Uncle Richard inherited a significant stamp collection from his brother and my Uncle Lincoln A. Ward who sadly died in August 2014. Uncle Lincoln was a stamp enthusiast who spent probably sixty years adding to a collection which reflected his keen interest in (among other things) mining, aviation, astronomy and space travel.
Losing your older brother is hard enough, but my Uncle Richard has also been fulfilling his role of executor of an eclectic and complicated estate.
What to do with (literally) a room filled with inherited stamps dating back to the 19th century?
So here is where I come in. For the last year I have been delivering aid work in the Visayan region of the Philippines following Typhoon Yolanda. The Visayas is particularly vulnerable to various climate/ weather-related hazards because of its location in the tropics, along the path of typhoons, monsoons and El Niño-La Niña. In addition to this, the Visayan regions are among the poorest in the Philippines. Spending five months in the Visayas and learning to speak Ilonggo has been such a joy for me during 2014. My heart is compelled to return and continue working with these joyous people.
Uncle Richard offered (if I would teach him how) to list the stamps in ebay auctions and forward the proceeds for my aid work to continue projects in the Visayas. I am so grateful for the generosity of my uncles: after all most people would just keep the money for themselves.
More about Uncle Richard …
This is a large project that will probably take some years to roll out but if you would like to buy some stamps (by the way all donors are now receiving stamps) please visit our ebay site http://www.ebay.com.au/usr/stampsforthevisayans.
We also welcome enquiries from reputable dealers and collectors for private sales.