UPDATE2: Another "Pay it forward" moment for WUWT

UPDATE: 930AM PST Sat, March 31

Readers may have noticed that this post was offline for awhile and that the GoFundMe site was taken down. Some readers are rightfully wondering what happened, and worried that there was some scam going on.

The GoFundMe company reported that somebody tried to spoof the credentials of the campaign owner, and take control of the funds. This caused a lot of confusion and speculation. And so by request, I took the post down until it was resolved.

I’ve had prior obligations in the last two days (in preparation for Easter at my Church – (I’m setting up a live broadcast) and I was overwhelmed and could not dedicate any more time to it. I apologize to any WUWT readers that might have been concerned.

Some lessons were learned in this, and I’ll write a follow up post to explain in more detail.

Thanks for your concern. But more importantly, thanks to those who supported it.


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old construction worker
March 28, 2018 12:55 am

Done deal. Although “…she needs about $7500, that will get her four kayaks,..” may not be enough with the Cal’s tax and business laws.

GEOFF From Tanjil
March 28, 2018 1:06 am

Anthony, as the gentlemen at the RSL would say, “your blood is worth bottling”. I am pleased to contribute. $20 Aussie dollars.

GEOFF From Tanjil
Reply to  Anthony Watts
March 30, 2018 3:18 am

Just a heads up about donating from a country outside the USA.
I’m am happy to donate and can afford it but I did not check that my donation would be in US $ and that there may be a currency exchange fee by my bank. I expected $20 Australian to be debited + tip to Go Fund Me but find it’s almost $30.00.
It’s not a big deal and I learnt something new.
Thanks for the opportunity to help your friend.

Harry Passfield
March 28, 2018 1:23 am

Eleven years!? I could have sworn to reading and commenting on here before 2007 (with a different pseudonym). I recall Chris Booker of Daily Telegraph (UK) plugging the site in the early 2000s. Whatever, well done all. Still a great site.

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  Anthony Watts
March 28, 2018 8:23 am

2108? Time runs slowly for you. 🙂

NW sage
Reply to  Anthony Watts
March 28, 2018 7:32 pm

Perhaps there was a temporal shift? (think Star Trek Voyager)

March 28, 2018 1:35 am

I’m in.

Phil Rae
March 28, 2018 1:42 am

I’m happy to help! Thanks to you and the regular contributors on this site for a daily dose of great discussion on a wide diversity of topics….as well as climate stuff!

Mike Bromley the Kurd
March 28, 2018 1:47 am

Count Me In.

Alan Radlett aka Harrow Sceptic
March 28, 2018 1:56 am

I’m in. I think kayaking/canoeing is a great pastime. The canoe trips organised by Camp Wanapitie in Canada were great chacter building experiences for my kids up to and including the 52 day expedition to the uninhabited Canadian near-Artic. Good luck for Olivia’s venture

Luc Ozade
March 28, 2018 2:12 am

I’m there! Well done, again, Anthony – and good luck to Ms Sandretto.

March 28, 2018 2:28 am

Great idea to do an annual campaign.
Done for this one.

Reply to  Oldseadog
March 29, 2018 10:45 am

My card company paid the donation then blocked the card until talking to me. If you are outwith N. America it might be an idea to tell your card issuer about the payment.

March 28, 2018 2:39 am


March 28, 2018 3:29 am

I’m in too, some Swiss Francs on the way

March 28, 2018 3:59 am


March 28, 2018 4:11 am

thanks for the heads up on this.

March 28, 2018 4:42 am

$20 donated or whaterver the equivalent is in Pounds Sterling. As an ex UK veteran, I’m happy to help US Veterans across the pond

March 28, 2018 4:43 am

At almost 70, I can’t tell you how much I enjoy flat water kayaking, and what it’s done for my spirit, if nothing else. There’s nothing quite as serene and calming as early morning glassy water on a lake like Tahoe to make you happy to be alive. I have two Neckys and have often taken someone along.
I applaud her efforts. Great idea!!

Mike Brown
March 28, 2018 5:08 am


Rex knight
March 28, 2018 6:08 am

Thanks Anthony

March 28, 2018 7:07 am

A small donation made. Sorry it”s not more.

Pamela Gray
March 28, 2018 7:22 am

There are lots of loan and grant offerings that give a leg up to women, especially if they have matching funds they can declare. With these donations, your friend could apply for more start-up funds. I have included one such grant opportunity but there are lots more.

Pamela Gray
March 28, 2018 7:25 am

My comment vanished into thin air when I hit send. Might it be in the discard pile?

