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5th-Jul-2005 09:43 am
I won't be doing Blog-A-Thon this year.

I hate that. First time since I became aware of Blog-A-Thon that I haven't done it.


Body can't take it. I'm still trying to recover from staying up til 2 Saturday night. There's no way I can pull an all-nighter. It'll take me out for at least a week afterward. The meds are making this progressively worse, I swear. Last year, staying up late wouldn't've fucked me up this much. Cleaning Elayna's room wouldn't have had me in pain for two days afterward. australian_joe said, "This sounds like disability..."

But this is not a bitching-about-health post. I'm just telling you why I'm not pulling an all-nighter.

The thing is this: In past years, I've raised almost $2,000 per year for charity.

That's kind of addictive. And I still want to do it.

And I was planning on changing charities this year. In the past, I've fundraised for RAINN.

But earlier this year, one of my LJfriends, tx_db8r, died of complications from probable viral meningitis. Liz had MS, and I was planning to raise money for her chosen charity, The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, in her memory.

I would still like to do a fundraising effort in her memory. Possibly coinciding with her birthday - July 13. Next week.

So my question for all of you is this - what would it take to get you to make a donation in Liz's memory? What can I do?
5th-Jul-2005 07:00 am (UTC)
If only I had the money....
5th-Jul-2005 07:03 am (UTC)
I will very happily donate if you can find a way for me to do it to a charity registered in the UK. Can't do it in the US for tax-related reasons.
5th-Jul-2005 07:06 am (UTC)
This looks like the UK branch...

Send me your e-mail receipt so I can send you whatever incentive I end up giving out. Thank you!
5th-Jul-2005 07:04 am (UTC)
Have e-mailed proposal re:this to your gmail.
5th-Jul-2005 07:07 am (UTC)
Can I post that here? Or do you want to post it here? It's a good idea...
5th-Jul-2005 07:31 am (UTC)
That'll work. Tell me where/how.
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5th-Jul-2005 07:57 am (UTC)
5th-Jul-2005 08:06 am (UTC)
Looks like you already received some good ideas; I was going to suggest just writing a special story available to those who donated.
5th-Jul-2005 08:29 am (UTC)
My mom has MS, so it wouldn't take much to get me to donate. But as for suggestions:

Hold a mini-Live8 thing in someone's lving room, either in Boston or Atlanta (or really do the Live8 thing, and do both!), with performances by several musically-inclined LJ friends in the area. Regular posts from the concert will get people's attention, especially if you include some photos and maybe a few phone posts along the way.

You can charge a small fee at the door to get the donations rolling, but the real focus would be in the aftermath: Get someone with recording equipment to donate their services, and compile either a CD or a bunch or mp3's of the best stuff as an incentive to donate (just like PBS! *grin*).

Just thinkin' out loud here....
5th-Jul-2005 08:44 am (UTC)
That's an excellent idea for next year! This year... well, Adam doesn't want to be overwhelmed on his visit.
5th-Jul-2005 08:42 am (UTC)
I'm inclined to go with rosefox's idea of snippets. After all, you're definitely someone who can inspire writing. Maybe even have twelve snippets, and 24 people, just to see where the same snippet takes different people.

Regardless, I'll donate. Your friend Liz and I shared not only a birthday, but a disease (though my meningitis was bacterial, not viral).
5th-Jul-2005 10:26 am (UTC)
Offer to write a short story for each person who donates, either about them or inspired by them, or inspired by a topic they choose (your choice of which of the three prompts to take). Not only will this help fundraising, it will also stretch your writing.

Offer a cameo role in Shayara to the highest bidder.

Look for offline ways to help - organize a bake sale at work, or have a garage sale with all proceeds going to that charity.
7th-Jul-2005 07:08 am (UTC)
Offer to write a short story for each person who donates, either about them or inspired by them, or inspired by a topic they choose

Dude. Carpal tunnel, dude!
5th-Jul-2005 10:49 am (UTC)
Possibly coinciding with her birthday - July 13.

*blink blink*

Okay, spooky. I know it's silly to be spooked by that but aie.

(That's my birthday too.)
5th-Jul-2005 10:54 am (UTC)
(Oh, and you don't have to point out how shallow I am to respond like that.

I already know. I'll live with the shame.)
5th-Jul-2005 11:37 am (UTC)
If donating, how will one do so?
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