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Update: January 14, 2015 *the badge mission is over but the work and contribution continue…. Thanks for Caring, Giving and Inspiring in Support of Doctors Without Borders / Medicins Sans Frontieres

Update: July 1, 2014

Many people have already received their I Care‘ and ‘I Gave‘ badges – which is great because it shows how thoughtful and passionate this community is about doing something great together.  But have you signed up to be an inspiration?

The ‘I Inspire’ badge is earned when 3 other people each make a donation to MSF via our community fundraiser page.  To make sure you  get ‘credit’ for this, your friends and family should put your SCN UserName in the ‘Comments’ section of the donation page.

Last year, perhaps the most famous Challenge came from Clint Vosloo who volunteered to do 5 burpees for every dollar donated on his behalf.  And he made good on his promise, the proof is out there on Youtube for everyone to enjoy.   I believe Clint raised $150.00 for MSF, but the sport of watching his ‘burpee’ videos was priceless.

So if you’re wondering how to participate even more, let me try to give you some concrete steps.

  1. Edit the document and enter your name as a ‘Participant’ as well as what your particular ‘challenge’ will be.  (Don’t forget to SAVE the document!)
  2. Reach out (emails, tweets, FB, or if you want to go Old School, phone calls and actual letters!) to your family and friends to ask for their support.
  3. If they don’t have access to SCN (some of us actually do have people in our lives who are not on SCN J) then you can edit the document again when they have made the donation in your name.  I noticed that one member entered ‘Mom’ and ‘Dad’ as his sponsors – and as a parent, I am very well accustomed to helping my kids out with their fundraisers. 
  4. And this one is even more fun – write a blog about what you did/are doing.  Why are you doing it?  Are you walking 3 miles a day for your own health?  That’s wonderful!  Do you think, while you are walking, that you are also helping fight the outbreak of Ebola that is happening NOW in West Africa, or helping to treat displaced persons in the turmoil of Iraq today?   How did this feel?  Whatever your particular challenge is (or challenges, because of course, you can do more than one), we want to know about it!
  5. Since this #sapcc challenge (not the ASUG Challenge, not the SAPPHIRENOW Challenge, and not the d-Code Challenge) this will go on for some time – probably until the late fall.  So you don’t need to be present at an actual conference in order to participate – we can all participate virtually. 

Participant Challenge Sponsor1 Sponsor2 Sponsor3
Sue Keohan Consume a Sazerac at ASUG Marilyn Pratt Steve Rumsby

Tammy Powlas

Walk 3000 steps OUTSIDE the convention center myself Sue Keohan

Sue Keohan

I will do something ELSE! mwahhahaha Jamie Oswald

Jeanne Carboni

I will work out 5 times per week until the event is over (and maybe keep it going afterwards). myself Jason Cao
Anthony Poltera I made a $50 donation and challenge others to do the same myself

Jamie Oswald

I will Photoshop (MS Paint, actually) myself into any photo you send me, for any pledge of $10 or over (email me your choice of photo). Sue Keohan

Marilyn Pratt

I will contribute 1 dollar for every content rich summary or takeaway blog of ASUG/Sapphire produced during the event and tagged #SAPCC   (content rich= likes, significant comments,high views, commendations by moderators/mentors) Sue Keohan Laure Cetin

Gretchen Lindquist

I will donate one dollar per attendee who attends the Security and Internal Controls SIGs joint Community Meeting on Wednesday at 12:30 PM. myself

Jon Reed

I will donate $1 for every mile I walk during the week (which should be a lot given the convention floor).

Siva kumar D

I will try to walk 3 miles every day myself Yassine Ben Abdelkader
Karen Rodrigues I will give one hour per week to teach English to a student that need help with it. myself Eduardo Chagas
Fatih AYDIN I will try to help my problems myself mom dad
Susan Keohan

I will ask any friends and family to donate to MSF for my birthday.  This is directly inspired by Phil Loewen – who did the same thing last year.

Actually, I am stepping up my game. I happen to share a birthday with another well-known (well, in his own mind) SCN member, ASUG Volunteer, and Friend.  I am going to challenge him to an EPIC BIRTHDAY SMACKDOWN.  Greg Myers – Can you hear me?   I’m making an entry in this table for you, and we’ll see who can bring it for Doctors Without Borders.

