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13 May 2010 @ 12:40 pm
The Legend Charity Drive: Planning  
Update Bajillion- The Official finalized link for information can be found here:
http://community.livejournal.com/legendofseeker/599610.html



Okay, so, this is my first time actually making a new post in the community so I'm all shy. But I was thinking of causes that really fit with our particular fandom. Moonlight fans, for example, gave blood to the Red Cross as part of their campaigning (Moonlight was about a vampire detective, for those who don't know, who only drank blood from blood banks. In the show, one character remarks ironically, "The Red Cross does not mention that in their literature.") But... does anyone know a major, completely trustworthy fund for helping abused women? This occurs to me because we always talk about how strong the females of the show can be, and the upcoming episode is called "Unbroken". Whether the abuse is sexual, mental, or physical, what all women want afterwards is to feel they can be loved, have hope, and find a way to be 'unbroken'. I know because I'm one of them.

I feel like Legend of the Seeker holds up the ideals for women to have horrific pasts and still be kind, loving,strong, and most importantly, be accepted and loved in return. The problem is, I'm not sure what organization is best to donate to. At the very least, if someone knows one, perhaps they could say and a few of us might be inclined to donate in Legend of the Seeker's name? (Or perhaps, more specifically, Kahlan or Cara's names).

Edit EVEN MORE information:
One suggested site, which seems the most viable as it is international, was the United Nation's donations towards ending violence towards women. The donation site is here: https://secure.globalproblems-globalsolutions.org/site/Donation2?df_id=1920&1920.donation=form1

If you choose to send your donation as a tribute, it lets you add a message and pick a date for it to be sent. It SEEMS like the best idea right now is to send it to within ABC itself to present as a bargaining/we're not going away chip. Maybe either of these:
-Hope.C.Hartman@abc.com ABC Vice President of Communications and Entertainment
-Alison.Rou@abc.com ABC Vice President of Media Relations
Is there a reason why they'd be bad to pick from?

If we can get the wheel on this moving quickly enough, we could have the e-card dated to send Saturday, so it would actually be sent on "Unbroken" day. I figure the E-card would probably just read that you are donating for the hopeful continuation of the portrayal of the strong women that Seeker shows on television. They exist in a world that yes, has violence towards women too, but are representations of hope that the past doesn't have to consume your future. With, of course, making sure you mention Legend of the Seeker and Save our Seeker. What do you all think?

UPDATE: Okay, this is still in the works! We have to keep stubborn on this. So, what do people think about just picking Hope. C. Hartman as the e-mail address? It'd be up to us to e-mail various news sources online that it's occurring, and there are people better than me in the community at doing that.
 
 
 
Emmastarbuck1980 on May 13th, 2010 04:54 pm (UTC)
I think this a fantastic idea. I am one of those women too, I think there are alot of us in this fandom.

I don't know of any specific charities or organizations, except for ones in my specific country. It maybe hard coming up with just one as we all come from various parts of the world...
Oneiroelpida: Cara with the Swordoneiroelpida on May 13th, 2010 05:10 pm (UTC)
Perhaps we could organize a list if we can't find a charity that is international in regards to it? People could then at least donate towards a specific charity towards their country as opposed to it spreading out everywhere. It'd help keep a bit of a tally, and charities are usually good about saying, "Yes, we received generous donations in the name of ____" too.
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Oneiroelpida: The Mother Confessoroneiroelpida on May 13th, 2010 05:07 pm (UTC)
RAINN is definitely one idea. And they do include an option to have a note to specify the donation. They also have the necessary 'other' option for those who can only spare smaller amounts. I think it might be one we would want to rally around for those of us in the states at least?
oicaxf on May 13th, 2010 05:05 pm (UTC)
In Legend of the Seeker fandom name better.
Morgen: lots: k: last of her kindmorgenwrites on May 13th, 2010 05:11 pm (UTC)
This is a wonderful idea, and I think it fits beautifully with the show, especially when you consider the backstories of Kahlan and Cara.
iamabadwolf: Cara Warrior Princessiamabadwolf on May 13th, 2010 05:12 pm (UTC)
I think this is brilliant idea. Not only getting positive attention for LotS but also donating to a worthy cause.
rachelskywalkerrachelskywalker on May 13th, 2010 05:42 pm (UTC)
I liked the idea of showing LotS fan's goodwill during the SOS campaign (since we are such a polite & kind fandom lol) but was initially hesitant about donating to a charity in the name of LotS because I couldn't think of which would fit... which would be relevant.

