Woodworkers Help Save the Children #2: Approved

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Blog entry by Martin Sojka posted 09-06-2007 06:01 PM 11709 reads 0 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It’s Official!!

We will definitely be helping to “Save The Children”.

Save the Children


  • Build something to auction/sell for the fundraiser
  • Decide on a method to auction/sell the item .. (ideas to follow)
  • Promote event with press releases and posters (coming soon)
  • Put your project up for auction/sale
  • Collect money and send to our contact at Save The Children (contact information to follow).

Deadline: December 1st, 2007

Funds collected will be gathered by and distributed to children around the world by Save the Children, Canada. Out of every dollar raised 85 cents will go to the children! We have asked that the money that we raise be given to children in crisis due to natural disasters and the travesties of war.

Save the Children, Canada has been selected as our contact country to make planning discussions easier between Debbie and the Save the Children organization. A central collection contact will allow them to tally the monies raised by our efforts.

Official Announcement together with the press release and flyer coming soon…
Stay tuned and start planning!

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#1 posted 09-06-2007 06:26 PM

Congratulations Martin and Debbie. I am looking forward to the official announcements.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#2 posted 09-06-2007 06:30 PM

this is a WONDERFUL event, Martin. Of course, now i have to build something that is worthy of this cause…

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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Bob Babcock

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#3 posted 09-06-2007 07:28 PM

Great news Martin…I had already jumped the gun by discussing the building of my paddle for this challenge on a number of SUP (standup paddleboard) forums so I’m glad it came through. I’ve already gotten a very positive response. I’m planning on an “art” paddle. Inlays…maybe some carving, and I have an offer from a surf painter Rick Romano to do a small painting on the paddle (not sure if the logistics for that will work but we’ll see). I hope to get started on it next week.

-- Bob

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#4 posted 09-06-2007 08:28 PM

that’s awesome!!! THis is really exciting.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 09-06-2007 09:36 PM

Great Idea

Perhaps eBAY would jump in with an auction site. With PayPal channeling the funds?

Just a thought


-- Mike, Maryland,

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#6 posted 09-06-2007 09:46 PM

the one charity link that I read stated a fee that eBay would get—I, personally, would rather see all of the money get to the charity… but there might be other options.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#7 posted 09-06-2007 10:51 PM

Great idea Martin. How about blog auctions here on LJ?

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#8 posted 09-06-2007 11:15 PM

Work out the kinks and I am in! I give away a few items for local hockey associations each year that get raffled off. Good publicity and you feel good doing it.


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#9 posted 09-07-2007 12:21 AM

if you can come up with any ideas re: the auction/sale process… I’d love to hear them.. the more ideas the better!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#10 posted 09-07-2007 01:02 AM

I looked into eBay as an option but they use an outside service to manage charity items and they want a cut. Dan mentioned the methods he will use on eBay in the 1st post of the blog. It looks like it is possible to do it without them getting a percentage but we’ll need to figure out the details.

-- Bob

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#11 posted 09-08-2007 05:53 AM

There are a lot of painters doing “art a day auctions” primarily through seperate blogs, but are doing the selling through eBay. Some have been featured in the paper and have earned a pretty penny doing these over the course of the year. This is something I’ve looked into starting up, just need to get off my duff and get started. Some use to sell art too. Some woodworkers sell stuff there, though some stuff I’ve seen is of the craft show type stuff, or underpriced for what it could/should be. Selling a pen for $15. either the kits were free or are of questionable quality.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#12 posted 09-11-2007 07:00 AM


Is the deadline of Dec 1st the day the money needs to be in or that the project should be completed? I’m trying to work out the logistics of having a painting done to add to my “art” paddle and the date may define what is possible.

-- Bob

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#13 posted 09-11-2007 11:30 AM

Deadline is that money is being sent in by Dec. 1 .. so we can get the grand total and further publicity before the holidays.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#14 posted 09-11-2007 06:29 PM

Are there any tax implications in doing this? Say with a raffle or such? I’m thinking that a raffle might generate the most funds, but I’m also anticipating being asked if losing tickets are tax deductible. If there is some insight here, I’d appreciate it.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#15 posted 09-11-2007 07:04 PM

Hey, would it be possible to donate a Power Tool to the auction?

-- life can always be weaved into a song.

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