Thursday, April 16, 2020

A Room of My Own: Crisis Fundraising Tanka

Thirty-First Entry, Coronavirus Poetry Diary

crisis fundraising:
in the breezy sunshine
step by step
a WWII vet walking
100 laps of his garden

Added: Thirty-Second Entry for Captain Tom Moore who raises £15m for NHS as he completes garden walk

garden walk done
a WWII vet trudges past
rows of honor guards

Note: This haiku is a sequel to the thirty-first entry


  1. "A 99-year-old British war veteran has raised more than £9.5 million (US$11 million) for the country's National Health Service (NHS) as he aims to complete 100 laps of his garden, aided by a walking frame.

    Tom Moore, who will turn 100 on April 30, began the challenge last Thursday to raise money for NHS Charities Together, which raises funds for UK hospitals, including for staff, volunteers and patients affected by the coronavirus crisis.

    He had originally set a target of raising £1,000 by his 100th birthday and walks 10 laps each day in his garden, in Yorkshire, northern England.

    But within 24 hours he exceeded that target and donations continue to flood in.

    The veteran plans to complete 100 laps by the end of Thursday..."

    -- excerpted from CTV News: " War veteran, 99, raises US$6 million by walking laps of his garden," accessed at

    1. "A 99-year-old war veteran has raised a staggering £15m for NHS staff after reaching his goal of walking 100 laps of his garden.

      Capt Tom Moore had hoped to achieve the target in time for his 100th birthday on 30 April, and walked the last 25 lengths on live TV on Thursday morning, with a guard of honour from the 1st Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment by his side..."

      -- excerpted The Guardian's News: "Capt Tom Moore raises £15m for NHS as he completes garden walk,War veteran praised as ‘beacon of hope’ for UK during coronavirus crisis," accessed at