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- A personal appeal
- from Wikipedia author Tamar
- A message from Wikipedia author Tamar
Yesterday I visited my daughter's kindergarten, and I sat fascinated looking at four children building a tower together. Time after time it fell down, until finally a girl walked by and told them: "You need to build a wider base. Without it the tower won't stand." So the four sat down to rebuild it. This time they built a wide and stable base and upon it they piled up the blocks to build a high-rising tower. The whole kindergarten gathered to applaud them, and the teacher complimented them, too. And I looked from the side on that girl who gave the advice, without which the tower wouldn't stand. She stood there with a spark in her eyes and looked very happy and proud, as if she had built the tower herself.
At that moment I also felt great happiness and pride. In the whirlpool of life, between daily chores, children and work, I find time to sit and write quality articles for Wikipedia. Like that girl, I am also "behind the scenes"—nobody pays me and nobody thanks me, but I know that the knowledge that I shared with others is out there. Who knows how many people it advanced, how many horizons it opened up, how many towers it built.
This is the magic of Wikipedia, the most up-to-date collection of knowledge in the world, all of which was written by the people, for the people. We didn't come to become rich or to receive applause. Just to make sure that every person in the world will get free access to important information and knowledge, upon which he will build a stable and wide base for his own tower.
To have this magic go on, to make sure that Wikipedia stays free of advertisements, we need your donation today - $20, €30, ₪100, ¥4,000 or whatever you can give to keep Wikipedia free. We are all volunteers, but Wikipedia has infrastructure and operation costs. Every donation counts, every dollar can be critical. Please remember this during this annual fundraiser and take part in this magic called "Wikipedia".