BOSTON, Oct. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --- What was meant to be a quick fundraiser for autism has turned into a creative collection of hair-raising twists to benefit a good cause. Joseph Ranseth, member of the philanthropic social media site Crowdrise.com, went seven months without a haircut vowing to finally take the plunge if his social network donated at least $500 the National Autism Association (NAA). He has since tripled that goal and brought other members on board to entertain "dares" in exchange for donations, including Carl Seier, a real estate agent and father of two who agreed to shave his head when his goal was met.
"Joseph's Haircut for Autism project on Crowdrise is a fun, creative way to raise money," says NAA President Wendy Fournier. "Joseph is a prime example of what one person can do to not only raise funds for autism, but also awareness through social media."
In the coming weeks, more members will put the "fun" in fundraising and collect their donations for dares ranging from shaving a decade-old goatee, to dying their hair blue. "It's great to see people who are willing to step outside their comfort zone and do something just a little crazy to help others. Social media is a powerful outlet, it's wonderful to see how outreach through a 'virtual' community can translate into very real help for families," said Fournier. "Autism is the fastest growing developmental disorder in our nation today, the needs are tremendous.. We're truly grateful for Joseph, Crowdrise and the generous donors who are participating."
To donate or to set up a challenge of your own, visit Joseph's Haircut for Autism here: http://www.crowdrise.com/JosephsHaircut/fundraiser/JosephRanseth
Wendy Fournier (Portsmouth, RI) 401-835-5828
SOURCE National Autism Association