Monday, January 24, 2011

James


 This is James.

James used to sell 'The Big Issue' at the City Cat terminal in West End. The ferry terminal was completely destroyed in the flood (along with all the other terminals - $100 million and 18 months to repair). So James is without an income, as no-one is frequenting the ferry terminal any more. I was so delighted to run into James this morning on my morning walk. He was at the bus stop near the ferry terminal. He said he had to come back, even though his old stomping ground is gone. He said he was drawn back as he loves the place and the people.

West End ferry terminal - was completely submerged in the flood.



So even though James's customers are gone, he is staying, close by. You can find him at the bus stop in Orleigh St near the trashed ferry terminal. He will be there early every day. If you are passing by, please say hi and if you can help him out, that would make my heart sing.. and I'm sure his!


I have set up a facility for those of you who are 'remote' and would like to help James..... see the donate button below (so proud that I have mastered this technical feat!). I have linked it to my Cape Cod PayPal account but it is referenced as 'James'.....I will ensure James receives every single cent that comes his way... and I might even post a photo of me handing it all over to James... big promise... but so worth it. I am prepared to 'out' myself for this cause.




UPDATE : 2/2/11
THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROUS DONATIONS.
THEY HAVE BEEN GRATEFULLY RECEIVED BY JAMES.
JAMES IS STILL SELLING THE BIG ISSUE AT THE WEST END FERRY BUS STOP IN ORLEIGH ST WEST END ON TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY MORNINGS (EARLY) BUT HAS MOVED ON TO ANOTHER SITE (TBA) OTHER DAYS UNTIL THE FERRIES ARE UP AND RUNNING AGAIN.

Please CLICK HERE to see a video on James on 'You Tube'..... he is the most beautiful person.


Happy Monday!
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25 comments:

  1. So good to read your post A-M, you have such great spirit.
    I've said it many times before, you are an inspiration, on so many fronts too.

    Christine xo

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  2. What an amazing story and a wonderful man. Overcoming any condition can be so difficult but he seems to be doing so well and I love that he wants to give back. A very genuine human being. I hope that the terminal will up and running before they say and he gets to be back where he loves.

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  3. That is such a wonderful thing you are doing, setting up a donation for James, I hope it all helps. I used to be friends with my local Big Issue seller in the city when I was working, he was a funny guy with the best sense of humour ever!
    I hope your hot water can come back on soon and I hope that the boys have a fantastic day back at school today, I'm sure they will come home with lots of stories of the other kids versions of the flood events.
    Big hugs,
    Jxx

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  4. Oh, A-M, I feel your spirit returning with each post. Good for you. What a lovely gesture for James - you have a huge heart. Hmm, I now feel guilty when having my hot showers ☺. And a big hello to Luma and Inger! J x

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  5. So great to see your blog each day. I just love James, no wonder you have a soft spot for him. On the cold shower front, can you get your hands on a black solar camping shower bag? They are sold here in NSW at places like Go Lo and the reject shop for a few dollars. We use them when camping and all we do is heat the kettle and mix hot water with cold until the right temp and you could hang it in your shower and have a warm shower instead of a cold one. The bag hold enough water for a girl to shave the legs and wash her hair. Hope that helps. If you have trouble getting one I am more than happy to mail one up to you. Have a great day.
    Tracey

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  6. What a lovely post - I can't wait for the photo!! It must be nice to have your computer and mobile charging buddies. I bet it helps a lot :)

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  7. What a lovely post and story. I'm so happy that you've returned to West End - it's such a wonderful place. The people are accepting of all and genuine. West End will be a wonderful place for you to heal and for your boys to learn about life. What a gem you are to set up this facility for James.

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  8. hi AM - glad to hear you are much happier. I've been sucked into blogland and even started my own - bit scared it might take over my life but when i see this sort of community i really see the benefits - as well as great to be in touch with other creative people.
    Re the ESky - use block ice rather than cubed normal ice. it stays frozen for about 5 times longer. you can usually buy it at your service station.
    good luck!!

