[ANNOUNCE] Send-A-Newbie, requests for donations

Mark Keating m.keating at shadowcat.co.uk
Tue May 4 12:38:35 BST 2010

Last year many individuals and companies donated money to the send-a-newbie initiative run by Edmund von der Burg. It was a great success. At the end of last year Edmund approached the EPO with the task of organising a similar event this year as he was unable to because of other commitments.

Therefore I come to you all to ask you to donate once again to this excellent project, please make a donation at send-a-newbie.enlightenedperl.org (or send your donation to send-a-newbie at paypal.com). If you made a donation last year, I thank you and would gratefully ask for you to do so once more.[1]

If you are new to this idea allow me a few moments to describe it.

The send-a-newbie scheme will allow people to attend a Perl conference (YAPC::EU for us, and this year YAPC::NA will have a scheme organised by the Perl Foundation) if:

a. they have never attended a YAPC/Major Perl event previously;
b. they are financially unable to do so;
c. they work in/study/use Perl.

The only changes we have made to the terms of entry this year is to broaden the scope. The Enlightened Perl Organisation members voted that we manage this initiative on the sole condition that it was open to all people regardless of age or circumstance (there were some minor restrictions in the previous year that did not reflect our requirements).

This year we will be listing our sponsors on the website to express our thanks[2] and because we believe in openess of information. A list of names will appear that people can admire and give respect[3]. If you would like to/do donate and don't want your name listed then please contact Mark or Rosellyne and let them know and they will ensure that you are not listed.

Thanks for your consideration, and thanks-in-advance to those who are considering donating.

Kind regards

Secretary to the EPO

p.s. If you know of any list, forum where this information might be posted then I would kindly ask that you repeat it there.

p.p.s Sorry if this is a repost for some of you (or you see multiple copies of it) - please do not let you stop from donating.

[1] Please, please, pretty please on bended knees :)

[2] An almost exact opposite of name and shame.

[3] Also they can perhaps feel sickened that they were too jaded to support such a great idea.

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