Hi. I had an idea. I would organize a fundraising event for the Migraine Research Foundation and it would be awesome. So, here it goes.
On the last week of Migraine Awareness Month, Wednesday, June 27 to Sunday, July 1, I am running a fundraising event for the Migraine Research Foundation.
The Migraine Research Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding migraine research in the United States. To quote Stephen Semlitz, co-founder and Chairman of the Board – “The Migraine Research Foundation hopes that everyone who suffers from migraine will eventually have an effective treatment that they can count on to allow them to live a healthy, happy and productive life.” In other words – a Very Worthy Cause.
During the days of a Charity Drive, I will donate ALL the royalties from the sales of my books from “Take a Break & Have a Laugh” series of books to MRF. Once again – when you buy any “Take a Break & Have a Laugh” book between June 27 and July 1 of 2012 inclusively, all the profit I get from Amazon as a writer goes to Migraine Research Foundation.
“Take a Break & Have a Laugh” are collections of short humorous stories written by yours truly. And when I say short – I mean bite-sized. For example – you can read one story in the volume while waiting in line in a store or while having a cup of coffee. BTW, please go easy on coffee if you have migraines, OK? 🙂
Why funny stories and why do I write them? That’s easy – because I have migraines and the rest of the baggage that comes with it. If you are a migraineur, you know what I am talking about. Laughter is not exactly a cure but it sure makes life easier, especially for people like us.
We are combining Laughter therapy with research for migraine cures, people! So, please click on the link and see if you like any of the books:
Let’s make this Charity Drive a success!
Just to make sure MRF receives a donation no matter how MUCH of a great success this Charity Drive will be, I am starting the ball rolling by pledging to Migraine Research Foundation $50 upfront.
Please spread the word – Tweets, Re-Tweets, Blogging and Re-Blogging, Facebook Shares and Pidgin Mail are appreciated!
And, of course, please join us at the event on Facebook. Just Click Here.
My Thanks go to Shoshana Werber, MRF’s Senior Development and Marketing Manager, for helping me figure out what I need to do in order to make this event happen and Teri Robert, for pointing me towards a worthy charitable organization that really cares about migraineurs. Also, those who helped selflessly me with their support and ideas – you know who you are – thank you! 🙂
If you prefer to donate to Migraine Research Foundation separately, you can do so on their website:
Q: How much those books cost?
A: All the books from Take a Break & Have a Laugh Series are $0.99 or ninety-nine cents.
Q: How would we know that you gave ALL the money to charity?
A: I am going to post screenshots from Amazon’s Month-to-Date Unit Sales. The first one – right before the fundraiser goes in effect, to show how many sales I had before. The last one – right after it ended to show everyone the number of books sold and you are welcome to count them. I am also planning to post some results daily, just to keep things interesting.
Q: Why are the books on Amazon?
A: Amazon is a secure and trusted platform and almost everyone shops there.
Q: How much in royalties are we talking about from a sale of a single book?
A: For books that cost $0.99, a writer gets from Amazon 35% royalties.
Q: How would you, Oleg, benefit from this?
A: I have migraines. If, as a migraineur, I help funding research into migraine treatments, it will benefit me as well as other tens of millions of migraine sufferers in the US alone. Also, as a writer, I get more people to read my books. So, as you can see, I am benefiting twice. 😛
Q: You have a Russian-sounding name. Are you a member of Russian Mafia?
A: No, I am not. Or, for my linguistically-talented readers – Nyet, tovarisch 😛 .
Q: That baby you are holding in your profile picture, where did you get it?
A: That’s my nephew, Brent, when he was in his kitten stage. Now he is three years old and can skateboard. So there 😛