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  9. Im with Tracey on the Solar Hot Water shower thingo's they are great!! I think you can even buy them at BCF A-M!! I wont camp unless I can have a hot shower, I dont know how your managing having a cold one every day!!!
    Its fantastic to see you back every day A-M, I missed you!!!

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  10. Made our donation a few weeks ago and my darling 13 year old had some xmas money left which he told me he wanted to donate so we did....happy to do what we can wish we were closer for practical help so James is the next best street level help we can give...good on you AM
    Bev

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  11. Nothing like a good de-brief in the cafe. Your neighbours sound lovely and passing the time together must make it so much easier. Hope the boys had a great first day. Bet they had lots to talk about!

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  12. Thank you for sharing the video on James. He's a sweetheart and a real inspiration. As are you A-M, you're doing a lovely thing for him. xo

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  13. How wonderful to read this upbeat post! I can see lots of the old A-M shining through-yay!

    Do shoot me an email if you ever want to pop in to my place for a cuppa...or maybe even a warm shower :) I don't know how you are managing all of this but I am truly impressed! Well done.

    Bets wishes always,
    Natasha.

    PS My boy just started at his new middle school today and I am typing this as I wait to hear from him so I can pick him up. He is trying out for the cricket team, bless him. Isn't it sad they are growing up so very quickly!

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  14. Hello Ingy and Luma, nice to meet you and a big hello to James. Watched the video A-Me, he is a lovely fellow.
    Counting down to tomorrow..
    xxx

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  15. AM you are such a lovely person, very compassionate, I sent thru 50 for young James!! all the best

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  16. Just another suggestion re" hot shower, talk to your school. Most schools actually have a shower in them somewhere, so you may be able to ask if they would let you take a warm shower!

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  17. is there not a gym or aquatics centre that you could drive to so if not in your area close by where you could go and use there facilities? Not long ago I had no water to our house and I bought a 10 visit pass to a ymca and showered there every day. Perhaps in a suburb that wasnt effected by the flood Im saying this with no idea of conditions of travel in your area. But just a thought.

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  18. Oh A-M, what a couple of weeks you've had? I've been away and have just been catching up with your blog and what's been happening. Some of my family said that they had been helping out in West End as it was so badly hit with the floods.
    I really hope that things get better quickly.
    If I can hlep in any way, drop me an email. Take care.
    x

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  19. Happy Monday, A-M - and to Luma and Inger! I am in awe of your survivorship in such difficult circumstances, glad to recieve updated through your blog. I HATE COLD SHOWERS... don't even think I could scream through them.

    Such a nice thing you are doing for James - what a wonderful soul.

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  20. Hope the boys had a good day back at school? Gosh the ferry terminals where hit badley do hope it won't be to many months (fingers crossed) befor they get repaired. Thats great what you are doing for James I will go & see the film on u Tube!

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  21. It's great to see your blog every day. Made my donation to James aswell. Take care

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  22. It's unbelievable how many people have been affected by the floods even if their home wasn't flooded. Thanks for reminding us that people's workplaces, even if not in a building, are suffering too. Here's wishing some warm showers your way soon!

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  23. Hi A-M Thanks for your lovely comments yesterday on Lily G blog. Means a lot that you are able to be so positive when I know you have been through the wringer a couple of times yourself. Come see me at Lily G after drop off and we'll meet face to face. We serve coffee and serenity :)
    Melinda x

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  24. It's amazing when the chips are down, how many real connections are made with others. I guess our walls are well and truly down .... not saying that they are not normally, but perhaps at a heightened level.

    Hi Luma and Inger :)
    xxx

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  25. Hi A-M,
    Just caught with your blog and want to say how wonderful I think it is that someone in need is just being given some cash without having to line up, fill out forms or be interviewed.
    All the best.
    Pamela xx

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