I feel like a public radio announcer during pledge drive. For those of you outside the US who don’t know what a pledge drive is, it’s a ritualistic torture method inflicted on the public radio and tv audience (and on the radio hosts, too) for a week about every couple of months, where all your favorite radio shows are preempted by incessant and brainwashing begging for money. There is even a Wikipedia article about it (of course): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pledge_drive, as well as several related entries in urbandictionary.
But the reality is: many members of the Plone community are unable to join a sprint at the moment, but know how much Plone benefits from the work put forth at each of these events. Emerald Sprint has been granted the “strategic” designation by the Plone Foundation, and is about to assemble a team of high-caliber contributors. The goals of the sprint are ambitious: read David Glick’s previous post on this blog to find out what we are hoping to accomplish and why.
Several sponsors made a significant financial investment in turning this sprint into a success, but we still have a gap to fill before we can cover all the expenses, including supporting some of our sprinters coming from a very long distance with their travel costs. So, even if you can’t join us this time, there is a simple way to share the glory of the awesomeness that is Dexterity: Chip in! There are only a few days left, so if you want to help, do it now!
Your donations to Emerald Sprint are collected directly by the Plone Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so they are tax-deductible (in the USA).
The Emerald Sprint team thanks the donors who have already given so generously, and hopes you will consider a chipin, too.
And as they say on National Public Radio, the faster you help us reach our target, the sooner the beggathon will stop!