Thursday, 20 February 2014

UNICEF Tap Project

You might have heard of UNICEF; they're pretty charitable people, owing to their status as a charity. Funny how that works. Well anyway, they have a pretty cool thing going on right now that they call the UNICEF Tap Project. Unfortunately I can't do it on my Blackberry but I'm telling you guys about it in the hopes that you have some kind of more advanced phone than me and can do it. It's a thing where you go to Uniceftapproject.org (that's Unicef Tap Project without spaces) and it goes from there. My phone couldn't even load that page so I don't know what happens next, but for every ten minutes you don't use your phone (including if you leave it on overnight) their sponsor will provide one day's worth of clean drinking water.

I firmly believe in the massive difference just clean drinking water can provide, and I really think it's something that everyone deserves. It's an incredible shame that it's something that not everyone gets. I hate to sound like a celebrity begging people for money when I have millions, but seriously you guys, go ten minutes without your phone and help someone today. Plus I don't have millions, so telling me to just give the money myself won't do any good. They aren't even asking for your money, they're just asking you to put your phone down for at least ten minutes. It isn't that hard to do. As I said, I actually can't do it or I really would. I only check my phone when I get an email, and that barely happens. They'd rack up tons of water from me. Let that be a lesson UNICEF, be Blackberry friendly! Then again, they probably are Blackberry friendly if your Blackberry isn't as old as mine. It was already old when I got it three years ago. Hard to believe it's already been three years since I got this phone. But that's true.

Anyway, enough about my phone. This is about your phones, and the good you can do just by putting the thing down for at least ten minutes. Besides, some people out there just really need to put their phones down.

7 comments:

  1. Ah yeah, I heard about this yesterday. Pretty cool stuff, especially since it sort of pushes people not to use their smartphones every damn minute of the day. Still, I never get why the sponsors don't just give the money directly, without jumping through hoops and slow-ass loops like these to get the "incentive" to give money. Sure if they combined this with something like folding@home or something it'd be much better, but leaving your phone idle isn't really helping the world in any way.

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  2. I don't think the pages will load up on my phone either. I barely ever turn on my phone to begin with, so they should compensate me for that by donating a years worth of drinking water. Instead I am just making the world a cruddier place and depriving people of clean drinking water because my phone sucks. Oh God, I'm going to hell.

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  3. I used to collect money for Unicef when I was younger. "Trick or Treat!" They handed me candy and then I hit them up for money. Lots of people were happy to donate.

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  4. I hope UNICEF actually follows through with that. If it's a sponsor doing the donating hopefully that means the sponsor is less of a shark than they are. :/

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  5. it is sad that there are still so many people without clean drinking water...i support a project on drinking water as well...but i could def get behind this....

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  6. I hope this actually works, because I have a fancy smartphone but I only use it about 5 minutes a day. No lie. I caught myself getting an addiction to it (having to be on the stupid thing all the time) when I first got it so I gave it up cold turkey and have no regrets. So if not using it can help people, well, dammit, I'm in.

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  7. When I last went they said they were done (though possibly only temporarily). I'll check again.

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