Update – Blogathon will be held on July 25th this year. I’ll definitely be participating and supporting a local Chilliwack charity. You can read more about it at Blogathon.org
Last year my friend Rebecca Bollwitt organized a pretty big charity event called Blogathon. The participants of Blogathon were asked to write 48 blog entries over a period of 24 hours, all the while raising money for their respective charities. It was a lot of fun, and a pretty big success.
Rebecca and I both chose to support the Union Gospel Mission in Vancouver last year, an organization dedicated to helping the homeless in Vancouver. In the middle of Blogathon, I fired off a quick email to Matthew Good to see if he’d donate an autographed CD to the cause, which he happily agreed to. Then he decided to up the ante and instead had an auction where the highest donation would be able to come to the studio and listen to him record his next album. The winning bid was from Jane Smith, and she donated around $4,000 to the cause. Here’s a shot of Jane in the studio in Vancouver with Matthew Good and Kevan from the Union Gospel Mission (photo by Rebecca Bollwitt). All in all, I think around $8,000 was raised for the Union Gospel Mission, all of which went towards helping the homeless in Vancouver.
Given that I now live in Chilliwack, I’m going to be supporting a local Chilliwack charity this time around. In addition, I’m hoping to get a group of bloggers together in the area to hopefully all help raise some money for other local charities. If there’s enough interest, I’ll even approach a local coffee shop and see if they’ll keep their doors open for 24 hours to help support the cause. If you’d like to have a blog but currently don’t have one, simply head on over to WordPress.com and sign up for one — it’s free, and you’ll have one going in just a few minutes.
If you’re in the area, and would like to participate, please drop a comment or contact me directly. The official Blogathon announcement is still a few weeks away, but I wanted to get the ball rolling on this as soon as possible.