The Hair Project: A Brief Summary for the Newcomers
First of all, welcome to anyone who's new to the site.
We're getting plenty of new visitors it seems and not everyone has had the time to go through all the posts and get every last details, so I'll try to summarize everything in this post.
My first haircut in 22 months. I figured I'd do something stupid for a higher purpose. People donate money to a variety of worthy charities for the right to vote as to what my next hairstyle will be. A bad haircut for a good cause. (It's better than the current situation, I suppose — that of bad hair for no cause.)
Like I said, it's for a good cause. I'm letting folks vote of how I should cut my hair as an awareness-builder and fundraiser for organizations working to help the victims of and stop the genocide in Darfur, Sudan. Yes, perhaps you should be skeptical of the shameless self-promotional bent to all this, but ultimately it's self-promotion for a greater good. In the end, I'd like the focus to be on the issue of Darfur more so than the haircut. It's just that sometimes you need to approach a serious matter with a bit of humor. That, and the fact that I'm far too willing to give in to doing stupid things, particularly with respect to my hair. To learn more about the crisis in Sudan, try one of the links on the right-side of the screen.
Who (The Beneficiaries):
There are a few of them now. I started off with just one, Doctors Without Borders. I've added a few organizations since then. If you'd like, you can choose to make your donation to Human Rights Watch or Amnesty International, and Save Darfur, as well.
Also, once cut, the hair will be donated to Locks of Love, an organization that provides help (in the form of hairpieces) to underprivileged kids with long-term medical hair loss.
As it turns out, the original goal of raising $200 was apparently far too modest. I'm now shooting for raising $1,000.
To vote, all you must do is donate to any of the charities listed and then email firstname.lastname@example.org with your donation receipt (as some who have already donated have learned, it sometimes takes up to a couple hours for a confirmation email to arrive), letting me know how you'd like to allocate your votes. You receive 1 vote per dollar donated and you can allocate your votes in any way you'd like; i.e., you can use your votes to vote for just one haircut or you can split them amongst the choices.
In short, to vote you must first make a donation; an email to me pledging a donation isn't enough. Once you've made your donation, then let me know and you'll be eligible to vote.
You must email your receipt and votes by Tuesday, April 18, 2006 at 8 pm EDT. The haircut will take place then.