So this year I placed second among Canadians on the Google US Puzzle Championship, earning me the right to fly to Rio de Janeiro for the 16th World Puzzle Championship.
This is expensive. Many teams around the world have sponsorship—for instance, Google gives the Americans an all-expenses paid vacation—but not in Canada.
My budget would look something like:
- Entry fees, accommodation, meals ⇒ €400 ≈ $587.60
- Brazilian Visa ⇒ $90
- Spending money ⇒ $400
- Plane fare ⇒ either $1179.94 or (7300 - N) air miles + ($245 + $0.30N)
- EDIT: Carbon offset for plane emissions ⇒ €154 ≈ $226.23
- EDIT: Travel insurance ⇒ $105
I can afford about $1000.1
I have approximately one week in which to let the team organizers know whether or not I'm coming.
If you would like to help me get to Rio, please let me know as soon as possible if you're able to contribute any amount of money, or any number of air miles, to my cause. Please do not actually send any money or air miles yet! Based on people's responses to this preliminary plea, I'll decide within a week whether the fundraising drive is actually on. You'll hear.
Note that if 16 people all contribute $100, I'm there…but if 160 people all volunteer $10, that's just as good!
I am screening comments to this post by default, but I will unscreen any comment which includes the word "penguin."
( EDIT: How to donate air miles )
( EDIT #2 )
( EDIT #3: Carbon offsets )
1Although I've been saving up for this event for most of a year, we've suffered some financial setbacks in the past month (details available if I know you personally), which mean that I can afford only about $1000. Nothing terribly dramatic, just expensive and unexpected.