At our charity project, Write the World notebooks, we make our donations to The Life You Can Save on a quarterly basis, with the end of May marking the end of our third quarter of fundraising. Every quarter The Life You Can Save then directs that quarter’s donation to an agreed effective charity tackling global poverty.

I think, my friends, it’s worth reflecting on just what your purchases of $10 notebooks have achieved so far.

In our first quarter we raised $7,150 which was donated to the Fred Hollows Foundation. With this amount of money the foundation could: fund 20,100 antibiotic distributions to prevent blinding trachoma or provide 96 cataract surgeries to CURE reversible blindness. Yep, thanks to those notebooks you bought back in September, October and November.

In our second quarter we raised $2,650 which was donated to the Against Malaria Foundation. With this amount of money the foundation could purchase 894 bed nets to protect those living in malaria-stricken areas from infected mosquitos. One bed net protects two people from malaria for up to three years, meaning 1,788 people have been protected from malaria thanks to those notebooks you purchased back in December, January and February.

Over the same quarter we also raised a bonus $1,780 for the bushfire relief funds in Australia. (Remember those bushfires?) That was thanks to every notebook you bought in January.

In our latest quarter we raised $4,590 which is to be donated to The Fistula Foundation. With this amount of money the foundation can cover the cost of supplies for 43 fistula surgeries in the Democratic Republic of Congo or fund four complete surgeries to safely repair a woman’s obstetric fistula, and rehabilitation services.  All thanks to the notebooks you popped into your carts in March, April and May.

So, thank you. Thank you for supporting Write the World so generously. Thank you for keeping us in mind when you need presents for your friends, family, neighbours and school teachers. Thank you for helping us spread the word about our project.

Stay tuned to hear where our next quarter’s donation will be directed. You can guarantee it will be to an equally worthy charity that is effectively helping the world’s poorest.

In the meantime, you can buy your notebooks at http://www.writetheworldnotebooks.org…

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