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Support Haiti – Contest – $500 to Winning Idea


Sadly, as you probably already know, this past week Haiti suffered a devastating earthquake. It’s difficult to imagine the extent of damage in this already poor country. I’ve spent the past few days wondering what I can do to help.

Thanks to the web and social media, millions of dollars are being raised. As a teen blogger, I realized that I, too, can play a role and raise money. That’s why I decided to set up a contest to generate ideas that can help Haiti. Here’s where you come in:

How to enter:
1. Leave a comment with your own idea on how to help.
2. Vote on your favorite idea by clicking the thumbs-up button on the comment.

$100 $500 will be donated towards the idea that receives the most votes. For example if the winning idea is for someone to go spend the summer in Haiti helping rebuild, the money will go towards that cause.

Update: I started this contest with $100 to donate towards the winning idea in support of Haiti, and I’ve been amazed at the outpouring of additional contributions. A huge thanks to all the donors, from me, and I’m sure those suffering in Haiti.

Money donated from:
Family ($100)
Ben Lang ($75)
The Fat Boys ($75)
Direct Sales Web Marketing ($50)
Smart Bloggerz ($30)
Dani from BloggerLuv ($25)
Famous Bloggers ($20)
Don Power – Blog With Power($20)
NEWRU ($20)
Myblog2day ($15)
Theme Blogger ($15)
JaypeeOnline ($15)
Alex’s Mind ($10)
Lane Sutton, Kid Critic ($10)
My Life: Engineered ($10)
Teen Business Forum ($10)

Deadline:
All ideas must be submitted by Sunday, January 24.

*If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for donating to the winning idea, please contact me.

  • http://www.momscrazylife.com dani

    I love this idea and will retweet it a million times:)
    Wishing you much luck and love with this fantastic idea :)
    I want to donate as well..
    .-= dani´s last blog post: Life’s Ponderings.. =-.

    • http://ben-lang.com Ben Lang

      Thanks Dani! I really appreciate you helping out this cause. ;)

  • preeti

    my suggestion is specially for children or new born babies that they are mantel affected with that strategy if any help for that babies or children are possible then please help these with mentally treated and also give them food and water. thanx

    • http://ben-lang.com Ben Lang

      Hi
      That’s a good point, babies and kids now really need a lot of help, without us they won’t have a fair chance of having a successful future.

  • http://www.betterbloggingforbloggers.com/ Liane

    Proud of you for doing this Ben. Thanks for being active in the cause of Haiti Relief Operations. I hope more bloggers will follow your example.

    Kudos!

    • http://ben-lang.com Ben Lang

      Thanks Liane! I hope that more people continue to helps also :) Best regards.

  • http://www.run4haiti.com/ Clint Johnston

    Hi, I think this is a great idea, Ben and I would like to tell you about my idea to help and what I have done.

    I decided after the quake to raise money to directly help an orphanage in Haiti which I visited in Haiti last December. To raise money and awareness I created a site and ran the Phoenix Marathon last Sunday with zero training in order to donate all of the money to the kids. So far the support is has been great and you can read more about what the goal of my site is at http://www.run4haiti.com and there you can read all about it. We raised a few thousands dollars since last Friday and want to keep it going. I plan to hand the money directly over to the orphanage in Haiti. If I were to win this contest I would donate all the money to the funds I am giving the orphanage where we can see people directly affected.

    Great idea Ben, we need more people like you.

    • http://ben-lang.com Ben Lang

      Hi Clint,

      Thanks so much for sharing what you have done. I think that would be an amazing use of this money. Let’s see what people think of your idea :)

