In celebration of turning 50 this year (if that is something to celebrate) I decided to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. On January 31st my fellow travelers and I reached Uhuru Peak at 19,325 feet above sea level.
Many of my friends, family and collegues have helped me commemorate the event by donating to the Art Creation Foundation for Children (ACFFC), a wonderful organization in Jacmel, Haiti.
During my visits to Jacmel in June and November 2011 I had the opportunity to meet the staff and students at the ACFFC, which I wrote about in my blog. The ACFFC is a non-profit NGO that nurtures Haitian children by providing them with a safe and secure environment in which to learn and practice a wide range of arts: painting, photography, crafts (particularly papier-mâchéand mosaics), and drama.
The ACFFC lost their lease, but was able to relocate to a better building, which will allow them to serve more children (there are over 100 on a waiting list). Random Acts (the organization I went to Haiti with last June) helped them make the downpayment, but they still have to raise $55,000 to complete the purchase.
My goal is to raise $5000.00 (or more) and I am asking you for your help. Absolutely any amount would be welcome: $10, $19.32 (one-tenth of a cent for every foot of elevation I climbed), $50 (one dollar for every year I’ve survived), or whatever other symbolic amount you’d care to contribute (e.g., one dollar for every time you’ve rolled your eyes when I have mentioned Supernatural).
Your donation here on the Crowdrise site will be acknowledged immediately with an email receipt and the donation is tax deductible. If you prefer not to use a credit card, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll let you know what your options are. If you want to donate in someone else’s name, let me know and I’ll send them a lovely card informing them of your gift.
Thank you for considering donating to this very worthy cause and/or celebrating my birthday (okay, I don’t turn 50 until July, but close enough)!