Pens for Aid #YolandaPH #Haiyan #fountainpens

Most of us are aware how grim things are in the Philippines right now.  Leigh Reyes is trying to raise as much money as she can for the Philippine Red Cross to help the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan. She’s created a fountain pen auction on her blog.

All kinds of fountain pens, and even art work,  are being auctioned off. Leigh calls her auction “Pens for Aid,” and she’s donated pens from her personal collection. She’s also received quite a few contributions of pens from friends.

Among the many hats Leigh wears, she is a fountain pen collector, and an artist. Here’s a sample of her beautiful work, “Keeping the Art of Handwriting Alive”:

Please check out Leigh’s auction, if you haven’t done so yet. If you have, keep checking for new items being added! There’s a little something for all kinds of pocket books willing to be opened by those who want to help in some way. There’s even an Edison Menlo pump filler donated by Edison Pen Co.!

My small contribution to Leigh’s auction is this great 1950’s MacNiven and Cameron eyedropper pen, from Great Britain, made of black chased hard rubber. It’s got a cool Waverley nib with some flex (semi-flex?). Regular readers of my blog know how lost a flex nib is on moi. The barrel holds 3ml of ink! The pen will show up on Leigh’s blog for your bidding pleasure, at some point, probably this week.

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We’ve a lot of fountain pen friends in the Philippines, ay? We’re holding them,  their families, friends, and country people in our hearts. As the great philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin was alleged to have written (in French, no doubt),

The world is round so that friendship may encircle it.

Please help in anyway you can.

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