We’re happy (and incredibly grateful) to announce the auction raised $1,500 for our cause. In true Atlassian fashion, Sarah’s story inspired our employees to triple the donation. That’s right, we’re raising nearly $4,000 for Room to Read. Thank you to everyone who supported us with your tweets, likes and your bids.
Before we reveal the new emoticon, let’s get to know our winning donor and what motivated such a generous contribution.
Meet Sarah Ramkissoon
Sarah lives in Ontario, Canada but grew up in eastern India. She is an active member of an online community called TopCoder where she is in the top 20% of female developers. She hopes her contribution will help encourage women to pursue technical careers. She also has a personal connection to the cause.
I am East-Indian and know what it is like to grow up in a 3rd world country and have to struggle to get an education. I am lucky enough to live in Canada now and have had the access to opportunities that I was able to take advantage of, and be in a better place. I am happy to support someone else who happened to be unlucky enough to be born where those opportunities don’t exist as much.
She also understands the power that an image, even a 30×25 emoticon, can convey. Her goal is to change perceptions of what it means to be a woman in a technical field.
I believe that it is possible to be a nerd/geek/smart and be attractive, personable etc – too often young girls are reluctant to shine in areas like science and maths, because of a perception that they might be seen as ‘less feminine’ – nerd or geek is not something to be ashamed of, but to be proudly celebrated.
As a mother, it’s important that her daughter learns that technical fields are not just for boys. Women can be confident, attractive, independent and excel in technical careers.
“As someone who has benefitted greatly from the sacrifices made by my previous generation to ensure that I am an empowered and educated woman, I applaud Sarah Ramkissoon and all those who participated in the emoticon auction. The funds raised by this auction will help us transform the lives of 4 girls in Cambodia and ensure that they have the academic support and the life skills needed to shape a better future for themselves and their families.”
– Geetha Murali, Chief Development Officer, Room to Read
Sarah will add the emoticon (nextgendev) to our robust universal emoticon inventory.
Want to help?
Please help us raise the remaining funds to cover the cost of secondary education for 50 girls in Cambodia by donating here.
Should we do this again? Let us know in the comments!