Making Christmas Merrier V
We are pleased to announce that Making Christmas Merrier is back! Every year Poniverse bands together in order to help spread some holiday cheer by raising money for a worthy cause. This year I will be headlining this event, and I’m going to start off by saying that it is a great honor and hopefully I can do it justice. I certainly have some fabulous shoes to fill.
From 2011-2015, Poniverse’s Making Christmas Merrier was able to rise over $9,000 for BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver. It is a great testament to our beautiful community here on MLP Forums and all of Poniverse about how we came together in the spirit of love and giving year after year, which is really at the heart of the Christmas spirit and even Friendship Is Magic.
This year for MCM V, we are raising money for an organization called charity: water.
Charity: water’s goal is to bring fresh and clean drinking water to developing countries and communities that do not have access to it. We may take it for granted to be able to walk into your kitchen, turn on the faucet and be greeted with a near limitless supply of clean drinking water.
However, in some countries, this very basic necessity is a daily struggle to acquire….if it is acquired at all. The most basic of all needs is not even accessible to nearly 663 million people.
- Women and young girls are often the ones responsible for walking several miles for hours every single day to carry 40 lb cans of dirty water to their homes, which is often overridden with pests and disease.
- Dirty water is is responsible for more deaths in the world than every form of violence combined. Many of these deaths are children.
- Medical care is substandard in these areas because the water needed for medical treatments are also contaminated. This often leads to infection.
Not only is the cause important and lives can be impacted by our donations, charity: water has some incredible benefits:
- 100% of our donations will be going into the field. All processing and fees are taken care of by charity: water’s private donors. Our donations will not be split into fees such as office rent or employee salary. It will go directly to water projects.
- This year, we are able to donate directly through their website. They are able to process both credit cards and paypal in United States dollars, so there are multiple options for donating. Another bonus is that because their fees are covered by private donors, the typical processing cut from paypal or other companies will not be taken away from your donation
- Charity: water is consistently praised for its openness, accountability and transparency
If you have the time, please take some of it and watch this video about this year’s charity.
We have set ourselves a goal of $3000. If we can meet our goal and raise $3000, then we will have been able to help 100 people get access to clean water. That is 100 lives...men, women and children who will be able to drink water that is free of disease. That is hours of a young girl’s life taken back because she can pump water in her village rather than walk several miles to gather her family’s water from a dirty river or contaminated well. She can go to school and have an education that she would have given up because of the time needed to get water.
The people in these communities, especially their children, deserve to wake up on Christmas morning and have the gift of fresh, clean water, just like you and I have. And that would make for a very merry Christmas indeed.
Poniverse's Making Christmas Merrier V Donation Page
This year, we are going to have our donations directly on our charity: water campaign page. The benefits of this:
- 100% of your donations will go to the field to help give people the gift of clean water. There will be no processing or transaction fees
- Donations will be in United States Dollars!
- You have the option of donating with a credit card or paypal account
When donating, please make sure to use your MLP Forum username, so that we can properly attribute the donation to you. If you end up using your real name, please PM me to let me know.
What is the goal?
$3000 USD. If we can make that or surpass that, it would do so much to improve a large amount of people’s lives.
What is the deadline?
December 31st. Because of our late start date this year, we’ve extended our fundraising campaign until the end of the year. A great way to get in those last minute charitable gift receipts on the last day of the year.
Can I send the money directly to Poniverse?
For this year, all of our donations will be directly through our Poniverse charity: water campaign page.
What can I do besides donate money?
Please, please, help spread the word! By joining in our conversation, sharing our statuses via Twitter, Facebook or other social media or by even directing non-bronies in our direction to help in this great cause. This would be a wonderful Christmas gift for these families that are without our most basic necessity.
The mane event. Some of you like to get the funds higher so that staff can do ridiculous and embarrassing things, like forcing staff to read ship fiction, or forcing staff to change their name, or forcing staff to sing badly, or facing staff to leave, or forcing staff to...think of creative ways to include members so we have some share of our dignity left....
Anyway, the stretch goals are back, and so is the art from last year. I regifted this art to myself, so they don’t mean anything. There’s no hints or clues this time. Uhhh...there are plenty of fun goals though. Some of them may involve you, yes, you the one reading this. You’re just going to have to wait to see. Also if you have any ideas that you would like to share for goals or ways that *you* want to be involved, feel free to PM me!
So let's get these gifts unwrapped and Make Christmas Merrier!
$100 Goal is unwrapped - Element of Generosity Badge
This is awarded to donors who contribute at least $5.00
$250 Goal is unwrapped - Staff Solo Song
A staff member will be forced to sing a song for your amusement. Dance staff puppets, dance!
$500 Goal is unwrapped - Holiday Solo Song by Donors
One of our donors will get to have their holiday song showcased!
$750 Goal is unwrapped - Q&A of one of our Donors
One of our donors will have one of MLP Forum's patented Q&A sessions
Also will be featured in the Poniverse newsletter!
$1000 Goal is unwrapped - PiratePony will match donations for 1 week, up to $1000
PiratePony will match total contributions from 11/30/2016 until 12/07/2016 up to $1000
$1250 Goal is unwrapped - One donor's OC will be featured in forum banner
One of our donors will have their OC as part of MLP Forum's head banner
$1500 Goal is unwrapped - Pie to the Face Challenge
Brave volunteers will film themselves smacking themselves in the face with a pie. For charity!
$1750 Goal is unwrapped - Staff/Donor Name Change for December
Members vote on a staff or donor's display name to change until Dec 31st!
$2000 Goal is unwrapped - Randimaxis Sings A Glass Of Water
Chaos University graduate sings his alma matter
$2250 Goal is unwrapped - Ban a Poniverse staff for one week
A free 7 day/6 night vacation for one in glorious not-MLP-Forums!
$2500 Goal is unwrapped - Staff or donor reads a shipfic
$2750 Goal is unwrapped - Roast a Poniverse Staff Member
Make them feel pain!
$3000 Goal is unwrapped - Staff Reads Twas The Night Before Christmas
A classic poem in ponirific taste!
Are there more gifts to unwrap!!!!???
We're also going to release some plans for giveaways, special events, and more. We had a late start this year, but we are working to make this MCM as special as the ones that came before it, with the same goal of helping those in need.
Thank you all very much for your time and generosity. Let’s show everyone what Poniverse can do when we all come together.
Merry Christmas everypony!