Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Tri Nation Challenge

It has come to our attention that we have followers and supporters from all over the world. People that have found out about our cause through family, friends or the media. For that we are truly grateful. That said there are three countries that we have the most followers and supporters - Australia (goes without saying), New Zealand and America.

We have had a lot of people comment that they would love to help Aaliyah but do not really have the funds to do so. And we get that. Times are hard for many of us and just making it to the next paycheck can be a struggle. With this in mind we wanted to find a way that would allow more people to support our journey without them breaking the bank.

It was with this in mind that my Aunt came up with the idea to hold a tri nation challenge. What we are asking is the following. Do you have a takeaway coffee on the way to work everyday? Buy a bottle of water? Or maybe a muffin and a magazine? We are asking people to donate the cost of a cup of coffee ($3 - $6, depending on where you live and what size you buy) per week (more if you like). It doesn't sound like much but if we have 40 people giving $5 per week for 20 weeks we will raise $4000. The more people we have support this, the more money we will raise.

So, where does the Tri- Nation Challenge come in. Well, Aaliyah has bank accounts set up in her name in Australia, New Zealand and America. We are putting the challenge out there to see which nation can get the most supporters for Aaliyah's Journey. I will be putting together an online Google Doc as well as creating a private group on facebook to access this document. All you have to do, is donate weekly (or the total amount monthly, whatever is easiest) into the country account of your choice. The country with the most supporters by the time Aaliyah gets her surgery wins.

I will be posting all three bank account details on this blog (in a separate post) as well as on her facebook page. We encourage you to to please share this link and the FB group with all of your friends. I will share the group on her page as well once I have set it up.

And as a little plug for all of Aaliyah's Australian followers. Her account in Australia is tax deductible. Meaning if you send me your postal address you will receive a monthly receipt that allows you to claim as a donation on your tax return.

We will not be doing it based on amounts donated, as due to the exchange rate, each dollar amount is worth different depending on the country. I also dont want to turn it into a game of  'I can donate more than you". Its not about that - for us, its about getting Aaliyah her surgery and allowing people to donate as they are able too.

All three account information will be available either later today or tomorrow. A huge thank you to Raewyn, Kathryn and Denise for setting up accounts for Aaliyah in New Zealand and America. Without your support, this would not be possible.

And a little reminder of who this is all for - little Aaliyah, 4 years old - loves swimming, dancing, playing with barbies and waiting for the gift of sound. 

Thank you for your support