Odd as it may sound, I'm walking for charity in a little bit more than a week's time. The American Cancer Society hosts events called the "Relay for Life" nationwide -- the many participants, organized in teams, walk continuously for 24 hours to raise cancer awareness and funds for the organization. The newspaper I work at has assembled a team. They were scrounging for people to walk in the middle of the night, and it seemed like a natural idea, what with me working that evening and getting out of the office around midnight and all.
So, yes, I'm going to ask for money (not for me -- on behalf of the charity). I'm donating at least $30 or $40 myself. Cancer is not a cause that hits especially close to home for me (although there were a few moments that had me worried), but it is a good cause, and I support it strongly.
Rather than get too long-winded in a plea for donations, though, I'd just like to leave it at this:
(donation button removed; event is over)
... and refer you to a page of details I typed up if you have any further questions (or want to donate via non-electronic means).
Please -- even if you're broke, or otherwise reluctant, consider pitching in a dollar. Drink water instead of a soda next time you're thirsty. You can afford a dollar, and it's still a meaningful gesture.