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We all know,
The Weekly Challenge a.k.a Perl Weekly Challenge started on 25th March 2019. I must confess I didn’t expect it to last this long. What worked in our favour is that we instantly found handful core supporters, who not only took part in the weekly challenge regularly but also started spreading the word. I am fortunate that they are still part of the team. While I was collecting my thoughts for the blog, I read my first RECAPS blog. You will find the format and style of RECAPS has changed a lot since.
When the idea of weekly challenge came to my mind first, I didn’t have the clear plan initially. I was just going with the flow since I didn’t have any help with the management of the weekly challenge. In the
week 7, I decided to do weekly review of Perl solutions. The first such review went live on
13th May 2019. I was lucky to found help with the Perl review immediately. The
week 8 saw a new reviewer,
Kian-Men Ang with first review. She did a fantastic job and became very popular among Team PWC members. The last review she shared with us the week 39. I then took the charge back for few weeks. In the
week 43, we finally found our new reviewer,
Ryan Thompson. He came up with his own style of review as you can see in this first review from him.
Ryan carried on the review till the
week 54. I didn’t have the courage to take the charge back. I was looking for volunteer to take the Perl solutions review task. I didn’t have to wait long. In the
week 65, we found our new reviewer,
Colin Crain. We are lucky to have
Colin as our current Perl reviewer. His quality review every week is much appreciated by every team members.
Similary, for Raku we had our first reviewer,
Laurent Rosenfeld. The first review from him was in the week 3. He did fantastic job for many weeks. In between we had others also like
Ryan Thompson and
As I said earlier, there was no clear plan for the weekly challenge. I just went with the flow. I still remember, when I receieved the email from
Pete Sergeant offering the prize money of
USD 50 for the weekly champion.
Laurent Rosenfeld became the first champion of the weekly challenge. It continued till the
week 41. Following this, we changed it to monthly champion as suggested by
Pete. Luckily we have continued the tradition till date. It is guaranteed to run until end of year 2021 as promised by
Pete. I am most likely to reach out to
Pete in the next couple of weeks to find out the future of monthly champion in the year 2022. I am positive about it, honestly speaking.
When it comes to find the sponsors, I am pathetic. I found
Pete because he came forward himself otherwise I wouldn’t have any sponsor for the weekly challenge. I am always grateful for his generosity. In the
week 130, I discussed the topic of 1000 days of the weekly challenge. I thought I should do something to celebrate the moment. I like to design my T-shirt and came up with this for the occasion.
I shared the photo with my friends on social platform. With that I also shared my ambitious plan of giving FREE T-shirt to all the champions of the weekly challenge. To be honest, I wasn’t very hopeful as I am pathetic in getting sponsors. To my surprise, I found many supporters as listed in the order I received the offer. Two of the sponsors are not part of the weekly challenge and they are
Renee Baecker and
Dean Hamstead. Rest of the sponsors are the elite members of Team PWC.
First donation from Team PWC member,
Yary Hluchan. After all fees and exchange rate, the amount is
Yary Hluchan received into my GBP account. The final amount is
Email sent to all champions requesting T-shirt size and delivery address.
Second donation from another Team PWC member,
Mark Anderson. After all fees, the amount is
One more donation from another Team PWC member,
Lance Wicks. The amount is
Donation received from Team PWC member,
Simon Proctor. The amount is
Donation received from
Renee Baecker and the amount is
Donation received from
Anonymous sponsor and the amount is
I received another (surprise) donation of
200 GBP from
Pete Sergeant, our solo prize sponsor of The Weekly Challenge.
With this, I now have received all the funds promised by sponsors. A big
THANK YOU to all sponsors.
Total fund received
Also the cost of
10 T-shirts would be paid by
Dean Hamstead as promised.
|S. No.||Name||Offer||Amount Received|
|1.||Yary Hluchan||200 USD||145.07 GBP|
|2.||Renee Baecker||200 EUR||164.60 GBP|
|3.||Lance Wicks||200 GBP||200.00 GBP|
|4.||Dean Hamstead||10 T-shirts|
|5.||Anonymous||100 EUR||082.23 GBP|
|6.||Mark Anderson||200 GBP||187.74 GBP|
|7.||Simon Proctor||50 GBP||050.00 GBP|
|8.||Pete Sergeant||200 GBP||200.00 GBP|
As I said earlier, I was expecting the support I received. I didn’t plan anything as such. Since I have found so many supporters, I decided to start the groundwork for the same.
The very first question came to my mind, how do I collect the fund?
I remember few months ago, one of the champion donated the prize money to me. In principle, I don’t accept prize money but I took as one off and that’s it.
Pete then asked me how to send the money? He offered me to send the cash by a company called Wise a.k.a Transferwise. Luckily I have used the same company to send money to my parents in India. So I already have an account with them. It was convenient for me. I received the fund instantly from
Pete. Ideally, I would prefer to receive the fund through the same company. If you don’t want to get into the currency exchange rate issue, you can just mention the amount you want to transfer and they deal with the rest. I don’t want to become promoter for the company. I am just saying it would be convenient for me. Having said, I am open if you have any other options.
The plan is to give FREE T-shirt to all the champions of the weekly challenge. As of today,
21st Nov 2021, we have
51 champions as listed below. Since we would be celebrating
1000 days on
18th Dec 2021, we would have one more champion. So technically we would have
52 champions in total. I am planning to add one more to the list i.e.
Will Braswell for promoting the weekly challenge in his weekly Perl Town Hall. To keep it simple, I would say, we need to order
The above T-shirt I designed and got it delivered to my home address for
GBP 15. I am sure, if I bulk order, I would get better price offer.
Buy plain T-shirts in bulk and get the design printed locally. I know one shop locally who does the printing. But at this point I don’t know how much it is going to cost per T-shirt.
As suggested by team member,
Markus Holzer, we could use an online printing service with international shipping like printful.com.
How about collecting the delivery address?
I am in the process of collecting email addresses of all the champions. In the next day or two, I would send email to all champions requesting the reliable delivery address and their T-shirt size.
I can only order T-shirts once I have received the delivery address and T-shirt size. After that I will pick one of the above options.
For international delivery, I am thinking of using Royal Mail. I haven’t checked how much it is going to cost each internation delivery. If you know any other reliable service then please let me know.
Last but not the least, I need to buy postal bags as well.
If you have any suggestions or questions with regard to this campaign then please let me know
Total Champions: 53 + 1 Guest (William Braswell)
Received Confirmations: 32
Oustanding Confirmations: 22
I hope to get at least
45+ confirmations before I order the
|S. No.||Name||Contacted?||Got postal address?||Got T-shirt size?||Dispatched?||Notes|
|2.||Jaldhar H. Vyas||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|8.||Duncan C. White||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|12.||Lubos Kolouch||Yes||N/A||N/A||Donate the cost of T-shirt to charity.|
|20.||Prajith P.||Yes||Email bounced back.|
|41.||Niels van Dijke||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|52.||W. Luis Mochan||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|53.||Peter Campbell Smith||Yes||Yes||Yes|