Thursday, November 29, 2007

Play to Meet the Needs

Any told you before that while playing you could contribute to the needful. Free Rice, a website that was set-up on 7 October 2007 has this idea of getting website visitors to play a game and if the visitors succeed, donations in the form of grains of rice will be made.

You will asked to provide the meaning of an english word. Four options were given for you to choose. And if you get it correct, 20 grains of rice will be donated to United Nations World Food Program (it was increased to 20 grains per correct answer w.e.f. 28 Nov 2007 compared to 10 grains earlier).

On the first day, 830 grains of rice were "donated". As the website community caught on with this game, people continued to play the game and by 8 November 2007, 77 million grains of rice were gained.

As of today, I have partly contributed 340 grains of rice. Phew! Some of those english words were alien to me. And I can't recall the meaning for some words as we seldom use such words. It was a good way to refresh my english vocabulary. On the point of publishing this blog posting, total grains of rice donated = 4,550,033,230. Find out where the grains of rice will be sent to here.

This genius idea was the brainchild of American online fundraising pioneer John Breen. There is also a sister website under the name of
Tags: Free Rice, United Nations World Food Program, World Food Program, Grains of Rice, English Vocabulary, John Breen



Blogger Convivialdingo said...

Phew is right! I consider myself better than average and many, many words were quite difficult.

My wife, however, is a walking dictionary and handily donated >4,000 grains of rice in less than an hour!

01 December, 2007 12:12  
Blogger Shopaholicfern said...

hey, i've played it too...and everyday, i donate 100 grains of rice thru facebook :-)
i like to help needy people, i think this is a good idea..

02 December, 2007 13:40  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

oh wow, a walkin dictionary?????? then she was born to play this game hehe.

100 grains is not too bad.

this game is entertaining as i get to learn more english words though most of them won't be used in my daily life

04 December, 2007 12:31  
Blogger mbn18 said...

There is a new alternative for online fundraising, take a look at GiveStream ( It offers a set of free and easy-to-use online fundraising and community-building tools that help nonprofits create their own branded easy giving center.

04 December, 2007 22:24  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

great of u to share

04 December, 2007 23:59  

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