Friday, June 24, 2011

Help the Catawba Riverkeeper win a car

Posted By on Fri, Jun 24, 2011 at 9:41 AM

click to enlarge Catawba Riverkeeper

One day only: On Fri., June 24, you can help our Catawba Riverkeeper win a Toyota. (For real!)

It's part of Toyota's 100 Cars for Good contest, held on Facebook ... which means you have to have a Facebook account to vote. (Boo.)

The auto company has narrowed down the field of contestants to 500, so 20 percent will win. They're giving away those 100 cars over 100 days, and have assigned specific days to vote for different groups. Today is the Riverkeeper's day.

And, let me tell you, the organization could use a new car. Currently, David Merryman, our Riverkeeper, uses his own car to drive to public meetings and to watchdog the river — which starts near Asheville and ends in South Carolina (the water eventually ends up in the Atlantic Ocean) — and the river's watershed. With that, you can imagine that his odometer reading is sky-high.

From the Riverkeeper:

We have a great chance at winning a new vehicle that can tow boats and kayaks throughout the Catawba River basin for our youth programs and pollution response activities, but we need your vote and your help in spreading the word about voting.

Vote for Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation at

And in response to privacy concerns, he wrote this in an email to his supporters:

Q: What if I don't want to click 'allow'?

A: Clicking "allow" at the Cars for Good program let's them look at the information that is available to view by "everyone" on your profile.

  • If you are already using a Facebook application or playing a Facebook game such as  Survey/Questionnaires about your friends or Farmville, you need not worry about the next bullet - just VOTE CRF tomorrow.
  • If you would not like to share information with Cars for Good, you don't have to - simply update your privacy settings to "Friends only" or "Friends of Friends only" or "Customize" your account privacy before clicking "allow" on the Cars for Good application.  Once you have made these changes, click "allow" and go vote for Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation tomorrow.

From Toyota:

Winning organizations can choose from the following vehicles: Toyota Prius, Tacoma, Tundra, Highlander Hybrid, Sienna, or Sienna Mobility. With each vehicle, Toyota Financial Services will provide a six-year 100,000 mile Toyota Vehicle Service Agreement to help provide extended protection from mechanical breakdowns beyond the vehicle warranty.

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