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Help raise money 4 DAY OF PINK with Tink in a Box!

Journal Entry: Wed Sep 19, 2012, 4:34 PM
Presenting TINK IN A BOX, a unique charity fundraiser. OFFICIAL PAGE: www.purpletinker.com/tinkinabo…

Being bullied for being LGBT, especially in areas without a strong support network for LGBT people, can feel like being all alone, helpless and left to fend for yourself— even though at the same time, everyone's watching you, judging you, and calling you names.

To raise awareness of this, and to raise funds for Day Of Pink, for 72 hours— from 9 AM on Friday, September 28 through 9 AM on Monday, October 1 (edit: Changed the dates from the previous dates of Sep. 27 through Sep. 30!) — I will be locking myself in a room monitored via webcam. Besides the camera and a pair of speakers (which will read out Day Of Pink donation pledges as they arrive), there will be no technology: no phone, no computer, and no access to the Internet or to networks of any kind. My only entertainment will be books.

Like those who are bullied, I will feel all alone. I will not be able to call anyone for help. And like those who are bullied, I will be exposed to relentless scrutiny— the unblinking eye of the camera, watching and recording every move I make. (I will take care of personal hygiene needs behind a folding screen.)

All money will be donated directly to Day Of Pink. I will not collect any funds. After the 72-hour period has ended, I will send out emails requesting that all pledgers donate their pledged total, which I will verify via forwards of the receipt email from the donation. The final total will be publically announced.

As painful as it is for a compulsive Internet addict like me to give up technology for three full days, I am looking forward to this opportunity to raise funds for such a worthy cause. Please stay tuned for additional information, including a link to the project website once it is up.

In the spirit of friendship,

Purple Tinker

P. S.: Yes, I will have food and water. I'll have a three-day stockpile of such in the room with me. This isn't a hunger strike!

P. P. S.: For more info on Day of Pink, see www.dayofpink.org/

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EDITED TO ADD: THANKS, EVERYPONY! This event earned over $2,000 CAD (!!!) for Jer's Vision / Day Of Pink, and I got a spontaneous thank-you from them which can be seen on their site at www.jersvision.org/en/blog/10-… ! YOU GUYS ARE AMAZING! :)

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:iconandrogyne:
Hey, so I work at Jer's Vision and I am a huge Brony, and you are so fucking awesome for doing this. I've got Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, and Twilight Sparkle at my desk in the office, and I flipped out when I saw Andrea Libman and Tara Strong had promoted your fundraising efforts, and yet no one in the office understood. ;_; But you're a total hero to me, and thanks so much in believing in the work we do! You're amazing! <3 <3 <3
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:iconpurpletinker:
D'awwww. Thanks so much! Jer's Vision represents the sort of values that the brony community SHOULD get behind... but, sadly, often doesn't. Doesn't stop me from fighting for what's right though. Keep up the amazing work!
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kendravixie Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As much as I like watching you, I admit I could have used more interaction ... maybe answering audience questions or ranting and raving or telling personal stories about facing adversity...
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Pickapok Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm all for charity and all, but this sounds really silly. There are probably a ton of ways to raise money that don't involve what amounts to prostituting yourself to the web.

As much drama as there has been these last several months, I don't think people will find the idea of watching you on a 72 hour webcast that interesting. There isn't much of a draw here.
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:iconpurpletinker:
You're entitled to your opinion.
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Pickapok Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Right, I know that. I just don't see what shutting yourself in a room for 72 hours with a bunch of books will do for the LGBT community.

Why not go out in public with your webcam and ask people on the street what they think of LGBT? Don't get in their faces, don't guilt trip them, don't even say that you are one, just converse in a civil manner then at the end mention it's for charity. That's just off the top of my head, but charity work should be to actually help people not to show the world that you're doing charity work.
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:iconpurpletinker:
By raising money for 'Day of Pink' and 'Jer's Vision', I AM helping people.

This is far from the only time I've done fundraising work for charity, too.
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Pickapok Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know that by raising money and helping people with your money and I'm not implying this is your first rodeo.

All I'm saying is that by making this effort centered around you locking yourself in a room you are limiting the amount of good you can do and shifting the focus from the charity to the fact that you are performing charity.

You are helping people but but the way this is set up it is more about the fact that you are helping than the fact these people are being helped, if that makes any sense.

Charity isn't just about giving or raising money.
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:iconpurpletinker:
As long as that money gets pumped into the charity's coffers, I frankly don't care how it's done.
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