December 31, 2009
An AMAZING day on the fluoridation front
The FAN team has been quite busy trying to keep up with all the wonderfully generous donations and the kind words of support that many of you have sent in. The last 24 hours has been incredibly encouraging - it has quite lifted our spirits and given us fresh hope that we will see an end to the miserable practice of forcing people to take medicine through their water supply.
To understand our excitement over yesterday's response we need to put this fundraising exercise into context. We started on Dec 4 and by Dec 30 morning we had raised $26,276 from 157 donors. This included some large donations from some of our long time benefactors. At that point with only two days to go before the deadline of midnight December 31 (up to this point donations can be deducted from the tax returns for 2009) we decided that getting to $50,000 (what we need to keep going in 2010) would be impossible, so we dropped our goal to $35,000. Then Ellen had a great idea, she said, "Why don't we send this appeal to everyone we have ever been in contact with on fluoridation?" Up to this point we had only sent this appeal to the people who receive the FAN bulletins and the professionals who signed the Professionals' Statement. Well we did...and we have had the most exciting 24 hours for many months.
Since 9 am yesterday morning we received donations from another 191 people (that is more than we had received between Dec 4 - Dec 30). That took us to a total of 346 donors, which is well over our goal of 300, which triggered a donation of $1500 from one of our angels (thank you M). Our total also passed $35,000 which triggered another $1000 from another angel (thank you N). So as I write our current total is $36,569. In addition, we have another $2000 promised in the mail. So all of sudden, something which looked impossible 24 hours ago suddenly looks a lot more feasible. If we had another day like yesterday we could reach $49,000 - and why $49,000 and not $50,000? Because another angel has pledged to kick in the last $1000 if we get that close.
So over to you. Can we raise $10,000 today?
But it isn't just the money - as important as that is to finance our battle -it is the wonderful support you sent us. Just when we were feeling a little lonely - you told us we are not alone. There are many, many people out there who feel this injustice as strongly as we do - who want us all to win. You have reminded us that there is huge family of people out there, of all ages, of all political persuasions - some who we will never meet - who are determined to fight this uphill battle for truth and scientific integrity until we prevail. For some this might be our last battle (we remember some of the past fluoridation fighters who have passed away) for other young people it might be your first.
But whether you are young or old, the key thing to remember is that as difficult as this may appear to be we will get there, and we will get there with our integrity intact. There are no short cuts. There are no magic bullets. There will be no deals made behind closed doors. This practice should never have started and it must be halted as swiftly as possible. This is what the ethics say. This is what the science says. We will eventually reach the tipping point when enough people recognize this and it will overwhelm the powerful interests that have duped so many decision makers, professionals and journalists for so long. Your dollars and your energy will speed that day.
Please keep the donations and emails of support flooding in. Remember a donation of $10 or more before midnight tonight will earn you a DVD (Professional Perspectives on Water Fluoridation) -ignore what it says when you make a donation online (it says $100 is needed to secure this DVD - that is last year's message when the DVD was hot off the press). Donation details below.
Here are the donation details again:
• By Credit Card via our secure online server at https://secure.groundspring.org/dn/index.php?aid=5061
• By check, payable to Fluoride Action Network. Send to Paul Connett, 82 Judson Street, Canton NY 13617
• The least painful option is a recurring monthly donation at https://secure.groundspring.org/dn/index.php?aid=5061
We will let you how we are doing around 8 pm tonight.
Director, Fluoride Action Network