By Braddah Lance
You would tink I have enough on my plate wit Da Baby, da blog, finishing up da house, printing jobs and just finished up my 19th year of volunteer coaching earlier this month..... wat more can I pile on?
Oh yeah, I wen volunteer to try help fundraise for an organization I have no connection with.
Wassup Wit Dat!
Cause they needed the help.
One of the hardest things to do is to give - or ask - when you have no connection to the cause whether it be directly or indirectly. Sometimes it's just a feeling. Sometimes it's something you care about. Sometimes you just like try and help as in dis case wea I'm trying to pitch in any way I can.
I have absolutely zero connection to the American Heart Association (AHA) and I don't have any direct family members with heart conditions nor know anyone that does but the annoying little voice in da coconut shell kept telling me to check it out. Actually in a roundabout way, we all have a common connection to AHA.... you got a heart right?
Let's be honest hea. Fundraising sucks. Asking for donations sucks even more. Da worst is getting nothing for something and not even a receipt for tax purposes. Oh wait, there's worse. Those pesky stand on da median, sign holding, traffic distracting, no shame no like work for it, can't tell if it's legit fishnet beggars.
Hea's how the American Heart Association breaks down your donation - the legit way:
- $500 will allow us to teach more than 2,500 children how to avoid obesity and live longer
- $250 saves lives by helping to distribute 8 innovative CPR Anytime kits to the community
- $100 allows one hospital to teach its patients and health professionals about the risks of stroke
- $50 gives 50 people educational materials that teach them how to personally reduce their risk of heart diseases and stroke
For more about the American Heart Association Hawaii branch, click hea.
How can you help? With a donation of course!
Donations can be made online via a secured link but the minimum for online donations is $25 but by no means is that the minimum you should feel obligated to contribute. Feel free to donate as little - or as much - as you like. Wait, let me rephrase dat. Donate as much as you're comfortably able cause we all got bills to pay, ohana to take care of so even if it's like $5, no shame cause at least you wen try give and DAT'S wat it's all about.
If you do want to give a lesser amount, a check can be sent to my work address (email me for info).
And like I mentioned earlier, getting nothing for something is not everyone's cup of tea so I'm hea to change dat. In da spirit of fundraising hea's wat you can get - sorry, its all I can afford:
$5 - 25 will get you your choice of either a custom "kama'aina" t-shirt designed & printed by me or a mid-sized poke container of my world famous kim chee.
$30 - 50 will get you either da shirt or a biggah container of kim chee.
For those who rock and donate $55 - 75, you get both da shirt and da big container of kim chee.
For those who really rock and donate $80+ you get da t-shirt, big container PLUS an I owe you for any size kim chee ANYTIME you want it (1 week notice please cause I only make 'em fresh).
Surah, I end up losing money but at least you AND the American Heart Association going make out and das all dat mattahs.
Help me to help the American Heart Association by CLICKING HEA to donate. It'll take you to the official AHA Hawai'i website wea you can join da WWD! Hui and click da "GIVE NOW" button if you choose to donate online.
Remembah, any amount is good as it goes to a great cause and you get to score too! Please pass this on to your ohana and friends cause I going need all da kokua I can get to hit my goal of raising $1000.
btw, I nevah fo'get those who donated to "Pray For Drew" and I'll get those out real soon.