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So we hit $200,000 over the holidays. Shot right past it, actually. So today we’re going to post up the 200k stretch goal for the fundraiser.
(I know, I know… I haven’t posted up the or the 100k and 150k blogs yet. They’re coming. Be patient.)
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That’s not the cool part.
The cool part is that because we hit our 200k stretch goal, Heifer is donating 10 weekend trips to the Heifer Ranch, and we’re making them available to you.
- Four of the packages are going into the lottery.
So for every 10 dollars you donate on the Worldbuilders Team Page, you have a chance at winning one. (Along with all the other books and other things in the lottery.)
That means if someone wins, I’ll call them, and if they don’t want the trip, (or the critique, or whatever) then we’ll give it to the next person on the list. Repeat until we find a happy winner.
- The other six packages are being auctioned off.
If you win one of these packages, you’ll join me and the charming, intelligent, good-smelling Worldbuilders crew as we spend the weekend learning about people’s day-to-day lives in the areas Heifer’s programs are designed to reach.
We’ll be working in a small village, making our own food and learning how to farm and do normal chores. We’ll get a good taste of what it’s like for the people who will benefit from all this fundraiser money.
It’s like this:
(Warning – Rothfuss may not actually say: ‘Sup.)
Here’s what Heifer has to say about the trip:
Heifer International offers a powerful global education experience at its Learning Center at Heifer Ranch, located near Little Rock, Arkansas. Experiential, hands-on, interactive and fun, this Heifer Ranch is also a farm complete with gardens and animals including water buffalo, camel and traditional farm animals such as sheep, goats, chickens, and more.
In this weekend experience at the Ranch, May 10-12, 2013, you will get a first-hand look at the challenges surrounding hunger and poverty, Heifer’s sustainable solutions, and what we can all do to help. Through the Global Gateway weekend and overnight stay in the lodge, you, Pat, the Worldbuilders staff, and fellow participants will learn about and experience the daily struggles people in poverty face every day to simply feed their families. Participants are given little – just some rice, vegetables and eggs – and before they can eat, they must find a way to build a fire and cook their meal. By living the lessons of poverty first-hand, participants come to understand the complications surrounding hunger and poverty and see their connection in creating change that brings possibility and hope to millions around the world.
Participants arrive in Little Rock late afternoon Friday and transportation from the airport will be provided to Heifer Ranch. Meals and lodging, and full programming at the Ranch, are provided Friday evening through Sunday morning. Transportation provided from Heifer Ranch to Little Rock airport on Sunday. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to/from Little Rock, Arkansas.
Heifer Ranch programming includes dinner at the Ranch with evening discussion and video in the lodge on Friday. Saturday includes morning breakfast at the Ranch, tour of the Ranch, Global Gateway experience at the Global Village with lunch in the village, farm time and the chance to help with farm chores in the late afternoon. That evening, there will be dinner and video in the lodge. Sunday includes morning breakfast at the Ranch and transportation to Little Rock airport.
As you can see, this is a pretty awesome deal. Not only will you be able to see what kinds of work Heifer does in the world, you’ll meet, and spend the weekend with, some of my cunning assistants.
And me. I’ll be there, too.
Here’s how we’re breaking up the six auction tickets.
- Auction: Four individual tickets to the Heifer Ranch May 10-12, 2013.
There will be tons of fun stuff to do, and my staff is pretty cool, so I’m sure you won’t be lonely. Plus Oot will be there, and he’s frikking adorable.
We’ll say it again just to be clear: Participants are responsible for their own transportation.
- Auction: One PAIR of tickets to the Heifer Ranch May 10-12, 2013.
(Note: this is the PLURAL “you.” It’s for two people.)
Here’s a way to come with someone you love. Or someone you’re friends with. Or someone you think would really enjoy the experience.
True, you could just bid on two of the single auctions and it would work out the same. But there’s always the chance you might get outbid… With this auction, if you win it, you’ll be certain there’s space for you AND your snugglebunny, guaranteed.
If you want to come with a partner, click here to bid.
- Lottery: Two single packages, and one double to the Heifer Ranch May 10-12, 2013.
As I mentioned above. This prize will be selective. I’m going to call whoever wins it, and if they’re not interested, we’ll draw another name. We’ll do this again and again until it ends up in the hands of someone excited to have it.
That means even if you don’t have the cash to win one of the auctions, you can still get lucky so long as you donate on the Worldbuilders Team Page. Every $10 you pitch in over there gets you another chance to win.
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If you’re interested in a more… traditional vacation, we have the Rancho Las Palmas trips up for auction right now. Or you could click here to see all the current Worldbuilders Auctions.
If you want to see the other items that have been donated to Worldbuilders, or learn more about the fundraiser itself, you can head over to the main page.