Manly Challenges

Giving back to the community in the manliest way possible

Manly Challenge: Operation Eyesight Universal

This week’s challenge, brought by Iris Quinn, is to support Operation Eyesight Universal. This is what we’re all about!

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Eyesight is something most of us take for granted, or at the very worst a cause to wear glasses. But for many people in the developing world, an otherwise-treatable condition such as glaucoma or cataracts can degenerate into permanent blindness.

Operation Eyesight Universal brings high-quality eye care to developing countries. Over the years they have trained doctors to become skilled eye surgeons, and opened clinics in India and Africa. Their efforts have saved thousands of people from blindness… and we’re going to support their efforts to save thousands more.

Just think… your donations (matched as usual one-for-five by Caerdwyn up to a hundred dollars in matching funds) could help someone see ponies for the first time!

Manly Challenge: Animal Friends, Inc.

This week’s challenge, from Pixelkitties to you, is to support Animal Friends, Inc. So let it be written. So let it be done!

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The very concept of “unwanted pets” is foreign to so many of us. But the sad fact is that there are more pet animals in need of homes than there are homes to take them in. Every day, thousands of times, there is a sad ending to a potential pet’s story.

Animal Friends isn’t having any of that. They attack the problem from many angles: promoting spay and neuter programs, operating no-kill shelters, matching pets in need of homes with people to take them in, and acting as protectors when disasters or cruelty strikes. Their mission began during World War II, caring for pets while their soldier-owners were overseas, and they’ve been at it ever since.

None of this comes freely, however. That’s where we step in. your donations, matched one-for-five up to a hundred dollars in matching funds by Caerdwyn, will go to support the fight. With charities like this, the connection between donation and life for an animal in need is very real, very immediate.

You know the next step. It’s the right thing to do. It’s the manly thing to do.

Manly Challenge: KidPower

This week’s Manly Challenge, brought to you by Peter New, is to support KidPower. Yes. Yes we will.

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Online and classroom bullying has become a major problem. It’s not “boys will be boys” any more, and the goals of the bullies are no longer limited to pushing someone into a locker or taking their lunch money. This has become a deadly problem, even in fandoms dedicated to positive shows. Governments are not taking this seriously, schools are not taking this seriously, so it’s up to us to take up the slack.

KidPower is an international organization dedicated to solving the problem of bullying. By seeking prevention wherever possible and prosecution when not, by educating parents and police and lawmakers that this isn’t a minor problem that can be swept under the rug, KidPower seeks and end to the hate. Your donations, matched one-for-five by Caerdwyn up to 100 in matching funds, go directly to fighting the good fight.

And we stand beside them.

Manly Challenge: Georgia SPCA

This week’s Manly Challenge is to support the Georgia Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Yes, yes, very yes!

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There is little in the world worse than a betrayal of trust. When humanity turns its back on animals that we have assumed responsibility for, or chooses to deliberately inflict pain just for the sake of doing so, this is betrayal in its worst form.And need we even discuss the barbaric practice of dogfighting and cockfighting?

Your donations (matched 1-for-5 up to one hundred dollars by Caerdwyn) will help the Georgia SPCA in its mission. Care and protection. That’s what it’s all about. And it doesn’t get manlier than that.

Manly Challenge: The Atlanta Day Shelter for Women and Children

This week’s Manly Challenge, courtesy of Rena Awake, is to support the Atlanta Day Shelter for Women and Children. We are all about that!

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Being homeless is pure misery for anyone, but there are particular dangers and challenges for homeless single women and their children. The Atlanta Day Shelter offers the kinds of help that can end homelessness, including medical help, job training, good meals, and helping to navigate the bureaucratic mazes that surround governmental programs.

This is critical work that is being done. Your donations, matched with the usual one-for-five (up to a hundred in matching funds) by Caerdwyn, will make a life-changing difference. So let’s get on it!

So right. So manly. So good.

Manly Challenge: The Red Cross (Chilean earthquake)

This week’s Manly Challenge, from the SFM Bronies, is to support disaster relief efforts for the earthquakes in Chile. Consider it done!

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Chile has been hit by a series of powerful earthquakes this year, with a mangitude 8.4 quake happening just a few days ago. Fortunately, this time loss of life was very light in spite of the tsunami that was triggered, but the damage to homes and businesses was heavy. There are thousands of people who need a helping hand.

The American Red Cross is responding, and that means that we are responding! Join us in helping the victims of the Chilean earthquakes, and show that there is something more powerful than the earth moving! Your donations, matched 1-for-5 up to 100 in matching funds by Caerdwyn, will accomplish some real good.

It’s right. It’s manly.

Manly Challenge – The Humane Society

Today’s Manly Challenge, presented by Tina Guo, is to support the Humane Society. Let’s do this!

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We’re all familiar with the Humane Society and its works. Treating injured animals, finding homes for lost or abandoned pets, and hunting down people who are needlessly or deliberately cruel to animals… that’s the mission. They need support though, and that’s where you come in. Your donations (with the one-for-five match by Caerdwyn up to a hundred dollars) will directly result in animals’ lives being saved.

This one’s a no-brainer. We’re on it!

Manly Challenge: Special Olympics

This week’s challenge, from Nick Confalone, is to support the Special Olympics. Challenge accepted!

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We all know what this is about.

The Special Olympics highlights the very best athletes who also have special needs, demonstrating that limitations can be overcome and that excellence is more powerful than any preconceptions. People around the world are given a chance for glory, given a chance to participate, and show what hard work and dedication can accomplish. This is where we show what WE can do with hard work and dedication. Matched one-for-five by Caerdwyn up to a hundred in matching funds, your donations will help a lot of people make memories that will last a lifetime.

Guys, this is really cool. And supporting the Special Olympics is as manly as bench-pressing four hundred pounds.

…which some of these folks can do.

Manly Challenge: Developments in Literacy

This week’s challenge, courtesy of Pen Stroke, is to support Developments in Literacy. Ask and it will be done!

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There are places in the world where being female means being condemned to a life of illiteracy and no education. Societies where this happens are among the poorest, most war-torn and worst in health care in the world. But history shows that, without exception, educating the women and girls of a nation leads to better life expectancy, a better standard of living and a much greater chance for peace for everyone involved. And nowhere is this more needed than in the Middle East, where women are treated as little more than property.

Developments in Literacy, a four-star charity, has targeted Pakistan for building schools and for training women to become teachers. By concentrating upon the basics, by building the infrastructure of learning, Developments in Literacy is helping to transform Pakistan from a medieval, tribal battlefield into something better for all.

And we’re here to help them do it! Your donations, matched as always one-for-five by Caerdwyn up to one hundred matched, will go directly to pushing back the darkness.

And that’s manly, yes it is.