My Challenge to the Twitter Community: Every week, let’s rally around a cause and give $5 each to support it
Today I tweeted the following idea to my network on Twitter: “What if every Friday our Twitter community elects a charity we’d like 2 support +We all give at least what we’d spend on our morning latte.” As Aaron Dignan tweeted back:
Throughout the day, I received similar tweets from a community ready to rally around a cause in a really tangible, simple manner. So, seriously, let’s get started this week.
Here’s how this could work:
Every Monday, you suggest a cause you’d like our community to support by sending me a message on Twitter or email, Facebook etc and I’ll post them here on ASL.
From Monday to Thursday, we can discuss and choose the cause we’d like to support that week.
On Friday, I’ll post a link on Twitter to a place where we can donate to the cause and we’ll all chip in $5 or whatever we can spare.
For this week, here are the suggestions I received. Please check all of them out and let me know what you’re most passionate about supporting this Friday.
“If you know me, then it’s likely you also know I’m a big advocate of the fight against breast cancer. I have been contribution to the Komen foundation and purchasing “pink items” galore since my aunt was diagnosed with the disease in 2002 and passed away shortly after that, due primarily to late detection.
It’s estimated that in 2008, there will be 182,460 new cases of invasive breast cancer among women in the U.S. An estimated 40,480 women will die (American Cancer Society). Breast cancer, as most forms of cancer, is nondiscriminatory and affects women (and men) of all ages and ethnicities. Awareness and early detection can help decrease risk. Research can help us better understand the disease and find a cure.
I’m so honored to be doing this…For myself, my mother, my girlfriends, my colleagues, my fellow women – those thousands of women who this year will find out they have breast cancer and will be scared and feel helpless in the midst of that diagnosis. To them I say, “There is hope.” For as long as there are men and women uniting themselves in this fight, taking strides to spread the word and doing so loud and proud, there is hope indeed.
Please let me know if you have any questions. And thank you again. Your help means a lot.”
Drop a comment here or on Twitter and let’s select a cause to help out this Friday.
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