Amicus; Open Riot?

The more Vorderman-ian among you might notice that the title of this week’s update is an anagram of the words promise auction, and if you worked that one out you might have some idea already what we were working on tonight…

As mentioned previously, the Amicus members are now working toward an ambitious fundraising event, to take place around Easter. For those of you not familiar with the concept of a promise auction, I have stolen this definition from the RNIB!

This is a variation of an auction that relies on people donating services and skills rather than actual items. This is a great way of raising funds … … You must get [people] to make ‘donations’, of their expertise, time or skills. Do they have any special training that could be donated, such as aromatherapy? Examples of lots could include: a day’s gardening, aromatherapy massage, car washing, dancing lessons … …

As you might imagine, there is a lot of work to be done organising an event like this. Besides thinking up enough suitable promises (and volunteering to deliver on them!), we are planning a true gala event, so there are also refreshments and entertainment to devise. One of our biggest challenges will be promoting the auction well enough and wide enough that we can fill the Hall – with enough bidders to push the donations nice and high!

A Challenge: for everyone who reads this update. We need a catchy name for the evening, which describes what we’re doing, and maybe mentions who it is in aid of (1st Bletchley Boys’ Brigade). Oh, and a Bible reference and/or pun would be great too! Simple? We had the same challenge this evening, but it didn’t take long for the suggestions to become pretty silly. On the plus side, in the process we did discover a great site for generating anagrams. This is where we discovered the anagram in tonight’s title, but also:

  • Promise Auction = Amicus Open Riot / Micronesia Pout / Puritanic Moose
  • Ricky Stephen Rew = Perky Winchester / Septic When Kerry
  • Nicholas Lingard = Longish Cardinal / Rhino Cling Salad / Nasal Groin Child

Any genuine ideas for a title for our Auction would be much appreciated. Please add them as a comment to this post using the buttons below. The same request will also be put out via our swanky new Facebook group. If you’re on the ‘Book and haven’t had an invite, get searching!

Tonight we finished with another round of volleyball keepy-uppy, and generated a new Group Best of 40 touches! Still room for improvement though, and we definitely need to learn to be more calm and less aggressive enthusiastic. Sorry Steph.

Next Week: Stop-Motion Animation, with LEGO and bits! Not sure what I mean? See below…

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2 Responses to “Amicus; Open Riot?”


  1. 1 easyrew 10 January, 2008 at 14:25

    :: For those of you not familiar with the concept of a
    :: promise auction, I have stolen this definition from the RNIB

    If my Ethics lecturer saw this she’d want me to question your decision. But I say: don’t worry, they’ll never see it ;o)

    Possibly the best Biblical metaphor for promise = rainbow. Doesn’t give us a name, but possibly a visual theme or element (see new header graphic).


  1. 1 Painstaking [In] Progress « 1st Bletchley Amicus Trackback on 17 January, 2008 at 0:10

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