That $20 bill in your pocket could simultaneously save people’s lives and fuel your inspiration for the foreseeable future. All you have to do is click your mouse a few times and order End Malaria, a new book with one powerful purpose: to raise money for mosquito nets in Africa to reduce the number of malaria-related deaths.
Why am I telling you this? What made me decide to deviate from the normal subject matter we post on the QLP Blog? I’m telling you this because you have a chance to make a big difference. All of us do.
You may not know this, but 781,000 people die of malaria every year. And the most shocking part? 85% of those deaths occur in children under five years old. That means a child dies of malaria approximately every 45 seconds! Visit Malaria No More for even more shocking statistics.
For a mere $20, you could own a Kindle version of End Malaria (it’s $25 for a print copy). Its 240 pages are filled with inspirational essays and bite-sized insights from 62 of the most creative thinkers of our time, including Seth Godin, Chris Brogan, Gary Vaynerchuk, and Scott Stratten. The best part? Your $20 will go directly to Malaria No More, an internal advocacy organization working to end malaria deaths by the year 2015. Watch the official video for the full scoop:
According to CNN Money, Americans spend thousands of dollars on indulgent things each year. Many spend $10 to $20 on lottery tickets each week. Others spend $5 in fees every time they withdraw cash from a bank ATM. If you’re a daily visitor of Starbucks, then you spend about $80 a month ($1,000 a year) on gourmet coffee. Here’s an appropriate excerpt from CNN’s article:
“It amazes me that when someone asks you for a $20 donation to charity, you think that’s too much to give, but then you don’t think twice about dropping 100 bucks on dinner,” said Tom Orecchio of Modera Wealth Management.
Orecchio said one of his clients used to grab lunch from delis every workday, spending $10 to $15 each time. When he realized how much the habit was costing him, he began brown-bagging his lunches, and ended up saving more than $2,500 a year.
Pretty unbelievable, right? That’s a lot of cash spent on extras each year. We all deserve to treat ourselves, and it’s not my intention to get preachy or to belittle indulgences. However, shouldn’t we also treat others once in awhile?I can’t think of a better way to treat someone then by potentially saving his or her life! If you’re able to part with one of your $20 bills, then you will not only receive a spectacular book but you’ll also make a huge difference in the world. (Feeling ambitious? Take care of the bookworms on your Christmas list by getting them each a copy of the book!)
Visit Amazon to buy a copy of End Malaria. If you’re just not interested in reading but you’d still like to help the cause, then you can click here to donate directly to Malaria No More.
Have you heard of End Malaria and Malaria No More? What do you think of this initiative? As always, thank you for reading!
Jill has been obsessed with words since her fingers could turn the pages of a book. She’s a hopeless bibliophile who recently purchased a Kindle after almost 6 years of radical opposition, and she loves stumbling upon new music on Pandora. Random interests include (but are not limited to) bookstores, movie memorabilia, and adorable rodents. Jill writes for the QLP blog and assists with the company’s social media accounts. You can connect with Jill on Google+.