“In times of great peril and shared suffering, all of us should set aside our differences and reach out to one another in a spirit of love and understanding.”
–-Sprocket (Steve Whitmire) as interpreted by Doc (Gerry Parkes), Fraggle Rock, “Marooned” (written by David Young)
It may not be a shocking revelation to say that I have issues with the most popular Muppet fan sites. They also seem to have issues with me, and it’s a whole thing, and I don’t want to get into it right now.
But the reason I bring it up at all is because I also believe very strongly that good deeds deserve recognition. At the moment, the two most prominent fan sites, Tough Pigs and The Muppet Mindset, are engaged in a fundraising campaign to support relief efforts in response to the devastating bush fires in Australia which, as I’m sure you already know, have killed so many animals, displaced so many people, and laid thousands of acres to waste. The fundraising effort is a worthwhile cause, and I am happy to support them in their noble endeavor.
These are the charities that they have asked us to donate to:
Donating to such a worthy cause, and helping so many people and animals in the process, should be its own reward. However, if you act before Monday the 27th (taking the time difference into consideration), you also have the opportunity to enter to win Muppet-related prizes. Details are available on the fan sites’ respective webpages linked to above.
Some helpful FYIs for the actual donation part:
- The donation amount that you enter is in Australian dollars, not American.
Australian money is worth more than American currency, suffice it to say, the value is different; I don’t understand it. This is why I majored in English. Anyway, so if you enter $5 as a donation amount, you’re actually only giving $3.41 USD. If you want to donate exactly $5 American, you have to enter $7.33 as the donation amount. If you have $300 left over in your Cookie Monster budget and you want to donate all of it, you must enter $438.40, etc.
- The fan sites running the contest have imposed no minimum donation amount. However, the koala hospital will not accept a donation of less than $5 which, again, is in Australian currency.
- The website for the Australian Red Cross gives you the option of using PayPal, which is a more secure method of payment.
Now, I’m not trying to influence you as to where you send your money and in what amount. I found this information helpful and therefore thought I would pass it on to you. There is not a right or wrong way to do good; at least, not in this scenario.
If, like Jim Henson, you want to be one of the people who makes a difference in the world, this is a good opportunity to do so.