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Aunty Mor Artist - Aunty Mor

Age

112

Location

South East, United Kingdom

Number

389604

Paintings

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The Big Collaboration and everything!
Wed 3rd Dec, 2008

So, we finally seem to be ready to produce this BIG picture! Laughing

By working together we are hoping to create a larger image more visible within the ever expanding circle of the OMM. A collaboration of OMM members. A project that is fun to participate in as we try to attach to each others images.

I love being a part of this collaboration but also of the OMM itself, not because of my fantastic art skills (I cannot deny my talent!) but because of what the OMM is really all about...MONEY! Money for charities that desperately need it.

I support Actionaid and have done so for many years. In fact 18 years this year. I used to take my now 18 year old son to a toddler group every Wednesday and met many new mums. After a few months one of these mums approached me and asked if I would be interested in sponsoring a child. I took the literature she gave me and read all about what this meant and what I would be helping to achieve. I decided it was something I wanted to do.

I had a healthy, well fed, child born in a rich country who wanted for nothing (apart from the latest toy advertised on the tele!) How could I justify his lack of nothing with another childs lack of everything so I sponsored a girl from Uganda roughly the same age as my son. I say roughly because nobody actually knew her real age. They guessed and then picked a date...That was her birthday.

I continued to sponsor this girl for the first sixteen years of her life. In that time a new schoolroom was built in her village. For the first time at the age of 10 she could go to school. A well was built, she no longer had to trek through the heat with a heavy container to fetch water several miles away.

Various other things were done to make life more bearable for the people of her village but these two things stuck in my head as they are so basic and something we in "The West" take so much for granted.

In the years of sponsoring her I also sent her postcards (with interesting pictures on them as advised) and little gifts. I was told not to send anything that could cause jealousy so I would send enough crayons/pencils/balloons etc. to go around all the children from her village. She in turn sent me letters with beautiful drawings on them and all written in English. In her younger years these were written for her but after the school room was built she wrote them herself. I was also sent two photographs, one of her at the age of six and the other at sixteen both of which I still have.

After she reached sixteen I moved on to what was called the "Next Phase or "Step" or something like that where my donations were used for larger projects but I no longer had a face to put to my donations to. My job raising my sponsored child was considered done.

I did miss my regular communication with her but understood that she was now considered an adult and had her own life to get on with.

I have bored you with all this in the hope that someday (when a lot of you are a lot older!) you may consider this as a worthwhile thing to do. Perhaps when you have finished your education and you are starting a family of your own. I found it so rewarding to have a face and a real person to look at when handing over my money. And such a small amount of money that achieved so much.

To me she is my other child and I hope one day that I will be able to visit her and finally give her a hug and say "Hello". Smile


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About Aunty Mor

Travelled a lot. Lived a lot. Still lots of both left to do. This story is just for fun! Inspired by Laura Dixons image.

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More about Aunty Mor

Occupation: Garden designer/landscaper
Interests and Hobbies: Plants! Nature, VW Van, Travel.
Artists: Gauguin, Lowry. My mum and my brother!
Music: Anything except Metal!
Movies: The Matrix, Pirates of the Caribbean, Silence of the lambs. Lord of the rings. Fried green tomatoes, Saving Grace, Ice Age!
Books and Writers: Tolkein, Graham Greene, Sharon Penman, Jung Chan, Anne McCaffrey, Terry Pratchett, Hemingway.
Personal Quote: Make gardens not war!

My favourite pictures

Rosa Campbell
Leeds, GB


Melek Tekin
istanbul, TR


Marjie H.
stupid town, US


Jo Vickers
Liverpool, GB


Brian Masson
Looe, GB


Brian Masson
Looe, GB


Layla
Ottawa, CA


Courtney Woods
Phuket, TH


Fionnuala *
London, GB


Patricia Wirtz
Los Angeles, US


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The world according to the OMM

An interpretation of an atlas
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Latest comments on this artwork:

Image 1004623 Ruth Ciara
Tue 15th Dec, 2009
Haha, love it! Xxx
Image 611993 Alan McGuigan
Fri 6th Feb, 2009
Hey Aunty Mor the Antartic looks like a fun place to be great square.
Image 629590 Beverly Johnson
Thu 5th Feb, 2009
You crack me up! I love it. Talent, humor, and a message. :-D
Image 1000764 ivana
Wed 4th Feb, 2009
It's so too funny!
Image 482428 Mark Watkinson
Tue 27th Jan, 2009
I see you have moved now. I presume the global warming label is pointing to the crack in the ice and not the seal sunbathing :o) Love the penguin and the whale as well.
Image 629590 Beverly Johnson
Tue 27th Jan, 2009
My goodness, Aunty Mor, but you've got a busy square to fill. ;-D
Image 1000764 ivana
Sun 18th Jan, 2009
Hi Moira!What's going to draw now?
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