Crowdwish – a Genie in the UK

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If you have never heard of Crowdwish, let me tell you a bit about it. It is an amazing site that grants wishes according to votes. Many deserving wishes have seen some sort of action put into motion. One “wish” is granted daily. Today’s winning wish is talked about below:

Crowdwish 83 Actioned.

Today’s Crowdwish was ‘I wish we could crowdfund research into curing illness’

This is a really interesting idea and one that has yet to receive widespread adoption. Crowdfunding for business ideas on sites like Kickstarter and for creative projects on sites like IndieGogo is now a massive deal. In fact Kickstarter recently announced that a total of over $1bn had been pledged to date on the site, by over 14,000,000 people who have collectively funded over 58,000 start-up businesses and ideas.

Currently though, examples of Crowdfunding for medical research are few and far between. The rare Genomics institute in America is very committed to it; they have profiles of individuals on their site suffering from rare diseases, and the required research can then be micro-financed by groups of individuals. You can see some of their case studies here, and many children have already benefited from achieving their funding targets, and even exceeding them.

Elsewhere, experiment.com is very cool. Backed by partners including the University of Washington, it allows for crowdfunding across a whole range of scientific research – from finding a non-toxic alternative to Teflon, to an in-depth study of Bison fossils. There are quite a few medical research projects on here and, again, it is a fascinating site to look through, even if you don’t intend to contribute towards the research financially. As they eloquently put it themselves:

As a society, we are in a position to study, learn, and innovate more than ever before. Yet there is one major bottleneck: funding. In recent years, it’s become increasingly difficult for new ideas to get off the ground, especially the innovative and high-risk ideas with the biggest impact.

Since 2010, 80% of principal investigators spend more time writing grant proposals and 67% are struggling with less funding. ‘Big science’ has become synonymous with ‘budget cuts’.

This is about our ability to invest in our future. This is about Science for the people, by the people.

On your behalf, we’ve contributed $100 to this project.

It has been posted by a post-doctoral researcher at Yale University called Dr Walter Moss. He is investigating whether or not viral molecular structures (EBV) can cause cancer and sounds terrifyingly clever. You can see his pitch at https://experiment.com/projects/can-viral-molecular-structures-cause-cancer .

Posted on March 29, 2014

PROMISED PICTURES FROM THE CONNIE FOUNDATION’S BOOOOBY POKER RUN

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We are happy to have some great pictures from the Connie Foundation’s “Booooby Poker Run”, which was held Sunday, October 27, 2013 (please see Kraftycat’s earlier blog “Connie Foundation Supports Breast Cancer Survivors”.)

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Shown at the sign-in booth/starting point of the “Booooby Poker Run” is Debbie Moore (on the far left), a co-founder of the Connie Foundation, Kari Messinger, the coodinator of the Run and two other volunteers. All volunteers wore pink in support of breast cancer awareness.

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Some of the many motorcycles at the staring point. Everyone was excited to get on the road and start the day’s events!

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Business was booming at all of the pit-stops along the route. A big THANK YOU to the many businesses, like Renegades, pictured above, who showed their support by participating in the Run!

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The last stop was Jack’s Grumpy Grouper, where food, drinks and a live band waited. Volunteers checked forms for a winning poker hand. All proceeds and donations collected from the Run will be used to help women dealing with breast cancer. For more information about the Connie Foundation, please visit their website  – Conniefoundation.org.

Kraftycat Jewelry and Creations was proud to have been a part of the day’s events. Our designer, Fern, made customized keychains with the Connie Foundation symbol for this event and also helped out at the last pit stop.

Our website is still under construction, but aren’t all good things worth waiting for?!

Connie Foundation Fund Drive A Success!

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Yesterday’s first annual “Booooby Poker Run” for the Connie Foundation was very successful!  A total of 80 vehicles entered, drove from pitstop to pitstop, collected playing card numbers and hoped for a winning poker hand.  The finish line at Jack’s Grumpy Grouper featured tasty food, drinks and a live band.  

 

Many purchased raffle tickets, Connie Foundation rubber bracelets, temporary tattoos and key chains, which were made for the Connie Foundation by Kraftycat Jewelry & Creations. Other photos of the event will be posted later this week when I receive them.  

 

Winners were announced – a sheet boasting three kings won top prize – and there was even a “booby-prize” winner!  A great time was had by all and the Connie Foundation collected much-needed funds to assist local women and their families affected by breast cancer!


 

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