Hi all MASA members, we would like your input about a new dimension we are wanting to add to MASA, but feel we need your input and approval on this. Basically we have been approached by NSRI to try help raise funds for the organization and feel it would be a worthy cause to get involved in this. This will also give us the opportunity to raise money for other worthy organisations for example Sharksboard etc. There are many organisations out there that need our help, we would like to focus our attentions on the ones that look after our coastal regions for obvious reasons. How we envisage this to work is along the following lines. We would set up a PIF membership (Paying It Forward membership) at a nominal fee that is still to be decided. All monies raised through this membership will then go to the organisations. In return we will offer small tokens of appreciation to PIF members, for example a nice shiny badge under your name, 200 extra PM's and a 500MB MASA email address, are just some of the examples of what we can offer. We would like to add here that there will be no difference to access to information between members and PIF members. From the side of NSRI it works along the following lines. For every R300.00 we raise we get a ticket to enter a lucky draw for the month. There are 5 lucky draws every month with a prize of R10 000 per ticket drawn. There is a grand draw at the end of the year with the winning ticket holder winning R100 000. So now for example we raise R3000 we will get 10 lucky draw tickets which we will then in turn sell/auction back to the members, lets say we get R150.00 per ticket we end up with another R1500.00 that we can then donate back to another organisation. Now think if we are able to raise R30 000 what a difference we could make. Please note that 100% of all monies raised by this will go to NSRI and other organizations that are decided on. That is it in a nutshell and the question is should we get involved in this and please remember there will be no obligation on your side if you cant get involved at this point in time we realise that times are tough at the moment. I am going to add a simple yes or no poll to this just to get an idea of how you as members feel, we will work out details later.