Archive for the 'March of Dimes' Category
Cidu Bill on Apr 20th 2017
The short version this time:
March for Babies, which I still call the March of Dimes Walkathon even though they officially changed the name years ago. (I’m still allowed to use the old name because my son and I have been doing this since 1993).
Since 2006, we’ve been raising money for the March of Dimes here at CIDU, and we’re on an impressive run: each year, we’ve raised more than the year before. Last year we hit a stunning $1011 (thank you all!), so $1012 will be a high bar.
The event takes place April 30, rain or shine, and unfortunately it’s been leaning more toward “rain” lately.
The donation links are both above, and in the left-hand sidebar.
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Cidu Bill on Apr 3rd 2017
No joke, it took me longer to set up the registration than it’s going to take me to do the walk: they makes you re-invent the wheel every year, and any clear instructions how to do so are buried beneath tons of other nonsense (I actually had to phone them for help this afternoon, which somebody who’s been doing the Walk since 1993 really should not have to do). (Always reminds me of this)
But I digress. Sorry, but complaining about the web site is also an annual tradition, and it feels as if I’ve been doing that since 1993 as well. And to be fair, MOD’s is no worse than most other web sites that exist to help people raise money for good causes. You’d think people who know how to create easy-to-use web sites would volunteer their services — but people and organizations with terrible web sites rarely know or are willing to acknowledge it, as long as they’re nice to look atBut I digress again.We’ve been collecting for March of Dimes on CIDU since 2006 and each year, we’ve collected more than the previous year. This year, though, there’s a pretty high bar: Last year’s total was $1011, the first time we cracked the $1000 mark (just for the record, the Bickel Boys team, which is basically CIDU plus money my son and I collect elsewhere, was #9 in the county with $2035).Tomorrow, I think, I’ll delete this rambling mess with an appropriately streamlined version: Walkathon, March of Dimes, April 30, and the graphics both above and in the upper left-hand sidebar will take you to the special CIDU donation page.
And again, thank for both your past and your future help.
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Cidu Bill on May 11th 2016
Thanks largely to you guys, The Bickel Boys were the #9 team in Morris County this year: our first time in the Top Ten.
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Cidu Bill on Apr 24th 2016
Over the years I’ve been involved with several fundraisers in addition to March of Dimes. One thing they have in common is the fact that their websites are all nightmares to navigate: they make it impossible to find the most basic useful information (like how to set up a donations link), and they’re full of dead ends that lead you to useless information.
Not that this is unique to fundraising sites, of course: I think it was an xkcd panel a few years ago that showed a Venn diagram with “information you need to find on a college website” and “what the college wants you to find,” and the shared space was “the name of the college.”
Anyway, one thing the MoD site doesn’t seem to allow you to do is change the location of your walk, so I had to re-register and of course it took me as much time to create the donation page as it took me the first time. Basically, I’ll spend less time on the walk this year than I’ve already spent on the website.
Okay, needed to vent. The bottom line is, we have $909 collected (the goal is $917) — but if you click the link, you’ll see zero. In reality, i’ll be handing everything in together next Sunday, so $8 will break last year’s record.
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Cidu Bill on Apr 19th 2016
We’re at $658, with 5 days remaining. In the home stretch, and still within reach of the $917 goal.
Last year, by hitting $916, we beat the previous year’s total for the tenth consecutive year. Of course, each year that becomes a more daunting task.
Fun fact: they haven’t actually called it a “walkathon” for at least ten years. But I’m still getting used to “Beijing”…
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Cidu Bill on Apr 16th 2016
Update: We’re at $416 with 1 week remaining.
And here we go again… Year 24 of our walk (and my erstwhile walking companion Aaron is coming in from Boston to join me this year), and Year 12 of you guys being our non-walking companions.
One advantage of having Aaron down here, by the way: this thing starts way too early on a Sunday morning, and this way he can drive us there and Old Dad can nap. A far cry from our first Walkathon when he rode part of the way on my shoulders.
Tempus fugit, and all that…
Last year’s total by the way, from CIDU alone, was $916.
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Cidu Bill on Apr 26th 2015
Still $100 short of our admittedly lofty goal It would be nice to walk over to the registration table Sunday morning with $834 in pledges, of course — but if this drive ends at $734, you all will still have my unqualified gratitude.
Forecast for the morning: chilly, but no rain. No complaints there.
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Cidu Bill on Apr 3rd 2015
And here we are at Year 23 (can that possibly be right??)
