I must confess to being somewhat confused by an envelope than came home with the geekdaughter from nursery yesterday. It seems she is getting involved with a major charity’s fundraising activity where she will plant bulbs and grow them, and also paint a decoration for her plant pot. I actually have no problem with this – it’s a charity I’m happy to support – but I am slightly confused by the fact she’s come home with a sponsorship form. How exactly does one sponsor a pot plant?!
I’m familiar with the concept of sponsorship. Usually in the context of a walk, run or other measurable achievement. Although the tendancy these days seems to be for the sponsors to just offer a total amount for completing the activity, rather than the slightly more interesting way it was done when I was a kid when I was sponsored per mile/lap/whatever. You see that makes perfect sense to me. But a plant pot? Would I sponsor her for how tall the plant goes? How much she paints before she gets bored? How does this work?!
It seems that the charity concerned are also somewhat confused about the whole idea as well, because on the front of the envelope we’ve been sent it’s clearly marked as a “donation envelope”, whereas on the back it explains that the idea is for each child to gain sponsorship!
I’ve decided that it’s probably more appropriate to explain to the geekdaughter that we’re collecting donations for charity, rather than to make any mention of sponsorship. Because if I do I’m sure there are some members of my family who will come up with all sorts of silly ideas of what to sponsor, and it’s easier to just not go there.
So, what would you sponsor, if you were sponsoring a pot plant?
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