This installment is a long one, so thanks for reading it.
We are celebrating 1 year of Dig Deep [A Charity Experiment] this month and I just want to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for each and every donation you've made. I hope I have enlightened you with small and worthwhile charities that have been chosen. I hope you feel like you were part of something that did some good work in this world.
After this month, I will be taking a break from the experiment, but will continue to post links to charities on the Facebook portal, and hope you will continue to check in, and donate to whomever you choose.
Thank you for taking part and helping so many people around the world.
This month's pick is a cool one, as we can help produce 3 records by the singer-songwriter Holly Figueroa O'Reilly. (Let me just say, this is not an official charity or a tax deductible one.) I met her about 12 years ago. I think I've actually only MET her once in Boston in person at a Club Passim gig (maybe more times?), but as a "virtual friend" she's one of my oldest. She founded an internet newsgroup called Indiegrrl, which was very helpful when I was first starting out as a singer-songwriter, it still exists on Yahoogroups. I threw her an online baby shower when she had her little boy. And she's always been an email away for good advice.
She picked up the guitar late in life and taught herself to play better
than a lot of players I know. She has an amazing singing voice. Of her 3 albums, her last one Gifts and Burdens, is my favourite.
About a year ago she came down with an illness that started affecting her to the point that it was too painful to play guitar and she completely lost her voice.
I CAN NOT IMAGINE LOSING MY VOICE and any singer, even if you sing your kids to sleep at night, can probably identify with me. She then went on some meds and her abilities returned! However, the longterm affects of the meds are making her ill as well, so she's going off them, and will again lose her voice and guitar playing will be painful.
SO - she is raising funds to finish 3 records before all this happens via Kickstarter. It's tiered, so you get stuff with each amount of donation. But the minimum is $1 and every dollar helps her get to her goal.
Here's the link:
(IF YOU ARE NOT IN THE POSITION TO GIVE--BY PASSING ON THIS LINK WHERE
EVER YOU ARE IN THE WORLD WILL ALSO HELP HER)
You can read all about it there, you can befriend her on Facebook and get on her mailing list and learn more about her here:
So that's it folks!
It was an exciting year at Dig Deep [A Charity Experiment], we made it.
Let's go out with a bang!
PLEASE STAY IN TOUCH WITH ME AND IF YOU HAVE ANY LINKS FOR SMALL CHARITIES FEEL FREE TO POST THEM ON THE PAGE YOURSELF OR SEND THEM TO ME AND I WILL.
Please take a minute to remind yourself of the 11 other charities we
supported this year:
June 2010 - www.autismireland.ie
May 2010 - www.onefamily.ie
April 2010 - Rebuilding children with traumatic Injury
March 2010 - Irish refuge from domestic violence
for Women and Children www.aoibhneas.ie
February 2010 - for HAITI: www.artistsforpeaceandjustice.com
January 2010 - The Umbrella Foundation www.umbrellanepal.org
December 2009 - Glencree Glencree.ie
November 2009 - Donorschoose.org
October 2009 - www.blueplanetrun.org
September 2009 - www.kissesforkyle.org
August 2009 - http://www.arenamotelsf.com/story.html
Much love and luck to you all....
Dig Deep [A Charity Experiment]