// June 10th, 2010 // 2 Comments » // Lyme PSA, LymeBites Blog, Lymenaide Awareness Campaign
To begin, let me tell you a bit about Twitter. According to Wikipedia – Twitter, “is a social networking and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read messages known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the author’s profile page and delivered to the author’s subscribers who are known as followers.”
Okay, what does that have to do with anything? Ashley and I have spoken at great length in our awareness campaigns as to the importance of social networking and media sites in getting our message out. Look at May. The simple idea of a campaign for Lyme awareness literally blew up across the country and hundreds then thousands of people joined in. Do you know how many people became aware in May? Do you know how many lives were saved because of that awareness? A great deal of credit has to go to Facebook, Twitter and the other social media outlets for their help in helping us spread our message.
Yesterday we received quite a surprise from Chloe, or in Twitter terms @TVD_Chloe, as she agreed to donate $.05 for each new follower following her on Twitter. Wow…we were quite taken aback, but not surprised because of the amazing support the fans of The Vampire Diaries have given us since the stars of the show helped out with the PSA’s.
Then suddenly today I saw the following tweet (that’s what they’re called for you non-Twitterers): @luckytobesilver is donating $.10 to the campaign for every new Twitter follower she gets.
Ashley and I set about to telling people, as we were getting messages on Facebook as people were adding these people on Twitter (and raising money for our awareness campaign at the same time), we suddenly saw another Tweet pop up! @Christi_Roberts joined forces and is offering $.05 for every new follower.
Ashley and I can’t help but be astounded at this additional boost of support. It is a huge help to the campaign, and to what we are trying to accomplish.
But then suddenly, I couldn’t leave my computer to go to the bathroom without more people joining onto the cause!!! People were joining in so quickly (and Twitter kept crashing today, AKA the epis whale fail, also in Twitter lingo) Ashley and I couldn’t even keep up with sharing the information with each other, let alone to keep retweeting it and sharing on Facebook. It was wonderfl! But to make this easier, I am simply going to list out all of the following people who are participating in this fundraising project for the Lymenaide and LymeBites awareness projects we are planning. As this expanded it now includes Twitter and Facebook and regular websites.
Less than half of these people have Lyme. The others became friends to the Lymenaide/LymeBites awareness cause through the Public Service Announcements that we did as part of Paint May Lyme Green. Through their new understanding of this terrible disease, they have been prompted to action.
@TVD_Chloe is donating $0.05 for every new follower on Twitter from 06/08-06/15
@Christi_Roberts is donating $.05 for every new follower on Twitter from 06/09-06/15
@luckytobesilver is donating $.10 for every new follower on Twitter from 06/08-06/28
@icarusalsoflew is donating $.50 for every new follower on Twitter from 06/09-08/04
@Shannahg22i s donating $.05 for every new follower on Twitter from 06/09-06/20
@CAccolaWeb donated $20.00 today, which was for her donated $.40 for the first 45 people to follow her on Twitter
@lailakhangi is donating .20 euro for every new follower on Twitter from 06/09-06/30 (she is also donating .20 euro to Gulfaide)
@thelymegarden will donate $.06 for every new Twitter follower fro 06/09 until they receive 60 followers (the donation will be split between Lymenaide and CanLyme)
Alyssa’s Blog – http://simplyalyssadreaming.blogspot.com - for every person that subscribes to her blog from 06/09-06/16 she will donate $.05 June 9 and June 16 she will donate .05 cents to the Lymenaide campaign!!
The Lyme Garden – Facebook Page will donate $.06 for every new follower of their Facebook page for the first 120 fans (The donation will be split between Lymenaide and CanLyme)
Craig Bancoff – Facebook Page will donate $.50 between 06/10 and 06/17 for every new follower of his Facebook page or new member of his website, you can Register Here for Craig Bancoff\’s Website. Now in addition, for those who do not know ,Craig “is a musician suffering from chronic, neurologic, late stage Lyme disease and would like to show our support by helping raise money for Lymenaide.” So beyond the amount he will donate for new followers, but for the same dates if you purchase the digital download of his CD he will donate $5.00 to the campaign! If you purchase the CD from iTunes or CDBaby he will donate $3.00 for each purchase of the CD. To get the digital download go here: Craig Bancoff – Merchandise.
And as a show of good sport, I will donate $.10 to the Lymenaide/LymeBites campaign for the first 200 people to register with the LymeBites website. Click Here To Register With The LymeBites Website
This is where you come in. Are you on Twitter yet? If not, please join and create at Twitter account at www.twitter.com. Then go into search and enter all of the names above on Twitter and follow them. Just by doing that you will have raise a lot of needed money for our campaign. I actually figured out that if you did each of the things listed above you would raise about $7.00 for Lymenaide and LymeBites awareness campaign. If we get just 500 of our collective followers and readers to actually do all of that, we could raise $3,500 for the awareness campaign without even having so spend a cent! What could be better than raising money for a worthy cause without spending money? It just takes a few minutes of your time, and we really need the additional funding to be able to complete our upcoming projects.
If you are already on Twitter then please add the people listed above also.
If you are on Facebook, please go and add the Facebook people for them to donate to the campaign. And I highly suggest everyone register with Craig Bancoff’s website to also help us out, and while you’re there check out his music…purchase the CD and we will raise even more funds! In addition please fan our Lymenaide Facebook Page, our LymeBites Facebook Page, our Victorious Vixen website run by our partner in Lyme Nani, and Candice’s Infectiously Optimistic Blog. All 4 of us can be followed on Twitter and Facebook also.
And to all of these fans of the campaign, as well as those with Lyme who have gotten involved, we thank you so much for your support of this cause, your help in raising awareness and understanding, as well your assistance in raising the much needed funds to continue with our awareness campaigns and save lives.
If you’d like to make a contribution directly to our campaign through a different form of payment, there is a ‘Chip-In’ section in the top right of the LymeBites homepage, you can make a secure donation via PayPal or credit card there. For other ways to make contributions via checks*, etc., or about sponsoring our awareness projects as well as questions about our campaign please contact Ashley at firstname.lastname@example.org or myself at LymeBitesDotCom@yahoo.com for more information.
Together we can continue to build the strength and momentum of our awareness campaign as we prevent another generation of illness. We can’t let that happen, please help us prevent it!!
P.S. Please check out the montage of all the PSA’s we did that was put together by Chloe to the right of the post.
*Donations made by check to Lymenaide are not subject to any service fees. All other donation avenues; PayPal, Chip-In, Causes have services fees of between 3% – 12%. That money is taken away from your donation and goes to the payment service, and credit card fees. Checks can be made out to Lymenaide and mailed to: Lymenaide – PO BOX 290 - Tahoe City, CA 96145. Direct payments to Lymenaide are not tax-deductible. The only way to make a tax-deductible donation is through the Lymenaide Awareness Causes Page on facebook sponsored by PANDORA.