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Dear Netizens, can you send $1 to help the surgery of baby Gratia?

Dominggus Elcid Li is a journalist from Indonesia, and since October 2006 he has been a postgraduate student in Sociology Department, University of Birmingham, UK. I haven’t met him personally even though I have known him for more than 6 years via the Internet. However, Elcid’s father was my HS classmate, and I went to the same elementary school with his uncles and aunts too. The Li family was from my old hometown. Elcid is very busy with his studies but he still managed to bother me with all the information that once again have forced me to come up with something as you could see from the previous posting and comments.

As you can read from my previous posting, baby Gratia has suffered from VSD and the latest info I got from Elcid and others, baby Gartia’s family is now waiting for another 60 millions Indonesian rupiahs to pay the doctor and hospital’s fee for the corrective surgery for baby Gratia.

Well, I was so busy at work this time and I didn’t plan to do anything beside calling friends here and there, looking for the possibility to contact some big charity organizations since my previous works on this kind of fund raising didn’t get that much result. But after reading the latest report from Elcid as well as the letter to Elcid from Winston – baby Gratia’s father whom I have spoken with few times, I think, I have to do something this time. I know there are many fellow bloggers out there that can always come up with a good idea on how to rise money so I will go to knock their door first.

Let me tell you why Elcid and his compatriots such as Jonathan Lassa from my home town were looking for me when it comes to fund raising. I am the owner of Bolelebo mailing list for people from my hometown and I have done this fund raising before, even though we didn’t collect that much money. For example, we could only raised a little over US$350 when Lukas Mbira got his thyroid tumor removed two years ago by a team of volunteers from Singapore under the leadership of Dr. Maria Tan of New Beginning Church and Dr. Goh Yau Hong.

Two days ago I have written a personal note to John Chow at johnchow.com, but he must be too busy to respond to this request. As you can see from the exchange rate on XE currency converter page, the conversion rate is US$1 = IDR 9,035. That means they still need around $6,600 to come up with 60 million Indonesian rupiah to pay the doctor and the hospital fee. Can we get 6600 netizens to send $1 per person to help baby Gratia?

I’m willing to collect the money here in US, but I don’t know where to start. OK, my fellow bloggers, what is your suggestion? Do I need to ask every body to send me $1 bill, using Paypal or what? Sending directly to Winston’s account will eat up your contribution since the bank charge would be more than what you’re going to donate. Would paypal cost the same amount? What if every body just send me a dollar then I will pay the bank charge when we collect enough money to send it at once?

I need your help.


Aris Tanone, a.k.a drt

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  • drt October 11, 2007, 1:13 am

    Yes, I got the idea from Save Karyn dot com. I didn’t send her money at that time, but I thought she was very creative. Have you ever checked her site at http://www.savekaryn.com/AboutSaveKaryn.htm

    Like when Karyn got her first idea, now it is late at night too and I’m still working at it and I just received an automatic reply from Oprah as follows:

    Dear Aris Tanone,

    Thank you for your e-mail! Your message is important to us. Unfortunately, due to the volume of e-mail messages we receive every day, we cannot guarantee that you’ll receive a personal response. Feel free to check out our Frequently Asked Questions for additional help.

    Thanks again for writing to us!

    The Oprah.com Staff

    I know, this is an automatic reply, but I just wanted to show you that I’m trying every thing I could to help this little baby Gratia and her family. I still don’t know how to set up Paypal to receive the payment and I’m not really sure if I wanted to receive the money and then go through all the trouble filling out the paper work for IRS. I wish a big guy such as Bill O’Reily, Oprah or Jay Leno will pick up the tab, and people then send money to their sites instead of me. But hey, please let me know if you have a better ideas. Thanks.

  • drt October 11, 2007, 7:47 am

    Just had a short chat with Winston this morning. They have talked to the Heart Foundation at Harapan Kita (Our Hope) Hospital but it is Idul Fitr holiday there and they have to wait another week. As far as the financial situation, there is not so much progress there. Let us keep praying for them.

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