Monday, December 1, 2008

Passports with Purpose: the Prizes!

Update (Dec 2):  
Scroll to the bottom of this post to see a list of the basket's exact contents.  You'll be feeling pretty!
Just what exactly can $10 do these days?
Well, it can buy half of a flock of chicks. And that flock of chicks then can lay eggs for the family that cares for it, providing protein for the family's meals. And that flock of chicks can also lay eggs that become more chickens. And those chickens can lay eggs which the family is able to sell in the local village so that the family has money to send the children to school. And they can send that child to school with a tummy full of eggs or even some roasted chicken so that child can concentrate better in class. And then that child can grow up to raise more chickens... or to teach other children... or... well, who knows what that child might do!

Passports with Purpose
This year more than 25 travel bloggers, including me, are banding together to raise money for Heifer International , an organization dedicated to bringing flocks of chicks and other livestock to families in need. You know that saying about teaching someone to fish? Well, that's what Heifer International does. And we travel bloggers believe that is a powerful thing!
How are we raising money?
By having a raffle with fabulous prizes ! I have an amazing prize lined up, but check out the prizes page too. Here's what you do to enter:
  1. The prizes are listed here . Check them out and find the one you want.
  2. Write down the code for the prize you want.
  3. Go to the Passports with Purpose First Giving page . For each $10 donation you make, you’ll be entered into the raffle for the prize of your choice. Be sure to enter the prize code in the comments field on the form. And please, don’t hide your email. We won’t share it, but we do need to see it to tell you if you’ve won.
  4. Tell all your friends. Tell all of your friends. Spread the word far and wide. This isn't a secret! Tell the world! Shout it from the rooftops! Twitter about it. Blog about it. Email about it. Oh, and talk about it, too!
  5. Cross your fingers! The drawings will be held on December 30, 2008, and winners will be notified by email.
You’ll get a receipt for your donation from First Giving . And check to see if your employer does matching contributions. If so, please provide that information when you make your donation.

And now for the grand unveiling... what did I get for the raffle?
Well, you all know that travel can be hard on the skin. Our dermis is our largest organ, and it is pretty darn important since it holds all of our insides inside. So, when I travel, I don't skimp on the skin stuff. Never! We must love our bodies whether we are relaxing on the beach in Bali or climbing Machu Picchu, right? And while the ancient Romans slathered themselves in olive oil, I don't think you will need to do that, because you could win...

An incredible gift basket from the SkinStore.com !

I will pick up the basket itself this afternoon, and I will post the exact contents here later, but the basket is valued at more than $200!  I've got it!!
Are you feeling pretty?  You will be now!  The SkinStore.com has donated a fabulous gift basket loaded with goodies to keep your skin looking, feeling, and smelling fabulous.
For your body…
  • Philip B:  Chai Latte Soul & Body Wash
  • Pevonia Botanica:  Self-Tanning Emulsion 
For your face…
  • Sothys Paris:  Desquacrem (emulsion for a deeply cleansed, radiant skin)
  • Sothys Paris:  Purifying Beauty Milk
  • Sothys Paris:  Normalizing Lotion
  • Canyon Ranch:  brightness eye cream 
For your hands…
  • ~H20 +:  hand & nail cream
  • SpaRitual:  nail lacquer
For your hair…
  • Oscar Blandi, pronto:  dry shampoo
And you'll smell fabulous…
  • Clean: eau de parfum (1 fl oz.)
  • Clean Warm Cotton: eau de parfum (1 fl oz.)
  • Clean Ultimate: eau de parfum (1 fl oz.)
  • Clean Shower Fresh: eau de parfum (1 fl oz.)
All of those items are packaged in a darling basket with a bunch of SkinStore.com samples, too.

And just because I like you, I will throw in an autographed copy of my book, A Journey into Michelangelo's Rome .  It's like a spa in a basket complete with great reading material!

So, pull out your debit card and get to giving ! And thank you for supporting Passports with Purpose and Heifer International !

Just what can $10 do?  
Win a huge gift basket and help people all over the world become self-sustaining.  That's a lot!

2 comments:

Liz G. said...

Thanks for posting about this-- it seems like a really great charity and I'm proud to have donated. =)

Sujan Patricia said...

I’m also overjoyed to participate in a new tradition aimed at sharing the joy of the season and the gift of giving with others—Passports with Purpose, a travelbloggers’ fundraising effort to benefit Heifer International. Pls donate If you are also in the spirit of giving.

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