In the previous years I've auctioned my blogging services off to charity since the Leafs weren't in the playoffs. Those days are over.
That doesn't mean my commitment to charity is over and so I offer you all a great opportunity: let's all throw a bunch of money in to some good causes today and celebrate the Leafs finally making the playoffs.
What are the causes?
To start off: every single penny we collect will go to charity. We have a good track record of this in the past and are more than happy to be audited.
In the past I've worked with Right to Play, a charity that helps children play sports. Right to Play helps children bridge cultural divides (think Israel / Palestine) by bringing them together with amateur athletics. We're going to donate 50% of the money we get to them.
826 Boston is a non-profit tutoring center that offers children help with their expository writing, as well as offering teachers ideas with how to inspire their students. 25% of the funds we raise will go to 826 Boston.
Finally, blog overlord PPP spends a lot of time working with the Canadian Colombian Children's Organization. They offer health services, nutrition and education to impoverished Colombian youth in the hope of breaking that country's cycle of violence. The final 25% of our funds will go there.
I'm a broke college kid, how can I help?
Everything will help; donate $1 if that's all you can spare. Share our post on Twitter and Facebook, email some of your friends and tell them.
Ok, I'll do it, how do I donate?
Send paypal donations, marked as a gift to avoid paying fees to Paypal, to PPP at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you're Canadian you can send it via e-mail money transfer to the same account. When he receives a donation he'll post the amount and your initials in the comments so you know it didn't disappear.
Email money transfers to the same address are also a-ok for you Canadian types.
Leafs fans and readers of this blog will like what we're going to do because of this, but I should inspire you to reach deeper into your pockets, so:
Donate $20: PPP, our mystery guest and I will thank you publicly on twitter.
Donate $50: All three of us will tweet a link to your website whenever you want.
Donate $100: One of us, your choice, will write a guest post on a topic of your choosing at your blog.
Donate $150: PPP and I will send you an autographed high res print of us at Wendel Clark's jersey retirement night.
Donate $500: I will send you a Leafs jersey out of my personal collection (my choice). (This will not be worth $500 and is probably a bad idea - my jersey collection is brutal).
This will be fun as hell, I promise. If we meet our goal of $2,000 before the playoffs start you will sit back and laugh until it hurts.
If we don't meet our goal? We'll close comments for the duration of the playoffs. Easy.
Update April 29, 2013 1:52PM
So far, we've raised $3,100 through 80 donations of various amounts. This is an incredible response and it's much appreciated. We'll get working on all of the shoutouts and other rewards we owe as soon as possible. I tried to match up twitter handles as much as possible if you see your donation is light a handle just drop it in the comments.
Thanks again and keep spreading the word.
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