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65k for 65 years

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Mary Fisher via Crowdrise
April 30, 2013

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Mary Fisher

THE STORY:

So you’re probably asking, “What’s ‘65K for 65 Years?’”

 

The answer lies partly in life-sustaining drugs to treat people with HIV. They weren’t available when I was diagnosed, and so it’s no stretch to say that every one of my birthdays is a miracle.


But not everyone with HIV has access to – or can afford – these medicines, including millions in Africa.
With gratitude, friends and I created a not-for-profit alliance by which HIV-positive women in Zambia are trained to create stunning hand-crafted jewelry.  Sale of the jewelry generates employment which, in turn, generates income and profit.  The result is life-changing for girls being trained and women being employed. 


The project is named “Abataka,” a Zambian word for “community,” and the community is at a critical crossroads. 


The project is moving to a new (improved!) facility which will bring new opportunities of many kinds.  But here’s the challenge: We need to raise funds for transportation to-and-from the new facility and to outfit a playground for a children’s daycare center.  By the time we added the cost of a good used van, maintenance, a driver, playground preparation and equipment, and a few related changes – the cost came to $65,000.  Why am I not surprised?


 Our new facility will make medical services more readily available.  Working with out long-term partner, the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia, we’ll be able to support more community outreach. 


By meeting the transportation challenge, we’ll relieve women and children of long walks that are difficult under any circumstance, impossible when we’re sick. 
And the new facility will let us support our educational work with girls and young women working to complete their high school.  For girls just learning to sew, cook and learn the skills of independence, if we reach the $65,000 goal, we’ll be able to create a community garden in which they can learn additional skills from gardening to harvesting to nutrition.

I’ll be grateful for your help; the women and girls of ABATAKA Zambia will be even more grateful. 

If you and I offer what we’d otherwise invest in a latte or that extra glass of wine, such gifts would matter greatly.  If you can give more, please do.  And if you can give nothing just now but your prayers, those are also warmly accepted.

A friend suggested that, since I’m thinking birthdays, I might ask you to consider a gift equal to your age at your next birthday.  If you can piggyback a zero onto the back end of that figure, WOW!

In the past, when I marked another year, my children and I would blow out the candles.  This year, I’m trying to light some, and my wish is that you’ll find it in your tender heart to help.

 

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To This Fundraiser

$72,032

MONEY RAISED
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  • Lorri L Francis

    $50

  • Dee Mosbacher & Nanette Gartrell

    $1,000

  • Diane Dixon

    $100

  • Rosana Costello

    $50

  • Willa Shalit

    $100

  • Deana Jirak

     

  • Brian Shallcross

    $50

  • Melissa Siet

    $126

  • Jeff Siet

    $126

  • Bonnie and Jeff eckstine

    $50

  • SWA Architecture, PLLC

    $500

  • Gini Reticker

     

  • Mary Larsen Holmes

    $65

  • Abigail Disney

     