Steve (Paris)
March 28, 2018 7:49 am

Will be chipping in later today

March 28, 2018 8:07 am

I’m in. I’ve done some flat water kayaking and have enjoyed it though I’m not very good at it. Too bad its in California…if she ever expands to Ohio, I could use some lessons. Good luck to Ms Sandretto.

David Day
March 28, 2018 8:42 am


March 28, 2018 8:54 am

I just got back from a kayak trip in Mexico. From my window, I have to endure watching some of the worst paddling technique imaginable. Not climate related, but how can I refuse? sent.

March 28, 2018 9:22 am

Done. Still a ways to go though, even though it’s been only 7 days.

Reply to  Anthony Watts
March 29, 2018 8:36 am

Up to almost $6000 – Great Job!!

Javert Chip
March 28, 2018 9:26 am

Done (including the tip for GoFundMe).
I generally don’t do this kind of “blind” donating (I funnel my donations through my local Rotary foundation to abused kids & children with health issues, etc) However, Anthony & WUWT have more than earned my respect & trust. This is an eminently reasonable thing to do.
I’m betting her numbers change pretty substantially and pretty quickly.

Javert Chip
Reply to  Javert Chip
March 28, 2018 9:54 am

Humble observation & modest proposal:
Observation: I have now donated, but I have also already received multiple unwanted emails from GoFundMe (in truth, one was a receipt). “Unsubscribe” is not a simple click, but a menu of “unsubscribes”. I did not realize a my donation earned me this unwanted attention.
Proposal: I support the idea of an annual “giving forward”, but my personal desire would be to donate to a purpose-specific WUWT fund which is then terminated & disbursed to the selected cause.

Reply to  Javert Chip
March 28, 2018 1:54 pm

Only a receipt email to me.

Reply to  Javert Chip
March 28, 2018 2:48 pm

I got a receipt and a “Welcome back to GoFundMe” Email with a URL to “finish setting up your giving profile” URL. I had dropped my account because I was get more suggestions on who I should help than I wanted. I’ll just ignore the request and see what happens.

March 28, 2018 10:03 am

I donated for 5. For some of those that can’t

March 28, 2018 11:24 am

Flat water kayaking is a good thing. There’s almost always something interesting to look at, especially in marshy/swampy areas. I’m in.

Reply to  Ric Werme
March 28, 2018 12:10 pm
Reply to  Ric Werme
March 28, 2018 3:22 pm

Made me laugh!

Reply to  Ric Werme
April 1, 2018 7:31 am

I like the idea of supervisor / navigator, and if it tips over, they can dog paddle to the shore.

Steve (Paris)
March 28, 2018 11:32 am


Warren Blair
March 28, 2018 3:51 pm

Anthony’s “once a year” decree is (with the greatest of respect) restrictive and may exclude one-of-our-own in great need.
Once a year for a non-core matter and once for a core matter would be good.
If Anthony won’t change his mind then surely 2019 should be reserved for Monckton & Co.

March 28, 2018 5:11 pm

Is it that hard to teach moderately old people how to use a travel website?

T. Fry
March 28, 2018 5:54 pm

Happy to help!

March 28, 2018 6:30 pm

My wife and I both have kayaks, however when you meet up with a 14 foot alligator sunning itself on the bank, it suddenly becomes anything but serene. A friend of mine wrote two books (guide books actually) on kayaking in SW Florida. His website is https://www.paddlesinparadise.com/

March 28, 2018 7:21 pm

I’ll support any fellow paddler. I’m not yet 50 and I Stand up Paddle more than kayak. I think her idea is fantastic. Happy to help. Paddle on!

March 28, 2018 8:46 pm


slow to follow
March 29, 2018 4:39 am

Small donation made – best of luck from a lapsed open water swimmer!
Hope you make a great success of it 🙂

March 29, 2018 8:12 am

As Mr. Toad said:
“There’s nothing––absolutely nothing––half so much worth doing as messing about in boats.”
And kayaks certainly qualify!

Deplorable B Woodman
March 29, 2018 1:02 pm

I am forwarding this to my home email, and will donate from home.

Barbara Skolaut
March 29, 2018 2:02 pm

No PayPal? Wratts. Will have to wait until I get someplace I can use a credit card.

March 29, 2018 2:49 pm

Done. Thanks, Anthony.

Bob K
March 30, 2018 3:30 am

Please, please, arrange for accepting PayPal – I don’t feel comfortable leaving my credit card details…

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