Manly Challenge: UNICEF

This week’s Manly Challenge, from the bronies of Babscon, is to support UNICEF’s Kenyan relief effort. Yes. Very yes.

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Terrible things happen every day in the world. Most recently, the religion-fueled massacre in Kenya has once again shown that the struggle to bring peace to the world will never end. And it’s always the children who are hit the hardest.

In much of Africa, UNICEF is the leader in helping children orphaned or left homeless by war, disease, crime and famine. They will be on the front lines helping the survivors of the massacre and their families to come through these difficult times and resume the dream of a better, educated future.

Your donations will go to one of the best, most effective organizations on Earth. And with one-for-five matching from Caerdwyn (up to one hundred dollars in matching funds), your help goes even farther.

Maybe we can’t cure the savagery that gives rise to these events. But we can be there to support, to help rebuild, and to show that the rest of us do care.

Hoofwrestlemania 2015 results!

The results are in!

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And what a match it was.

Let all doubt be put forever to rest that the event isn’t “real”. Our warriors, Dustykatt (wrestling for The Wounded Warriors Project) and DJ Tetsuo (wrestling for Child’s Play) went at it so hard that the result was a torn muscle and a quick trip to the E.R. (Fear not, our injured DJ will be fine after a couple of weeks). And what was the result?

  • Seed money of $1000 from Caerwdyn
  • An additional $500 from Caerdwyn for the warm-up match (Bloo as Sunset Shimmer versus Lochlan as Adagio Dazzle, with Sunset Shimmer taking the match)
  • Audience donations of $910
  • Donations matched by Caerdwyn for another $910

That’s $3320 raised for these fine charities! The donation pool was divided 2/3 to the winner’s charity (Dustykatt/Wounded Warriors) and 1/3 to the worthy opponent (DJ Tetsuo/Child’s Play).

Come see the donations here and here! (and feel free to add onto it… ya know…)

Manly Challenge: The Family Online Safety Institute

This week’s challenge, all the way from Sweden from Anneli Heed, is to support the Family Online Safety Institute. Let’s crush us some cyberbullies!

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It’s been said a thousand ways, and it’s all true… Internet anonymity has a dark side. It enables terriible behavior that causes real damage, sometimes ending in the ultimate tragedy. We’ve seen it in our own community, too.

The Family Online Safety Institute is a highly-rated nonprofit which teaches people of all ages how to use the Internet in a responsible manner, how to protect yourselves from the low-lifes who troll the Internet, and how to deal with people who make YouTube trolls look like saints in comparison. This is important work, and we’re going to stand with them! And as always, your donations will be matched one-for-five up to one hundred dollars in matching funds. Sweet.

Take a stand against cyber bullies. It’s the manly thing to do.

RUN! The vikings are here!

Joining us on Monday March 23, at 5pm Pacific, is our returning guest Anneli Heed. Welcome back!

After Abba and Volvo, Aneeli is Sweden's most sought-after export

After Abba and Volvo, Anneli is Sweden’s most sought-after export

Anneli is a great friend of the show, having been one of our earliest guests (way back on episode 36!). In Sweden, she voices many of the characters in the dubbed version of the show. But there’s so much more to her than that!

Including… country music…?

You have to see it to believe it.

Manly Challenge: The British Columbia SPCA

This week’s challenge, given by Maryke Hendikse, is to support the British Columbia Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. This is a challenge we’re up to!

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Sometimes, all it takes is a little help to get through a crisis, and with animals, it’s no different. Whether the crisis is just bad luck or because someone screwed up or because someone did something rotten, animals often end up in situations where their lives and welfare are on the line. But these sad stories don’t have to have a sad ending, and that’s where we come in.

The SPCA has, for over a century, been helping homeless pets find new homes, taking action against the lowlifes who abuse animals, and providing temporary shelter for animals whose only hope is a helping human hand. Doing this costs money, but with your help it will continue to happen. The SPCA is one of those groups who prove that a little can go a long way, and we’re here to help them prove it! And with the usual one-for-five matching funds from Caerdwyn, the help is stretched even further.

This is humanity at its best.

Poetry Schmoetry, it’s all Maryke to me.

