Sharing the Light
Winterfest Online 2014Preferences: English | All Season
February 1 - 9
CamfedDonations received so far
We have a long tradition of selecting a charity to support during our Winterfest Online celebrations. We hold Ebay auctions for some wonderful B&B items as well as offer ways to donate for a collective monetary gift to the year's charity. This tradition comes from our annual fan-run conventions, which always supports a charity as part of the festivities. We carry the light, and it's a warm feeling to know we're doing good while having fun! And our fans world-wide have been generous supporters of our WFOL-selected charities. Since 2006, we have donated over $8,500 to various charities!
This year, our WFOL charity is Camfed, the Campaign for Female Education.
The majority of B&B fans are women. We are, for the most part, incredibly lucky people. We've had access to educational opportunities that have allowed us to create good lives for ourselves and our families. But in many countries in sub-Saharan Africa, the obstacles to access to education for girls are nearly insurmountable. Schools are few, family finances make it difficult to send most girls to school, orphans fall through societal cracks, and literacy rates are extremely low. Camfed, operating on the principal of helping one girl at a time, works to even the odds of girls getting an education. Working with communities, Camfed identifies the specific hurdles to receiving an education for individual girls and then commits to providing long-term support, everything from school fees to uniforms, shoes, stationery, books - all the things necessary to allow them to succeed.
More than 90% of the girls who have received aid from Camfed since it began in 1993 have completed their secondary education, and when you consider that today over 99,000 girls are receiving long-term support from Camfed, you begin to realize the enormous impact that helping "one girl at a time" can achieve. And Camfed is a Charity Navigator "Four Star"-rated charity, so you can be confident that this charity delivers on its promises.
Contributions will be accepted throughout WFOL. It's easy to contribute! You can, of course, donate directly to Camfed, and if that's how you feel most comfortable contributing, we urge you to do so. But we'd really like to send one cashier's check in the name of the Beauty and the Beast fans who contributed during Winterfest, along with a letter explaining our efforts. If that thought appeals to you, please contribute by writing a check or sending funds via Paypal.
Here's how to contribute - it's easy! Click on the "Donate" button below. JoAnn Baca is collecting the contributions, so it's her e-mail address you'll see. Enter the amount you wish to contribute and click the Update Total button and follow the directions on the screen. You can donate with a credit or debit card, a bank account, or a Paypal balance. You can even use Paypal if you are outside of the United States, as Paypal will convert your donation to U.S. dollars from a variety of currencies.
If you prefer to send a check, you can send it to JoAnn at:
You may make out a check to CamFed and JoAnn will include it in the envelope along with the consolidated Paypal contributions and other donations.
Remember: we have a number of great items up on Ebay which are being sold in order to increase our donation to Camfed! Please check them out. They are listed under seller santiago23 and every penny raised will be sent to Camfed. So please be generous bidding on some terrific B&B items, knowing that your winning bid price will be included in the cashier's check which will be sent to Camfed.
There you go - a chance to participate with fellow fans in contributing to something life-changing for so many young girls. Our WFOL celebration means so much to us each year, and contributing to the charity is a way to make that good feeling last!
Items on auction on ebay- $928.45
Donations at past Winterfests