Pretty amazing, huh? Thank you to everyone who's donated ahead of time.
The 09-09-09 fundraiser is 2 weeks from today. Our goal is 9,000 people each giving $9 to help stop child trafficking. Everyone who donates--whether now or on September 9--will be entered in a drawing for lots of fabulous prizes.
If you win, Melinda will draw an original 9x12" charcoal portrait from one of your photos (one person or pet). It will be on archival quality paper (white or cream) and includes shipping anywhere in the US and a black mat ready for you to frame.
Here's one of Melinda's charcoal portraits. You can see more of her beautiful work on her blog and you can follow her on Twitter (@MelArt). This is a $175 value--and I hope you win!
Everyone who donates to the 09-09-09 fundraiser is eligible to win. Just click on the orange Chip-in button at the top right or here.
Remember, all funds raised go to The Born2Fly Project to stop child trafficking and will help us print and distribute these strategic materials to at-risk kids and their parents all over the world.
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Here's the answer to yesterday's question:
Q: If you're visiting another country and see someone who looks like they're being trafficked, what should you do?
A: If you've bookmarked this website on your iPhone, Blackberry, or laptop, you'll be ready: Global Hotlines List. It includes phone numbers in 80+ countries from Albania to Zimbabwe that you can call to report cases of suspected human trafficking.
Here's the number for the US (which strangely is not on the list): (888) 373-7888.
Q: What is the Innocence Lost Initiative, how many children has it rescued, and from what country?
Leave a comment if you know. Watch this space for the answer tomorrow--along with another prize to be given away during the 09-09-09 fundraiser to stop child trafficking.