Pat does this thing every year on his blog/website called Worldbuilders, raising funds for a very worthy charity, Heifer International. Pat, along with other sponsors, matches 50% of the funds contributed, and for every $10 contribution (tax deductible in the US within IRS limits), the contributor gets entered into a sweepstakes with sweet prizes, including signed books (including galleys, Advanced Reading Copies (ARCs) first printing and rare books) and other goodies like T-shirts, etc).
Click on the image above, or this link to check it out.
Last year, this event raised about $190K for Heifer International. I’m sure that went a long way in helping alleviate hunger in many pockets of the world that need it, including the Philippines. What I love about Heifer International is their approach of helping entire communities not by giving them food, but rather giving them livelihood, and training their beneficiaries to “pay it forward.” Quoted from their site:
“With gifts of livestock and training, we help families improve their nutrition and generate income in sustainable ways. We refer to the animals as “living loans” because in exchange for their livestock and training, families agree to give one of its animal’s offspring to another family in need. It’s called Passing on the Gift – a cornerstone of our mission that creates an ever-expanding network of hope and peace.”
As the saying goes, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Heifer takes it even further, because it expands the scope to the whole community, and it makes the efforts sustainable over a longer period of time (possibly many lifetimes). Read a lot of success stories in Heifer’s website.
Do read about it some more on Pat’s site. I think he makes a better case for contributing to the charity, which includes a writing few paragraphs about Batman. And he updates the post pretty frequently for new goodies included in the sweepstakes. Also check out the archives – about the same time last year, he posted pretty cool interviews with authors who kindly donated books for the fundraiser, including some more of my favorite authors – Peter V. Brett, Brent Weeks and Joe Abercrombie.
Cheers to big warm fuzzy feelings! (Pat’s words)