UPDATE, MARCH 15: this project is now on hold (details here)
Wow, that wasn’t very fun, was it? We just finished a miserable six days of AQI over 300. But it certainly was the perfect backdrop to my new campaign to test air pollution masks, and I’ve been busy all week with interviews with CBS News, the LA Times, Wall Street Journal, South China Morning Post, and Quartz.
Now it’s almost a week into my fundraising campaign and I’d like to give everyone a quick update:
- First, this is my personal campaign, a worried father’s tilting-at-windmills quixotic (obsessive?) quest to get evidence-based data on which pollution masks can help my Alex, myself, my patients and their children — everyone, everywhere who lives in polluted environments. This has nothing to do with my hospital, and I have no sponsorship or official backings from them or anyone else, including mask companies.
- No mask company has any control over what I will test or publish. Good results, flunking results — everything will be published here on my blog.
- I make no money from this project. Any extra money would go directly to the wonderful Roundabout charity in Shunyi. Any extra masks also will go to them. I wanted to also donate the tested masks, but apparently they are destroyed from the test due to a big hole punched in them, so we have to throw them away afterwards.
- I understand that people may be concerned about a private donation and not knowing where their money is going. To help reassure people, and for 100% full disclosure, everyone can “follow the money” at my online Excel spreadsheet here http://1drv.ms/1jNoq9k
- A few companies have already nicely promised to donate masks for testing. I hope others as well can help.
- As of today, I have raised over $1,000 in funds from the crowdfunding website rally.org as well as from Alipay donations (plus the donated masks). That’s a great start — but I still have a long way to go in fundraising as I need almost $10,000 to test all the masks I’d like to test.
- The fit-testing company, FROST, in sunny California has nicely offered a discounted price of $25 per mask test. I plan to test over 180 masks, so 25 x180 = $4,500 just for testing.
- Rally.org is one of the many crowdfunding websites, a revolutionary advance for anyone to raise money for projects. But this convenience comes at a cost, and Rally.org takes 5.75% of transactions. That’s actually lower than the other major crowdfunding sites, which is why I chose them. If you want your money to be even more efficient, you could use Alipay or Paypal directly to me (email me below for instructions).
I know that many of you are excited about this project and would love to see this data — but there won’t be any data if I can’t raise the funds. To contribute and show support, please click here to go to Rally.org and contribute via credit card (cards are accepted from all countries). If you want to use Alipay 支付宝, please transfer to my account under my email account at . Anyone with questions about this campaign can also contact me at the same email address.
Here’s today’s CBS This Morning video:
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