**If you don’t want to wade through a very long post, scroll down to “In a Nutshell” for a concise list of details.
Yesterday I wrote my 100th post and to celebrate that, I had decided some time ago to hold a giveaway. But give away what? Nothing heavy, as many of you are half a world away and Canada Post is not the kindest corporation.
No, I wanted it to be personal, meaningful, useful and symbolic. I’ve been thinking about this for weeks, then I hit the 100 mark, now the pressure was on . . . and a few minutes ago a light went on . . .
Pam Stahl of the “Learning to be Me” blog handstitched and handquilted an incredibly gorgeous quilt, originally meant for her father. See her blog for pictures and more information.
The quilt is now being raffled to raise money for a well in Africa, where clean water, as I’m sure you all know, is not only hard to come by in places, but also connected to the HIV/AIDS crisis.
Now I know some of you have experienced drought this year and I also know, from your comments and in my heart, that you all care about making meaningful change in the world.
I made a donation to this cause in my own name a while back after I posted about the raffle. Today I did a bit more research on your behalf and discovered that the beneficiary of the raffle, Blood:Water Mission, was set up by the Christian band, Jars of Clay, in 2004.
I want to be clear here: I don’t believe in promoting my beliefs; as far as I’m concerned, people can make up their own minds. I’m not mainstream and my beliefs encompass those from several traditions/religions. My friends range from staunch atheists to equally staunch believers in a variety of religions. I enjoy discussing in person, but you won’t see religious posts here. Not what I do and not what this blog is about. Any questions, let me know; I’ll send you my email address and we can talk privately.
Now, that said, I like anyone who puts their money where their mouth is. Clean water for Africa is something I supported back when I was a member of the Women’s Institute, the only women’s group with representation at the U.N. I love what Pam is doing with her quilt (seriously, do you have any idea how much time went into making it?)
So, here’s the deal: leave a comment on this post and next Monday I will put all names in the hat and five of them will be drawn. Via PayPal, I will make a $10 donation directly to Pam on behalf of each person whose name is drawn. (I no longer use credit cards). Pam forwards the money to the raffle site and your donorname is added to the Donor Roll there. She adds your contact name to the drawing pool.
Winners will have their names/blognames posted here. I haven’t figured out how to do those entry forms where your email address stays hidden, so I will post my own email and winners can contact me. Leave a contact name and also let me know in your comment what name (anonymous, full name, blogname, first name, whatever) you would like used as a donor on the raffle site (check that out here: http://www.crowdrise.com/fundraise-and-volunteer/mobile-project-donate/livingwaterquiltraffle/pamstahl). (You can set up your own fundraiser at crowdrise, but I don’t know the details)
Pam has generously offered to pay the postage to ship it to the lucky winner.
Pam hopes to raise $7,000, $10 at a time, by the end of March and is nearly halfway. If you’d like to help, she has a widget on her blog that you may add to yours. Go to: http://creativecrazygirl.blogspot.ca/p/living-water-quilt-fundraiser.html?m=1 and scroll down.
In a nutshell:
Win a handstitched, handquilted
Leave a comment on this post (one only, please, and not a reply to another comment). Say whatever you like, or nothing but the name you want used as your donorname (and a contact name if you want to be listed as Anonymous; the contact name will not appear anywhere else)
A donorname is required.
Draw closes at midnight (Mountain Time) on Sunday, 24 March, 2013. On Monday, I will draw (or get my Mum to draw) five names.
I will donate $10 (US funds) in each person’s name to the Living Waters Quilt raffle and email the names to Pam to add to the pool.
Pam will draw one name at the end of March to win the quilt and will pay the shipping costs.
I hope one of my readers wins, but the real winners will be drinking clean water!