It can happen so fast: A nasty cold, the eyes water, the head gets heavy. Appointments are canceled, the blog has to wait. The first interim report of our blog donation campaign comes later than planned, but it comes. And this year hope and anxiety are close together.
The start was good and promising. Promising because a lot of readers donated in the first few days. With around 100 supporters, the participation is almost twice as high as in the comparable period last year. That's great, gives hope and shows that Saab has not been forgotten.
Particularly noteworthy: In addition to the loyal supporters who are making their contribution for the third time, there are many readers who have donated for the first time. That too is remarkable, as it shows that the scene is alive and renewing itself. Unfortunately, the sum of all donations is not as great as the number of supporters suggests. There are larger donations, the highest amount was a great 3 €, but mainly a lot of small 300,00 € donations were received. Since every euro counts and is really valued, the subtotal is unfortunately below that of the previous year.
We can currently report receipt of € 2.783,00 - which is still close to half of our minimum budget. Many thanks to all donors - regardless of the amount involved! Of course, we cannot conjure up a blog with this sum, but the month is still young, hope is alive, and maybe one or two donations will be added.
There have to be a few positive words too. On the one hand, I find it remarkable that so many people are still committed to Saab and the blog. I expected less participation. On the other hand, the blog is internationalizing. So far we had support from Switzerland, Germany, Austria and Belgium - in exactly this order - now more and more help came from the Netherlands and Great Britain. Europe works better in reality than it does in politics, and that is good news.
While I'm still working on my cold and trying to prepare one or the other article for the start, the readers are still asked for support. Paypal or bank transfer, and every donation counts. We are happy to provide you with the current bank details of the blog by email. (please mail to: donation (at) saabblog.net).