Stepping away from a strictly tech related post for a moment ...
One of our members and long-time friends, Heather Samsa - on Twitter as @i_enigma - has been tirelessly and single handedly helping to rebuild the small town of Marysville - which Australians may remember as being utterly devastated by the Black Saturday bushfires in 2009. She created the Marysville Cookbook, a combination of memories and recipes that is truly charming and unique. The initial print run was for the residents of Marysville, but others wanted to purchase it.
Heather started to sell the book, which costs around $20 per copy to produce, for $30. The $10 "profit" goes directly to Marysville through various community ventures, and so far Heather has raised $4,700 single handedly.
That's no small feat by any means! I actually bought the book as a gift for my wife, and it is simply gorgeous. The recipes are delicious, the photos are fantastic, and my wife absolutely loves it. The fact that it made some small contribution to the rebuilding effort made it just that much more special.
Now, however, there is a chance to help out Marysville to a degree that dwarfs even Heather's sterling efforts. Through the Lenovo "10 Second Hero" promotion, Heather has a chance to win $50,000 for Marysville. She's submitted her entry, strictly following the rules of the competition, and delivers what I feel is a straightforward, direct, and engaging message in the 10 second video allowed!
Heather, for her efforts, gets a Lenovo IdeaPad - which is wonderful, and I feel it's well deserved recognition. This is a reward for being a finalist, and independent of the prize, which is all the better. But wouldn't it be fantastic to see her win that $50,000 and make an even more massive impact to Marysville? Imagine if it were your own town!
Please take the time to vote for Heather's entry - you can vote once per day, and it only requires your name and email address to vote. Voting closes on 5th October, so get cracking and make Heather's dream come true!
VOTE HERE: http://lenovo.promo.eprize.com/hero/like.html?entry_id=434
(you'll need to scroll to find her entry, it's randomly placed in the finalists)
And, of course, please consider buying the Cookbook. From my own experience, I can tell you it's easily worth the $30 - even if you don't cook any of the recipes, it's a great coffee table book!
More Info: http://www.marysvillecookbook.com
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