A friend of mine from work last year is cycling a Very Long Way (TM) to raise money for cystic fibrosis. Below is the email he sent around work, which I'm sure he won't mind me passing on here. His cycle-blog promises to be equally amusing.
I have received feedback on the extortionate length of my emails, and for this reason I have given you 3 options on how you wish to read this:
1) The shortest option:
Follow the link below, and donate lots of money
2) Read the sections in part 3) that highlighted by the bold font.
3) Read the text below:
As some of you may be aware I am highly capable of making rather foolish decisions, and I have written the content of this email in such a way as to continue to portray this image to you. I have used this great skill recently by making the decision to cycle the length of country this summer in a bid to raise some money for charity (the cystic fibrosis trust to be precise). Luckily I will not be alone; my brother (who unfortunately for him shares a large proportion of my genes) has agreed to attend this foolish escapade. As I am sure you can imagine, this will require a significant quantity of effort, pain and saddle-soreness, all of which I am not accustomed to. Given that this could be described as going slightly out of my way, I ask you to make a much smaller contribution in effort terms, by following the link http://www.justgiving.com/Will-And-Dan-Do-Cycling in order to donate some of your lovely money to a good cause. I have chosen to ask you because I consider you a loyal friend of mine who would be more than happy to donate some of your good money. Or maybe I have only had a few stifled conversations with you (this is much more likely), but in such a case, I would certainly like to get to know you more and your donation could be a good way to encourage more contact between us (or should you prefer, less contact). Or maybe we have never spoken before, but I have knowledge of your email address, and you should feel honoured that I am at the very least vaguely aware of your existence.
I have also created a blog where you can follow my pain and suffering in great detail http://will-and-dan-do-cycling.blogspot.com/. Although I have limited experience in sharing my thoughts and feelings, and no experience in blog writing, I shall endeavour to make this as entertaining as possible. I am sure this will be mostly focused on my lack of success in getting fit in the near term, and saddle-sores during the actual event! Please do attempt read it when you can, or at least pretend to read it and leave comments along the lines "Go for it Will!" and "We love you!".
I would also appreciate it if you could forward this email and attached links onto people that you may know. I am sure you are a popular person (after all, I chose to email you right?!), and you can use this popularity to spread my cause far and wide.
Many thanks for your time (and future donations!) William Rogers
P.s. For Lucy; I thought you should know I have not wasted my time at work writing this, I wrote this at home.