I found out about a new thing the other day. Well, I mean, I am always learning new things – that’s why we go to school, but I did not learn about this at school.
It’s something called crowdfunding.
Huh! I hear you say. What on earth is that?
It’s when lots of people give a little bit of money so that a large amount can be raised so that something can happen. Like an event… or producing a music DVD, or publishing a book.
I thought it was quite a cool idea.
Say you want to do something – for instance my friend Ginny wants to bring out a Sibo (yes – yay – that’s me) book on Road Safety – “Sibo Looks Left” will be the title. But because times are tough and the schooling system is interesting, it is no longer feasible for publishers to just publish books willy-nilly anymore.
With crowdfunding, you put a sort of advert on the internet for your project. There are various different service providers who provide platforms for these adverts, and you have to pass certain criteria. They don’t just accept any project.
Basically you offer rewards for support (the support comes in the form of cash). For instance, in our case if you pledge R50 towards the book – you will receive a digi-book and get your name printed in the book as a supporter. There are other rewards too – like if you pledge more money you could have your company’s logo on the inside front cover… or… you could even have one of Sibo’s friends in the story with your child’s name. Cool hey!
It’s a fact – far too many kids get killed on the roads for stupid reasons. Maybe this book will help a little bit. Gently inform kids (and their parents) about the rules of the road.
But here’s the most important bit – you will know that you have helped in the process of getting books given to children who can’t afford to buy them themselves.
They will get a free book which they can read over and over.
Yoh! I can’t bear to think that some people don’t even own one single book. That’s just terrible. But it’s even worse to think that somebody might get hurt or killed just because they did not realise what they were doing on the road was dangerous.
Your new word for the week:
Meaning: haphazard, random
Example… go find the example in the text above. (Sneaky hey!)