But THIS idea I think is really powerful. I love it. One of the things that has ALWAYS struck me about LotS and the Sword of Truth series is the awareness about violence against women... Kahlan, Cara, Denna, Rachel...

I also think it's interesting because there are A LOT of female LotS fans, and I think it's partly because of how LotS presents women: strong, beautiful, intelligent.

"Say NO-UNiTE" which is sponsored by the UNIFEM'S Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women could be an option. It's international (organized by the united nations), allows you to leave your name (but no personal note I don't think :P ), and I don't believe it has a donation minimum (which is good).

http://www.saynotoviolence.org/
http://www.unifem.org/gender_issues/violence_against_women/
https://secure.globalproblems-globalsolutions.org/site/Donation2?df_id=1920&1920.donation=form1
Oneiroelpida: Cynical Caraoneiroelpida on May 13th, 2010 06:01 pm (UTC)
Ooh, that's a definite idea. It says there's an option to send an E-card as a 'tribute' donation. Maybe we could find a specific e-mail address for someone associated with the possible renewal and send it to them?
(Anonymous) on May 13th, 2010 11:34 pm (UTC)
Fantastic idea! I would be even more proud to call myself a Seeker fan if we did this! With the power we have created with our SOS campaigns, we have the responsibility to do good with it.
rimsky_zaderimsky_zade on May 14th, 2010 12:25 am (UTC)
I really love this idea as well. It seems like the Say NO-UNiTE fund would be perfect, especially if we encourage people to use that tribute eCard to really show the potential networks that we want them to pick up the show. I'd just have no idea who our best bet is for that or if we're better off picking several and if so then who do we send them to?
sarkneyhannah_win on May 14th, 2010 02:06 am (UTC)
Count me in!
confessorloveconfessorlove on May 14th, 2010 03:27 am (UTC)
This is a great idea when you think about Kahlan and Cara and how strong they are now but what broken childhoods they had. They show us that anything is possible even when you come from not the greatest situation.
pristineungiftpristineungift on May 14th, 2010 01:06 pm (UTC)
So are we doing thins? Did we decide on a charity, and who to notify?
Oneiroelpidaoneiroelpida on May 14th, 2010 07:23 pm (UTC)
I just updated the post with the quandary we're in. I'm personally inclined to just pick the name and go through with it. The longer we sit idle, the more people will drift away.
cherish4cherish4 on May 14th, 2010 07:49 pm (UTC)
I think that this is a wonderful idea.
natoshka: caranatoshka on May 15th, 2010 12:54 am (UTC)
I'm definitelly gonna do this.
rimsky_zaderimsky_zade on May 15th, 2010 02:26 am (UTC)
Just sent in my donation and made out the card to Chandler Hayes. For those not aware this is updated in the top post at http://forums.legendoftheseeker.org/showthread.php/2787-Charity-Donation-Who-should-the-tribute-e-mail-be-sent-to?p=60644
mdknight3000 on May 15th, 2010 04:01 am (UTC)
This is an awesome idea. I will definately give top this cause.
dknemeyer on May 29th, 2010 02:48 am (UTC)
Place to give!
I work at a non-profit teen outreach center in Wenatchee, WA called Solomon's Porch. We are currently trying to raise funds to open a teen crisis shelter. Many of our teens are seeker fans and this could be an amazing way to make a difference. We have online giving through facebook (no account needed) at http://www.causes.com/donations/select_donation_method?cause_id=97068&fundraiser_id=16150477&m=a0036bf0.

Just a thought.