Jarret Pazahanick Jamie Oswald Sally Rice (Sue’s mom) donated $500 because she really loves ME best. (Ha ha, just kidding, if my siblings are reading this)
Jeff Owen

I will plan to run at least 15 miles during my time at D-Code!


myself (fill in your name here!) (fill in your name here!)
Naveen Vishal

Me and my wife will teach a needy child in educational (Maths, Science, Hindi, English) and behavioral subjects for 1-2 hours a week back here in India

(Inspired by Karen Rodrigues)

Rajkumar Narasimman Let me do some thing else myself
John Chin

I will be participating in ‘Hair for Hope’ charity event by going ‘bald’ on 27 July 2014, it is an event to raise fund for Children’s Cancer Foundation in Singapore. Please give me courage and support by  donating to MSF.

Enclosed link below for your perusal.

Hair For Hope | Children’s Cancer Foundation

Mukesh Kumar I will help in any context to others My self
Greg Myers EPIC BIRTHDAY SMACKDOWN Greg Myers Jamie Oswald Andrew Fox
Alessandro Banzer I made a donation already and looking for more support. Beside that I have two sponsored childs in the Philippines and my mum got a sponsorship as a birthday present this year. It’s far from an usual birthday present, but she was super surprised (the positive way) and finds the idea awesome. She already got some letters from her godchild and (as everyone knows women like to chat) she let’s everyone know and is always looking forward to the next letter. It doesn’t matter how you help, it’s more important that you do. myself
Cem ates

Please give me courage and support by Foundation for Children with Leukemia of Turkey

Why Donate:

LÖSEV is a non-profit NGO, mainly aiming to provide educational and emotional support, financial assistance and health services for children who have leukemia or chronic blood disorders, in order to help them cope with a life-threatening illness.  Other goals are to promote knowledge and provide instruction on an international level regarding acquired and inherited blood diseases, as well as establish and operate research institutions.

Every year in Turkey we see 1200 – 1500 new cases of children diagnosed with leukemia. Families with limited financial resources may be forced to make a difficult decision-that of choosing to support their healthy child, or their child who has leukemia. LÖSEV helps to shoulder this unexpected financial burden. However, not only does it aim to provide income for these little heroes, it also endeavours to communicate the problems of our children and their families to society in order to create awareness of leukemia.

myself Okan Safak osman ozgocer
Steffi Warnecke Inspiring artists clearly inspire Steffi.  Check this out:  Buy a shirt & get feeling good about yourself for free!
Prashanth konduru I made 20$ donation and ask others to donate for the good cause. Myself
Philip Lim I made a small donation and will add more later in the month when I get paid! I also inspired my son to give up his pocket money and also my retired mother to donate.  I also encourage everyone to spare some time online to help volunteer for the United Nations (who work closely with MSF) at: Morgan Linlye Magdelene Lim (retired) Ethan Lim (Phil’s son)

Having just completed my first month at SAP Dublin and received my first pay cheque , I made a donation to “Doctors without Borders” to assist with training of Doctors and personnel.

This is to show my gratitude for the training and guidance I have been received from my colleagues within SAP.

I would urge everyone to make a SMALL contribution, which will make a BIG difference to Doctors without Borders.

Myself SAP Newbies THE WORLD
Moshe Naveh Walk without borders: I will walk 1 km for each 5 $ donated and will upload pictures to Twitter while doing so:) Sue Keohan Mom Myself
Kamil Veselý For each cent anybody sent on my behalf I will ride 1km on a bike, do 1 push-up, do 1 sit-up and do 1 squat. For example 1$ means 100 of each. Read more on my personal blog My personal challenge for 2015

I hope you will join me in this Community Challenge. 

Together we can be some of the ‘helpers’ that the world so desperately needs.

Most importantly, besides the FUN of participating in this challenge, is the fact that together the members of SAP Community Network and their loved ones will know that they have donated to an organization which provides desperately needed medical care.  MSF provides assistance to populations in distress, to victims of natural or man-made disasters, and to victims of armed conflict. They do so irrespective of race, religion, creed, or political convictions.  For all that the medical staff and volunteers at MSF do, we should be truly grateful.

I think it’s going to be fascinating to read peoples’ #SAPCC blogs, and learn their motivation behind their individual challenges.  I’m really hoping that you do too.  (Remember to tag your blog with #sapcc – that’s part of Marilyn Pratt‘s challenge!)

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  • Hello Susan,

    I have a question. 🙂

    Is the time frame for this challenge the duration of the conference or was that just the idea starter and the challenges can/will go for a longer period of time?

    • Hi Steffi,

      The 'challenge' (#sapcc or #scn_cares are the hashtags on Twitter, since you did not ask) begins with ASUG/Sapphirenow - but we hope to extend it way beyond - all the way to d-code events.  This will enable people to achieve their challenges with witnesses - er, audiences/participants.

      So go ahead and make your own time-frame (probably less than a decade or so) and have fun!


