Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Because life is more than makeup

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." -Margaret Meade

How true these words ring! Think about all the pivotal changes that have occurred throughout history. Suffrage. Equal rights for minorities. Awareness of animal testing. All these things are brought to the forefront of the public's eye by dedicated, passionate people who work tirelessly to shout it from the mountain tops. They have a vision that burns bright, and they fight to make sure that their message is heard.

These people are special. But they are also regular humans -- they are parents, daughters, and sons. That guy who you always see at Starbucks may organize food drives in his spare time, and perhaps your boss spends her Sundays volunteering at the children's hospital. So if they can do it, why don't we all lend a hand?

It's easy to forget. I sure do -- I am fortunate enough to have a pretty good life, and it's terribly easy to say "Oh, I'll contribute to XYZ foundation later" and then completely forget about it. We have good intentions, it's the follow-through that's hard.

Well, the ladies of the Beauty Blog Network are making it easy to follow through! After learning that several Network members are currently fighting cancer, we decided to combine forces in an effort to raise funds and awareness for cancer research and treatment. Cancer has touched each and every one of us in some way. Those ads, while cheesy, are true: Cancer survivors are our families, our friends, and our colleagues. There are few things scarier and more sombering than finding out a loved one has been diagnosed with the disease. It can make you feel so helpless.

But we CAN help! 25 blogs from the Beauty Blog Network (including yours truly!) will be participating in Comments for a Cancer Cure from June 4th to 6th. How it works is easy: Just visit the participating blogs each of those 3 days, and post a comment on the blog. The blog editors will donate a certain amount per reader comment to the cancer charity of their choice (visit the blogs for their specific details).

For the Ebay junkies amongst us, there will be a charity auction on Ebay for a HUGE goodie basket, filled with items from Tarte, KENZO, DuWop, and Bourjois Paris, just to name a few. (I'm serious, that list is totally impressive, and it's still growing as sponsors chip in. Check it out on the website.) Some Network members are also holding their own Ebay auctions, with proceeds going to the cancer charity of their choice. And if all that ain't enough for ya, Teri from Beautiful Makeup Search has set up a wicked cool Cafe Press store filled with great merchandise emblazoned with our Comments for a Cure logo. Shirts, stuffed bears, aprons, totes... there's something for everyone, and it all looks awesome!

So what's my deal? Well, for every comment posted on the days of June 4th, 5th, and 6th on Brain Spam, I will be donating $1 to the Canadian Cancer Society. Since I am kind of a broke-ass student, I will be capping the donation at $50 (but help me reach that $50!!). To make things a little more interesting, I will also be doing a draw for this lovely t-shirt* from the Cafe Press store. So, even if there's already been 50 comments, comment anyway, because you could get a free shirt!

I can't imagine an easier way to help than this -- all you have to do is visit some blogs, and make some comments. What a great way to use those web-surfing minutes productively. Philanthropically, even!

I'll post a reminder closer to the date of the event, but in the meantime, check out the Comments for a Cancer Cure website to see a list of participating blogs, and to keep updated on the ever-growing list of products in the Ebay auction. As well, browse around on the Comments for a Cure Cafe Press Store and keep the items in mind for gift-giving, or as gifts for yourself!

* For the gentlemen readers out there: if you win, you'll get the dude's t-shirt instead. Pink is manly, especially if it's for a great cause!

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At 11:52 a.m., Blogger Cowgirl Warrior said...

I'm commenting! What a fabulous idea and I will check out every last link you posted.
I'm so proud of you Cara Mia for your very well written post today.

At 2:54 p.m., Blogger The Glitterati said...

Thank you CW! I'm glad you liked the post, and even gladder that you will comment! :) I'm very excited to be a part of this!

At 6:00 p.m., Blogger Man of the Century said...

Good stuff! You can count on me to comment sometime in June, just don't expect anything of value (save for the $1 value you've already attached to it).

Also, pink is ALWAYS manly.

At 11:58 p.m., Blogger The Glitterati said...

MOTC: Awesome. Should you win the shirt contest, I fully expect you to wear it every where. I want photographic evidence. Preferrably of you wearing the shirt while eating an entire duck.

At 1:24 a.m., Blogger Man of the Century said...

But I wear my "Team Eat a Whole Duck" shirt on days where I eat a whole duck. It empashizes that eating a whole duck yourself involves a lot teamwork.

Tell you what, if I win the pink shirt I will take a picture of me wearing both of my other pink shirts at the same time with this additional pink shirt over them too. There will be so much pink your eyes and brain will melt just looking at the picture.

At 3:27 a.m., Blogger Eva Jinxx Bailey said...

Commenting for a cure! :D

At 2:55 a.m., Anonymous Darcy said...

that's so cool, one comment can change the world! well, not really...but still, this is awesome.


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