I made a promise, of sorts. I told the Downed Bikers Association that I would be raising money for them. Even talked to the founder on the phone. I also went out of my way to harass people to donate items for this fundraiser. So I will be doing it.
I am going rogue.
But what else can you expect from a biker chick?
So now the annoying pledge drive begins.
On July 31st 2010 I will be blogging for 24 hours straight, posting every 30 mins to raise money for the Downed Bikers Association.
Normally I raise money for Farm Aid. But this charity (which is indeed IRS recognized) has no Stars to help them raise money. If only Captain America was here!
But the real reason I am choosing this group is because they go out of their way to emotional and financially help those that have been injured in motorcycle accidents.
A few years ago, I lost 2 friends (different incidents) to inattentive drivers. Both making left turns, both ran down while stopped, both killed. Then Brian came into our lives, he was on the shoulder, turning right when a jeep ran him down, and dragged him underneath. The driver of the jeep didn't stop, and now he is paralyzed from the waist down. He exhausted his insurance with physical therapy. And recently we had a poker run to help him.
The Downed Bikers Association rallies around families that have lost their dear sweet biker. They help with funerals, have black shirt runs in support.
Bikers are our Patriot Guards, veterans, fathers, mothers, lovers, children. Every time you look in the summer, one motorcycle group or another is doing something to help others, now it is our turn to not only help them but to say thank you for doing so much without expecting recognition.
Can you tell I have a thing for bikers?
So what to do.
Well because blogathon is not happening I am hosting pledges (which is all I do) on Pledgebank.com
Sign the pledge to pledge your financial support. After the blogathon, you go to the Downed Bikers website to donate yourself, or you can use the drive I have set up at Changing the Present to donate directly to them.
Remember the raffle Items? You know you got to have some of that.
If you can't help financially, please please spread the word. Just about every one knows someone in their lives that loves motorcycles. And it doesn't matter what they ride.
And I would also love it is you would stop by and talk to me during the event. Help me stay awake. We play games and have give-a-ways. You can see the fun we have had in the past, here;
And those that read in feedreader, the blogathon will not be hosted here this year, it will be on my bike blog, Following the Yellow Brick Road.
(would any of my other thonners that are going rogue please contact me, maybe we can find a way to help each other)
Remember I never see your money, I only take your pledges.