Rocky and Sarah

About a year ago, I became interested and involved in the Social Media culture of the real estate industry, now commonly known as the RE.net. I’ve made some really great friends and have had some very rewarding experiences through my associations. None have been as rewarding as the opportunity to support the RE.net’s pet charity, Mothers Fighting for Others.

Mother’s Fighting for Others, also known in twitterland as #MFFO, was founded by Rocky Turner (aka @headmutha). You can read her story of how and why she founded #MFFO here.

I don’t know Rocky personally but her husband, Jeff Turner (@respres), is a personality in RE.net. I did have an opportunity to meet Jeff in Philadelphia last year at REBarcamp Philly.

Anyway, as time went on, I became interested in the work of #MFFO and threw them a few bucks from time to Agnes time when I had some to spare. The RE.net sponsored some charity events. At one barcamp, they collected women’s underwear to send to the girls in Kenya. That seems like a simple thing most people take for granted but apparently women’s underwear is precious in Kenya.

Earlier this week, my good friend Maya Paveza (aka @mayaREguru) made a challenge. Maya has incorporated twitter not only as a business tool but as part of her lifestyle. She has many, many twitter friends and followers and is a prolific contributor. Maya is close to posting her 50,000th tweet. She wanted to commemorate the auspicious event by raising $5,000 for #MFFO. During a chat with Rocky, Rocky said she wished 10 people would do it. They need to raise $50,000 to build a new orphanage.

So, this video is Maya in her own words, explaining this ambitious fund raising effort. If Maya doesn’t achieve the $50K goal by April 20th, she will retire her twitter handle, never to be heard from again. For Maya, this is probably the supreme sacrifice. It would equate to me giving up cheeseburgers for the rest of my life.

In addition to writing a check for a hundred ducats, I have also pledged to wear a Boston Red Sox cap for every waMary Kariukiking hour of every day, no matter where I am, for a month (excluding shower time, of course). Now, you might think this is a pretty lame sacrifice, but I am 55 years old and have been a NY Yankee fan since 1960. Believe me, this is pretty serious stuff. But, I am willing to take one for the team. :)

It is very difficult for me to ask people to donate their hard earned money. I don’t think I’ve ever done it, EVER. but those young girls in Kenya really need this money. They really need this orphanage. So please, no donation is too small.

Thank you so much for your attention to this post. There is a widget in the sidebar to the right where you can make a secure donation. You can also make donations here. You will have my enduring gratitude.

 

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