Sunday, April 17, 2011

Mike Kicks Your Collective Asses

As you've seen over the past week, Grey Ops has featured articles on Paintball Fitness, as well as several giveaways to promote The Grey Ops 10k Challenge. We at Grey Ops are in full fundraising mode for blood cancer research, attempting to raise $600 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada, and trying to convince readers to run 5k or 10k for cancer awareness on May 28th. Our grand total so far, after 7 days of 10k Challenge-themed articles, and multiple giveaway posts drawing attention to the cause? A grand total of $25...

Seriously, we desperately need you to step up and help us out. Not only does making a donation of as little as $5 double your chances of winning one of the 8 gear giveaways we've got running this week, it also means that money goes to life-saving research. The stats are that 1 in 3 people will be diagnosed with some form of cancer at some point in their lives, so eventually YOU or someone you care about will be personally affected by this. When that time comes, wouldn't you prefer to have better treatments available, thanks to your dollars going to research today?

Now, Connor regularly tracks our web stats, and from what I understood from him Grey Ops currently gets 600-800 unique visitors per day. With that many people frequenting this blog, I'm really disappointed that so few have stepped up to the plate on this. For over a year now, Connor and I have been taking a lot of our own time to write informative and entertaining posts, articles, and reviews for YOUR benefit, all for FREE. On top of that, we've facilitated a lot of promotional giveaways by Paintball manufacturers, so that you all have a chance at winning some expensive gear at no cost. We've never asked for anything in return. Now, after all this time we ask for a small favour, and the response from over 600 people is the sound of CRICKETS?

On top of that, it's not like we're asking for beer money here; 100% of the money donated goes straight to the LLSC for blood cancer research (and about half of people afflicted by blood cancer are little kids). So when you understand where we're coming from, I'm sure you can understand the frustration here.

As I write this, there's less than a day before 10k Challenge Giveaway #1 closes, and the other 7 giveaways will start closing after that. If you make a small donation before then, you still have the time to get in on doubling your chances to win some nice gear. If you're looking to take home something a little bigger, then by all means place a bid on our eBay charity auction for a brand new Smart Parts SP8 Marker - in mint condition, and sure to be a rare collector's item in this state.

All donations of $25 or more to the LLSC (or to its athletic fundraising arm, Team in Training) are tax-deductible in Canada, as both are registered charities in this country. And since the SP8 auction is also a charity auction, when you win and pay for it, you'll receive a receipt for tax purposes as well. When was the last time you got to buy a marker, then write off the cost on your taxes?

Whichever of these two methods you choose to support this cause, please give generously! We've still obviously got a long way to go to reach our $600 goal, and we can use all the help we can get. Together, we can find a cure!

To donate to the LLSC through my fiancee Patricia's Team in Training fundraising page, click here.

To bid on the Grey Ops brand new Smart Parts SP8 marker up for auction on eBay, click here.

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