What do people usually want to do on sabbatical? Learn something, travel, and give back are the top answers we hear. Pulitzer-winning journalist Nick Kristof of The New York Times is offering all three in his Win-a-Trip 2011 contest. He’ll take a college student and a senior citizen along with him to a developing country for a reporting trip of a lifetime; the two winners will help Kristof report on “untold stories” and shine a light on important issues.
My mother is one of five finalists in the senior citizen category. Anticipation is high! To apply, she submitted a written essay and a video telling why she believes she should be chosen. Kristof says he’s looking for a person who has great communications skills and a knack for shining a spotlight and getting people to care about distant problems. In other words, he wants a compelling story teller, and Mom’s one of the best.
But she needs your help to make the final cut. Won’t you please give her 45-seconds of your time? Here’s what you can do to make a huge difference for a fabulous woman:
- Go to Kristof’s Facebook page and you’ll see the photos of the finalists at the top. Hit the “like” button to the right so that you’re a participating member.
- Then go to Barbara’s finalist page.
- Mom’s video/essay submission link is under her photo, if you want to see them.
- Most importantly, please “like” her finalist page and maybe even leave a comment!
- If you’re inspired to do more, click “Share” so that the contest is posted to your Facebook wall and shared with your friends.
The winner will be chosen very soon. This could be the most transformational mini-sabbatical Mom’s ever had.