I wouldn’t normally write about specific competitions or even gadgets, but Jane Slowey (once my boss for a few months) e-mailed me about a tie-in between her organisation The Foyer Federation and Dixons and I really want others to blog about it. After all it’s a huge improvement on reports that homeless people were paid to queue in Tokyo and the US when the PS3 was released there.
The fundraiser is a competition. Enter here to win a PS3 from Dixons and a proportion of the £1 fee goes to the Federation. (It might also help get round fears of shortages) So think of this as an experiment in attracting a new audience for you and helping a good cause. If enough of us use this link perhaps we can get it onto the front page of technorati. With the tags below we’ll certainly find new readers and give them a way to turn their gaming passion to good use. If you give it a go please send me a link and I’ll add it here, or use trackback or perhaps add a comment with a link. I’d also love to know what effect it has on hits to your blog.
Just for some background. Jane and her colleagues at the Federation have worked hard over the last year to broaden their relationships and find new ways to create sustainable income streams. The Federation is now Dixons’ charity, Virgin Megastores are also working with the Foyers and fundraising, while ice cream company Ben & Jerrys’ is selling their products through a Foyer run PartnerShop to also give young people new skills and work experience.
The benefits of such connections are self evident – although they don’t always guarantee the right publicity. The day Richard Branson announced the virgin connection also happened to be the same day he told the world that he was worried about the growing power of Richard Murdoch.
So go ahead: help someone else, and all in the cynical pursuit of more hits to your website.
Thanks to David Wilcox for this first use of the link and for Michelle for this plus the ever fresh Jon Bounds here. Another nod, this time in the direction of the fascinating Personal Democracy Forum for using the nptech tag to get this on their front page and to one more Michele, this time at The Bamboo Project, for this clear entry, plus the digg. Another thanks for using the link goes to Tech Ticker and one more to Volunteer Evolution – thanks Micki. It just keeps going folks. Thanks to the always brilliant and inspiring Beth Kanter for her input and giving this a quick kick into her gaming contacts and also to Internet Vibes for picking this up from the tech Ticker post mentioned earlier.
More thanks to: Nedra at sparechange …