  • Alex

    Wow, this is really taking off. I’m impressed

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  • jose

    GREETINGS, JOSE HERE FOR AN UPDATE ON SOME RESEARCH I HAVE DONE. AS LOCAL AIRPORTS AND BOAT LOADING DOCKS IN THE AFFECTED AREAS OF HAITI ARE BEING BLOCKED OFF FROM TIME TO TIME DUE TO OVERCROWDING OF COUNTLESS ORGANIZATIONS IN AID, WORLDWIDE IT HAS BEEN AND COULD BE MORE DIFFICULT TO SEND MATERIAL SUPPORT. IN MY OPINION, BASED ON THESE FACTS OR POSSIBILITIES, COMMUNICATION AND MORAL SUPPORT MIGHT BE THE BEST WAY FOR US CIVILIAN AND NON-GOVERNMENT PARTICIPANTS TO HELP. OF COURSE WE CAN AND SHOULD CONTINUE DONATING ESSENTIAL MATERIAL GOODS SUCH AS FOOD OR CLOTHING. HOWEVER, I FEEL THAT OUR FOCUS AS A COLLECTIVE COMMUNITY OUTSIDE OF ANY ORGANIZATION SHOULD BE PLACED ON THE PHONE-CARD, PRE-PAID CELL PHONE IDEA. FIRST, WE WON’T BE ADDING TO THE CHAOS IN HAITI’S AIRPORTS AND LOADING DOCS BECAUSE CELLPHONE MINUTES AND PHONE CARDS DO NOT NECESSARILY REQUIRE DELIVERY. WE CAN JUST PICK UP THE PHONE AND DIAL. ONCE AGAIN HERE IS THE PLAN I PROPOSED A FEW DAYS AGO. EVERYONE’S FEEDBACK IS WELCOMED AND APPRECIATED…

    here is my plan of action for anyone that would like to get started.
    1. purchase phone cards, internet cards or pre-paid mobile phones (boost, metro p.c.s…etc.) at any amount from your local mobile phone retailer. (verison, t-mobile, at&t, sprint, metro p.c.s…etc.)
    2. contact a store manager on setting up a donation program with direct communication access to haiti.
    3. contact any local church or school with related donation programs to haiti.
    4. keep in close contact with that store, school or church to ensure proper use. (if we are able to invest our money in donation, we can surely do the same with these virtual goods that can somewhat be more effective or efficiently used!)

  • jose

    thanks for your reply! to answer your question here is my plan.
    hypothetically speaking, we would all purchase pre-paid mobile phones of any credit amount. donate them to local establishments with close ties to the relief efforts in haiti. school, church and other volunteer organizations are generally good candidates for the task. here are some products i have found that are in direct communication with haiti. this could be a way to bridge the gap of communication between native haitians living abroad to those in their homeland. also, we could start a crisis hotline or maybe a concentrated open forum for sharing words, thoughts and feelings of comfort. if possible i would need as much help in the execution of this plan as possible. as i previously state, we as ordinary civilians may not be able to donate in large amounts but the avenue of communication can be just as important. that phone cards are for people abroad who maybe have family or friends back home. thanks.

    http://www.ecallchina.com/call/Haiti-Mobile/Haiti-Mobile-phone-card.aspx

    http://www.rangeroamer.com/countries/Haiti.aspx

  • http://ben-lang.com Ben Lang

    Ok thanks so much for all of these ideas, and to all of those who participated, donated, and promoted.

    I will be posting another post on the contest update soon! Thanks so much!

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  • Serge@CarTransporters

    Ben the saint, what we should do is encourage other bloggers to do what Ben is doing. There are fund raiser groups around the city we just have to get more people involved. Keep up the good work Ben.

    • http://ben-lang.com Ben Lang

      Haha, thanks, I’m not a saint! Just trying to help out :) and get more people to.

  • Beau Million

    Hey Brother.. Great Idea.. I encourage you to do it again.. Haitian still need help.

    They still need shelter.. They still need our Love and prayers.. Lets keep pressing in and showing them Love!

    I know the contest is over but I want to post my idea anyway and if anyone knows how to make it happen then please contact me.

    1) At the Port of Port Au Prince there is over a thousand shipping containers.
    (check it out on google earth)

    a) these containers could be used as housing/shelter right where they are at.
    Shipping containers are earthquake proof and dry.
    Also this would make the task food and aid distribution more effective and easier.

    b)Selected containers could have holes cut in the top to make giant “Port Au Potty’s”

    Doing this would not only save lives.. even now.. but also would ease the pain of the Haitians in the Port Au Prince because they would not be in the middle of the devastation, and out of the way of clean up.

    Thing is.. i do not know if any amount of money could make this happen.. I think it has to be a shift in someones heart.. who is in control of the port.. I am welcome to any ideas of how to make this happen..

    • http://ben-lang.com Ben Lang

      Hey,

      Thanks for sharing your ideas. I know that they still need our help, and I’m still trying to help out. Great ideas!

  • http://brendanwenzel.net Brendan

    Sad I missed this. Looks like it was a great success and my hats go off to all you guys!
    .-= Brendan´s last blog post: I Hate Typing =-.

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