(Be sure to scroll to the bottom to see some more awesome – see what I did there? – videos about P4A!)
Hello everyone and thank you for joining me on this Thursday night as I talk about the 10th annual P4A! I wasn’t planning on writing a post about it, but then I remembered that I don’t have the means to donate and don’t have enough time or charisma to make a video, so this is my way of contributing.
If you haven’t heard of Project For Awesome, you can read about it here, but I’ll just give you a quick rundown. 😉 Every year in December, John and Hank Green from Vlogbrothers hosts a 48 hour live-stream where we talk about and vote on videos about charities. Obviously, there’s more to it than that like fun goals and different guest stars, but that’s the basics and it’s always a lot of fun. If you’d like to see what I mean, the Vlogbrothers YouTube channel has a playlist for last years P4A videos and you can skip through them to see. (Or you can watch all 48 hours, but it’ll be hard to do that if you’re also watching the 2016 ones…)
People from all over the world are sharing stories from their favorite charities in video format and viewers vote for our favorites in hopes to get that charity featured. If the charity is featured, on December 10th through December 13th, 100% of the money raised goes to those chosen organizations. December 7th through December 10th, all the money donated goes to Save the Children and Partners in Health, both chosen by the P4A people (I don’t know what to call them; they’re the people who run the whole thing)
There are SO MANY ways to contribute to Project For Awesome! For one, you can obviously donate (and yes, it’s tax deductable!). Beyond just giving money to P4A, there are things that you can buy where the proceeds go directly to the charities. If you can’t donate this year, that’s 100% ok! I mean, look at me… If that’s the case, you can make a video and post it for people to vote on talking about your favorite charity! There are tips on the Project For Awesome website on how you can make a video and what you can talk about. Even if you want to do the very least (which is a lot is you think about it) you can spread the word! Tweet, Instagram, Tumbl… (like Tumblr. I don’t know what I was trying to do…) with @p4a_2016 and #p4a2016 or write a blog post about why you think it’s important. Because if YOU can’t donate or make a video, by talking about it, you get at least one other person to watch the livestream, make a video, or donate.
So far this year, we have managed to raise $369,294 (yes, THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND) but I’m sure as a community when can get that number WAY up there. Last year, it was over $1,000,000 (yes, ONE MILLION) so we can do this!
I’m just scratching the surface in this post, so if you want to learn even more, go watch some videos made by others who think P4A is important or read about it on the website.
Be sure to join in the 48 hour livestream (you son’t have to be there for the full 48 hours. Actually, John and Hank aren’t even there for the full 48 hours.) It starts at 12:00pm EST on December 9th through 11:59am EST on December 11th. There’s going to be a lot of fun things going on like rubbing peanut butter on faces, singing with helium, and so much more, so you should check it out.
I’m sorry for this kind of long and ramble-y post, but I feel like this is such a fantastic thing to get into and it’s the least I can do to get some of you other people reading this to join. 😉
That’s all for now, lovely people! Remember to increase awesome and DFTBA (real nerdfighters will get that one. 😉 ) Keep writing, loves.
Some great videos about P4A if you’re still curious:
P4A 2015 playlist: