After RTX 2016, I sat down and watched all the great panels I missed due to Guardian duties. One of those panels was @jack and @Caiti talking about RT's charity efforts. During that panel Caiti talked about something she ran called Community IRL where she got community members together to do charity projects here in Austin pre-RTX. Jack then mentioned wanting to bring that to life again and I couldn't help but think to myself, "That sounds so cool!" A few months went by and I got involved in RT World, so I presented the idea to them to get the ball rolling.
I am pleased to say that we're just now wrapping up our first ever RT World Community Charity Month. By the end of July 1st we'll have had 10 community groups participating for a total of 12 events around the world! That is incredible for a first time event, and I owe a lot of people a lot of thank-yous for pulling this off.
First, to @dizzyblinker for letting me run with this idea - You are a peach!
To the admins of RT Maryland, RT NY, Rooster Buckeyes, RT Seattle, RT Maine, RT UK, and RT Scotland - Y'all are amazing. This absolutely would not have happened without you and I cannot thank you all enough for stepping up.
To @FlamingChiwawas and @JDSchu for letting me use their baby (RT Austin) as a vehicle for mine - Thank you! You guys are fantastic.
To @TanyaJ for being my partner in crime in arranging RT Austin's event - Thank you for doing words and promoting things so much better than I can. You have more charisma in your pinky toe than I have in my entire body and one of the most radiant smiles I've been lucky enough to witness in person. <3
To @emilyweeks and @Chelsea for supporting, and even attending, both RT World and RT Austin's events - You rock!
And, last but not least, to everyone who came out to their local event and supported their community (both RT and otherwise) - THANK YOU! I am, once again, in awe of the charitable spirit and generosity of this community. I knew y'all showed up for Extra Life, but I wasn't expecting such a great turnout for a first time event.
P.S. Anyone want to do this again some time?