One of the things I love about this community is the selflessness and compassion this group continually displays. We support each other, help each other through difficulties, and give each other encouragement in the face of hard times.
As regular readers of the AFL Beat know, I lost the Lady Footy Tipping Contest to nomonkeyfun when he chose to back the Western Bulldogs and I went with my heart and chose the Brisbane Lions to win the Grand Final.
I had pledged to the readers/contestants that I would give a handsome prize ($50 value!) to the winner. The original idea was booze, but it would be up to the winner to decide what they wanted.
I reached out to nomonkeyfun and he asked if the prize could instead be a donation to a charity of his choice. That came as a relief as I’m not quite sure how to transport alcohol across state lines without a Pontiac Trans Am.
As I stated in the first paragraph, it also made me happy because this is the type of gesture that makes DFO the community it is. I put my donation in last night.
The charity is AIDS Walk NY and the link is below:
As you can read in the donation page, this is in honor of nomonkeyfun’s Uncle Jack and the money will go towards GMHC and dozens of tri-state area AIDS service organizations.
From the charity:
GMHC is the world’s first and leading provider of HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and advocacy. Building on decades of dedication and expertise, GMHC understands the reality of HIV/AIDS and empowers a healthy life for all. GMHC’s core mission to fight to end the AIDS epidemic and uplift the lives of all affected.
I highly encourage every DFOer to contribute anything you can. One of the founding principles of this site was that we would never take money from advertising or try to make this a money-making venture.
Instead, we, from time to time as the need arises, request your assistance to help causes important to the members of our community.
Important note from the charity:
MATCHING GIFTS CAN DOUBLE YOUR DONATIONS: Click here for more information!
If your company has a matching gift program, please request a Matching Gift Form from your Human Resources department or download a form from the database above. Give the completed Matching Gift Form to the walker you have sponsored. The walker will turn the form in to the AIDS Walk office with your donation.
If your company has an online Matching Gift Form, please forward the email confirmation that the form has been completed to the walker or to the AIDS Walk New York office at email@example.com. Be sure to include the name of the walker you have sponsored.
A sincere and heartfelt Thank You to nomonkeyfun for choosing to take his winnings in the form of a donation to help others.
I hope you all can help him meet his goal. Thank you in advance!