At the risk of losing you, but definitely not burying the lead, please donate to World Vasectomy Day.
It’s been 4 years since I uttered the words WORLD VASECTOMY DAY for the first time. I was traveling with Dr. Doug Stein, the main character of my film THE VASECTOMIST, and had become intrigued by the stories men tell on the day of their procedure. Indeed, after 20 years making films about the most horrible expressions of human cruelty, witnessing them declare love for their wives, their families and our future was eye opening. I asked myself a question, how could I aggregate these individual acts of kindness into a collective movement for change…and for reasons I can not explain, I thought let’s make World Vasectomy Day.
I asked each client permission to film them declaring, “I support World Vasectomy Day!” both in English and their own language. Later that night, I googled the phrase, noted it didn’t exist and reservedwww.worldvasectomyday.org.
Then, realizing that a movement needs a manifesto I wrote “Ten reasons to support World Vasectomy Day!
1. I support World Vasectomy Day because for men whose families are complete, it is the most effective option available.
2. I support World Vasectomy Day because it is right and fair that men share responsibility for family planning.
3. I support World Vasectomy Day because a vasectomy is less invasive than tubal ligation and healthier than taking hormones or chemicals.
4. I support World Vasectomy Day, not to deny the joy of parenthood, but to increase the quality of life for those who are already alive.
5. I support World Vasectomy Day for the sake of our children’s future and then children’s children as well.
6. I support World Vasectomy Day because eliminating the fear of unintended pregnancy can improve our capacity to enjoy sex.
7. I support World Vasectomy Day because I believe we have to do a fairer job of sharing our planet’s finite resources.
8. I support World Vasectomy Day to help lower the rate of unintended pregnancies.
9. I support World Vasectomy Day to generate dialogue about some of the most critical issues of our time.
10. I support World Vasectomy Day because regardless of gender, nationality, color or creed, we only have this one magnificent planet to share and it’s the responsibility of each of us to do so.
Today, with over 650 doctors in 42 countries doing thousands of vasectomies and growing daily, we are the largest male oriented family planning event in history, but more than just numbers, we measure success by the quality of the conversations we help launch. And while we don’t believe that numbers of people determine our destiny, we know that every major social problem we face is made more difficult to resolve with more people. We don’t need one billion more humans born in the next 20 years, we need to take better care of the 7.3 billion we already have.
To coincide with the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) scheduled for November 9-12, we are bringing our headquarters to Indonesia. During the first week of the month we will be traveling through the country doing vasectomies in mobile vasectomy buses provided by Indonesia’s ministry of health. One of our passengers will be an Imam who had his own vasectomy and now preaches that the Koran blesses men who get involved with family planning.
On November 9-12 we will be attending the International Conference of Family Planning in Nusa Dua, Bali. In addition to having a booth and using our bus to film interviews, we are honored that Dr. Chandra Surapaty, head of family planning for all of Indonesia, will serve as the keynote speaker for our auxiliary event. All of this is made possible because of our faithful partners at PKBI (Indonesia Planned Parenthood Association) and our local producer, Dina Purita Antonio-Jufri.
During WVD, November 13, the executive director of PKBI, Pak Sukanata Katut, has offered to get the first vasectomy of the event. He starts the morning at a local temple where the Hindu Priest will bless the procedure in a traditional ceremony. Then a 100-piece gamelan orchestra will lead a procession to where 20 vasectomies will be done during the day. Meanwhile, around the world thousands more will do the same. We will stream the entire event including live Skype calls, pre recorded contributions from doctors, fathers and mothers, as well as interviews with experts in family planning, population, environment and gender.
We need your help. We are just a few doing mighty work with little resources. My co founder, Dr. Doug Stein has offered a $25,000.00 matching fund and I need each of you to contribute. We don’t have much to offer back, but if you want your logo on our crowd pleasing t-shirts, a thousand dollars will do the trick. You also want to be on a billboard placed at the exit of the Balinese airport as 3,500+ conference attendees head to the convention center? That’s another $1,500.00. You want be on the banner that travels around Bali before resting at the entrance to the conference center November 9-12? That’s $2,500 more.
Or maybe you’re a person or organization of humble means? Well, donating is so easy that my 88 year old father actually figured it out. He even gave me a choice. A one time gift of $1,000 or a $25 a month for the rest of his life. Being an optimist and opportunist, I chose both.
The bottom line is for three years Doug and I, with a few generous individuals and a lot of volunteer labor, have been building a movement to inspire men to rise up and be part of the solution to some of the most complex problems we face on the planet and we need your help!
So please donate and always reach out to us firstname.lastname@example.org
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