Manly Challenge : Free the Children

This week’s Manly Challenge, brought to us by Rebecca Shoichet, is to support Free the Children. Heck yeah!

Human rights has become a cause that any decent person can get behind. But too often there is a gap in who is protected, a gap that has to do with age and not having a voice that a country’s legal system recognizes. This gap is children’s rights.

Far too often, children can be exploited for cheap labor, or be the last to receive the help they need in the face of poverty. Since children don’t vote and children can’t stand up and say “We are human too” in the eyes of the law, they find themselves last in line to be able to receive the protection that adults receive. This is where Free the Children comes in.

Not only does Free the Children fight to get children the legal protections they deserve, they also teach children that they do not need to take the abuse and exploitation. They show children how to make a difference in their own lives and the lives of others, and how to get the help they need when others fail them.

Your donation directly results in better lives in places where the attitude towards children has been terrible. In addition, your donation will be matched one-for-five by Caerdwyn, up to a hundred dollars in matching funds. Stretch those dollars!

What better cause is this? Let’s do it!

You’re in some trouble now.

On Monday, September 22 at the usual 5:00pm Pacific time, Stay Brony My Friends is happy to welcome back Rebecca Shoichet. Let the trumpets sound and the… things that aren’t trumpets… sound too!

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She’s got her eye on you.

Rebecca is one of the most versatile of all the Voices of Equestria. As the singing voice of Twilight Sparkle, she is leading the charge in many of the greatest emotional moments in the show… if Twilight’s breaking your heart with a lovely song, IT’S ALL HER FAULT. And as Sunset Shimmer, she is a villainess most dastardly. Talk about having a wide range…

And she’s back! Just in time for Rainbow Rocks, too. Our reformed troublemaker, Sunset Shimmer, is front-and-center in the upcoming movie. Bring your questions, because she’s bringing answers!

Well. THIS is an honor.

It seems that Canada Helps has taken an interest in brony fundraising, and used us (meaning YOU guys) as their exemplar. Woo!

CanadaHelps Logo English (stacked, no tag, transparent background)Canada Helps is one of the fundraising clearing-houses that we use for our Manly Challenges (the other being the US-based Firstgiving.org). Many of our Manly Challenges have been for Canada-based charities, and after a dozen of ‘em we came to the attention of the people who run Canada Helps. They got curious, they asked questions, we answered, and they said “wow”. They put together a blog post on their main site, in their Giving Life editorials, and now you’re all fundraising superstars!

GivingLife Logo EnglishBe proud. Seriously, you guys should be very, very proud. The largest charity-enabling organization in Canada (400 million bucks and counting) is pointing at bronies and saying “THIS is how you do it.” This is about YOU, the people who open their wallets and give because they want to do the right thing.

Hats off to you.

Manly Challenge: The ALS Association

This week’s challenge, brought to you by Animated James, is to support the ALS Association. And that’s what we’re gonna do!

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ALS. Lou Gherig’s Disease. You’ve heard a lot about it lately, but it’s not about ice-bucket-challenges. It’s about finding a cure. ALS is a a disease that eats away at its victims’ spinal cords, causing paralysis and death. Raising awareness is great, but the bottom line is this: donations translate directly to treatment, research, and someday, a cure.

Cold water aside, this is where good intentions become good actions. Manly actions. The right actions.

As always, your donations will be matched one-for-five by Caerdwyn up to a hundred dollars in matching funds. So donate and stay dry!

Get Animated. Get James.

On Monday September 8, at the usual 5:30pm PDT, Stay Brony My Friends is welcoming Animated James. Awww yeah!

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I guess Dusty forgot to beat it.

Animated James is one of YouTube’s most watched animators, having amassed millions (literally) of views. He’s known not just for Pony, but for a bunch of other stuff as well, such as “C Students“.

BUT WE LOVE HIS PONY STUFF BEST.

Because ponies. And because James.

Manly Challenge – the A21 Campaign

This week, M.A. Larson is bringing us a very serious challenge. With him, we’re going to support the A21 Campaign.

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Human trafficking. It’s something that seems almost medieval, but it’s alive and widespread. People forced to work in horrible conditions in sweatshops, farms and mines (and facing beatings or death if they don’t cooperate). Children and young adults forced into prostitution. People actually being bought and sold.

“Human trafficking” is the genteel word for slavery. Yes, it still exists (even in “western” nations), and yes, millions of people around the world are subject to these horrors. In fact, there are more people living in chattel slavery now than at any point in history.

