Top 5 Reasons You Should Donate Money to Kyle Dempster and Scott Adamson’s Rescue Fund
“Kyle and Scott have not been seen since Monday, August 22… On Sunday, August 28, family and friends initiated a search and rescue effort, assisted by local authorities and another climbing team on the Choktoi.
Please help these boys. Death is eminent if we cannot help… With the unreliable weather we are needing more money everyday. Please consider the urgency of this situation and how thankful we are for your help.”
So, that’s the situation.
I know all of your facebook feeds are full of a million different causes all vying for your attention. You can’t possibly donate money to everything that pulls at your heart strings.
But I can think of at least 5 really good reasons to donate to this cause. Here they are.
It Could Be You
Maybe you’re not a climber – but if you’re reading this, you probably are. That means you run an elevated risk of dying or getting list somewhere that first responders and hospitals and ambulances aren’t close by. Don’t kid yourself into thinking this only happens to Pros – it doesn’t. It happens to lots of climbers, and it could be you. Personally, I’d like to live in a world where I thought perfect strangers might chip in to help in times like these.
It’s More Fulfilling Than Drinking Beer (and Cheaper)
I like to go get a beer at a bar during happy hour sometimes. $4 a pint. Maybe I stick around for two, because, why not. That’s $8. I like to tip well, so I’ll toss in another $3. That’s $11. In exchange for my $11 I usually get one hour of good conversation with friends, often about crazy alpinists doing crazy things in the mountains that I can’t imagine doing myself, but I love to dream about what that must be like… and one hour of bloated stomach. For just $10, you can help try to rescue two alpinists you love to talk about.
You Get Free Stuff
One of the cool things about these cutting edge alpinists is that they often share these really incredible through completely free multimedia. Take Kyle Dempster, for example. At no cost to you, you can watch him go on this incredible bike trip through Kyrgyzstan – it’s a Vimeo staff pack, it’s an awesome movie, and it’s free. Or listen to his Dirtbag Diary: Mothers Have it Hardest – it’s a uniquely sensitive and honest look into the life of a high end alpinist pushing the limits without just pretending like he doesn’t have a mom who loves him and always wants to see him come home safe and sound. Just think what other stories we could consume for free if we bring him back from this one!
Great Way To Cure That Feeling of “Nothing I Do Matters.”
I feel this a lot. My god. Bernie is somehow deemed unelectable. Trump is a reality. Cops keep mowing down black people for being black. Terrorists keep mowing down crowds of innocent people all over the world. Refugees keep dying on shoddy boats in the Mediterranean, or getting turned away from European ports, or just getting shuffled in to makeshift hovels more closely approximating POW than refugee camps. It’s a fucked up world, and nothing we do makes a difference. I know. But this – this just might. Give it a shot, see what happens.
This is Exactly How Things Like This Should Work
I don’t know how else to say it. Nobody wants to be the one to ask for help. Nobody sets out (not even telemarketers) with the dream of asking perfect strangers for money. Nobody does anything like this unless they really need it, and they don’t know what else to do. It doesn’t happen that often. You won’t be breaking your budget if you commit to donating $10 to each and every cause like this you come across. This is a lot better than insurance. Nobody’s looking to make a dollar off you. This is a cry for help in the universe that fell on your doorstep. The proper response is to answer.
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