City Pulse

By Amber Roniger

This fundraiser is a no-brainer, my loverlies. DINING FOR DARFUR is one charity event where you don’t have to leave your neighborhood, wear a black tie or listen to sanctimonious sermons about philanthropy and do-gooding (yadda-yah). You make a contribution just by eating Sunday dinner. All you do is sign up, show up and manja, brill!

I don’t even need to go into all the reasons we could and should contribute to Darfur (virtually a synonym with modern-day genocide). I’m just not in the mood to cry into my computer and flood the keyboard right now. You already know what’s going on there, the Schrodinger’s Cat is out of the bag and we just can’t stuff it back in.

So here’s what we can do, go to the website: www.diningfordarfur.com and click on the link to make reservations for dinner on Sunday night, April 30th, with one (or more if you’re truly altruistic and/or hungry) of the participating restaurants. Then you just do what you do so well, pig out. And 5% of the revenues go toward the IRC’s (International Rescue Committee) humanitarian work in Darfur. That’s the whole dealie-bop.

This is perhaps the only one time when mama’s old mealtime guilt-trip of, ‘finish your brussell sprouts, there are children starving in Africa’ makes any sense. In this case, eating more actually will aid people in need.

There’s a diverse range of venues participating in the event, so you can plum it or slum it to contribute toward riding the world of genocide, ethnic cleansing and final solutions. Everything about Darfur screams out for our attention and support. We must stand up together and say ‘never again,’ no matter who is in need.

Originally published April 2006
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