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February 13, 2012
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A Valentine Birthday Wish from +Spyed

Mon Feb 13, 2012, 10:48 PM by spyed:iconspyed:


In Angelo's words...

All of my birthdays have always been about stuff. Stuff I don't want, stuff I definitely don't need.
I'm surrounded by very giving people, and I'm always honored by how gracious my friends are, but when a guy gets to a
certain age, you kinda just buy the video games and books and music right when you want them, you know?

This year, I decided to do something a little different for my birthday. I was introduced recently to a charity
called charity: water, and I love this organization. The people behind it (like Scott Harrison and Michael and Xochi Birch)
are people I've come to really admire for what they're doing. They're very effective in all that they do, and their sights
are now aligned with solving the worldwide water crisis. I've looked closely at the organization, and Scott is very approachable
and open about the books. They're entirely transparent about how things are going, how the money is allocated, etc. and I've
developed a genuine trust in them and how they're doing this.

That's why this year on Valentine's Day (which happens to be my birthday!), I want to focus the love I have from my
friends and family to build a WELL in a developing country. They cost $5,000. And for the next 20 years, this well will provide
fresh drinking water to a village.

I'm going to spend my birthday itself marketing and promoting this cause to raise the $5k, and if I get there then charity: water
will build a well in my name. If I get to $10,000 I'm going to build a well in deviantART's name for another village! If you'd like to
see the effort in action you can follow it here:

100% of the money donated goes to the well. We'll be able to see the well on Google Maps, or go visit it one day if we want. I'm really
excited to share this organization with you and to bring you all along on my journey to fulfill this birthday wish!

Every day we lose 30,000 people to dirty water. We need a lot of wells and we're going to make a difference here with 1 more.

I'm posting this here on deviantART mostly to tell you about this amazing cause, and if you like it perhaps on your birthday you'll follow my lead and donate your birthday too!

Just visit and pledge your birthday. I can't describe what a great feeling it is knowing that the people
I love and care about are banding together for this great cause. If your friends are at a loss as to what to get you for your next birthday, what greater way for them to make a
difference in the world than to help out the 1 billion people who really need clean drinking water?

If you feel like contributing to my cause you can do so on my charity: water page here: --
Either way, let me know when you pledge your birthday by sending a note and I'll either contribute or help you spread the word about your charity water birthday!

Angelo Sotira
Co-founder & CEO of deviantART

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WinglessMatt Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Just wanted to say, not only an amazing display of humanitarian concern on your part spyed but the amount of support! Truly is awe inspiring. I am very proud of all the deviants out there who gave anything they could.
fluffytummy Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
I wish more people were as kind and constierate as you.
HoodieGirl84 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
For my birthday today, I started a donation page.

MeatGibZ Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
Fucking let all those niggers die, who cares. Africa is cave people land .
Gryphonia Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
You are very lucky you DO get enough stuff not to want some lol XD! It is my pleasure to aid you in your noble cause! Happy Belated Birthday! I donated some today. :D Good luck and God Bless!
ackeibler Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Soooo... how much are you personally going to donate to the well project?

Although I think it's a bit egotistical to put your name on something that was an act of charity, if you REALLY want the members of DeviantART to be recognized for their donations, it seems like "DeviantART" should be the name of the well, instead of "Angelo", especially if you're not donating anything to the project yourself.

Seems to me, if you were TRULY PASSIONATE about this cause, you would use your own funds to build the well. Then, you can say, "Hey, DA! I donated $5k to this amazing charity to build a well, and they put my name on it as recognition! Let's all come together as an artistic community to collect the funds for a second well, and DeviantART will have its name recognized, too!"

If that were the scenario, I'd jump on board in a heartbeat. But that's not the scenario. You just want a well for your birthday so you can feel better about yourself. I'm not buying it.

On the other hand, thanks for introducing this charity to the community! My international language college has been looking for a good program to really get behind, and this may just be perfect! (Although, I doubt that any of us will end up putting our names on the wells.)
Azkaa Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
LaPetiteBohemienne Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Amazing idea.
painted-leaf Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Professional
I have no words, this wish... It is a really beautiful thought and so few people thinks of this thing. Hope you'll achieve your goal :pray:
I was a bit sad because I couldn't donate, but made something dedicated to this action of yours...
Just wanted to show it:
Best wishes for this beautiful gift for them...
And a belated happy birthday.
Toash Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012
It's very important to fix our water disposal methods. From the local car wash to large factories. This is where most of the contaminated water mix with the clean water sources down under or surface. Very simple but the process is expensive and neglected. And of course the air pollution Leeds to unhealthy rain water. Keep up your mission wisely my friend.
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