Okay, so I am tempted enough to make it official.
Yes, I will be taking up ASTI on their plans and particularly for UK members tempted into coming along and fundraising, this is what you need. This is their itinerary, we have to hit £3400.
I am aiming for the trip in March 2015, this gives me a year to raise the £3500 for ASTI and the trip. Two FTBloggers are tempted (so tempted and they shall remain nameless until they decide to jump for it. No I am not going to tell you who they are or what they are doing or whether they are fans of Gucci but they are FTBloggers and they are tempted enough to give maybeishes)
Anyone else tempted now? It’s a year to canvas friends, family, acquaintances and do things to raise money to help the victims of acid attacks.
Mine is rather simple. I will run a fundraiser alongside my normal blog and place land marks at £1100, £2200 and £3400. What can I offer back? Well the new Camera will be out and about so I can give you the photos I take. In addition i am willing to accept forfeits. I will also be starting a photography project and prints and high-res photos “should” be available of some of the things I do and see in India in my last year.
It’s for a good cause, ASTI really do some amazing work out there and there are but a handful of charities (as Hemant found out) who are willing to “take our dirty atheist money”. ASTI are willing despite their recent history where their IP was used to bully a “famous atheist” to let us be open about who we are and our beliefs as atheists and skeptics as long as we respect that of others.
It’s a challenge, a challenge to see if we can put in a concerted year round effort to give to ASTI and a challenge to see if we can raise the money. And it’s a challenge to see if we can do this. This is a challenge for me to get back into shape, to learn to balance my work life with training and to do one thing I would never ever do. I would never ever have thought about whether I could hike there and make it through. It’s as much a challenge for me as it is for you guys.
My biggest fear is that we forget and think that we can never do any good through doing things like this. Others write about such trips as a negative. Never mind the economy they bring to the locals, their usage in sustainable economics and the fact they do expand your horizons and do provide you with an experience. Everyone wins here. Many of us are facing some demons to go on this, some larger and some smaller.
We would love to have you guys along.
So, will you walk?