A Birthday Wish

by Laura Fitton on January 21, 2009

What’s my birthday wish? That you’ll tell your friends how EASILY they can be part of @Wellwishes. Read how this started: “What can $2 do?” We’re saving children’s lives by bringing clean, safe drinking water to villages in need through Charity: Water.

Hundreds got involved and we’re building wells for 3 villages. But just $2800 more by midnight tonight – Wednesday January 21 – earns a $5,000 match and serves 5 entire villages.

YOU speaking up and telling others will get us there. What else can you do (in just seconds) today that will cost so little, help so many, and actually save children’s lives? 1.1 billion people on earth – 1 in 6 – lack sufficient safe drinking water, and 5,000 children die every day as a result. I just can’t accept that in silence.

Enter your Twitter login (read why this is safe) to register for TipJoy and donate to WellWishes: 
Or set up an account at www.tipjoy.com and donate to @wellwishes that way. It’s a tiny amount. I hope you will.   (Fund your @tipjoy account with $5 min. Tip anyone on the web, including The Salvation Army or Americares with the other $3.)

Can we make it by 1/21? Watch our progress:

Read the @wellwishes story here. 100% of donations (@tipjoy waived its fees) support www.charitywater.org efforts to build wells via local groups around the world.

Check out Nicole Nicolay‘s awesome Birthday Dance-O-Gram:

Thanks Nicole, and thank you EVERYONE who is taking part to make @wellwishes come true!

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Nicole Nicolay January 21, 2009 at 11:17 am

I can think of no better way to prove THIS IS a new era of responsibility! Happy Birthday and thanks for making YOUR day about so many others. You rock!

Will January 22, 2009 at 12:17 am

Well then, (er, cheesy pun…) happy birthday!

Hillary January 22, 2009 at 1:16 am

Happy birthday, Laura. Congratulations on reaching the goal. It’s been amazing to watch!

Laura Fitton January 22, 2009 at 1:35 am

What can I say? THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!!

Will post when we have an exact tally, but it looks like we nailed the $25,000 initial goal:

$10,000 total matching funds from @Betaworks and @Tipjoy
$10,### (see the widget above for current numbers) donated by the Twitter, etc. community via tipjoy. as i write this comment the figure is $10,234
~$4600 donated directly to Charity: Water on our fundraising page there http://bit.ly/eRKj

$24,800 rough estimate of total funds raised for Charity: Water. Hells yeah folks. You made this happen. I salute, and thank, and am SO grateful to all.

Joe Hage January 22, 2009 at 3:08 am

Congratulations, Laura, and Happy Birthday. Am happy to have been a part of the effort.

Joe Hage

Brendan Murphy January 22, 2009 at 2:00 pm

What an awesome birthday present I bet the munchkin is proud of her mommy.

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