Precious One Giveaway Ended… Winners are…

My sweet Wesley thanks you for your very generous contributions to his adoption grant.
My sweet Wesley thanks you for your very generous contributions to his adoption grant.

Before i announce the winners, i would like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to all the generous donors and to everyone who has shared Wesley‘s story to the world. You guys and gals have made a difference to the life of Wesley, a special needs orphan, who is now no longer unnoticed, no longer uncared for because you all have cared for him, you all have been mindful of him and his needs and have put his needs above yours.


Now for some numbers.

Wesley started with only US$252.50 in his adoption grant on 30th October 2012 which was when this Precious One Giveaway was started. When the contributions came in that first day, i was so very happy. Then things sort of stalled and i wondered why. i wondered what else i could do. i thought i would make little cards to hand out to people to raise awareness. But God had other plans. He inspired me, gave me courage to start writing personal appeal letters. That first day i sent out to about 14 people. They so wonderfully pushed Wesley’s fund to just below US$500, which was our initial target. Encouraged, i raised the target to US$1000 and went on to send out more letters of appeal. Everyday a couple of people would respond. i was in awe as i watched God move hearts and hands for Wesley. Then there were a few days with no responses. i was a little sad but not worried as i knew a few people were considering their contribution amounts. Then a few more responded and then a big donation and then a bigger one came in and that pushed Wesley over the US$1000 mark! i was thrilled to bits.

i am so happy to report that Wesley‘s adoption grant (at time of writing) is at US$1199.00. That’s a total of US$946.50 raised by all of you in just 5 weeks!

Once again, THANK YOU to both donors and sharers of Wesley‘s story. Building awareness is half the job.

Now onto the winners:

All contributors were given a certain amount of entries based on the amount they contributed and also when they share Wesley‘s story. (Some have declined to be included in this draw as they felt that wasn’t why they donated, others felt the postage costs should go to Wesley instead of into sending them a gift. Still others have declined to be even named.) Each entry is given a number. i have used to generate three random numbers and these are the winners.

1) Swarovski Silver Crystal Figurine – Dog. = Brenda Tham

2) Swarovski Jeweler’s Collection – Mouse Pin/Brooch. = Jamie Rachel

3) Semi-Precious Stones Charm Bracelet. = Carol Ho

i will be contacting the winners via Facebook PM or email.

If you have considered donating to Wesley, but have missed this Giveaway, i pray that you would still go ahead and donate. The total costs of an international adoption from Wesley‘s region is between US$30,000 to US$45,000. So even though we have made a small dent in his adoption grant, much more is still needed for a family to finally, legally call him their own.

If you would, i also ask you to consider giving to one of these families who are adoption from Asia, the region where Wesley lives in. Please see my post entitled, All for Asia to find out more about these adopting families and their needs. They also have many giveaways and auctions you can take part in to help them raise funds to bring home their children.

If you want to help even more special needs orphans, please check out Julia’s wonderful BIG Giveaway here. She has some wonderful prizes and she is aiming to help all the orphans on Angel Tree this festive season. Please do consider helping these precious ones as getting adopted would offer them a chance to live a full life.

Do continue to share Wesley‘s story and pray for him, his daily needs and most importantly, pray for his forever family to step forward and claim him as their own.

Please do also remember my little Heath, who (by God’s grace) has a full grant but is still waiting for his forever family. The place where Heath is in, is really not very good. They don’t have enough staff; ; i’m not sure that they even have enough to feed the children properly and most definitely no time or energy to do anything more than put what little food they have in front of the kids there; they don’t have anything (i truly mean absolutely nothing) except four walls, beds, tables and chairs. Please pray for Heath‘s daily needs to be met, pray for the other children in his institute too. Please for Heath‘s forever family to step forward and claim him as their own.

Thank you so much.


Precious One Giveaway for Wesley…

Have you heard of the Starfish Story?

i first heard about it not long after i joined Reece’s Rainbow as a Prayer Warrior. i did a little bit of research and found that lots of charities use this story to illustrate what a difference one person can make to one other person in this world.

The Starfish story is an adaption of The Star Thrower, according to Wikipedia; it is part of a 16-page essay of the same name by Loren Eiseley (1907–1977), published in 1969 in The Unexpected UniverseThe Star Thrower is also the title of a 1978 anthology of Eiseley’s works (including the essay), which he completed shortly before his death. i hope to be able to find a copy of the original story.

