Sunday, September 30, 2012

Emergency book sale for PAWS

     Facing eviction from its premises at short notice, the Protecting Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) is in a desperate situation.  With no time to lose, we need the entire community to rally round and help this dedicated, hard-working group of volunteers in their fight for survival.  The lives of some 150 animals in their care depend on us, not to mention the plight of many future rescues.

     An easy way for you to come to their aid is by purchasing books by local photojournalist Claudia Farkas Al Rashoud.  Dame Violet Dickson and What the Camels Said to Santa are being sold, with all proceeds going to the PAWS emergency fund.

     Dame Violet Dickson, “Umm Saud’s” Fascinating Life in Kuwait from 1929-1990 is the remarkable story of an extraordinary Englishwoman and is also a history of Kuwait.  Affectionately called “Umm Saud” by the Arabs, she became a legend in her own lifetime.  She lived in Kuwait for 61 years, first as the wife of the British Political Agent to Kuwait, Colonel H.R.P. Dickson, and later as a widow.  During this time she lived through the age of ancient bedouin traditions into an era of affluence, and ultimately, with the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, a period of horror.  The book is illustrated with over 70 photographs including rare and previously unpublished pictures of old Kuwait from the Dickson family collection.  Dame Violet Dickson is also available in an Arabic edition.

     What the Camels Said to Santa is a children’s book about Kuwait’s desert environment, with full color photographs of Santa Claus, his friends the camels, and other local desert creatures.  Meet the gerbil, the Common Black Beetle, the Lacertid Lizard, the Spiny-Tailed Agamid, and of course, the camels, and find out what they have to say about the situation in Kuwait’s desert.

     Also on sale for PAWS is another charming children’s book, In Kuwait, by Pattie Meyer, with original illustrations by Margaret Bosworth’s local art students. 

     The books are conveniently-priced at 3 KD each or two for 5 KD, so why not take care of some of your holiday gift buying while supporting a worthy cause.  You can find them at Greensac, shop number 12 on the mezzanine floor of Galleria 2000, Salmiya; Sandouq Al Sharq gift shop on Sayed Yaseen Street, Block 17, Building 1, Salmiya; and Images Salon and Day Spa facing the Fourth Ring Road in Salmiya, Abothar Al Gafari Street, Fouad Al Rashid Building, number 4, first floor.  They will also be sold at PAWS events and upcoming holiday bazaars.  For delivery of large orders and for any other information please call 97485666.

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