It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Fun*Run Time

It's ALREADY that time of year again: The ADAPT Fun*Run for Disability Rights is April 22nd 2012. Maryland's fundraising goal is $8,000 this year. Yes, that's right, $8,000

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

My 2-Year Blogiversary--3ELOVE GIVEAWAY!!!!!

[image description: the 3elove logo, the wheelchair heart dude, it says 'wear your heart on your sleeve']

Today is the 2-year anniversary of my blog, although it's been less then a year since I switched from disaboom to blogger. This year, like last, I started computing numbers in mid-November and have managed to make this my 300th post. I'm not feeling as sentimental as last year and have recently set a goal to have more reader participation, so I decided to try something new in honor of my 'blogiversary'. In honor of my blogiversary I have decided to have my first giveaway. Stevie Hopkins from 3elove has generously offered a $25 (US) gift certificate for me to raffle off to one of my readers.

Here are the rules:

  1. Stevie has decided he wants everyone to comment and tell us what the symbol means to you. That gets you one entry.
  2. To get a second, join 3elove's facebook fan page (I hope that link works) and post here so that we know. Stevie will then verify.
  3. For a third, promote this giveaway on your blog and then come back and post the link. These must be in SEPARATE POSTS for the raffle to work correctly.
  4. If you choose option 2 and/or 3 but skip step 1 then your entries are invalidated.
  5. You CANNOT post anonymously. If I have a whole bunch of anonymous posters, how am I supposed to know who won?
  6. The contest runs from now until 11:59PM US Eastern time on the 21st. The winner will be chosen by the randomizer.
Some information about 3elove from their website:
3elove means "Embrace diversity. Educate your community. Empower each other. Love life.” - Annie Hopkins

3E Love was founded in 2007 by Annie Hopkins (who
sadly passed away earlier this year), her brother Stevie, friends Eric and Chris, and mother Leslie. The mission of the company is simple: to create and bring to market products and services that embrace living life no matter the obstacles, and by doing so, educate society and empower those with disabilities to love life. Their symbol, the "International Symbol of Acceptance" or the "wheelchair-heart logo" is the drive behind much of their goals and products. It is a symbol of society accepting people with disabilities as equals and a symbol that people with disabilities accept their challenges and even embrace them. By replacing the wheel with a heart, the stigma of the wheelchair is also removed, and it can be a symbol for people with any disability or impairment. It is about the person, not society's perception of their lack in abilities.
I first saw the original 3elove t-shirt on a facebook photo album from Chicago's disability pride parade and I was like DUDE that's SO COOL. That's Annie in the chair to the left. Then somehow I found out about the fan page and I've been a fan ever since. I sadly do not have any merchandise myself, but I pine for a hoodie when I have the funds. Look at the picture to the right (that's Stevie in the chair). Isn't that a lot of awesome stuff to buy? (am I over marketing?) Check out the 3elove store! Clothing Items come in a wide range of sizes from kids XS to adult 4XL, so if you're not "standard-size" There's still something for you! New as of this month there is even a 3elove shirt for your service dog. How cool is that?!?! Stevie also ships internationally so If you're an international reader you can still enter!

I hope to be able to giveaway more disability merchandise or art, jewelry, etc made by a disabled artist every 3 months. Have something to raffle? Let me know!


Stevie said...

no comments yet.... muy sad

SocialWrkr24/7 said...

Self promote away! :)

Laura Overstreet said...

Hi there! I saw your post on Stevie's Facebook page, so I'm a little late, but not tooooo late! I met the 3E LOVE group last month and was totally taken by their message! I now have a few shirts and a sticker on my wheelchair battery.

3E LOVE's message, to me, is about embracing your disability, something that is so important for us. It can be very easy to stay home, to never go out and be with people, and to be ashamed of yourself or scared to be yourself. I think it is important for people to see evidence of disability pride because it generates conversation and education, which empowers us all. So, rock on to you and 3E LOVE!

I'm a new blogger, but will post promoting the giveaway and will get a couple pictures up too, hopefully! :)

Kara said...

To me, the symbol means pride in my culture. It's so impossible for some people to understand how and why someone like me (and other people w/ disabilities) could love their life exactly the way it is! This small, simple symbol summarizes that to me. It's beautiful and cool all at once!

Kara said...

I also joined the fan page. Congrats on your hefty accomplishment and thanks for pointing me the way to the fanpage and site!

Scott Nance said...

Well, I’m already a fan of 3E Love and I don’t have a blog except facebook, which probably doesn’t count. I am pleased to share my story though. If I knew Annie, it was in passing her on the streets or going past her room at Beckwith, assuming she even lived there. I played poker with Stevie a few times but really barely knew him; a mutual friend of ours was our one degree of separation. I cannot recall where I first saw the logo, I only know I did not recognize it right away. I saw someone wearing it, perhaps a sticker or something, and did a couple take. Something about the wheelchair logo was “off”. I examined it a little closer, trying to not look so obvious and realized: “Oh it’s a heart instead of a wheel. How cool.” It was sometime before I made the connection from 3E Love to Annie and then Stevie. When I think of the logo, I think of peace and love, a mantra my brother lived by. When I think of the power of the 3 E’s, I realize what a powerful vision the company has. To educate has long been a part of the disability movement and understand the diversity humanity has to offer and is necessary for continued dialogue and challenges to find answers, if only to find more questions. To embrace is very different from the typical tolerance many people try to impart. To merely tolerate implies an acknowledgement of existence and the right to it but rejection of the person; to embrace implies an inclusion devoid of any judgment and a personal invitation to be part of the circle. To empower is such a tricky thing for me personally and 3E Love’s usage of the term does not use it in the way many others do. To empower someone is like saying: “ I have power belonging to you and I am giving it to you.” This is a pompous and arrogant attitude found in many levels of our society, most notably among trusted professionals who demand access to our homes and innermost thoughts, only to betray them by besmirching the very creed they claim to carry out; improve the lives of others through service and education of choices so individuals might find their own empowerment. Power is something you have and cannot be given or have taken away unless you choose to otherwise. To empower each other however, describes another possibility: an encouraging and continuous sharing of power, perhaps in a community. This is a very powerful dynamic and one I am truly proud to wear on my sleeve…literally and figuratively. Win or lose, thank you Cheryl and thank you 3E Love. Annie, we miss you, Stevie, you’re the best and AB, holla atcha boy!

Scott Nance said...

Double checked and found I was NOT yet a fan! I am now! Boo-Yah!

Laura Overstreet said...

Hi! I posted my blog about the contest. here is the link - Thanks for getting me involved! I have been meaning to do this for a while.

WheelchairPride said...

Hi: Came here due to Laura's post on Many Worlds Network.

I agree with Laura that it is about embracing your disability. But more than that, I see it as a way to bring the disabled community together.

You write at the top of your blog about the similarities between disabled Americans and other minorities. This is spot on. Disabled Americans must come together, the way that other minorities have and demand equal rights and equal respect. This is what our blog is all about as well.

Maybe I am getting too serious about what should be a lighthearted subject. :)

Good luck with the contest

Laura Overstreet said...

Right on, Gene (wheelchair Pride)!! Totally about coming together as a unified group! My lofty mind wants all minorities to come together and recognize our similarities and differences that make us unique and work for common goals of equality.

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