From Father Jonathan (aka MadPriest):
This year, yet again, my birthday falls on the twentieth of June and, yet again I am taking advantage of this convenient, half way through the year, date to run the second of my annual big fundraising events, the other fundraiser being just before Christmas every year. The success of these two major fundraisers in the Saint Laika calendar is absolutely necessary. Quite honestly, with a regular monthly income of just five hundred pounds, I would sink below the waters of destitution if my friends and supporters did not dig deep in their pockets twice a year. I need this extra money to keep the website and podcasts up and running as well as needing the extra money to keep me up and running as well. The Christmas appeal monies go mostly towards the administration costs of Saint Laika's and any new technical stuff I need, as well as the purchase of some much needed new clothing for myself in the January Sales. The Midsummer appeal also goes towards Saint Laika's but on top of that I use the money raised to pay for my annual vacation, a camping holiday in the UK. This year, I also need to pay off the no interest loan that paid for my new (secondhand) camera that I purchased earlier in the year and which I use, primarily, to take photographs for the OCICBW... blog.
Saint Laika's does not, and will never, charge people to listen to or download the services posted on its website. Unfortunately, it does cost money to keep Saint Laika's open to the public. The website host, the company that hosts the audio and video files, the software providers who provide all the add-ons that keep the whole experience running seamlessly, they all need paying every month. The music has to be paid for as must the royalties on the music. Then, on top of all this, the administrator of this site, yours truly, who cobbles together all the podcasts and the vast majority of the posts at Saint Laika's, receives no salary from any church or any other employer. In fact, my ministry consists entirely of my work on the Internet, a vocation that I have been pioneering for the passed nine plus years. As I refuse to charge people to access the website I rely entirely on my friends and supporters to keep me reasonably solvent, fed and clothed.
The BIG ASK in the title of this post is that you consider helping to keep the Saint Laika's ministry out there in the big, wide world of the internet by making a donation via the PayPal widget below. You do not need your own PayPal account to do this; just click on the donate button and follow the instructions. I will keep everyone informed of how the appeal is going with the help of the cheeky graphic above. The more cash that comes my way the higher the little space dog will ascend up the madpriestometer. Go on - send her to the moon!