Sunday, October 17, 2010

An Appeal

I’m going to do something today which I’ve never done and which is completely outside my comfort zone, but since everything that’s happened recently has been outside my comfort zone, what the hell.

You probably heard me fawning over some of my favorite people who had put their heads together in an effort to find me sponsorship to the Australian Blogging Conference in March and I am giddy to report they are still at it.

I decided it was probably time I helped them out and so I’ve put up a donation widget on my site. A number of my lovely Aussie friends have already seen fit to use it.

My goal is this. I would like to raise enough money to either fly my kids out with me or at the very least fly them out of the state to stay with relatives. Given current circumstances, leaving them behind in Kansas is simply not an option. I’m still hopeful that I can secure corporate sponsorship for myself. Sponsors for both hotel and conference have already been secured, so I just need a sponsor for airfare at this point.

I am grateful to Mrs. Woog at Woogsworld and Lori at RRSAHM for offering advertising on their own blogs (in addition to advertising on Wanderlust) to a potential corporate sponsor. Am further grateful to Mrs. Woog and Sawhole for their tireless networking and success in securing the hotel and conference sponsorships. You are quite simply amazing.

If I’m not able to raise the necessary funds, donations will either be returned or given to other conference attendees needing assistance with travel costs, depending on the wishes of the donor. However, I’m proceeding with the confidence that I will be there and meet, for the first time, some of my very favorite people.

There are a number of reasons I’d like to attend the conference. There’s the obvious – it’s in Australia, my home that isn’t my home but should be my home. It would also give me a chance to share my story in person with some incredible women. But most importantly, I want to have the opportunity to meet face to face the scores of women who have offered me unwavering support over the past several months. From my post on Sleepless Nights just after I was assaulted, to the following months when I wrote about my grief, to my most recent post when I spoke openly on my own blog about domestic violence, I’ve been met with nothing but amazing support and acceptance and encouragement. A number of people have emailed me privately and continued to check in regularly. Many have mailed care packages from overseas. The majority of these supportive voices have belonged to members of AMB and many of them will be at the conference. I would love to be able to meet them and thank them in person for their invaluable support. I’m not sure I can begin to articulate how much it has meant to me, but it was something like having a virtual safety net thrown under me during a free fall.

So I’m putting on my uncomfortable hat and making a direct appeal. If you’re able to make a donation, I would be very grateful. I will offer advertising space on Wanderlust to anyone who makes a gift.

I know that many of the women who have donated are themselves looking for sponsors and I’m humbled by your generosity. I hope that in the future I’m in a position to give back to each of you ten-fold.

I will now, having stated this publicly, go and hide under the nearest rock. Thank you, blessings, over and out! xoxo


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45 comments:

  1. I am totally conflicted about this. You see due to a sisters 40th and a nepthews 18th that same fateful weekend in March - there is no bleeding way I can wrangle the ABC in Sydney. So with that ado, I would love to contribute and hope you reach your goal, its just that I wont be there as one of your adoring fans. Good luck. Anyway we can make it for 2012??!! XXXX

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  2. @disydoit, 2012 absolutely!! And thank you so much. xoxoxo

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  3. I am onto this. My first sponsorred post went up today. I have NFI when they pay me, but when they do, lovely lady, it is getting donated to your widgety thingo. xx

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  4. If every single one of your followers gave $10 you will have $3200!

    And you deserve everyone's support Ms Lust.

    Love
    Mrs Woog xox

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  5. I love you Lucy! You are a goddess! xoxo

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  6. YAY I'm so glad you did this, chook, because I was about to start e-mailing people to find out how to donate to help get you here!
    SADLY for me (lucky escape for you) I'm not able to go to the Conference but I hope you (and the kids) have an absolute BLAST.
    xxx

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  7. Wiping away a tear. I would dearly love to see you there (I know you will be, I keep seeing Mrs Woog saying it WILL be so and I for one don't doubt her!).

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  8. Ah Woog, you are a beautiful dreamer. And coincidentally, that would exactly pay for my kids' 2 tickets.

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  9. @Toni, watch out you, one of these days I'm coming out west to hunt you down! If only to thank you for your gorgeous package which just arrived. You are about 1000 shades of awesome! :-)

    @Being Me, I know, who are we to question Woog?! Would so love to meet you in person! xoxo

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  10. IS the wodget broke or does it just not like me?

    Also -- WOW that was quick! I thought it would take much longer esp since I didn't fill out the stupid customs label in detail =P

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  11. @Toni, what browser are you using? I've heard it doesn't work with Safari. Can you use Internet Explorer? Guess it's tempermental.

