Pink is not my color. But in the interest of saving lives I’m making an investment in a fashionable pink bicycle jersey created by my friend Kay Lum. Her goal is to raise some cash and awareness in the fight to find a cure for breast cancer. You can help too.
All creatures great and small have a friend in Ilizabethe Zelandais. An avid cyclist and runner she’s also the benefactor of homeless animals in need of refuge from the tribulations a cruel and uncertain world. This self-proclaimed “fairy dog mother” extends her love of fury four-legged companions by raising funds and awareness for the good work of the Dane County Humane Society. And over the next two months Liz hopes that you’ll help support her personal pledge drive she calls Sweat 4 Shelter.
I have a hard enough time balancing my own checkbook. So how can I be expected to make a financial decision to help improve the life of a complete stranger? I’ve got $25 to invest in one of 1,755 small businesses around the world. Through the Kiva Foundation entrepreneurs in developing countries are eligible to receive funding to start or spur the growth of their venture. But feeling more than a bit overwhelmed by the responsibility to do some good I’m starting to understand why the world is such a fucked up place. Here I am entrusted with the power to take action and make a difference and all I can do is sit here paralyzed by indecision doing nothing.
An open water channel crossing of the Hawaii Islands will always make for good cinema. And in that Destination 3 Degrees, a film by Chris Aguilar and Soul Surf Media Productions, does not disappoint. Though hardly a triumph of movie-making, the film pulls together the key components of a complex recipe that blends adventure and conservation goals to document an amazing athletic achievement.
Watch an idea transform into reality and you’ll never be the same again. When you see a community torn apart by war, famine and death come together and build a brighter future, it’s hard to not believe that anything is possible. After three weeks last fall traveling in Ethiopia I’ve come to understand exactly how individuals can make a difference to change the world.
The non-governmental organization Imagine1Day is making it possible for ordinary people to deliver creative contributions to improve the lives of millions living in poverty. Through the process of Creatribution a handful of do-gooders blend their artistic talents and passion for helping others to raise money and awareness for the building of schools throughout one of the poorest countries on the planet.