This is no joke, and it has to stop. The A21 Campaign is a global organization seeking to end this practice. By providing safe-houses to escape to, by educating police and politicians about what is going on, by seeking and enabling prosecution of those responsible for slave-taking and profiting from it, the A21 Campaign combats one of the true great evils in the world.

Stand with Mitch on this one. Donate. Pull someone out of a nightmare.

For this challenge, Caerdwyn will match double the normal amount, one for five up to two hundred dollars in matching funds.

I’m a princess! Are you a princess too?

Brace yourselves. On Monday August 25th, at 5pm Pacific, we are welcoming M.A. Larson to Stay Brony, My Friends. And he’ll be handing out horns and wings. He does that, you know.

photo courtesy of Natasha Lockhart

LARSONNNNNNN

Mitch is an unstoppable writing force on the show. By this, we mean that in addition to having written some of the very best episodes, he is also the Story Editor (Chief Story Honcho) for Season 5. This is a fellow who doesn’t hold back… when you party with Mitch you bring a helmet, when you road-trip with Mitch you bring cash for bail, and when you watch his episodes you wear a seat belt.

Seriously…

  • He first brought the Cutie Mark Crusaders to the screen (The Cutie Mark Chronicles)
  • He first brought Discord to life (The Return of Harmony I and II)
  • He created Rainbow Dash’s greatest achievement (Sonic Rainboom)
  • He gave us the “modern” Luna (Luna Eclipsed)
  • …and, oh yeah, he made Twilight a princess (Magical Mystery Cure)

If there’s something Equestria-shattering that needs to be done, if there’s a whole new aspect of the show that will change everything, Mitch is the go-to guy to write it.

We will also be talking to Mitch about his upcoming novel (and movie!) Pennyroyal Academy (which you should pre-order, yes you should). Who knows, he might even have an advance copy to give away…

Manly Challenge: The Gentle Barn Foundation

This week’s Manly Challenge, courtesy of the mighty Heather Nufher, is to support the Gentle Barn Foundation. And support we shall!

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Animals can be healers and teachers, especially for children, but many children do not get a chance to meet our four-legged friends. The Gentle Barn Foundation does exactly that, and so much more.

Giving children who are at risk of being absorbed into destructive lifestyles a chance to bond with animals accomplishes great good, and not just for children. By making people aware of animals as thinking, feeling beings, the need for treating all animals in humane manner becomes second-nature… and with that, the need to treat our fellow man well, too.

There is a second benefit to bringing children and farm animals into contact with each other. Not only does this help guide at-risk children into compassionate lives, it also raises awareness that agricultural animals are in need of protection too. While pets and wild animals get the press for issues of ethical treatment, agricultural animals are often overlooked. The Gentle Barn Foundation is helping to close that gap.

And this is your chance to help them do so. When you donate, your dollars will support the work of the Gentle Barn. Mistreated agricultural animals will be rescued, children will learn the lessons of kindness and compassion, and your good karma score will go through the roof. And as always, Caerdwyn will match donations one dollar for five, up to a hundred dollars in matching funds, so let’s get on it!

Round ‘em up, Winona!

A stand-up comic (writer)

This Monday August 11, at 5pm Pacific, Stay Brony My Friends will welcome Heather Nuhfer, writer for the My Little Pony comic books. And by “welcome”, we mean “get yer giddy-up over here, Heather!”

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You’re right, Mac… and it’s HER fault.

In addition to writing some of the very best of the My Little Pony comics that have shocked the comic book industry with their huge success, Heather also brings her Muppets cred with her work on Fraggle Rock, and she also knows How to Train Your Dragon (better start running, Spike!). So much awesome all in one place!

Come help us soak up the Awesome before it eats away the floor.

Manly Challenge – The British Columbia SPCA

This week’s challenge, brought to you by Claire and Ian Corlett, is to support the British Columbia SCPA. We are ALL about that!

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Our animal companions depend upon us to do the right thing by them… to be kind, to be caring, and to be good friends. Unfortunately, sometimes we let the animals down, and that’s where the SCPA (Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) steps up.

Join Claire and Ian Corlett as we help the British Columbia SCPA provide much-needed care and protection for pets and wild animals that haven’t received the treatment they deserve. Your support gives stray animals a second chance, hunts down people who are abusive to animals, and provides low-cost pet care. When you donate, your dollars will be further stretched by a one-for-five donation (up to a hundred dollars in matching funds) by Caerdwyn, so click-donate-done!

And as a special incentive, there’s another hundred bucks in matching funds if we can beat how Scootaloo and Applebloom did… that high-water-mark is $1182. Who’s the best charitable Crusader? Let’s find out!

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