This campaign closed on Sep 30, 2014 Cardboard Shell brought clean water to Bwanali Community.

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This campaign brought clean water to Bwanali Community, Malawi.

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This campaign closed on Sep 30, 2014 and the money is being sent to the field. Still want to donate? You can give directly to charity: water.

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Top donors listed by:
Gayle Kirby$250
Cardboard Shell$250
Joanne Davis$250
Dave Chandler$100
Christina Rodriguez$50

Diseases from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Your donation will help change that.

Private donors cover our operating cost so that 100% of all public donations can go directly to water project costs.

This campaign brought clean water to Bwanali Community, Malawi.

Together we've raised almost $10,000 to help awesome causes! Let's fix that "almost" part and celebrate with SWAG!

Update 2: Milestone!
And just like that, we've reached a milestone. $10,011.07.

Ten-thousand, eleven dollars and seven cents. -- Since I started competitive eating, we've raised $10,011.07 to support some incredible causes.

For those of you who are bad at math, that's enough money to buy about ten thousand Taco Bell crunchy beef tacos. (Which is about 40 more than Joey Chestnut can eat in one sitting).

But in all seriousness, I am astounded by the amazing, kindhearted, wonderful people who have helped join the various efforts along the way. This is truly a testament to what can be accomplished when people band together to make a difference.

Thank you all so much. Truly. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I am so proud of what we have done. You should be too.
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Update 1: It's my birthday! The best way to help me have a happy birthday is to donate $1 (or more, if you want to) and wish me happy birthday in the comments. Because all I want for my bday is for some complete strangers to be given a better life because a few people out there care about me. Thank you!
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Original Message:
I started competitive eating 3 years ago. This is the start of my 4th year.

So far, it's been a crazy ride. I've worked my butt off training. I've improved my numbers. And I've climbed in the Major League Eating rankings - from #25 to #9.

Really - now I'm one of the top 10 eaters in the world!

None of that would have been possible without the support of my family and friends (Psst... That's You!)

But more important than my personal gains is the fact that we've raised over $8,755 for causes during those three years. We've helped with everything from rescuing abused horses, to funding breast cancer research, to helping a school get built in Southern Sudan.

We've also helped raise enough money to help over 325 people get clean water for life!

I've tried my best to thank you all along the way. From mentioning you in videos (while trying to reach my competitive eating goals), to keeping a running tab of all of you amazingly generous people who have joined the efforts along the way (www.cardboardshell.weebly.com/special-thanks).

But it never seems like enough. I absolutely cannot express how much it means to me when you join me in helping those who need it. Your love and support means everything!

.... soo......

I've decided to give back - to you guys! If we reach the goal -- to break the $10,000 mark -- I will raffle off some autographed competitive eating swag and some cool Charity: Water stuff too! Every $10 that you've donated -- over the course of forever (as documented on the special thanks page) -- will count as one entry into the raffle.

Remember, I'm only going to raffle off stuff if we break the $10,000 mark, so even those who have never donated before will still have the chance to get some entries.

Bonus: when we reach this milestone, it will mean 41 more people will get clean water for life - bringing us up to 366 total.

Thank you all for all you have done! Let's hit this milestone!

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About Charity: Water -

We have clean water at our beckon call. In our faucets, in our refrigerators - even in our toilets! But millions of people don't have that luxury.

Every day, 5,000 kids die from water-related illnesses before they reach their fifth birthday.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

There are simple solutions like drilled wells, spring protections and BioSand filters that help provide clean water to communities around the world.

I fundraise for charity: water because I know how fortunate I am to be able to use water for something as ridiculous as dunking hot dog buns at the Nathan's contest table. So I want other people to be able to at least have enough water for basic survival.

Fun Fact: 100% of the money will be used to build clean water projects, and when they’re complete, charity: water will send us photos and GPS coordinates so we can see the exact community we helped.

Thank you for joining the effort!

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Updates and Comments

  • Mike Sullivan donated $40 - over 4 years ago

    Representing Fink beats the Stomach podcast!

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    Christina Rodriguez donated $50 - over 4 years ago

    your awesome for putting this together Michelle :)

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    Joanne Davis donated $250 - over 4 years ago

    Happy birthday, kid!!

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    Gayle Kirby donated $250 - over 4 years ago

    Happy Birthday Michelle. I've matched your donation because you're awesome.

  • Cardboard Shell
    Cardboard Shell donated $250 - over 4 years ago

    Portion of my Nathan's Hot Dog Winnings. Because one of my favorite parts of competitive eating is raising money and awareness for great causes!

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    Franklin Teng donated $10 - over 4 years ago

    Happy Birthday Michelle!

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    Dave Chandler donated $100 - over 4 years ago

    Fantastic...!!!! Have a happy birthday... you rock...!!!

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    Christina & Andrew donated $20.69 - over 4 years ago

    Here's a donation for your birthday, but since we hate doing nice things we'll be running the faucet all day to off-set the difference. Happy birthday!

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    Erik Denmark donated $45 - over 4 years ago

    Happy Birthday Shell. Worth it.

  • D
    Dal Rodriguez donated $31 - over 4 years ago

    I'm signing on to Dianes $31 for 31 movement. Have a great birthday and keep doing awesome things like this and being the awesome person that you are!

Diseases from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Your donation will help change that.

Private donors cover our operating cost so that 100% of all public donations can go directly to water project costs.