    And yes, loved loved LOVED what you sent. Will gush more over an email. xo

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  12. A virtual safety net. I do hope that's what we've been. You are a very special woman xox

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  13. Done and done sweet lady. I hope to see you there.

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  14. Marita thank you! So grateful and would love to meet you! xoxo

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  15. Yay! Good luck and I really really hope you can get here. (also, donation pending, waiting til I get some ad revenue in)

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  16. You so deserve some rainbow and a dozen unicorns my love. As always, you and your kidlets are in my thoughts and prayers.xxx

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  17. Hi Kristin, I just read your Sleepless post. Very powerful... So much for me to relate to in there... I am so sorry you had to and still are going through such hell... The legal system surely is screwed...

    Great idea to post the widget, works beautifully... Hope to see you in March...!

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  18. No, the donation widget does not work with Safari. For Mac users (ah, I love my Mac ... except when a widget will not work), try Firefox or jump on the work PC and use Explorer! It's all to a good cause!

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  19. Unfortunately i'm not in the position to donate anything to your appeal ( nor am i in the position to be able to attend myself ) but i'm going to send out all my positive vibes to the universe and hope that it helps attract more luck to you!
    Thats all i can give you - i hope you make it to Sydney!

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  20. Holy shit. I will donate some $$ first thing in the morning (when I get paid, heh) .... but I'd really like to offer you something as well. Can you shoot me through an email? edenriley at gmail dot com

    I can't believe what you've been through! Also - I thought you WERE Australian! xo

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  21. I wish I could afford to help. I wish you luck and good wishes. You have been through so much, you deserve something good for a change!

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  22. Moving some things around in the budget to chip in.
    We need to get you to Oz!

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  23. Hugs from me... and a little something to help this become a reality.

    LCM x

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  24. @Dorothy, @Steve, @Heather, @Brenda, @Veronica, @Edenland, @ Katie, @London City Mom, @Marketing to Milk...
    Wow, thank you SO much! You all are amazing. xoxoxo

    @ Amy & Eva, thank you for your good vibes and well wishes, those mean the world to me as well. xoxoxo

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  25. @Toni, just saw you donation, THANK YOU! Wowness! xoxoxo

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  26. Done. I was unaware of what was going on.

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  27. Honey, sorry to say the widget is not showing for me, and I'm using Firefox, which usually has no probs with these Paypal widgets (I have one on my own blog). The gods of technology are playing silly buggers again.

    Anyway, approaching pale shades of broke-ness this week, so shall return next week to help fund your imminent return to the home country. We *will* see you at ABC. :) (Note to self: get arse into gear for own ticket to ABC goodness...)

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  28. PS. Must have appeased the right gods - after 1st comment loaded, widget appeared. All hail, the gods of technology! ;)

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  29. Kristin, I certainly hope you and your kids make it to Australia, you've got so many friends here waiting to meet you. I can't donate myself, I'm so short of money, I had to ask my brother for help to get to Sydney.
    Good Luck.

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  30. Gonna help out, I want to meet you!

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  31. @Farmers Wifey & Ruddygood - thank you so much! And yes, get your own tickets first!! xoxo

    @River, so glad you're coming, I can't wait to meet you. xx

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  32. I'm so excited for you, Kristin! I KNOW you're going to get here! And I can't wait to meet you :) I'm waiting for some ad payments to clear and I'll be making a donation too. Won't be a lot because we're on benefits right now but I wanted to offer my support too :) xx

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  33. Heya, all the best Kristin, I transferred some $ to Heather and she put it via paypal for me (too complex for me)! I have also advertised your appeal on my FB page http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/pages/Sharnanigans/303933436455
    Best of luck sister, you deserve this x

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  34. Oh Tina & Sharni, you are such sweethearts!! Thank you! I can't believe how wonderful everyone is. And I am so excited too. This is going to be like 40 Christmases wrapped into one, getting to meet everyone at once! Joy, joy, joy!!

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  35. Have a great time and bring me a kangaroo. :-)

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  36. I'll play too. I'm excited that you are excited. I will enjoy this journey vicariously through you.

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  37. At least the Aussie dollar is in your favour! I still owe my sister for my ticket but when things settle down a bit here, I will be back to pay my $10! MMxx

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  38. Hey Kristen,
    I don't have a lot to spare at the moment, but I've donated $10. I hope you and the kids can get to Australia.
    Take care,
    Mel
    xx

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  39. @ MM, Marla, Kristin and Mel - thank you all! Big kisses coming your way. xoxo

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  40. You totally deserve a trip down under! I wish I could help, even just a tiny bit. I truly hope you get here, the kids too!!

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