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Letter of the Week

PUBLISHED: 12:16 22 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:04 05 July 2010

I SPONSOR a little girl in Africa and we communicate about once every two months.

In her last letter she told me that in her village they had just planted the crops and she hoped that the rain would come so that they would grow.

I SPONSOR a little girl in Africa and we communicate about once every two months.

In her last letter she told me that in her village they had just planted the crops and she hoped that the rain would come so that they would grow.

She also asked me about seagulls, were they animals or birds?

I told her they were birds who lived near the sea, sometimes they came inland to feed off scraps of food thrown out that people don't want.

After I had written that I was brought up very sharp.

There was this little girl who wanted rain to fall so that the crops that had been planted would grow, so that they would have something to eat, and here we were throwing food out to feed seagulls. It made me realise once again how fortunate I was to live in the west. It also made me realise that over the Christmas period there would be enough food thrown away, in our town alone, that would feed a good number of boys and girls in those places where food was scarce.

I think it would be a good idea for all of us, before we sit down to our Christmas dinner, to give thanks for the food we are about to eat.

Let us remember that while we are eating others are starving. Let us all be truly grateful that we were born in the west.

Captain JOHN WORSFOLD

Somerton Avenue

Lowestoft

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