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This is Dave. To look at Dave as he walked past you in the street, you wouldn't be able to tell from his appearance, he looks just like you and I. You see, Dave has a terrible addiction, in that he is addicted to retro awesome and the AmiBay website - he is a retroholic. This addiction affects his daily life, as he is unable to function without his daily fix of retro. His life would collapse if his supply of retro awesome was to run out, forcing him to go cold turkey.
Please help Dave, by pledging just 5 pounds, Euros or Dollars, or whatever you can, to the AmiBay website. Your donation will go towards providing a steady daily supply of retro awesome via the AmiBay site and will also help many others who suffer from the same cruel addiction of retroholism. Your donation will also go towards maintaining a much-needed service, by providing a means via which retro addicted individuals can share their stories of retro, hackery and general awesomeness, whilst supporting each other.
If this support network was not available, Dave might have to walk the streets, looking for places where similarly affected individuals might meet, such as coffee shops, libraries and internet cafes. Some retroholics don't feel safe going outside, particularly in daylight and they can be victimised by other members of the digital community. In extreme cases, retroholics may become so desperate as to go and loiter in PC World, to try and get their retro fix. This doesn't need to happen and you can help make it stop.
This appeal isn't about "Pay up, or the puppy/kitten etc. gets it!". It's not even about "Ante up B%$£h, it's Christmas time!", it's about poor lonely misunderstood retroholics who badly need this support network. Please find it in your heart to donate whatever you can to support the AmiBay site and the work it does in supporting retroholics at this difficult time of year. Please use the 'Donate' link in the black banner to make your donation.
On behalf of Retroholics Anonymous, thank you.
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OK, joking aside.
AmiBay is run and staffed by volunteers and is kept online via funds raised at events or by donations. We would welcome any donations that you are able to make to help the site along towards the cost of domain registrations, hosting and server costs. All funds received are used purely towards the AmiBay running costs and on occasions, we dig into our own pockets to keep the site online.
All we ask from you is a small donation, whatever you can afford. Every donation received helps AmiBay to become even more awesome. Just think, we have around 11,500 members and if each one donated £1/$1/€1, then the site costs wouldn't be an issue at all.
Thanks for taking the time to read this and we wish you all a safe Christmas and New Year.