Starting this November Paternal Guardians of Iowa is declaring the month of November Father’s Rights Awareness month. We want to use this month to raise awareness of the injustices that fathers are force to endure and go through to gain the most basics of parental rights.
Recently I have had a conversation with an individual who is currently fighting against these injustices of the legal system. His story is a perfect example of just how unfair and unbalance the system really is for fathers. His son is currently two months old and he hasn’t yet been able to see him. When his son was born the mother immediately gave him up for adoption and would end up leaving the hospital with the adoption agency. Upon hearing the news of his child being born the father fought for a DNA test and when the results came back he was indeed the father. After finding out the results the adoption agency return the child to the mother, which she would end up returning the child to the family who is now trying to privately adopt him. Now that family has continued to refuse to give the child to his father and has petition the juvenile court to terminate the fathers’ rights to the child. At the end of the month the father has to appear in court and ask the judge to simply not terminate his right to being a father to his son. Even if the court rules in favor of him he will still not have any rights or visitation with his son until he is able to return to district court for a temporary hearing on custody.
Our mission here at Paternal Guardians of Iowa is advocating for fathers that are going through situations just like this one. We are their voice and we are raising awareness by making sure their stories are being told. For the future, we will not only be their voice but also their support system and providing direct aid to help level the playing field. In order to achieve both of goals and continue to grow we have to start fundraising. So, for our first annual fundraising we present No Shave, No Make-up November.
Here’s how it works:
Gentlemen, starting on Nov 1st you will pledge a dollar amount for the amount of days you are going to go without shaving and are encourage to share daily photos on our Facebook page. Then the fun begins with you cash challenging someone else to do the same. For example, I am pledging .00 for all 30 days of November I plan on going without shaving. I am also challenging my best friends Cain that if he can go 2 weeks without shaving I will donate additional to Paternal Guardians of Iowa.
Ladies, starting on Nov 1st you will pledge a dollar amount for the amount of days you are going to go without wearing make-up and are encourage to share daily photos on our Facebook page. The cash challenge part remains the same as it is with the gentlemen. Anyone can challenge anyone, so not just ladies can challenge ladies etc.
Prizes, For the gentlemen we have three gift cards to Pancheros. They will go to the winners of each of the following categories; highest donor, longest beard, and most pathetic beard. For the ladies, we have three gift cards to Cold Stone Creamery. They will go to the winner of each of the following categories; highest donor, most consecutive days without make-up, and most total days without wearing make-up (does not have to be consecutive).
Grand Prize, now for the individual who is the highest donor will get the privilege of cutting Nick Shrimer’s beard off. For those of you who do not know him he has been growing this beard for years and he has graciously offered it up to help raise awareness for Father’s Rights! Google Zztop and that is what you will have the honor of snipping off.
Here’s the link to our GoFundMe page to donate to Paternal Guardians of Iowa.
If you would like a receipt please provide me with your address and amount donated by sending me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for all the support!