We're one week into Kilted to Kick Cancer 2012, and the man I vanquished last year, Jay G. of the MArooned blog, is beating me handily this time around.
To the tune of $1,050 dollars raised to $70 raised, to be exact.
Now, I'm not gonna hector y'all for money. But I would like to score better than 70 freakin' dollars. Roughly 1,000 people visit this blog every day, on average. If only 20 of those 1,000 readers donated $20 each day, by the end of the month we'd run away with this thing, and no reader would have to donate more than once.
That's not too much to ask, is it?
I'd like to emphasize again that I get nothing from this. Every cent of your tax-deductible donations goes straight to the charity. Kilted to Kick Cancer gets nothing but the pride of knowing we raised the money. None of the organizers of this campaign – Happy Medic, MotorCop nor myself – is paid, nor are we eligible for the prize packages.
I have beaten the bushes, called in favors from friends, begged, borrowed and mined every contact I have in the gun-blogging community (Unfortunately, my EMS contacts donated nothing. Ain't that a kick in the pants?) to procure prize packages for this fundraising campaign. And a pretty sweet set of prizes they are, too. Each prize packages includes well over $1,000 in guns and gear, all donated by generous businesses eager to help our cause.
The top three fundraisers in this campaign are going to get their pick of these prizes, and right now it looks like Jay G. is going to get first dibs. Two other dedicated fundraisers are going to get the remaining prize packages, and more power to 'em.
But dammit, I sure would like the bragging rights that my readers donated more money than anyone else, whether I'm eligible for a prize package or not.
So here's what I'd like you to do. Go to the Kilted Team page for the Prostate Cancer Foundation or for LiveStrong. Check out the standings, and if I'm not the top fundraiser, kick in $20 to my campaign. You only have to donate once. If you've donated already and would like to do so again, well I'm certainly not going to complain.
But $20 is all I ask.
I've got a few thousand regular readers. Roughly 1,000 of you visit the blog every day. I figure if even half of my regular readers donated $20, we could raise $40k all by ourselves.
So what do I have to do to entice you to donate that $20 to charity?
Humiliate and debase myself? I'll do it. Check out the photo of me in drag over on my left sidebar as proof of that. I have no shame. Pick your embarrassing act, but donate first.
Beg and whine? Crap, I'm already doing that.
Write a blog post on your favorite subject? Well heck, that's easy. Pick a subject.
Want me to pimp your blog or business? Heck, I'll snap a kilted picture of myself in public, holding a white board with your business name or blog address on it, if you'll just donate.
Would cute pictures of my kid help? I can do that.
I'll pretty much do whatever it takes to get your donations. Just name it.
And while you're donating, if you're possessor of a Y chromosome and over age 40, get checked!