I couldn’t start any other way than to say thanks to everyone who donated. Your generosity and support of Room to Read Cambodia means an incredible amount to me, and I appreciate not only the donations but those of you who checked in and asked how fundraising was going, how training was going, and who showed real interest in this cause.
Thanks to Room to Read Australia, especially Chantal Lewis, who once again helped get the donation site set up, and encouraging me along the way!
Thanks to Kall Kann, the Director of Room to Read Cambodia, for continually helping me connect to the reasons behind the fundraising – the chance to make a life changing difference not just for a set of kids, but for communities, and the change to affect an entire country.
- 781 million people in the world today are still illiterate.
- With $109,000 dollars, Room to Read Cambodia could do any of the following:
- create 22 libraries from existing structures
- send almost 400 girls to school for an entire year
- buy tens of thousands of books written in Khmer specifically for Cambodian kids and published by Room to Read
If you look on the donation website, you’ll see a total of around $53,000 raised, which is missing a lot of the matching donations. The real breakdown is:
- Individual donations of $34,732
- I matched the first $25,000 of that
- With Room to Read matching all donations in December and June, it added another $49,885
- For a total of $109,617
Chek-Chek is really impressed with every one of the donors
- There were 66 donations from 62 unique donors, with 4 donors who donated more than once!
- The median donation was $126 – an amazingly generous bunch!
- 23 donations came from people who I met through Atlassian, 10 donations came from my triathlon club, 9 came from my family, 6 from friends from university, and 5 from my co-workers who I worked with at MessageOne back in 2005-8.
- The top 10 donors contributed over $26,000 of the total donated. I am lucky to have friends whose generosity seems to know few limits.
And, of course, this…
Each month or so of the campaign, I gave away a prize – one month I created a video singing the praises of the lucky winner. Another month I let the winner pick my hair color, and well, the family who won, picked blue. So I’ll be hearing Smurf cat-calls for the next two months…
Soon I’ll give away the round trip from the US to Australia for one lucky donor, and a silver bangle from Nic Marshall Jewelers in Sydney.
And a prize is still to be fulfilled – I still have to busk (think “street performance” or selling something) in Martin Place, the plaza just outside of my work, for 15 minutes.
I’ll cover the race in another blog post – I was incredibly undertrained for the event, but with what everyone had donated, there was no way I would even consider skipping out on the race!
Thanks again to every single one of you who donated.