It's just 23 days til the 09-09-09 1-day fundraiser for The Born2Fly Project to stop child trafficking. We already have 7 donations from people who just couldn't wait until September 9 to give (and I'm not stopping them).
You can see the Chip-in widget here (or to the right if you're reading this on my blog) and watch that total add up.
Remember, our goal is 9,000 people each giving $9 on 09-09-09. So tell your friends, okay? All funds go to The Born2Fly Project, which will launch this fall.
We're working on some great prizes, which everyone who donates will be eligible to win (whether you donate now or on 09-09-09).
The latest? These pink oh-so-cool Kitty sunglasses made by Julbo--courtesy of travel writer Kara Williams (@karasw).
Now don't you wish you could wear these? Sorry, they're for kids! Win them now, and you'll have a fabulous gift ready for Christmas or Hanukkah (a $40 value).
Thank you to Kara, another one of my Twitter buddies and one of the famed Traveling Mamas, whose blog was voted Best Travel Blog among many other awards. Kara is MountainMama. On Friday we revealed a nice gift from CajunMama; I think it's wonderful that the Mamas are helping us stop child trafficking.
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Here's the answer to Friday's question:
Q: What's the name of the State Department's annual report that assesses the efforts of 100+ countries to shut down trafficking within their borders?
A: The TIP Report, which stands for Trafficking In Persons. If you're traveling, like the Mamas do, check out the TIP list before you go and find out about the trafficking situation in the countries where you'll be.
Countries are divided into 3 categories (and believe me, no one wants to be stuck on Tier 3). You can see the 2009 list of countries and where they rank here.
And now, today's question:
Q: Which 3 countries improved their efforts to stop the traffic, and were moved off Tier 3 this year?
You can flip through the 320-page TIP Report to find the answer...or just tune in tomorrow.