29 December 2011

World Builders 2011

Last year, after reading Patrick Rothfuss' The Name of the Wind, I began reading his blog as well. About this time last year, I was introduced to Worldbuilders (something Rothfuss runs every year) - it's essentially a way to collect donations for those in need. Here's a little excerpt from his blog, on December 2nd.
What’s that you say? You want to make the world a better place while simultaneously winning fabulous prizes?

Well today is your lucky day.

Heifer International is my favorite charity. It helps people raise themselves up out of poverty and starvation. All over the world Heifer promotes education, sustainable agriculture, and local industry.
They don’t just keep kids from starving, they make it so families can take care of themselves. They give goats, sheep, and chickens to families so their children have milk to drink, warm clothes to wear, and eggs to eat.

There are plenty of ways to donate, too! There are auctions, you can purchase books, clothing or prints from his store (where all proceeds go to Worldbuilders, year round), and a lottery. The lottery works in this way - for every $10 donated, you are entered in a draw to win some Awesome Prizes. The prizes include a whole lot of books, rare ARC's, and some other items as well.

What I really like, though.. if you go to the main page for Heifer International and look under 'Give - Gift Catalog' you get to really see where this money goes. Whether it's a flock of geese, a trio of bunnies, or even a llama - you can check out all of these things to see just what it means, and just what it will do for these people. It's amazing, to me, and really puts things in perspective when I consider what my money can really get for another person. It can change their world.

The nice thing is too (yes, there is more) is that Worldbuilders will donate 50% of donations up to the end of January. As of this posting, too, donations are upwards of $100,000!

So if you're interested in helping those who need it, having a chance to win some awesome books and other geekery, check out this blog and others under the "Worldbuilders-2011" tag so you know where to donate and just what other Awesome Things that could be headed our way.

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