Quick version if you’re in a hurry:
- All three of my Blogger’s Guides are half-price from 6th – 11th December
- All the money raised in that time will go to Divya Shanthi, a small charity in Bangalore, India
- Details of the guides are towards the bottom of this post
Read on for the slightly longer version…
It’s my birthday on 12th December. 🙂
If you’ve been around on Aliventures for a while, you might remember that I ran a birthday sale in 2010 and in 2011. We raised $600 in 2010 and $1000 in 2011 – I’m hoping we can match or even top that this year.
About Divya Shanthi … and Ayshu
Back in 2010, I spent a few days in Bangalore with my family (parents, brother, sister and then-fiancé-now-husband). We were there to visit Divya Shanthi, a small charity that my church supports and has strong links with. We were overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of everyone we met … but also by the stark poverty.
- We saw kids dressed in rags, begging on the streets.
- We saw shacks at the side of the road from the airport.
- We saw children who’d been rescued from desperate conditions.
Through this annual sale, the Aliventures community have been sponsoring a little girl called Ayshu – paying for her care in the Divya Shanthi boarding home for young children. She’s now four years old, and this is the latest photo I have of her:
Introducing Our Latest Divya Shanthi Fund-Raising Project
This year, there’s a difference to the sale. We’ve easily covered the sponsorship for Ayshu in the past, so this time round, I’ll split the money raised between Ashyu’s sponsorship, and a newly-launched fund to help university (and pre-university) students.
The Hazel Sargeant Memorial Fund, named after a very dedicated supporter in the UK who passed away earlier this year, will provide tuition fee loans to students.
These young people are very bright and hard-working, but come from families who can’t afford the university or pre-university (the equivalent of the UK’s sixth-form) fees. (These fees are typically around $500 – $800 per year – I know that doesn’t sound like much if you’re in the UK or US, but it’s completely out of reach for the families who Divya Shanthi works with in Bangalore.)
You can find more information about the fund here.
For the next few days, until 11th December, the Blogger’s Guides are:
- $14.50 (instead of $29) for each individual Guide
- $28.50 (instead of $57) for the three-pack of Guides
This is the only time of the year when I run a half-price sale … so if you don’t want to wait 12 months, grab the guides now!
The sale will end on midnight (Pacific time) on Tuesday December 11th – that’s 8am on my birthday, Monday 12th, in the UK.
Note: The Blogger’s Guides are supplied in .pdf format, and can be read on almost any computer or device.
Get Your Blogger’s Guides Today…
$28.50 for all three
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P.S. Even if you have all three guides already, or if they’re not quite right for you, I’d be hugely grateful if you could spread the word about this sale – by tweeting, sharing it on Facebook, or simply mentioning it to a blogger friend who might be interested. Thanks so much!
Happy birthday, Ali!
Thanks! (It’s not actually my birthday till 12th, but I’m more than happy to celebrate for as long as possible… ;-))
This is a very generous thing you’re doing. Thanks for sharing the information about Divya Shanthi and Ayshu (who’s adorable!)
I’m looking forward to reading your books. I’m glad I “met” you through your article on Problogger.
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Thanks Jacki! But really, it’s the generosity of the Aliventures community that makes it possible. When Ayshu’s a little older, I’ll be able to write to her and explain that she has sponsors all over the world. 🙂
Thanks so much for buying the Guides — really hope you enjoy them!
Happy early birthday, Ali! I hope you enjoy it! I think that’s great to set up a fund to sponsor Ayshu. She is a beautiful little girl. A lot of women and girls are mistreated in some parts of India. I’m sure that she’ll appreciate what’s being done for her as she gets older. Hopefully, it’ll inspire her to give to others as well.
I wanted to take a moment to thank you for all of the time and effort that you put into helping us with tons of great information on your blog. It’s very much appreciated.
Thanks so much, Katrice! When we visited Bangalore a couple of years ago, we were so sad and shocked to see some of the desperate poverty there — and the disproportionate effect on women and children. (Divya Shanthi also run a women’s work centre, producing lovely hand-made goods, and help women to take out loans to set up their own small businesses.)
I’m so glad you’re enjoying the blog — and if there’s ever a particular topic you’d like me to post about, just let me know. 🙂