This past weekend, I joined a few hundred people to sleep outside in downtown Phoenix in a parking lot. Very few things inspire me to lose a night’s worth of sleep and crash in close proximity to a loud snoring man. One of those causes is Invisible Children.
Why did thousands of people around the US walk downtown to sleep outdoors? In short, the Global Commute was in recognition of the commute that thousands of Ugandan children make each night because the risk of abduction and forced enrollment in the LRA army is too high. It’s a dire situation. I can’t use words to try and convince you of the amazing story of these resilient children who face murder, rape, forced killings and torture in the LRA. I would say, though, that if a self-centered, cheap bloke like me can be inspired to get involved with their plight, it’s not a stretch that you could also get involved.
Check out these amazing organizations – The bracelet campaign is a great way to get involved in a small way. It’s very inexpensive and you get a DVD with the story of one of these children. Unlike the other cheap rubber bracelets, these are handmade in Uganda and provide work opportunities for their country. Plus, ladies love handmade Ugandan bracelets. A spritz of AXE and a bracelet will surely help your lack of personality.
Fine Woman: What’s that on your wrist?
Ugly, Normally Unsuccessful Male: A bracelet that supports the poor and the plight of youth in Uganda. It accents my sensitivity and fashion sensibility. It matches my LL Bean corduroys as well.
Fine Woman: (hands you phone number)
In all seriousness, please consider buying a bracelet:
Thanks to all who walked Saturday night.