***UPDATE TO BELOW***
Dear Friends of Burkina Faso (and just friends in general!),
I want to share with all of you that the Lambs For School Project in Burkina Faso, for which we sought your support in December and January, has won one of the four international $50,000 awards through America's Giving Challenge!
With your generous support and networking, we were able to generate sufficient funds to enable close to 1200 girls (300 more than our initial goal of 900!) to enter school in northern Burkina Faso over the next four years ... girls who would not have had an opportunity to attend school otherwise.
I just wanted to make sure I posted this and to say thank you to anyone who took the time to donate. A few had asked, and although the contest is over, you can still donate to the cause. Thanks so much!
Unfortunately, I just received this email today (which is the deadline). I figured that this would be the perfect place to spread the word - no pressure, but the possibility of getting these women an additional $50,000 for the cause. My Dad's cousin lived in BF for 20 years and it's therefore even closer to our hearts. Take a look if you feel inspired. Thanks!!
"Dear friends and colleagues, the following is a wordy message about a VERY worthy and unique project to help educate girls in Burkina Faso. Some of you know that I lived in BF for twenty years and this project is so very important to the development of the country and the efforts to raise third world country women to first class status. I can give you more information, but time is of the essence. A mere $10 will put us in contention for earning an additional $50,000 for the project but the deadline is Jan. 31. All (yes, all) the funds go directly to the education of girls...there areno admin costs. If you can, take a few minutes to do this...thank you! Terry"
Dear friend of Burkina Faso,
We've reached the final days of America's Giving Challenge! The contest deadline is Thursday, January 31, at 3pm EST and the Friends of Burkina Faso(FBF) is currently in 4th place. All of this is thanks to the positiveresponse from all of you and your fabulous networking outside of FBF!
But, it's not over yet, and the race remains very close! There are only 30 donations between 5th and 4th place- and we must finish in the top 4 in order to receive an extra $50,000 for the "Lambs for School" Project. This means that we must accelerate our efforts in these last few days of thecontest in order to be awarded the top prize. We are asking for your continued assistance during the final countdown!
Here is how you can help:
* If you have not already donated $10, go to the FBF web site(http://fbf.tamu.edu/), click on the link on the left-hand corner of our home page, and donate your $10. We've provided you with a template below. Friends, family and colleagueshave responded enthusiastically in the past week, enabling us to go from 125to 457 donors in one week. So we know this works and we think this is our key to being successful!
FYI, a maximum of two people (spouses, partners, and parents and childrenover 18) in the same household can donate with the same credit card and becounted as "unique donors" if their names and email addresses are different.
You can also follow where we are in the competition by clicking on "How is our project doing in the competition?" on our FBF home page. Reading the"Leader Board" is the most exciting part of all!
Our very sincere thanks for your support in this extraordinary endeavor!
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