The video above was put together a year ago Scott Harrison, and his team at Charity: Water. Scott used it as part of a featured presentation at Big Omaha in May that was moving, inspiring and brought tears to the eyes of the 500 entrepreneurs and tech scenesters in attendance.
I shared it with my wife when I came home and mentioned that I'd like to do my part as a September baby and give up my 32nd birthday for the cause that Scott champions so well. To be honest, I hadn't thought much about it since then until I saw this from Scott on Twitter yesterday:
That's the call to action that I needed. I immediately setup my Charity:Water campaign (check it out here) and sent out a few tweets of my own.
Now, I'm asking you to help me reach my goal of $1000. We're more than 10% 20%* of the way there on Day 1! Scott's campaign is based around the idea of you donating towards my campaign rather than give me birthday presents. Since I get very few birthday presents (my mother-in-law Dixie being a wonderful exception!) that alone is not going to get us there. I need my family, friends, fraternity brothers, colleagues, new neighbors in Iowa, old neighbors in Indiana, blog readers, Twitter followers, podcast listeners and pretty much anyone else who happens across this campaign to help me out.
Give as much as you can, even if it's very little. One simple way to think about it is to give $32 in honor of my 32nd birthday (also known as the Year of Our Wood: 32) but the amount and the choice is up to you.
Our $1000 will go to build wells in the Central African Republic, the recipient of this year's Charity: Water September campaign. Check out the video below (then donate here):
*Another donation came in between when I drafted this post and published it. Awesome!