So, you may have thought I had fallen off the face of the earth. Or you followed along on my adventures when I was traveling, whether through Twitter, or Facebook.
I have been back home now for just under a month, and after getting used to life in the great city of New York (and the tiring suburbs of Long Island), I am happy to confirm that things are progressing.
As I promised on the video from Sarah Elizabeth Foster (located on the bottom portion of this site), I planned on filing for non-profit status upon return of a successful trip. Well, the trip was successful, so now I am reviewing the legal aspects, and filling out the paper work, and then handling the matters that will not only officially establish this initiative as a not-for-profit charity, but will also allow prior donors to claim their donations as tax exempt.
I want to thank those people here, and in due time, personally, for donating to an idea before it had matriculated, but now it is blooming, because of the support of some very generous and giving people, that donated amounts ranging from $2 to $500.
Now it's time to really blow this program open.
In a few weeks you will receive more messages from me, first on here, and eventually, on the new website that I am also constructing at this moment. I will discuss with you the plans of the organization, and once again share with you the experiences in India.
As we all know, hockey is a year round sport in North America, but every year, it is an expensive endeavor to get off the ground around India, and your support is needed now more than ever. If you can contribute, please do.
If you want your donation to go to general programming, organization founding, infrastructure, equipment, India, anything, please leave a comment when you make your donation, and by law, that is where your donation will go.
Your support in these early stages of an organization looking to make a long term goal of "sharing happiness and changing lives, one puck at a time" will never be forgotten!
Please donate securely by using the ChipIn client on the side of the page.
The Hockey Volunteer
Listen to my broadcast from Saturday, 1/10 with the guys from Hockey Night on Long Island:
Special thanks to the Allan and Rolly at Nasty Hockey Show for being strong advocates for this program, and putting together this broadcast. Please check it out!Special thanks to Sarah Elizabeth Foster of www.sarahelizabethfoster.com for doing this interview, supporting the cause, and donating! (NOTE: I mention in the video I'll be leaving by the New Year. My departure date is now set at 1/12/09!)
Special thanks to the Allan and Rolly at Nasty Hockey Show for being strong advocates for this program, and putting together this broadcast. Please check it out!
Awesome quote from their website: "I’ll match your contributions up to a total of $200. Just leave a comment on this blog with what you have donated."
Thank you guys!