Tuesday, August 05, 2008

JUMP! (It's for the kids)

image courtesy of Lucy Hall, 2008

Ok, I must be insane. How else to explain this? Well, let me put it to you this way. I arrive in England on September 14th. On September 20th, I've agreed to jump out of an airplane!

It's a sky dive for charity, and I figured doing it for a great cause would be the only way to motivate myself to take this frightening step. The goal is to raise money for the La-No-Che Camp and Orphanage in Tanzania, an organization that provides housing and other services for children orphaned to AIDS and other diseases. My friend Lucy has been involved with this project for a long time now, and it has been inspiring to see the camp become better-established and better-funded every year. My goal is to raise £500 (roughly $975) in the next 5 weeks. And this is where I ask you for help. Would you be willing to donate to the cause? All the money I raise will go directly to Camp La-No-Che, where it will fund infrastructure (new roof, supplies), and programs for the kids.

image courtesy of Lucy Hall, 2008

The catch is that I will only be able to jump if I raise that minimum amount, and that is why I'm asking for everyone who can to donate what they can. As any of you who have raised money for good causes know, no contribution is too big or too small, and contributions add up quickly! If I raise under £500, all the money will be given to Camp La-No-Che, but without the whole Bazu jumping out of the airplane part.

image courtesy of Lucy Hall, 2008

What's in it for you? Well, everyone who donates money will receive a personal thank-you from me, and all names will be entered to win a super-special thank-you prize. Oh, and I pledge to live-blog from the actual jump! So if you are able, won't you make a contribution to Camp La-No-Che today?

There are 2 ways to pay:
  1. Paypal. You can pay me directly through paypal (my account is bazooq (at) gmail (dot) com)
  2. Check or money order. If you live in the U.S., you can mail me a personal check or money order, but I need to receive it by the first week of September. (email me at bazooq (at) gmail (dot) com for info. and address)
Please make sure to include "La-No-Che" on all payments, and let me know if there is a blogging name I know you by! Also, please feel free to email me for more information about this project.

With everyone's help, hopefully in about 6 weeks, you'll see me doing this:

image courtesy of: http://www.c-r-y.org.uk/

Cheers, everyone!



Celine said...

well, duh, you ARE insane.
this month's gone bananas with expenses if casa del Steens, but I will see what I can do, donation-wise.

Celine said...

iN, not iF. clearly I am insane too.

urban vegan said...

You crazy vegan.

Count me in...I'll donate when I get back from vacation. Great cause. Please don't be shy about reminding me.

LizNoVeggieGirl said...

Yikes, be safe!

Anonymous said...

Wow--that is so cool! I have *always* wanted to go skydiving, and to do it for charity is wonderful. I will start saving to make a donation...hopefully by the end of the month!


aTxVegn said...

Oh you are a brave one! I'd love to see you jump so I'll donate what I can.

Anonymous said...

That's awesome and terrifying at the same time! You're so brave to do this!

bazu said...

thank you everyone for your donations and words of encouragement!

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

I am really jealous of your upcoming travels, but stoked to hear all about them! you better : )

Catherine Weber said...

Oh . . . my . . . LORD! I think I'd pee my pants if I jumped out of an airplane.

But . . . what a great cause!

P.S. I answered your question about cat litter on my blog. (Short version: we use Feline Pine. It's cheap and great!)

Judy's Nutrition said...

Oooh you are a brave woman! I could never do that - jeez, I can't even jump off the 20 ft diving board at the pool without having a heart attack.

Rural Vegan said...

I can't believe you're going to skydive, that is so amazing, crazy, and generous! I'm happy to help your cause and can't wait to see the big event!

Jackie said...

Wonderful and what a great motivation.....scary, but great :)

Overseas many do not realize the huge numbers of AIDS orphans there are all over Africa, most without a roof over their head and often infected themselves from birth. At last count I think we have around 600,000 in South Africa.

Vegan_Noodle said...

You are gonna love skydiving!! Really it's only scary before you actually jump out. After that, it's awesome. PLus, wow, what a great cause to jump. My check is going in the mail monday :-)

Unilove said...

You have my donation and my best wishes. What an amazing person you are!

Erin said...

You are such a crazy and strong person! It's awesome that you're doing this. If I weren't jobless and watching every penny I would donate, sorry. Looks like you've already racked up a pretty nice sum! Good luck.

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