  • Roger and Ruth Parsons

    $250

  • Star Tickets

    $300

  • Lewis Guthrie & Daryl Kling

    $1,000

  • shelley warren

    $100

  • Nancy M. Chacon

    $500

  • Cathy & Jim Gunstone

    $65

  • Sally Fisher

    $100

  • Kathleen Glynn

    $500

  • Anne and Robert Emerson

    $65

  • Christie Minervini

    $45

  • Kate Templin

    $50

  • David Landay

    $65

  • Alice & Alan Sheldon

    $1,000

  • Cindy Rowell

    $18

  • David Sheppard

    $250

  • Amy and Michael Saag

    $1,000

  • The Bailey Family

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $30

  • Judy Dominic

    $25

  • Joy Prouty

    $100

  • Jane Dunnewold

    $100

  • Beth Kennedy

    $40

  • Michael, Alex & Kai

    $650

  • Linda and Jim Levine

    $365

  • Nancy Dunaway

    $100

  • Barry Maketansky and Jim Salisbury

    $65

  • Terrie Taylor

    $100

  • Daryl & Lewis

    $250

  • Daryl & Lewis

    $250

  • Jake Siet

    $65

  • Andrea Houchard

    $50

  • Susannah Durant

    $100

  • Greg, Stacy, Harper and Toby

    $65

  • Vicki and David borke

    $100

  • Stephen M. Ross

    $2,500

  • nancy robb dunst

    $20

  • Deborah Corey

    $75

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $1,000

  • Gail Smigiel

    $25

  • Karen Davis

    $65

  • Joel and Amy Sue DeTar

    $1,000

  • Temple Israel, West Bloomfield, MI

    $180

  • Jenn Wess

    $65

  • Liz Danbury

    $20

  • Leslie Hunt

    $65

  • Penny Morgan

    $65

  • Scott and Robbie Sherman

    $100

  • mom-mom and pop-pop

    $50

  • Dottie Webster

    $100

  • Granny

    $20

  • Sara and Geoff

    $250

  • Eric , Rachel , Chase & Adriana Ortense

    $500

  • David and Heather Rasche

    $500

  • Anonymous

    $2,000

  • Lewis Guthrie & Daryl Kling

    $3,000

  • Anonymous

    $200

  • Corey Sheridan

     

  • Anonymous

    $500

  • Phillip and Lauren Fisher

    $5,000

  • Julie and Peter Cummings

    $1,000

  • Bonnie Larson In Memory of Bob Larson

    $10,000

  • Jan and Jean

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Val Sparks

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $1,500

  • Anonymous

    $500

  • Anonymous

    $5,000

  • Barbara Dale

    $50

  • Mal Cooper

     

  • Max & Susan Fisher

    $2,000

  • Anonymous

    $130

  • Patrick Schweiss

    $500

  • The Taylors

    $20

  • April and Jake

    $20

  • JoAnn Borke

    $100

  • Kate S

    $250

  • Thea Draaisma

    $100

  • Elisabetta Dami

    $1,000

  • Your Mother Marjorie Fisher

    $15,000

  • Zack Fisher

    $100

  • Solange & Norman Messelian

    $200

  • Anonymous

    $150

  • Caroline Diehl

    $50

  • The Duneier Family

    $300

  • Chris & Geoff Mason

    $100

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111% Raised of $65,000 Goal

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The Team: $72,032 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

Mary Fisher

Amount Raised

$68,540

 

105% Raised of $65,000 Goal

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Jennifer Reddington

Amount Raised

$2,040

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Allyson Daley

Amount Raised

$550

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Jake Siet

Amount Raised

$367

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Morgan Bailey

Amount Raised

$200

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Carrie Gay

Amount Raised

$150

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Willa Shalit

Amount Raised

$120

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Sabrina Landers

Amount Raised

$65

Donor Comments

Chris & Geoff Mason

Chris & Geoff Mason

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

The Duneier Family

The Duneier Family

DONATION: $300

Wishing you a wonderful birthday.... you are an inspiration to us .... May all your dreams come true..... WIth love, The Duneier Family (Ivy, Marc, Emily and Jake) 4 years ago

Caroline Diehl

Caroline Diehl

DONATION: $50

You are an amazing soul. Thank you for lighting up our world! 4 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $150

mary, happy birthday. we love you. xoxo elizabeth, jeff, mac, wilson, stella 4 years ago

Solange & Norman Messelian

Solange & Norman Messelian

DONATION: $200

Happy Happy Birthday Mary!!! I hope this is your best birthday yet. Love, Solange 4 years ago

Zack Fisher

Zack Fisher

DONATION: $100

I love you, Mom. 4 years ago

Your Mother Marjorie Fisher

Your Mother Marjorie Fisher

DONATION: $15,000

4 years ago

Thea Draaisma

Thea Draaisma

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

Elisabetta Dami

Elisabetta Dami

DONATION: $1,000

4 years ago

Kate S

Kate S

DONATION: $250

In support of your truly wonderful spirit. 4 years ago