On Monday 9 March, at the usual 5pm Pacific time, Stay Brony My Friends welcomes Maryke Hendrikse. And what a welcome it is!

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Actors call this “range”.

We all remember Gilda, who was the biggest bit– er, griffon in the series. But Maryke is so much more. She played Bubbles in Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z, Sonata Dusk in Rainbow Rocks, and…

…right. We’re expected to do a sonnet now, right? Puns and all that? FINE. BE THAT WAY.

On the wings of eagles rare
Behind the lion’s roar
Griffon stately, strong as a bear
Doom to dweebs, and so much more.

Siren, creature of the deeps
Banished to a mundane school
Surrounded by the lame-o creeps
Oft believed to play the fool

Also the sweetest PowerPuff
Sugar, spice, Chemical X
For Townsville’s folk she is enough
To leave the streets a burning wreck.

All these things and so much more are brought to you with Dustykatt
Canterlot Hill is where it’s found, five o’clock is when it’s at.

Poetry worth exactly what you paid for it.

Manly Challenge – Riders for Health

This week’s challenge, courtesy of Will Anderson, is to support Riders for Health. The cool-factor on this one is off the charts!

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Medicine is life, in the most immediate, meaningful sense. All the scientific advances in the world don’t mean a thing, though, if you can’t get the medicine to where it’s needed. There are still parts of the world where no road goes and no airplane dares fly. Enter Riders for Health.

You have GOT to check these guys out.

This is bravery and skill and generosity at its finest. Remote villages in Africa are often so far off the beaten path that not even a Land Rover can get there, and it is in these isolated places where some of the worst epidemics have their origin. So how are lifesaving medicines delivered? Off-road motorcyclists, able to travel the roughest terrain, able to evade civil war conflict zones, and able to get where disease threatens to become an outbreak quickly, are the key. This is true, noble adventure in the finest sense of the word, and has directly led to interventions that prevented medical disaster. Your donations (which will be matched one-per-five up to one hundred dollars in matching funds by Caerdwyn) go directly to equipping, training, and supporting these modern-day heroes.

And to top it off… this group is overseen by a real Princess, and a Jedi! Her Royal Highness, Princess Anne the Princess Royal of England,[1] and the actor Sir Ewan MacGregor (who played young Obi-Wan Kenobi), are among those who directly oversee the activities of Riders for Health. It’s well-run, it’s efficient, and it’s becoming a model for other relief charities.

Saving lives has never been this cool.

Here, have a video!

[1] You are going to LOVE this. Her Royal Highness was the President of the International Equestrian Federation… basically, the FIFA of Horses… and was an Olympian rider. That’s right, she’s a 100% real-life no-kidding Equestrian Princess!

How does a pirate do things repetitively? With an ARRRR-peggio!

On Monday February 23, at the usual 5pm Pacific, we have a newcomer to the Pony Interview Circuit: Will Anderson. Come help us welcome him to the brawl!

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How do you play that thing with hooves?

Will Anderson is the orchestral composer who is responsible for the epic background music of the show. That’s right, the more Friendship is Magic sounds like a Grammy-winning Disney film, the more it’s all his fault! But Will goes way beyond the orchestra pit. It seems that Will used to tour with the band of a certain Weird Al Yankovic… yeah, there’s probably a few stories there which have passed the statute of limitations…

And yes, this is his first pony-livestream interview. Let’s make it memorable. Don’t worry, Will, I know a good bail bondsman!

Remember, we’re at Canterlot Hill now!

FLASH CHARITY EVENT: Second Harvest Food Bank

Once again, Baron Engel is drawing for us live, and once again, we are running a flash charity event! Everyone who donates during the live show is entered into a drawing… for the drawing… that Baron will be drawing.

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The Second Harvest Food Bank is among the very best-run, most effective charities in the nation. In cooperation with food wholesalers, restaurants and grocery chains (as well as regular folks like you and me), they feed hundreds of thousands of people on a daily basis. This is an ongoing need, not just over the holidays, and they need our help. Just a few dollars can be stretched by these folks to feed someone over several days.

So let’s do it! Your dollars. Someone’s ability to eat. It’s all tied together.