Just in time for autumn, here's our latest prize to be given away on 09-09-09 during our fundraiser for The Born2Fly Project: a luscious original watercolor called Pumpkin Patch.
I love this painting. It's by artist Leah Wiedemer.
There are 3 things you should know about Leah.
1. She's the fantastic artist who's illustrating the Born to Fly wordless book that we'll distribute to at-risk kids and their parents around the world.
2. She's already donated another painting as a prize for the fundraiser. (You can see them here.)
3. And today is her birthday. (If you're on Twitter, you can send her a birthday tweet @RoamingArtist.)
So you might say it's Leah's birthday--and she's giving you a present.
Pumpkin Patch is an original watercolor, 22 x 30" (unframed). It sells for $350--and you could win it on 09-09-09. Everyone who donates just $9 is entered in the prize drawing.
Our goal is 9,000 people giving $9 each on 09-09-09. All funds go to The Born2Fly Project to help stop child trafficking, and will help us print and distribute strategic awareness materials to at-risk kids and their parents all over the world.
Here's the answer to yesterday's question:
Q: When it's peak citrus season in Florida, it can also be peak season for human trafficking. What happened last February to turn that grim fact around?
A: Florida has a huge number of immigrants who look for work in the agriculture industry. Many are illiterate, unskilled, and desperate for work--and prime targets for traffickers.
Last winter the Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking sponsored a workshop for farmers, growers, and local law enforcement on how to watch for and prevent trafficking. More than 350 people attended. You can read more here.
We're almost there!
On Monday I'll post some final info about Wednesday's 1-day 09-09-09 fundraiser. Remember, you don't have to wait until then to make your donation. Just click the orange Chip-in button at the top right (or here).
Then would you tell 9 people about 09-09-09?