Even more impressive is that for eleven of the years my son and I have been walking for the March of Dimes, CIDU has been behind us, each year donating more than the year before for this important cause. Will we beat the previous year’s total for the tenth time? We have to top $833.50 to do that.
(and as always the secondary goal, also achieved each year so far: raising more than my wife does at her office)
Whether or not we achieve either of these goals, though, I am grateful for your support.
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Cidu Bill on Apr 27th 2014
Quick update: We ended the month, thanks to contributions large and small, at $833.50, up from last year’s seemingly-unbeatable $698.
Wow.The link now leads to my son’s page; but anybody who donates, please let me know because I’ll consider it part of the CIDU tally.
Today’s LOL page will go online this afternoon. My apologies.
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Cidu Bill on May 13th 2013
In case anybody was wondering, Team Bickel Boys raised $2188 this year, aided by $677 donated by the CIDU bunch (up from last year’s $594). Thanks again, everybody.
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Cidu Bill on Apr 28th 2013
For the seventh consecutive year, CIDU contributions surpassed the previous year’s: $677 this year, compared to $594 last year. The book is closed on the New Jersey walk — but if anybody wanted to contribute and didn’t get around to it, the graphic still works: it links to my son’s March of Dimes page now (which will stay live until the Boston walk on the 11th), but I’m monitoring his page and any contributions that come through the graphic will “count” as CIDU contributions (we’re both part of Team Bickel Boys).
Once again, thanks so much for helping out.
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Cidu Bill on Apr 30th 2012
Considering the thing started early Sunday morning — I’m not
a morning person — I can’t complain. Nice weather, unlike two years ago, and I managed not to strain my back the day before like last year. Alas, I had to do the walk without my junior partner this year, who signed up instead for the Boston version of the walk.
CIDU raised $593 this year, a significant bump over last year’s $542. We’ve actually beaten the previous year’s total every single year since we started collecting here (2007 or 2008, who remembers?), so thank you all. You’re the best.
A couple donations came in too late — but the Boston walk isn’t until May 13, so I’ll give that money to my son to turn in. For that matter, if you’ve been meaning to donate but never got around to it, I guess there still is some time.
And finally, a shout-out to Pop Culture Shock Therapy’s Doug Bratton, who was a volunteer Sunday morning at the New York City walk, drawing sketches for kids.
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Cidu Bill on May 2nd 2011
You guys rock — two dollars more than you rocked last year: in true photo-finish manner, the total amount collected through the CIDU page ended at $510, beating last year’s record $508. K-Mart sends a $50 gift card to anybody who shows up at the March with at least $1000, and that’s going to a local women’s shelter.
Again, thanks to everybody who helped out.
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Cidu Bill on Apr 25th 2010
Yesterday afternoon, I mentioned that I’d love to raise an additional $21 for this morning’s March of Dimes Walkathon. Within minutes, a $21 donation came in. Followed over the next few hours by three more $21 donations. And a $50 donation and a couple others for an afternoon and evening total of $154. Which brought the grand total to $504.
A great day for a walkathon. If you’re a duck. A duck from the Arctic.
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Cidu Bill on Apr 7th 2010
It’s that time of year again when I’m asking everybody to contribute what they can to the March of Dimes (using the PayPal button in the left-hand column). I’ll personally match the total amount.
My older son and I have been participating in the annual walkathon (now known as the March for Babies) since 1993. That era is now over, since he’s working in Boston — so this year my younger son takes over “make sure Dad gets to the finish line without keeling over” duties.
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Cidu Bill on Feb 8th 2010
The CIDU site has received a number of donations lately — for which I am grateful, but… it also made me realize I’m not really comfortable with the whole donation concept. So I removed the button.
But I’ll be putting it back up in April to make my annual March of Dimes pitch. As I mentioned last year, my older son has retired from the March of Dimes Walkathon after 17 years (he’s working out of state), so my younger son will be taking his place.
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Cidu Bill on Apr 25th 2009
Last year, I said that the 2008 March of Dimes Walk America would be the end of an era — for us, anyway — because my son and I would be participating for our sixteenth and final time (we began when he was 2). Turns out we’ve got one more walk in us, since he’s working an internship this spring close to home.
So same as last year, any donations made to CIDU (you can use the button atop the right-hand column of this page) by the end of the day on April 25 (today) will go to March of Dimes tomorrow morning — and I’ll pay the PayPal fee (they help themselves to 6% of all payments, the goniffs) and I’ll match all donations.
Total donations so far: $225
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Cidu Bill on Apr 23rd 2008
- Please read the notice in the upper right-hand column
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