Friday, December 15, 2006

Donate To A Menu For Hope III

Today, total donations to A Menu for Hope III stand at over $17,000. In the five days since the kickoff on December 11th, this is as much as was raised in the entire 2-week campaign last year. (In the time it took me to write this post, the total climbed to $18,000!)

And it's not abating. I am so proud of the food blogger community for its tremendous support of this endeavor. So proud of my family and friends who have donated already. And proud of those who soon will go to First Giving to make a donation and pick one or more of the incredible prizes that have been offered by food bloggers globally, for a chance to win.

This is a win-win effort, people! The prizes that food bloggers have donated to raise money for the United Nation's World Food Programme take my breath away. With each donation of $10, you will be able to choose one from an array of prizes that include dinners at wonderful Bay Area and beyond restaurants, culinary tours in France, Barcelona, Australia, to name just a few, autographed cookbooks, such as Thomas Keller's The French Laundry, baskets of goodies from all over the globe. My pathetic attempt to describe the prizes being offered can't come close to what may be in store for you.

Please go to Chez Pim and see for yourself what is being offered. Just put your mouse over any of the many photos to see the code number and a description of the prize. Then go to First Giving and make a donation!

If you would like to bid on my donation, You can see the description and photo of my prize donation here. The Code Number is UW22.

The other side of this win-win card is a more sobering one. Did you know that today one in 7 people do not have enough to eat? That hunger is the number one risk to health worldwide - more so than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined? That’s 852 million children, women and men, in developing, transitional, and industrialized countries who go hungry each and every day.

It seems fitting then that a group of people who spend an inordinate amount of time talking about, thinking about, reading about, then cooking and enjoying food should go out of their way to help those who are not as fortunate.

And that is what this fundraising event is all about.

The prizes are there, people, to tempt you, push you, bully you into parting with your money to serve a higher cause.

Step up and be challenged! Go to First Giving, make a donation of as much as you can afford and pick the raffle prizes that most appeal to you. You will feel good afterwards, I promise! Then check back at Chez Pim on January 15th to see what you've won.

I'm keeping a daily total of funds raised on my sidebar which you can check anytime. Please don't put this off; the end of this year's event is December 22nd.


Jann said...

You are so wonderful to keep us posted on the fundraising event-it is truly amazing to see what is going on! We have some great people in the blogging world!

sher said...

Yes!! You're doing such a great job of beating the drum!!!!! This is so amazing.

Kalyn said...

What a great post. Thanks for all you're doing.

christine said...

Thanks guys, I truly believe in this event and want to encourage everyone to participate. We've reached the $20,000 mark today! Onward!!

Katie said...

What a great event! I haven't one anything in a raffle since a teddy bear in first grade...but I'm happy to donate to such a good cause.