So through the years there have been some variations of this story but all involving a young person, an older person and of course the starfishes. Here is my favourite to date (used by the Starfish Charity in 2003):

An old man had a habit of early morning walks on the beach. One day, after a storm, he saw a human figure in the distance moving like a dancer. As he came closer he saw that it was a young woman and she was not dancing but was reaching down to the sand, picking up a starfish and very gently throwing them into the ocean.
“Young lady,” he asked, “Why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?”
“The sun is up, and the tide is going out, and if I do not throw them in they will die.”
“But young lady, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all along it? You cannot possibly make a difference.”
The young woman listened politely, paused and then bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the sea, past the breaking waves,
saying, “It made a difference for that one.”
The old man looked at the young woman inquisitively and thought about what she had done. Inspired, he joined her in throwing starfish back into the sea. Soon others joined, and all the starfish were saved

This story has also become Reece’s Rainbow’s rallying cry; to cry out for orphans with special needs: “It makes a difference to this one.”

i am here today to ask you join me and make a difference to one; this one is named Wesley on Reece’s Rainbow and i pray and advocate for him, hoping and praying that it will make a difference in his life.

i am hosting a fundraiser for Wesley, called Precious One Giveaway for Wesley.

12-year-old Wesley needs a family to help him live life to the fullest.

Because Wesley is precious; he was lovingly and fearfully created by God and he deserves so much more than a life in an orphanage, he needs so much more support and encouragement and he should not be casted aside just because of his special needs. He has albinism and as a result has vision problems. But these are all manageable. What is more hurting is the way people might treat him just because his skin colour is different, just because he can’t see well. His own biological family has already signalled to him that they can not take care of him. He needs a forever family who will see him for the wonderful gentle boy that he is and for the amazing young man he could grow up to be, if only given a chance to, if only supported by loving parents. There could be a chance for him, outside of his home country to have these opportunities.

However, international adoptions are very very expensive and a lack of funds is a lousy reason to be without a family. So i want to do as much as i can to make that less of an obstacle and this Giveaway will hopefully, prayerfully do just that.

Precious One Giveaway Prizes!

There are just 3 prizes but they are really lovely prizes.

1) Swarovski Silver Crystal Figurine – Dog. Estimated value: Swiss Francs 95/.

A chance to win a Swarovski Silver Crystal Figurine, Dog. Worth estimated at CHF 95/.

This was bought years ago and it has never left it’s box since it was bought. It comes in a cylindrical box with foam packing. It also has a Swarovski guarantee card. It is about 4.5cm x 4cm.

2) Swarovski Jeweler’s Collection – Mouse Pin/Brooch. Estimated value: Swiss Francs 65/.

A chance to win a Swarovski Mouse Pin. Worth estimated at CHF 65/.

Again this was bought years ago and never used. It comes in a soft pouch with care instructions. It is about 2.2cm x 2.7cm.

3) Semi-Precious Stones Charm Bracelet. Estimated value: Swiss Francs 60/.

A chance to win a Semi-Precious Stones Bracelet. Worth estimated at CHF 60/.

This was bought a few years ago and the stones have only been taken out to be photographed for this Giveaway. There are 12 stones; from left to right: Moonstone, Rhodolite, Chrysoprase, Dumortierite Quartz, Serpentine, Carnelian, Agate, Aventurine, Blue Quartz, Magnesite,  Onyx and Mother of Pearl. (i had to translate the gems names from German so i hope that they are correct.) They come with postcards which explain the origins and details of each stone (only in German). They are hung on a 925 Silver bracelet, 21 cm long.

How To Enter Precious One Giveaway!

It is very simple; you just have to donate to Wesley‘s adoption grant and/or share this post on your Facebook or Blog. Click on his picture or name to go to his profile page to donate.

Every share on Facebook or Blog gets you 1x Free entry.

Donate US$5 for 3x entries.

Donate US$10 for 8x entries.

Donate US$50 for 45x entries.

Donate US$100 for 100x entries.

Each entry will be given a number.

On my birthday, 3rd December, i will use to generate 3 winning numbers.

In order to be entered into this giveaway after your donation or sharing, please remember to leave your name and email and how much/when you donated and where you shared this post in the comments below.

i moderate all my comments and can keep comments private if you do not wish to display your information. Please indicate this in your comments.

Click here to donate or click on Wesley‘s name or picture to donate.

Live in Switzerland? There are alternative ways to donate and take part. Please leave a comment below with your email, telling me you live in Switzerland and i will contact you.

i hope and pray that this will push Wesley‘s adoption grant over the US$500 US$1000 mark. Thank you so much for your participation and your support.

UPDATE 16th Nov: We are so very close to our US$500 target, only another US$4.50 to go. So we have a NEW TARGET – US$1000… Click here to read how generous people have been and how God has blessed Wesley.

Do also pray for Wesley, for his daily needs to be met, for his forever family to come for him and for this Giveaway to make a difference.

Once again, thank you. Your contribution will make a difference.


PS: If you have any questions about this Giveaway or how to donate, please leave a comment below with your name and email & i will get back to you asap.