Since 2009 Shirley and I have spent many of our weekends, days off, and even vacations producing videos for small, less well-known non-profits and community groups.
We’ve covered so many topics: Poverty, Inequality, Human Rights, Domestic Violence, Child Abuse, Sex-Trafficking, Water, Disease, Animal Rights, Art for Children, Sustainable Agriculture, Desertification, Fundraising, Volunteerism.
We’ve worked with groups in China, Hong Kong, the UK, Korea, Kenya, Uganda... in the past year alone our videos have been viewed a quarter of a million times on platforms like GoodnessTV, GoodTube, YouTube and Vimeo.
In addition, many of them have also been embedded on the websites of the groups we’ve worked with, they’ve been shown on digital television in taxis throughout Hong Kong, broadcast on television networks such as Arirang International, used at numerous fundraisers, and even screened at United Nations events such as the UNCCD meeting in Buenos Aires two years ago.
So how many people have we reached? How many people have we touched? How many lives have we made a contribution, however minor, to changing? I honestly can’t say.
But I can say this with some confidence: Not enough. Not nearly enough.
What we have achieved so far has been done on a volunteer, pro-bono basis. In our spare time. Covering all our own costs.
What could we achieve if we were honoured with a Shorty Award?
The recognition would immediately throw a spotlight on the causes we support.
Why? Of course people would want to know: Who is Ridealist? What to they do? And that would lead them directly to the causes, the non-profits and the community groups we support through our videos.
That is why your support and your vote is so important.
You are not voting for Chris and Shirley, you are not even voting for Ridealist - you are voting to raise awareness of the causes and issues that are important to you, that are important to us.
We have received some queries from our friends who have been having problems voting, but before we go there, one thing we’d like to mention.
We are not the only group in this “competition”. While we would love your support, why not take a minute to browse through the other great organisations who are doing wonderful work out there.
If you think they deserve your vote more than we do, then please go ahead and vote for them. There are so many groups and organisations that deserve to benefit from this award, but if you decide it should be us, here is a short “tutorial” on how to vote:
Go to the voting page for the #charity category: http://shortyawards.com/chrisgelken
And you will see this box, ensure the "I nominate" box includes our twitter address @chrisgelken and the award box is set at Charity.
Complete the sentence in the box provided: I nominate @chrisgelken for a Shorty Award in #charity because.... (use your own words here)
And then click on the red box, “Tweet your Vote”
If your computer system isn’t set up to recognise and work seamlessly with all your social networks you may be asked to verify which social media client you wish to use - click on twitter - and you are done!
Whoever you vote for, please do vote.
Chris and Shirley