AERIE Fund - Cult of Bob - Direct Relief Fundraiser

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    UPDATE: Thanks to your amazing support we funded the initiative in less than 24 hours! We're going to leave the GoFundMe page going, however. Bob can definitely use all the support and well-wishes he can get during his recovery! And remember, all support goes DIRECTLY to Bob the Builder!

    UPDATE 2: Cult of Bob GoFundMe Page will be going until midnight September 16th - if you'd like to donate there's still a few days left! Thank you for all your support.



    Cult of Bob - Direct Relief Fundraiser

    Hail Avatars!


    As many of you know, the AERIE Fund provides members of our community relief for catastrophic medical, financial, and natural disaster events. Thanks to your support we’ve raised funds for emergency chemotherapy, Hurricane Harvey disaster relocation, and even helped a fellow Avatar’s family get through the winter months when their heating system went out. You never know when bad things are gonna happen, and we try to be there to help when they do.

    Now, we have a new call to action:

    Bob Cooksey (a.k.a Bob the Builder) who was part of the Portalarium team for many years recently had a horrible fall. This fall led to Bob breaking nine of his ribs. This incident sent Bob the Builder to the emergency room.

    The
    good news is Bob is going to make a full recovery.

    The
    bad news: being between medical insurance plans turned a nasty fall into a swallowing hole of debt owed to the ambulance company, emergency room, and additional clinics.

    The bright side: AERIE Fund intervened and paid off a significant amount of Bob’s medical bills related to the fall. Again, thanks to all of your support, we were able to help Bob worry less about finances and focus on what matters: healing and moving onto the next phase of his life. But there's still more to do!

    Here’s how you can help:

    We’d like to make Bob whole again (and 100% wipe away the financial burden of the fall), so we’re going to help Bob do a little bit of community fundraising. We encourage all of our supporters to chip in (what you can) and support the Cult of Bob initiative all September-long. Any (and all) financial assistance will go directly to Bob Cooksey to help him get back on his feet again.

    1: visit Bob's GoFundMe page and pledge some support. Don't forget to leave your avatar's name in the comments (unless you prefer anonymous) so we can say thanks!

    2: we invite you to share this initiative with your friends, guilds, and community orgs in-game. Help spread the word and good works!

    3: Feel free to host in-game events to spread awareness, celebrate Bob's work (its everywhere), and help drive some fundraising. Together, we can play for a cause and help a great guy recover from an unfortunate circumstance.

    About Bob the Builder:

    The man in the infamous bunny suit, Bob joined Portalarium in 2011. He was responsible for building most of the in-game homes (we live in) and designing the decorations (especially the furniture) that make our homes unique and beautiful across New Britannia! Bob is a very humble and helpful person, and we’re super-thrilled to lend him a hand. To quote Bob directly: “I’m humbled and speechless. This is the best community in the world. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

    Thank YOU, Avatars!

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    I am there for Bob!
     
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    i much prefer by bobs, builders, and bunnies with unbroken ribs and no medical debt.

    SUPPORT THE BOB!!!!!
     
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    I am there for Bob. Thank you for doing this. I will be sure to spread the word on Wylde Safari all month. <3
     
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    Thanks for Bob! Pledged to a well deserving, hard working, man.
     
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    Thanks for the outpouring of support, everybody! Best. Community. Ever. :)

    #cultofbobforever
     
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    Cult of Bob

    $915 of $2,500 goal

    Raised by 16 people in 6 hours

    #cultofbobforever
    #Best.Community.Ever.
    #AerieFund+Thex+Justyn=MyHeroes
     
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    Thank you guys, you are all amazing! So glad we could help Bob out!!!
     
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    hehe its
    $1,065 of $2,500 goal

    now!
     
  10. Fionwyn Wyldemane

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    gogogo!!!

    Cult of Bob


    $1140 of $2,500 goal

    Raised by 20 people in 7 hours

    #cultofbobforever
    #Best.Community.Ever.
    #AerieFund+Thex+Justyn=MyHeroes


    I think the goal is gonna be reached in less than 24 hours. Amazing!
     
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    This community really is THE BEST! Bob asked me to pass a long his thanks.
    #cultofbobforever
     
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    Donated and shared. Thanks for organizing this, AERIE!
     
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    It is 11:54PM CST and before I close out the forums I have one last update.

    Cult of Bob


    $1265 of $2,500 goal

    Raised by 23 people in 13 hours

    #cultofbobforever
    #Best.Community.Ever.
    #AerieFund+Thex+Justyn=MyHeroes


    I was remiss in not adding Justyn as one of my heroes. I have now corrected that. I know for a fact how hard she works on behalf of Aerie Fund and the SOTA community. Thanks @Justyn04 for all you do!
     
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    Get well soon bob, broken ribs heal but god the suck so bad.
     
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    Hope you are able to recover quickly.
     
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    WELP, LESS THAN 24 HOURS LATER - INITIAL GOAL REACHED!!! :eek::);)

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    Absolutely stunning!
     
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    anything worth doing, is worth overdoing. :)
     
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    Get well Bob and thanks for your work on Shroud!
     
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    Added to weekly update so hopefully we can raise even more!
     
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