It started as a joke. I used to take post-workout pictures to share on a private team page. One morning, there happened to be a tree behind me and it happened to look like my hair had grown a tree afro and … a theme was born!
I am sure my teenagers would strongly prefer less mom selfies, especially silly ones with trees or signs or animals or mailbox art growing out of my head.
In the case of the “Kids are Heroes” Silly Selfie Contest, at least one of my nutty selfies can help a cause.
“Kids Are Heroes® is a ground-breaking, non-profit incubator for very young social entrepreneurs. By showcasing hundreds of stories of kids from all over the world who are actively making this a better planet on which to live, and sharing their humanitarian efforts, we empower children who visit our site to become compassionate leaders by engaging them in youth volunteerism.” (This description is from their “about” page.)
Now, about that silly selfie. Here’s my entry:
Although there is a prize (a GoPro camera), I’m not in this for the prize. If I won, I would probably donate it to a charity. BUT I like a good competition as much as anyone else and I like helping kids even more. Here are the ways to vote:
1. Go to this link and vote for your favorite silly selfie (I am #12). The cost of votes is:
- $5 for one vote
- $10 for three votes
- $25 for ten votes
- $50 for thirty votes
- $100 for one hundred votes
2. To help make a difference free of cost, upload your own silly selfie and put my full name (Paula Kiger) in the “referred by” field, and I will get an extra five free votes. (Hey, if I can do silly eagle-head-while-sweaty, you can rustle something up equally silly, right?!).
The contest runs through September 30 but if you’ve got a silly selfie begging to be uploaded and/or $5 you want to put toward this great cause, why delay?
Enough about me. Before I close things up, let’s meet one of the heroes, Sanah:
According to the Kids are Heroes site, “After being diagnosed with Alopecia at the age of three and losing all of her hair in the seventh grade, Sanah Jivani faced severe bullying and self-image problems. One of her worst days was when she received a note in her locker titled ’50 ways to go kill yourself'”. (You can read more about her organization, International Natural Day, here.)
As I wrap up, I will point out that space #13 (next to me!) is wide open. Who wants to fill the gap with their own silly selfie? It’s about more than silly, it’s about silly selfless selfies …
Wife of one, Mom of two, Friend of many. My pronouns are she/her/hers.