      • Hello Susan,

        I went to Doctors Without Boarders webpage, and made donations. I also recd.
        confirmation through email. However, I forgot to mention my SCN UserName in the ‘Comments’section of the donation page. Instead, I wrote a different message.


        Can you please let me know if there is any way to update the details to earn the entitled credit of the same?, or I've to forgo the credit for this mistake?




        • Hi Nirav,

          When did you make this donation?  What was your message?  I will forward this info on to the appropriate 'authorities' 🙂

          Cheers, and thanks for supporting Doctors Without Borders!

          • Thanks, Sue.

            Here's the details;

            Anonymous donated $10.00 07/31/2014

            "Love thy neighbour as you love yourself"- Jesus Christ

            We should feel grateful to the peope in need, it's them who allow us the opportunity to extend our help and make a little difference in the world!

          • Hi Nirav,

            I thought that might have been you 🙂 .  I'll alert the elves who perform all the magic.  It may take a while, but your badge will show up.


    • Hi Anthony,  First off, thank you for your donation!

      You should update the table(above) with what you are challenging them to do!
      Will you challenge them to complete 3 miles of walking per day?

      Perhaps they need to do 5 Burpees for each dollar you donated?

      But be careful - I think this community can be pretty wily at times, and *you* may just be challenged back! 😉


    • MSF sent me a link which could be added as a button to our fundraiser page, but unfortunately, it didn't work.  I have a message back Charlie Kunzer to see what I did wrong.  Hopefully we get it sorted soon!

      Meanwhile, I have *not* consumed a Sazerac during ASUG/Sapphire, but there is still time for me to make good on that challenge, and also add some more.


      • Hi Karen,

        This challenge is for anyone (and everyone!) who wants to participate.  The idea is similar to many charity fundraisers - where you pledge to walk a number of miles, or in your case (admirable) teach English to a student.  Then, friends and family can donate to Doctors Without Borders on your behalf (supplying your SCN userid when they do).

        You can try to get as many donors as you like - you can always add a new line to the above document if you get more than 3.  But with three additional donors, you will earn the 'I Inspire' badge.

        The Fundraiser and the #sapcc (SAP Community Challenge) are open to all - we just kicked it off prior to ASUG/SapphireNow.  It will probably end after the D-Code season.

        Does that help?
        Thanks so much for participating!

  • Wow, John Chin, I am so moved by your challenge.  Thank you for participating!  Will you create a blog showing before and after pics?  That would be great 😎 .



    • Hi Erwin Leitner and Perggi Luyo - I'm glad you like this initiative. 
      Can you earn the 'I Inspire' badge - can you get 3 other people to make a donation on your behalf to Doctors Without Borders?

      This year, I am asking my family and friends to donate to MSF instead of giving me birthday presents.  I am more excited for my birthday than I have been in a really long time!

      If you are interested in joining, please feel free to sign up - there is no time limit on this, just as there is no limit to the passion and commitment of our community members.  😆


        • Eso es genial, espero que tengan mucho éxito, y muy divertido hacerlo.

          También, usted debe blog acerca de la experiencia - lo que significaba para ti, cómo te sentiste participantes.

          (Google Translated this: 

          That is terrific, I hope you have great success, and great fun doing it.

          Also, you should blog about the experience - what it meant to you, how you felt participating. )



      • Hello,

        Yes I think this a very good idea supporting this association, I hope you will come up with some further ideas in the future.

        There are some many things in the world.......

        Of course we will not make a better world at once, but we can handle things properly and everybody can be good example, so things will become better in the future.

        Best wife in the world (mine 🙂 ) also support this association.

        thank you.

        all the best Erwin

        • Hi Erwin,

          Your donation has been passed on to the proper authorities - so you will receive a badge (patience, my friend).  Thanks for all your support!

          PS: Pass it on!

  • Hi,

    I have donated some amount today to Doctors Without Borders/Medicins Sans Frontieres but my points were not added.

    Please advice,



  • Hi Susan Keohan

    Happy to be part of this big event. 🙂

    I have donated to fund raiser on 10th Aug 2014. At 23:37:37 IST.I had forget to add my name and donated anonymously. But I have pasted my profile information on the home page  Kannan Nair on the home page.

    Can you kindly provide an update on this.



  • Hi Susan,

    I donated using the steps mentioned but after about a month I still do not have the "I gave" badge on my SCN account. Could you kindly help with this,


    Ranjith Raghunathan

      • Hi Susan,

        I say the Elves are going to be very busy these days (in a good way).

        Just wondering are these the same SAP Elves that are going to volunteer this Christmas for Father Christmas 😉 ?.