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The first 25 donations of "at least" $100 are matched today, so today would be a great one to make a sizable donation. AIDS Walk Austin is in less than a month - on Sunday the 20th. I've only raised 14% of my (admittedly crazy high) goal of $5,000, so I thought I'd share some music & ask for donations. I'd kinda like to make it to at least one thousand dollars, even if five thousand is out of reach. If you want to skip the U2 song & my babbling, you can make a donation at my AIDS Walk Austin page. This is the 26th year for the Walk & my 26th year of walking it, and I really want step things up this year. And here's me, talking about why I've walked every year of the Walk:

Ok, if you've met me you'll know that I'm a U2 fan. I tend to try everything I can to tie my fundraising diaries in to U2 songs. Here's the one I'm using today:

Magnificent -- that's what I think everyone who donates to this cause is. If you have been to the AIDS Services of Austin office, seen the work they do..... or if you know someone who has used the services of the Wright House Wellness Center, or the Jack Sansing Dental Clinic (which is facing a severe funding shortage), or any of the other programs, you know how valuable their services are. And these are not luxury services, wasting your donations on posh offices or services that aren't absolutely vital. If you donate to my AIDS Walk Austin page , I assure you, your money goes to help people who really need it, right now. So I say you're magnificent.

I just checked, and the Walk over all has only raised 21% of their goal. I know that most donations come in toward the end of the fundraising period, but the Walk is less than a month away, so now would be really great. If they fall short of their goal, truly vital services will be underfunded. And my $5,000  goal -- well, I was the top fundraiser a couple of years ago and I'd really like to repeat that performance. What did I get? Extra hugs, and I got to go to a nice reception. But mostly I satisfied my insanely competitive spirit. (if you don't buy that, just ask anyone who knows me irl, it is totally true) And it might take more than $5,000 to be the top person again, but it for sure will take more than I've currently raised.

But I'm not really asking you to donate because I'm super-competitive. I'm asking you to donate for love. Because people I love beyond my ability to tell you about are HIV+ and I can't do anything for them but this. Because people my friends love are affected, and too many have died. Because people you know are affected.

Only love, only love can leave such a mark

But only love, only love unites our hearts

and since I'm appealing to your hearts, I'm gonna make you cry again, with the "Imagine A World Without Hate" video:

Please donate, today if you can. Here's my AIDS Walk Austin page

Originally posted to anotherdemocrat on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 05:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by Barriers and Bridges.

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