Did you hear about Regretsy?

Apparently a website called regretsy collected a lot of money in donations from their site visitors, with all the money going towards buying toys for children this season.  Unfortunately, Regretsy used PayPal to collect and payout the funds, and PayPal decided that their actions weren’t worthy of a charity status.  Not only did PayPal charge fees on all the monies collected, they then froze the funds and refused to return the fees!  WOW!  Read about it here: http://www.regretsy.com/ and here: http://techcrunch.com/2011/12/06/do-you-hear-what-i-hear-yes-its-paypal-stealing-money-from-kids/.

We’d love to hear your suggestions for a good online payment system that our team could use to collect donations for our charitable causes.

Fill the Beetle…Feed the People in Lethbridge

The Lethbridge POD

The Lethbridge POD

The Lethbridge POD just finished a successful Fill the Beetle…Feed the People event, held at the Real Canadian SuperStore.  Their team raised $180.75 in cash for the Lethbridge Food Bank, and also filled one Beetle’s trunk full of food for the Lethbridge Food Bank.  Thanks for all the GREAT people of Lethbridge that turned out to help, and to the Lethbridge SuperStore for letting our team use your space!

It’s Human Rights Day!

From the United Nations:

“This year, millions of people decided the time had come to claim their rights. They took to the streets and demanded change. Many found their voices using the internet and instant messaging to inform, inspire and mobilize supporters to seek their basic human rights. Social media helped activists organize peaceful protest movements in cities across the globe – from Tunis to Madrid, from Cairo to New York – at times in the face of violent repression.

Human rights belong equally to each of us and bind us together as a global community with the same ideals and values. As a global community we all share a day in common: Human Rights Day on 10 December, when we remember the creation 63 years ago of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

On Human Rights Day 2011, we pay tribute to all human rights defenders and ask you to get involved in the global human rights movement.

This year everybody has an opportunity to support human rights by joining our celebration. Invite your family and friends to participate in our social media campaign. Become a human rights campaigner; learn more about your rights and spread the word www.celebratehumanrights.org.”


International Anti-Corruption Day

Credit: UNDOC

Credit: UNDOC

Today is International Anti-Corruption Day, and Nerds On Site feels very passionate about this cause.  Our team believe that through technology we can achieve the necessary level of transparency to expose corruption at all levels of government and business.  Transparency and openness help hold everyone in our governments accountable to the people.

As it says in our ‘Imagine If’ video: ”Imagine If…No more politicians had the power to corrupt a nation…”

New Social Network for Parents with Autistic Children

There is a new social network for parents of children with Autism, built by MyHealthTeams. The site, called MyAutismTeam, launched this summer, and already has over 12,500 members.

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a range of complex neurodevelopment disorders, characterized by social impairments, communication difficulties, and restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior.  Autistic disorder, sometimes called autism or classical ASD, is the most severe form of ASD, while other conditions along the spectrum include a milder form known as Asperger syndrome, and childhood disintegrative disorder and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (usually referred to as PDD-NOS).  Although ASD varies significantly in character and severity, it occurs in all ethnic and socioeconomic groups and affects every age group.  Experts estimate that six children out of every 1,000 will have an ASD.  Males are four times more likely to have an ASD than females. source:NIH.gov

You can visit MyAutismTeam at http://www.myautismteam.com.  MyHealthTeams is also currently developing MyBreastCancerTeam, a network for cancer patients and survivors.