Friday, March 20, 2009

New Website

Well, today was the big roll-out of the publicity effort in support of the fundraising for my Channel swim. is now a separate website, with lots of information borrowed from the blog here, along with some new stuff, and it makes donating very easy!

I'm not sure what will happen with this full blog, given the prevalence of Facebook and Twitter (see SwimMikeSwim at both!), and the centrality of So, we'll have to see if there is still a role for this. Probably. It's good to have a longer format sometimes.

The good news is that the local paper, the Rockford Register Star, picked up the story right away and there is an article in the on-line version tonight, and hopefully will be in the print version tomorrow!

Sunday, March 1, 2009


Wow. You put a bunch of talented, thoughtful, compassionate people who are generous with time in a room and great things can happen. Today I gathered a few wonderful people together to help get the fundraising part of this moving along, and we made great progress in just a couple of hours. These folks were very confident we would be able to get significant publicity, in Rockford, Chicago, and maybe beyond! We have some jobs assigned, and will soon be making calls to some key people and businesses, trying to get seed money to enable more serious fundraising. Anybody like to donate $2000 to help make the $50,000 possible??? If so, click here! (And then click the green button on the left hand side of that page.)

This blog will hopefully soon expand into a fundraising juggernaut, with more information and a broader audience in mind. But I'll still keep the personal touch, as this whole effort to raise money for the school in Waku Kungu is deeply personal to me!