The evening comes to a close, and with it the 10-day auction event of Art for 1000 Wells. I’ve been so moved by the people who have participated! Each of the artists and artisans had their own personal challenges, yet all came together to help raise funds for a worthy need. The auction event, as it is, has “ended”—but many things go on.
~~~For instance, Art for 1000 Wells will press onward. Several of the artists have expressed their intent to continue to donate a percentage from some of their art profits to Blood:Water Mission’s 1000 Wells project. In this season of frantic holiday shopping, that is a true show of the Christmas spirit! Even now, if you search TWBW (Thousand Wells Blood Water) on eBay.com, you will find an array of lovely artwork available for purchase. You can still give the gift of original art to the ones you care about this Christmas, knowing that your gift will be giving twice. (And you’ll also find mousewords up there, as well!)
~~~What else will go on? The work of Blood:Water Mission. They will strive toward their goal of providing one thousand clean water projects to one thousand African communities. And I know they will continue toward their ultimate goal: the defeat of AIDS in Africa. Lofty purpose, but one step at a time can make a difference. One dollar will provide one year of clean water for one African. Clean water can mean the difference between life and death for anyone—and can enable health, education, and adulthood for a child.
~~~And another thing that will continue is the crisis in Africa. The AIDS crisis is pandemic—that’s a buzzword, meaning it’s an epidemic of vast proportions. Every positive contribution matters. Put very simply, we can help improve a life somewhere in the world. It doesn’t need to be a major undertaking. Each person can help in simple, basic ways—like donating pocket change to Blood:Water Mission; doing gift shopping through Art for 1000 Wells; writing a blog about this cause; passing links on to friends and neighbors. Basic actions, but they make a difference. Buy a gift, make some noise—every little bit helps.
~~~And one more thing shall continue pressing on: me. :):) In my third decade, muddied past my knees with some pretty obnoxious challenges I’ve needed to slog through. Wondering at times if I’ve slogged through all this to get anywhere. Carrying a chest full of unanswered desires and unfulfilled dreams…
But I know how to slog. And I’m gonna keep on keeping on. Watch this space…
…some very interesting things are about to happen.
And thank you for keeping me company along the way. :);)