I do on occasion buy a lotto ticket or two and like everyone else I have a Friday night dream of, what it would be like to win millions. Yes I would make my own life a bit more comfortable, do a few nice things for my family and community. But there are millions left over....... I would be delighted to play 'fairy godmother' for the charities I should like to support in a big way. I have a good sized list so I need to win big. I think that once I secured this fortune, I would approach Bill Gates for some input as I do admire what he is doing with his riches.
My animal charities: I have always loved elephants, I believe them to be wonderful animals and they are being poached out of existence. One of the most awe inspiring experiences I every had was, being sat in a VW on a dusty Kenyan road,feeling very small as I watched a huge herd of elephants go past throwing the red dust over their backs.They disappeared into the bush but you could still feel the thunder of their tread. I often wonder how many of them survived to have a long life. I should like to support the game wardens. many of then get killed or suffer life changing injuries while serving protecting elephants from poachers. I would wish to support them and their families. Plus those who work with orphan traumatized elephant calves left grieving for their mother and families.
I should also like to set up a foundation that would help the elderly with a sick beloved pet to pay for veterinary and and grooming fees. In fact those who would appreciate having a suitable pet companion, help in general.
Medical charities.... I would help to fund research into epilepsy and migraine also research into drugs for these conditions. There are few drug choices for epilepsy and often what is available is not really suitable for a patient due to other medical considerations. There is a need for more drug options, then I would fix the price of that drug so no corporate gouging .
Help to those charities that help women in undeveloped countries. I should like to help set up medical services for mother and child. Not only midwifery but for surgical repair due to primitive mother and child care. Mothers can be as young as 13yrs and these immature bodies can be damaged by giving birth.This most likely could be a fistula between the bladder and vagina, this means that urine is constantly leaking, imagine this in a hot country and no dressings or pads available. These poor girls stink and this often means they loose their husbands and any support. They are thrown out of their homes and villages, their lives are ruined, they live as outcasts in despair. It is but a simple quick surgical matter to close this fistula and give them a life back..
Embroidery. I have a life time interest in the history and promotion of art needlework, so I should like to fund a scholarship at the Royal School of Needlework, London for a Canadian.I should also like to fund the making of a replica of a fine piece of Opus Anglicanum. Most surviving work is much faded sine the 12th century, so it would be wonderful to see the work in the glory of the original colours. In fact I'm going to attempt to work a small panel myself this winter.
Those are my major choices what would yours be?