Thursday, May 08, 2008

Coming Together to help the victims of Cyclone Nargis

(UPDATED 5/9/08)

I'm sure you've seen the horrific numbers. Cyclone Nargis, coupled with the insular junta government of Burma (Myanmar), may be responsible for over 100,000 deaths -- and 40% of those are purported to be children. Over a million people are homeless, either because their homes have been destroyed or because 5000 sq km of Burmese land -- farms, homes, businesses -- are under water.

Author Ann Aguirre has a great fundraising effort ongoing on her blog. By sending her proof of a donation to the aid charity of your choice, you'll be entered into her drawing(s) for $250 worth of giftcard(s) to the online bookstore of your choice. Ann says:
Here’s the deal. You pick a charity and donate some money. I don’t care how much. Send me an email with a transaction number, showing that you gave to disaster relief (even just a buck), and I’ll enter you in a drawing for free books. (Note: the prizes have changed. I started at $150, but Alessia Brio is adding $50 to the pot. Lauren Dane is now kicking in $50 as well.) Now we’re looking at three winners total. We wanted to spread the love around.

The new prizes:
$150 gift card to any bookstore
$50 gift card to any bookstore
$50 gift card to any bookstore

If you tell me how much you donated in that email, I’ll give you another entry. I’d love to track how much we raise. I’ll include my own donation in the tally. Next, post a comment as a secondary tracking system for me, so I don’t lose any entries. I’ll be updating the tally in the sidebar as we go along.

The winner can pick the store where he or she spends his loot. I’ll do Amazon, B&N, Powells, wherever you want. I know contests are usually free, but even small donations will help people who are starving and homeless. A little might make a huge difference in someone else’s life.

I’m going to run this a week, so it will wrap up at midnight on May 14, and I’ll announce the winner on May 15th.

As for Coming Together, our Hurricane Relief edition is still available in both ebook and print. All proceeds go to the Red Cross for disaster relief efforts worldwide. (Although it's available from all the big stores, we raise the most $$ when these books are ordered directly from the publisher.)

By Coming Together, we can make a difference! What are you waiting for?

peace & passion,

~ Alessia

Coming Together: Special Hurricane Relief Edition

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