Diabetes Walk 2007 - Blog Matching Challenge and Silverlight Presentation in Portland
Hopefully you've taken a look at http://www.hanselman.com/fightdiabetes and read my personal story. Many of you have donated and I appreciate it, more than you realize.
As of this blog post we've raised $13,808 in 22 days. That's 28% of our $50,000 goal! That's truly amazing, but we're not there yet.
Here's my ongoing "rolling thunder" plan to hitting this goal. There will be more ideas as we get closer to the day of the walk.
1. Portland, OR - BONUS "Silverlight" .NET User's Group Meeting with ALL proceeds benefiting diabetes research.
We're going to have a BONUS May Meeting of PADNUG, the Portland Area .NET User's Group. I'll be talking about Silverlight and sharing and demoing everything I learned this year at Mix. We're asking for a small donation for this meeting to benefit the ADA.
You can make checks out to the "American Diabetes Association," or you can paypal me at 'my first name at my last name.com.' I will be matching PayPal'ed donations personally.
The meeting is at the Corillian Cafe at 6pm this coming Thursday, May 10th, 2007. Please do join us and bring your friends. Even though we're a .NET Users Group, we're not religious zealots. Bring your Macs and Open Source Friends! Bring Python People and Ruby People! Do join us!
2. Blog "Donation Matching" Challenge
A number of folks have put this badge up on their blogs and linked it to http://www.hanselman.com/fightdiabetes or http://www.hanselman.com/fightdiabetes/donate.
Brian Hewitt, former co-worker, friend and world-traveler, wanted to a do a matching challenge, so we came up with the idea to do a 48 hour blog-matching challenge.
Starting Weds, May 9th at Noon PST until Friday, May 11 at Noon PST we'd like to ask any bloggers who'd like to be involved to volunteer to match donations that come in during that period up to a specified ceiling.
I'll keep this list updated with bloggers who are participating in the match:
- Brian Hewitt is in! (It was his idea!)
- Michele Leroux Bustamante will match donations up to an private amount.
- Clemens Vasters will match donations up to a private amount, and since he works for Microsoft, they will match HIS donation again!
- Brian Randell will match donations up to a private amount.
- Peter Provost will match donations, and since he works for Microsoft, they will match also!
- Scott Swigart will match donations also!
- Phil Haack will match donations as well!
If you've been hanging back and waiting for the right time to give, next Weds to Friday your tax-deductible gift will have even more kick and be doubled, tripled or more!
Let me know in the Comments of this post or in a Post on your own blog if you want to be involved in this matching challenge and I'll add your name here.
Thanks to everyone who has given or spread the word. You're making this the best walk ever, and giving me hope that we're going to fix this thing. I'm off to check my blood sugar.
3. Update - MicroISV Donations
The very awesome Martin Plante, lead at slimCODE Solutions, has offered to give all the earnings from his slimKEYS product during the May 6th to May 11th to help fight diabetes. An amazing idea and a very nice gesture.
I talked about slimKEYs in my post "Replacing Start Run." It's a Universal HotKey Manager with easy-to-code-to plugin model. As Martin says, "Help a good cause and get a lifetime slimKEYS license at the same time!"