and Philipp collected 5000€ for us at their wedding. Of that money we
bought a second-hand pick-up (I had informed you in April!) But, alas, as
three of our vehicles were fit only for a knacker's yard as repairing would
have been too costly or they had just gone belly up and could not be fixed
again, there were still two vehicles "missing" for the completion of all the
tasks and needs. The „Stichting
Buitenlandse Asielen“ donated 10 000 € for a new car.
Furthermore we received a donation of 5000
€ from Carla in Cologne.
We didn't want
a second-hand car again by all means, as a brand new car will certainly not
need to go to the repair shop for a couple of years. I feel sick when
receiving the next bill from the car repair shop. But the cars were all
run down so that necessarily
one part after the other went down the tube. A new bus costs about 40.000 €
- and this is, of course, a totally exorbitant price, whereas used cars are
mostly too old or very expensive.
Consequently, we bought a
Toyota pick-up for 18.000 €. Jay, Linda and Tom of the temple team will
certainly take pleasure in doing their rounds in that most beautiful NEW
car! However, their excitement will be restrained as they must render their
bus- the only one still "alive"! But in my opinion, the three of them will
treat their treasure much better than Thais would do; besides, a bus is more
appropriate for transporting helpers and volunteers. We removed the back
seats in order to have more room for medicine and food, whereas 2 dog crates
and some big sacks with dry food travel on the cargo bed behind.
We are very thankful about
the possibility to purchase that car, as the monthly donations of the last
years were just sufficient to scrape through.