bless both of you!!!

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  19. Erika...can't wait to see your new designs! The world is a much better place with folks like you, and Aardvark Silver in it!

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  20. Erika, you make such beautiful jewelry and do such good in this world! Now I must check out Tanya's shop . . .

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  21. Finally some good news for a change. Thx to Tanja and your goodself. Looking forward to seeing the jewelry next year.
    Wish you lots of inspiration.

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  22. That is so sweet. You deserve the recognition!

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