A couple of days ago, Mario Mouton, father of Lylah Mouton - an amazing seven-year old who has been raising money for Humanist charities in Uganda - got in touch with me with a couple of amazing ideas to fundraise for Uganda Humanist causes while having fun.
Well, both Mario and I will be attending the Humanism at Work conference in Chicago in July and Mario has arranged to have a table where we'll be promoting the Kasese Humanist Primary School, the Uganda Humanist School Trust, the Pathfinders Project, KidsHeartKids (of course!) and other worthwhile Humanist causes. I expect that seeing firsthand the explosion of secular charities will be an uplifting experience!
Although we'll all there to promote the Pathfinders' Sustainable Water coffee "Grounds for Humanity", Mario decided to also include some of this coffee in a Raffle Basket to be won at the event.
But, as they say in the late night adverts: "That's Not All!" Mario, his wife Deanie Mouton and Lylah set up a website, KidsHeartKids.com to help fund Humanist education in places like Uganda. Since its founding, Mario has been buying books on atheism and skepticism and attending conferences to have them signed by their authors. Other authors either donated some signed copies of their books (Michael Shermer) or offered very reduced prices of their autographed books (Steve Wells). These books are then sold to raise funds for Humanist charities.
So the raffle basket - so far, at least! - will be:
- Signed copy of Steve Wells' Skeptics Annotated Bible
- Signed copy of Richard Dawkins' "Appetite for Wonder"
- A Humanist T-Shirt (design to be unveiled)
- Some Pathfinders Grounds for Humanity Coffee
You see? You'll have enough coffee to read both books in a single sitting. You have your t-shirt should you require a change of clothing do to lack of showering or having spat coffee out of your nose when reacting to your acutely humourous, witty, sarcastic or infuriating bits of the literature at hand. Said t-shirt could be used to wipe any resultant stains off your signed books. (Disclaimer: Signatures may not be signed with coffeeproof ink.)
But wait! There will be more!
Mario's very talented wife, Deanie Mouton, is working on a painting - it's 25% - 50% done but already looks fantastic! Prints will be sold at our table at the conference. All funds raised will go to support the Uganda Humanist Schools Trust.
The woman in the painting is Jamira, school librarian at the Mustard Seed Humanist School in Uganda.
Honestly, I think this conference will be a blast. If you'll be near the Chicago airport area July 18th - 20th, you should sign up! I'd love to meet you!