[SUPER STRETCH GOAL]
UPDATED as of 8.7.14: If we reach $35,000, which is enough for me & my friend Leah to go to school next year, I will shave a bowl of potato salad into my head!! I have no idea how the barber will do that, but if a Tanzanian kid can reach the stars, ANYTHING is possible or, as they say in my country, Yote Yanawezekana.
As of today, we've raised $13,083 at rally.org/starday and $8,955 here on Kickstarter. Some donors have given by mail & other ways too, so we now have a total of about $27,700. So, with just $7300 more - a total of $16,300 here on Kickstarter, we'll reach our goal!! Do you think we can make it by the time our Kickstarter project ends TONIGHT - Friday, August 8 at 1:08am?
My name is Gideon Gidori. I am 15 years old. I'm from Tanzania and I've dreamed of becoming Africa's first black astronaut for as long as I can remember. It was only today, though, that I figured out why: I was destined to create Tanzanian Astronaut Potato Salad and spread the love of potato salad across the galaxy.
All I have to do is become an astronaut first. And, I suppose, figure out how to make potato salad. Until then, it's only a dream.
So my plan is simple:
1. Become an astronaut.
2. Make potato salad.
To do step 1, I'll need an education. Don't worry - I'm already off to a great start! Last year, I received a scholarship to attend Florida Air Academy in the United States, and at the end of my very first year, I already had straight As on my report card. Next year, if I'm lucky, I'll start working on my pilot's license. (Awesome, right?!?)
The problem is, I don't exactly have the money to get through school - which is where potato salad comes in.
It seems the good people of Kickstarter have a hankering for potato salad.
So I will create, just for you, a recipe for Tanzanian Astronaut potato salad - which is only experimental, of course, until I, Gideon Gidori, succeed in my efforts to become Tanzania's first astronaut. (After all, there can be no OFFICIAL Tanzanian Astronaut Potato Salad until there's a Tanzanian astronaut, right?)
All I need is the funds to get my education so I can get started. Before Mr. Danger gave the internet this potato salad craving, I had been raising money at rally.org/starday - and already I've got over $12,000!!! But the truth is, to go to school next year, it will cost about $35,000. So I still need $23,000. And that's just for next year. Then I'll have two more years of high school. And then college. Let's just say Tanzanian Astronaut Potato Salad doesn't come cheap.
For now, though, I've set a starting price of only $10 - after all, anything I make from my potato salad venture will help!! So, people of the interwebs, what's it worth to you to have potato salad made by the world's first Tanzanian astronaut?
It's totally worth it. I'm totally worth it. I promise.
(PS: Don't worry Kickstarter lawyers & people of the interwebs. I realize a project of this magnitude requires adult supervision. My friend, teacher & guardian here in the US, Stacey Monk, owns this Kickstarter account and will be overseeing my efforts.)
Risks and challenges
There's never been a black astronaut from Africa. There may be some socio-political mumbo jumbo in my way.
I don't exactly know how to swim, and I hear astronauts do their training under water. I may drown.
I don't have money for secondary school & college.
My country doesn't have a space exploration program. Yet.
Yes. 100%. Awesomeness is an essential quality of many Tanzanians.
According to NPR, I might be :) Check out this article they wrote about me: http://www.npr.org/blogs/goatsandsoda/2014/07/23/334058184/this-aspiring-astronaut-might-be-the-worlds-most-amazing-teen
My friend Stacey says they only think that because they've never seen me load the dishwasher.
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