The kids of Kopila Valley in Nepal—some of whom walk 6 hours daily to get to class—need a school bus. For my 25th birthday, I want to help.
I was born on December 25th, 1987.
By my best calculations, then (I'm a writer, not a mathematician!), I'm turning 25 in just a few months. As a kid, the 25th was consistently my favorite day of the year: a chance to wake up way, way too early, rush down the stairs, and bounce around by the tree while my parents dragged themselves out of bed.
(I still do this. Don't tell anyone.)
With my quarter-century fast approaching, though, I want to do something different. I love shiny presents as much as the next guy, but I want this birthday to mean something more than all the others combined.
That's why I'm giving up my birthday. No presents, no party, no cards. All I want for Christmas, this year, is to give as much as possible. For my 25th birthday on December 25th, 2012, I want to raise $25,000. That money will go toward something I always took for granted: a school bus, something the kids of Kopali Valley desperately need.
I met Maggie's story in a chance viewing of a lecture she gave several months back. The memory never left me. She's a hero of mine, and every picture of the kids at Kopila (they're beautiful, aren't they?) inspires me to do better for this world that has given me so much. This birthday mission is my own small way of doing that.
But I know I can't do this alone. Blinknow continues to inspire me with their generosity in helping make this dream come true. My brother, Adam Madeiro, offered to jump in before I could even finish telling him the idea.
But we need more. We need you.
And so I'm asking, now, for help. Please help me make this birthday wish come true. Way more importantly, please help these children that Blinknow works tirelessly to shape into the future leaders of their generation — the future men and women of the world who can make a difference in how it spins.
Any and all donations are welcome and absolutely appreciated.
Honestly? This won't be easy. I'm not even sure $25,000 is possible, but I do know this: I'm trying as hard as I can to make it happen. 1000 people donating $25 each would be enough to make a huge difference in Nepal — to help these kids, some of whom walk six hours daily to attend class, spend that time like kids should: growing. Learning. Playing.
Let's make this happen, friends.
Something as simple as a tweet can help spread the word as far as possible, so please share this with your friends and family far and wide. And please know, too, that you're making a difference however you decide to share. Everyone—Blinknow, myself, the kids of Kopila—thanks you.