Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Join the E.L.B.C. Tube-a-thon Group

Greetings for the New Year. 2010 and the splendor of winter at Anokijig has arrived. With the winter also arrives our first fundraiser of the year: Tube-a-thon.

If you don’t recall, Tube-a-thon is the kick-off of our annual campership fund drive. A weekend of fun and fellowship; it is an event that bands Junior Staff, Senior Staff and Alumni in an effort to raise as many pledges as possible to help as many kids as possible to experience that powerful thing we call, the Anokijig Spirit.

As we look forward to making this year’s event another successful gathering we currently have 50-60 people planning to attend; this should make for a generous amount of donations. However, as I look at our list of former staff and alumni we have hundreds more that could come and many more kids that could be benefited. We can do better.

Now, I know that in all of our busy lives it can be very difficult to arrange to be available for a particular weekend in January to attend an event and it is often a chore to go out and raise the minimum pledges. I also know that instead of soliciting donations, attendees often fund the pledge themselves, and in this economy that can be more difficult than in the past. Due to any of these factors, instead of taking part, many Anokijig faithful pass on this opportunity. Well, I have a way for those people (maybe you!) to get involved. The E.L.B.C. group.
What is this E.L.B.C. group? It is the “Every Little Bit Counts” group.

You may very likely remember the great struggle that Anokijig went through to become independent. A central part of that success was the great mass of people that made their voices known in any way they could (editorials, rally’s, fundraisers, bumper stickers, etc) to ensure that their message got out to the people who mattered. Many of the up and coming Junior Staff didn’t experience this phenomenon and I would like to illustrate it again with the E.L.B.C.

Join me in being part of this new tube-a-thon fundraising group. What I am asking is for you to open your wallet and take a look. If you can spare $5.00, $10.00, $20.00, $50.00, $75.00, $100.00, or more pledge it. Think of skipping a few daily coffees, maybe one less dinner out, whatever you can spare, and pledge it. The amount is not as important as the action. All of this would help to send a few more kids to camp. Together we can demonstrate the power of many, and we can help more.

I’ve made it really easy. I’ve added a page to our website at www.anokijig.com/tube pledge.htm where you can make your pledge, pay through PayPal, credit card, or send a check later. As always we would love to see you a camp as a participant but if it’s not in the cards for you this year please take this chance to make any difference that you can. Together we can make a true difference in a bunch of kids’ lives.

Remember, many companies have matching gift programs. Please check with your employers!

Thanks for your help. I look forward to seeing you at camp again soon!

Take Care,

Darin Holden
Program Director
Camp Anokijig
“Anokijig Changes Lives”

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