I need your help. More than 850 million hungry people on earth need your help. Beginning today, food bloggers the world over are uniting in the third annual Menu for Hope, a fundraiser for the UN World Food Programme. Last year, Menu for Hope raised more than $17,000 for Unicef, and we hope to up the ante this time around.
That’s why scores of food bloggers worldwide have offered hundreds of tantalizing prizes for which you, fair readers, can plunk down $10, get yourselves a raffle ticket and volley for the prize of your choice. Buy two tickets, double your odds. Buy 10, and that’s $100 toward the eradication of poverty.
Just how bad is world hunger? Every year, hunger and poverty claim 25,000 lives. Every five seconds, a child dies of hunger. Hunger and malnutrition are the top risks to worldwide health.
So here’s the plan. You have until Dec. 22 to donate. I’m offering up two prizes:
1. A signed copy of my book, Cambodia Now: Life in the Wake of War (donation code AP20)
2. A dinner invitation to Romdeng in Phnom Penh, good for any mutually agreeable date in February 2007. Romdeng is a beautiful, spunky restaurant serving classic Khmer dishes, run by the nonprofit group Mith Samlanh, which gets kids off the streets and trains them in practical jobs as chefs and waiters. (donation code AP19)
Here’s what you have to do:
2. Go to the donation page.
3. Make a donation. Each $10 will get you one raffle ticket toward the prize(s) of your choice. Please specify which prize(s) you would like in the “personal message” section of the donation form. Specify how many tickets you want and please use the prize codes (noted above). For example, a $50 donation can go toward two tickets for AP20 and three tickets for AP19.
4. Please check the box on the donation page so the campaign organizers can contact you by email if you win.
5. Check back at Chez Pim on Jan. 15 to see if you’ve won!
I thank you deeply for your support. And I thank you on behalf of the people who will benefit directly from your donations. I cringe to think of how many of my dear friends in Asia have suffered through years of war and turmoil, and days without food. It costs WFP just 29 cents to feed a human being for a day. Think how far your $10 can go.