Friday, May 09, 2008

Blogher Acts Donation Challenge

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BlogHers Act: Donate Now to Save Women's LivesWhat with my computer issues and a lack of blog-reading time overall, I somehow missed an important campaign going on over at Blogher. The Bloghers Act pledge to raise money and awareness about maternal health around the world has led to a Mother's Day fund-raising challenge. Since I have a mother, I know several mothers, and I hope to be a mother myself one day, maternal health is an issue that directly affects me. Unfortunately, there are women around the world who don't have the options, opportunities and services available to them to ensure their own maternal health, while as a middle-class American, I'm likely to get exactly what I need.

After reading about the different maternal health projects that Blogher is supporting, I decide I definitely wanted to be part of this giving extravaganza. I figured out a few places where I could cut back on spending and set aside a little cash for a good cause. Then I thought, why not get others involved in the process? And a mini donation challenge was born!

Here's how you can help me help mothers around the world:
  1. Stop by and comment (on this post or the current day's post) every day between May 5th and May 9th.

  2. Send all of your friends over to comment, too.

  3. In at least one of your comments, suggest which cause you'd like me to support.
For every comment I receive between May 5th and May 9th, I'll donate $0.10 to one of the Blogher-supported organizations (for a maximum donation of $100). (**UPDATE: I'll donate $1 for each unique commenter during the week.) That means I'll need your help to average 200 comments from unique bloggers per day. That's quite the feat for someone who averages about 15 visitors, and even less commenters, per day. (Note: While you're welcome to comment as many times per day as you'd like, only one comment per unique visitor will be counted toward the total. The goal here is to raise awareness and get as many people involved as possible.)

In addition to helping me raise the funds, I'm going to let you help me decide which organization to donate to. In at least one of your comments, vote to provide noon meals to girls in Burkina Faso, empower women to end HIV/AIDS stigma in South Africa, ensure health care for displaced Darfurians, support a mother and child health clinic in Nepal, or help Afghan women safely deliver healthy babies. They're all worthy causes, so I'll let you choose where the funds go.

Are you in? If so, mark your calendars, set your reminders, start spreading the word. Do whatever you need to do to make sure those comments are flooding in when May 5th rolls around. Let's give mothers around the world the gift of health on Mother's Day.




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23 comments:

Crunchy Domestic Goddess said...

Thank you for taking me up on the challenge. This is a great idea. :)

I am fond of the Afghan women project, but I feel you can't go wrong with a donation to any of these causes.

I'll be mentioning your challenge in my BlogHer post next week. :)

Vered said...

Very nice to meet you. :)

I like the AIDS in South Africa cause.

smtwngrl said...

Crunchy - Thanks for coming by. I'm happy to be helping out and hope many others will get involved next week, too.

Vered - Nice to meet you, too. Hope you'll come back (with all your friends) to comment next week. I'm going to need all the comments I can get!

TW said...

Nice idea. I would support the HIV one...just because I think it tends to get the least help and is no less worthy than the others.

NoRegrets said...

Thankyou for the reminder! Good luck!

katy said...

I like the clinic in Nepal. It seems like that donation goes the farthest.

MWAH!!

Beautiful Disaster said...

Hey Girl! Major props to you for doing this! I am a huge supporter of AIDS awareness so I must go with empowering women to HIV/AIDS stigma in South Africa.

Rock on Sista!

bleeding espresso said...

Awesome! Of course these are all good causes...if I must choose...goodness...this is hard...I can't pick. I trust your judgment :)

Elaine A. said...

For some reason the cause to help the Afghan women strikes me the most but of course they all need assistance. Thanks for doing this!

i am p. said...

awesome awesome awesome thing to do!

well this just feels good. all of the causes sound beneficial, of course. i would steer toward darfurian health care, personally.

Alysia said...

Great idea.

Katja of skimbaco.com said...

My favorite is the one in Nepal.
Thank you for doing this!

Shalet said...

So many causes, so hard to choose. I'll pick children in Nepal because my sister's been there and seen the strife.

Kandace said...

I vote for the health clinic in Nepal.

What a wonderful idea! Thank you, you are an inspiration.

Anonymous said...

This is a great thing you are doing!! I'm partial to the noon meals in Burkina Faso.

Cecelia said...

After reading Khaled Hosseini's books the flight of Afghan women has become more real to me. Thanks and good job!!

Crunchy Domestic Goddess said...

just tweeted this on twitter again for you. hope that brings in more comment luv. :)

Heather (A Mama's Blog) said...

Thanks for doing this, and I love the Afghan women project.

Zena said...

Twittering your post as well, best of luck! Props to ya for donating. Any of the causes are amazing in their own right, my pick is your pick.

Anonymous said...

Hello there! I vote "help Afghan women safely deliver healthy babies". God bless You :)

Vanda said...

Phew just made it.

What a great way to donate. I simply cannot decide which one, so you get to pick one for me:-)

agnese said...

hiv/aids i think we can help to make a world a better healthy place!life is a precious gift!
have a good day
big town girl

smtwngrl said...

Thanks to all of you for the support!

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