Wednesday, 11 February 2009

search for my alternative valentines cards while they are still there!

One hundred cards will be left around Central London this Valentine’s day. Each contains an alternative valentine’s letter, a handmade gift and a sweet. Hand delivered to gaps in walls, cash machine slots, shop shelves- they won’t be affected by the postal delays and you don’t have to be in a relationship to have one of these!

I did this project in Liverpool last year. This year it’s London’s turn. These are valentine’s cards with a difference: the letter is written from a person from a developing country asking for people to show some ‘real love’ for the unforgotten poorest people in the world. The card includes either a keyring or a badge in the shape of a Loveheart sweet saying ‘Real Love’ and an actual sweet.

There are so many distractions in London, particularly on Valentines Day. Hopefully these cards are a friendly reminder of the difficult circumstances our global neighbours are in and the gifts are there to encourage a conversation to start even after Valentine’s Day.

Where shall I do it next year? -I'm thinking Glasgow. I dont know if I have the energy to do more than 100 next time but maybe I get my 'Some Craftivists' group to help me. We could make millions and post them to people across the world to give the possibilities....

check out the latest press coverage: - you can see where I left all of the cards in Liverpool last year on this article because they have put all of my photos up hehe

This is the letter:

Be My Valentine,

I don’t think you care. Not really.

It’s too easy to ignore me and people like me, isn’t it? There is too much going on: places to go, people to see, things to experience.

My name is Adriana, I am 18 years old and I live in Angola. When I was 12 soldiers attacked my village during the civil war. My family and I fled into the forest. We were separated and I haven’t seen them since. It’s hard living as an orphan. The civil war has ended now but the spread of HIV and the effects of climate change are the next battle that Angola and I have to face.

I don’t go away when you look the other way and I’ll still be here fighting though you might be distracted by many things here in London … I am part of your life, part of your world.

I don’t want your pity. Actions speak louder a box of unfairly-traded chocolates, a love poem or a bunch of roses.

Please show me your love. Take action:

Keep this gift and every time someone asks you about it, promise me you will retell my story and remember the poorest people in the world.

Is my love going to be unrequited? Please don’t ignore me and people like me. We’ll still be here waiting, angrier, ever more determined, and ever more hopeful that you’ll show ‘Real Love’ for your global neighbour through action.

All my love ….

What next? Internet search ‘take action on global poverty’


Anonymous said...

This is a great idea! Wow, well done you :)

wendy said...

You wouldn't have to face doing Glasgow alone tho so 100 might be manageable :0)

Thank you for doing this, inspiring and motivating.x

emma said...

what an incredible idea... i'm with wendy, you wouldnt have to do glasgow alone... keep it up girl

Anonymous said...

I have one of those!!! I found it next to Liverpool Station.
You made my St Valentine's Day special last year. :D
Great idea.
Thanks a lot!