Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Final Push: $100 Winner's Choice Giveaway

A quick backstory for any newcomers: The pursuit of a goal, even as "lofty" as becoming an Ironman, will leave one empty unless it draws inspiration from the opportunity to help others in some tangible way.  In the pursuit of my first 140.6 experience, I am finding inspiration in helping the orphaned children of Haiti, by raising funding and awareness for the Hands and Feet Project.  My experience with the nation of Haiti dates back to my earliest days in the Coast Guard, and I know first hand that these children are in dire need of your support.
So I have been trying to raise a couple of bucks for these kids as I prepare for Ironman Florida on November 5th.  And now, with one month left to go, we are just over half way to our $1,406 goal.  This final month of preparation is a make-it-or-break-it phase of training.  An athlete's efforts at this point will decide whether all of the preceding miles were time well spent or a complete waste of energy.  In a similar way, this is the last chance to make a big impact for these kids by helping the Hands and Feet Project. 
The Hands and Feet Project is an IRS recognized 501©3 organization, so any donations are 100% tax deductible.  Their Mission is two fold. "First, we will strive to raise a generation of orphaned children who will grow up to reach their God given potential. Second, we will empower first world citizens to partner with us in service at home and abroad."  

The Giveaway Part: So here is the final push.  The final giveaway will be a $100 gift card to either or - the winner will be free to choose.

The Rules: The final stretch requires a little more commitment.  As such, there are two prerequisites for entry.
-You must either donate (any amount - one dollar if that's all you can spare) by clicking on the Firstgiving "Donate Now" logo to the right and/or vote for the Hands and Feet Project to receive a grant through the Giving of Life organization by clicking here.
-If you vote, then any additional entries will count once.
-If you donate, then any additional entries will count twice.
-For additional entries, simply spread the word about the giveaway (tweet, blog, facebook, woof, etc.) - and leave a comment to let me know you did.  Each form of sharing will get you one additional entry (or two if you donated!)
-If you voted or donated in the past - your prerequisites are already met - consider yourself entered.  And...Thank. You.
(If this confuses anyone, let me know and I'll post an example.)
-The drawing will take place once Ironman Florida is complete.  On 6 October - assuming my fingers still work.
Thanks again for everyone who has given or spread the word already.  I look forward to a strong finish.

"Rèv vin vre."  ("Dreams come true." - in Haitian Creole)


  1. I've already voted a while back...and I don't think it will let me vote again :(
    Let me know if there's a way I can!
    Oh and I donated last time as well :)

  2. Already voted and donated but I'll get my husband to vote on his computer!

  3. I voted.

    boris.cynthia at

  4. I donated under my married name cynthia Liljeblad (cynthia at Good luck and a great cause.


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