Name: Mason Sansonia
Location: New York, NY
Position: Writer

Fundraising Goal: $500

How did you get interested in global issues?
When I was young, my dad began organizing benefit concerts to raise money for those in need. It began just a little before Hurricane Katrina hit the U.S., and since then, he’s kept going, with benefits for several different issues, including several international aid organizations.

Why are you volunteering your time to serve the world’s poor?
They need help. I’m also a voracious consumer of new information. It’s the best way to broaden my mind, and that will help me write better stories, which is what I want to do for a living.

Any interesting tidbits to share?
I love to write, read, and learn things. They’re pretty much my favorite things to do. I’ve been doing karate since I was eight years old, playing music since before that, and I have come to the realization that there’s always more to understand.

My compassion/humility list:
I am good at writing, I’m a good singer, and I’m at least amusing when it comes to dancing. And I want to please those who donate to a worthy cause. Give to something greater than us, and I promise to give you my all. Obviously, no amount is too small, but for those who want to go the extra mile:

I will do the following for any friends or family who donates in my honor…
1. For donations of $50, I will record myself dancing and send it to you. You can keep this recording for your own personal amusement, or use it to make me look silly in front of people. I would urge you to do the former, not the latter.
2. For donations of $100, I’ll sing you a song. Got a song in mind? Want the lyrics changed somehow? Want a song without lyrics to have lyrics? Got something of your own you want me to sing? Tell me!
3. For donations of $150 or more, I will write for you. Write what? Well, what would you like? A story? An advertisement? An elaborate letter detailing why you can’t come to class because you’re needed on urgent White House business? Let me know!

 

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