Hi folks, Forest Rain here with some sad news and an important announcement.
Very recently, we learned that an 11-year-old boy named Michael Morones attempted to take his own life as a result of bullying on account of being a brony. While the attempt was, thankfully, not successful– Michael has been left with severe brain damage, and his family has been left with the medical expenses. His family has reached out to the brony community for help with these medical expenses, and we are responding as only the brony fandom can!
There are a ton of charity folk, community VA’s, musicians, and noted personalities within the brony community that are coming together to produce a 24-hour charity livestream this upcoming weekend (February 1st & 2nd), from 6PM EST Saturday until 6PM EST Sunday.
Currently confirmed guests include: Cyril the Wolf, D-Pad, Dusty Katt, Emily Jones, Foaly, Forest Rain, Jade / Haybuck, Joanna Blackheart / MyLittleDashie, Nowacking, PK, PonyToast, and Purple Tinker.
Also, if you can make it to San Francisco for BABSCon: for the duration of the livestream, the first $75 of any membership bought for BABSCon is going directly to the fundraiser. (This means if you buy a regular membership to the convention, all of your money is going towards a good cause!) Head over to BABSCon.com/registration/ this weekend during the stream.
Finally, the Goldie Awards (Academy of Brony Arts and Science) are instituting a new category in honour of Michael called the “Generosity Award”. The brony who donates the most to help Michael’s family will have their name associated with the award (for example, “the John Smith Award for Generosity.”)
Further details on the livestream will be found at ForMichael.org– which should be going live before the end of the week. Keep checking back for updates.
If you feel the urge to donate now, EileMonte has setup a Recovery Fund for Michael and his family at GoFundMe, which you can find here:
Let’s all come together this weekend to help out this family– For Michael.
If you are a victim of bullying, you’re not alone. You have a fantastic community around you that will help support you. Don’t be afraid to talk, share your stories, or ask for help.
If you’re contemplating suicide, find someone to talk to now!
In the US, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline online or by phone at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
In Canada, you can contact the Kids Help Phone online or by phone at 1-800-668-6868.