Jeremy Cain, Community Participation Coordinator for Hallam diocese, has got some tricky questions and a life-changing answer.
Anyone fancy a quiz? Here’s question one:
True or false? It is double pleasure to deceive the deceiver.
This probably depends on who you are, but if you’re Niccolo Machiavelli then, apparently, it’s true! I should probably point out that CAFOD in no way endorses such a morally questionable opinion and wouldn’t work with anyone who did! So please don’t try this at home; it could have unfortunate consequences. Now we’ve got that straight, here’s question two:
True or false? If a man could have half of his wishes, he would double his troubles.
That’s, supposedly, Benjamin Franklin, who was either a very wise man or a miserable old so-and-so. Still, he’d clearly had some bad experiences, poor chap.
True or false? The safe way to double your money is to fold it over once and put it in your pocket.
So said American humorist Kin Hubbard. Now, it’s a good quote and, most times he’d be right, but from now until 12th May we’d like to suggest an alternative: “The best way to double your money, is to give it to CAFOD!”
We don’t mean all your money, just whatever you can afford to give to people who are struggling with malnutrition and disease in Zimbabwe, Eritrea and Zambia. Give it to us and then, for every pound you’ve donated, the UK Government will also contribute a pound. So, if you give £2, it will become £4- enough to help a family produce honey. If you give £5, it will become £10 – enough for a family to plant and grow nutritious sesame seeds. And if you give £42.50, it will become £85, which is enough to build a community toilet.
The maths is easy: at no extra cost to you, twice the number of lives can be transformed, twice the number of children can have the opportunity to grow up healthy and strong. This may be what our American friends call a “no-brainer”, though I’ll need to check with my kids to be sure.
What’s more, if you set up a new direct debit, the first three months will also be matched. So there really has never been a better time to give.
But before you rush off to donate, see if you can answer this bonus question:
Who said, “If I asked for a cup of coffee, someone would search for a double meaning“?
The answer is Mae West who, by all accounts, only had herself to blame. Still it gives me an idea for next week’s blog: “Ooh er missus. My favourite double entendres.”