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Umoja Writing Competition 2015 raising funds for Umoja Orphanage Kenya for the second year. Prize money and trophy for winner but it's more about giving to our global world.
By: Umoja Writing Competition
Gold Coast writer Donna Munro wondered those same things. She wanted to find an Australian organisation making a difference by helping people overseas. By chance a friend said, “An old school friend of mine has an orphanage in Africa.” Soon Donna was put in touch with Cathy Booth, the Bundaberg based founder of Umoja Orphanage Kenya Project. Umoja is Swahili for unity and togetherness – two countries working together for one cause.
Donna wanted to find ways to fundraise for the project. She tried raffles, market stalls and a Chuffed Crowdfunding page but nothing raised enough to help the orphanage greatly. She wanted something that could be run yearly and decided to draw inspiration from her experience in writing and publishing; and so began Umoja Writing Competition. The competition stared in 2014 and is becoming a reputable literary competition with writing groups throughout Australia.
Donna’s love of writing meant she understood writers wanted a blog that interested them and gave writing tips, quotes and advice, but could also be a place for global goodness. There’s advice on volunteering overseas too. As a book marketing /publicist for Zeus Publications Donna often had to look outside the box to find ways to help writers. The competition is an extension of that experience combined with a lifetime of writing and being published in national publications.
Last year’s winner Lauren said after her win, “My writing dreams are starting to grow, inch by inch. I've also found a retreat in Tuscany for next year that combines five of my favourite things: travel, yoga, organic food, wine & of course writing! … Exciting times ahead!! I am so grateful to you for initiating the Umoja Writing Competition, and now it feels like my writing dreams are starting to unfold and I know that this competition has been the springboard for that. So, thank you!”
Lauren will now guest blog about her writing and volunteering overseas on the Umoja Writing Competition blog. The call has been put out for other guest bloggers to raise the readership and profile of the site and hopefully gain as many entries as possible.
Writers who enter can be assured their entry money (other than prize money, trophy and minimal administration expenses) will go to the orphanage at the completion of the competition. Donna is currently sourcing sponsorship for the expenses so then all entry fees and donations will go to the orphanage. Entrants are given the option of just paying the $25 fee or adding a donation to that amount.
The Winner receives $150, trophy, certificate and publication on Umoja Writing Comp website Umoja Home website and Warm Witty Words (websites). 2nd place receives $50 and certificate and publication on the websites. 3rd place receives certificate and publication on the websites.
We’d really encourage school-age writers because these are the majority of people going overseas to volunteer in their gap year. English students, particularly will find the competition a challenge, and again, there’s the knowledge that it’s for a worthy cause.
Why enter the competition:
♦ Be happy in the knowledge you are contributing to a worthy cause.
♦ Entry fee can provide food for livestock in the Umoja Orphanage sustainable village.
♦ Or the entry fee could buy five fruit tree seedlings for the greenhouse at the project.
♦ You get to write creatively to a theme and word count.
♦ The chance to win a prestigious trophy and prize money.
♦ Regular mentions on our Social Media (such as Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Source Bottle etc.).
♦ To urge other writers to enter and produce their best writing.
♦ Your story will be posted online for the world to read.
So for the unity of Australians and Africans I urge writers to have a go at this unique fundraising competition.
Umoja Writing Competition Website: http://www.umojawritingcomp.wordpress.com
Umoja Orphanage Project Kenya: http://www.umojahome.com
Donna Munro - Warm Witty Words