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UPDATE: If we raise $5000 by tomorrow, Suraya could get an extra $5000

Sunday, May 8, 2011 by Marianne Elliott

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It’s already Mothers Day here in New Zealand and Australia. My mum lives too far away for anything but a phone call, but I was able celebrate mothers day today by babysitting for a friend so she could get some mama-time-out to play with her Sunday afternoon soccer team. They lost, sadly. But I had fun with my little friend who likes to eat her peas one at a time, thereby turning lunchtime into an extended counting game.

What I’d also LOVE would be to celebrate Mothers Day by reaching our goals for the To Mama With Love fundraiser.

We found out yesterday afternoon that Hopeful World Publishing has decided to make a $5,000 matching gift IF To Mama With Love manages to raise $20,000 by Mother’s Day – tomorrow (May 8, 11:59p EST).

And if we raise $5000 just for Suraya by Mothers Day (tomorrow at 11.59p EST) then she will also get to share a quarter of the total funds raised by To Mama With Love. That could double what we have to give Suraya and make a HUGE difference to the women’s shelters.

So I’m writing once more to ask you to donate in the name of any mother you’d like to honour (that special link should mean that your donation goes to Suraya) or, if you prefer to keep things simple you can contribute via this ChipIn and I’ll add all those funds to Suraya’s total myself.

If you’ve already donated, thank you, I’m so grateful.

We’ve so far raised $1700 for Suraya and more than $16,000 altogether through To Mama With Love.

My heart is set on raising $5000 for Suraya by the end of tomorrow. That will help ensure that the total passes $20,000 and we get the matching $5000 gift AND it will make sure that Suraya gets to share in the overall funds raised on the To Mama With Love site.

So we need to raise another $3300 in just over 24 hours. I know we can do it.

If you haven’t yet, I hope you’ll consider sending BIG love to Afghanistan today.

Thanks so much,


PS: It’s also my birthday this weekend. If you were thinking it would be nice to give me something for my birthday this would be it: a donation in Suraya’s name. 😉

UPDATE: Well, we didn’t reach $5k by our deadline but we did raise $3000 for Suraya and you can still make donations through the To Mama With Love site. I’ll also be continuing to raise money for Suraya throughout the year, with a personal goal of raising $20,000 for Voice of Women in 2011.

Thanks so much!


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3 Responses to "UPDATE: If we raise $5000 by tomorrow, Suraya could get an extra $5000"

  1. Marcela says:

    I just finished an exam that kept me away from the computer for weeks and now it’s too late to contribute 🙁
    Is there any way I can do it even if it doesn’t go through the same site? What I can give is not much, but having my mum far away (I live in Cyprus, she is in Argentina), I wanted to donate what I would have given her if she was with me (including the cost of making her a big cake 😉
    Let me know if I can still send something to Suraya by any other means. My twitter account is @Malche2011
    I hope you had a wonderful birthday!

  2. Marianne Elliott says:

    Thanks so much Marcela – yes, you can keep donating, the site is still working. My ChipIn finished last night but I’m happy to set up a new one – I’ll just put it in the sidebar of this blog I think.

    So please do go ahead and donate via the To Mama With Love site using Suraya’s link!

    Thanks so much,


  3. Marcela says:

    Great! Going to do it right now. Thanks!

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