I have a few announcements for you wonderful people.
To get it out of the way, I want to say that the fundraiser here on DeviantArt has been a wonderful success and as a result of the fundraiser here and elsewhere, I have enough confidence that I will be able to conduct the internship with FREELAND
for a minimum of 6 weeks. That means, thanks to your generosity, FREELAND has gained a passionate intern and I've gained an opportunity to help make a difference for the animals we all care about! I will be boarding a plane this Tuesday to get the journey started and will keep everyone updated with what your efforts have supported!
I want to give a huge thanks
to everyone who has generously supported this fundraiser and taken home some of my photography. Like myself, I know a lot of you don't have much money, but you supported me anyway. I find that to be a tremendous honour and I will do my best to ensure that your support is translated into success in Thailand for species like tigers and elephants. I encourage all of you to visit FREELAND.org
to learn more about this great organization that I will be working with.
I have to give particular thanks to a few individuals who really helped to spread the word about this fundraiser or offer wonderful gifts to those who participated including *MoonsongWolf
. All of you showed that it doesn't necessarily take money to help out a good cause. We can all use our skills and spread the word to lend a helping hand! I am quite indebted to you!
Many of you may be wondering where the fundraiser will go from here. I WILL be continuing the fundraiser on a less formal basis and WILL remain open to contributions and selling prints to help support the internship. This will help address unanticipated or extra costs associated with the internship and potentially extend it further beyond 6-months. However, there will be a few changes to meet the needs of fundraising while I am in Bangkok.
Unfortunately, I WILL be ending the sale of calendars in their current form since I won't be able to produce them while abroad. To handle sales of prints, I will be introducing more of my prints to be sold here on DeviantArt. It will be easier for both you and myself and will potentially lead to a diversification of products I can sell. I will also be looking to expand my sales to other, similar sites.
I will be very busy in the next few days getting ready for my departure. I WILL be featuring those who have made donations so do not worry...I will share your generosity with my audience here and I hope my watchers will support YOU too. If I don't respond to you immediately, do not take it personally. I am thankful to have every one of you, am honored in your support for my photography and am happy to see your enthusiasm about learning and protecting endangered species. We are all in this together and we ALL can make a difference, all it takes is that first step.
Thank you all!
About the Fundraiser
Many of you know that I try to be as active as I can in wildlife conservation, particularly helping tigers. I've traveled to Thailand, India and Sumatra in my quest to have an impact, but the time since returning from Asia have been very quiet. I've graduated from university and have been desperately searching for opportunities to start my career and help species in need. The fact that I haven't been successful and have not been able to put full-time effort into conservation has been something that has weighed heavily on my soul...but I hope in the near future things will change.
After years of shopping my resume to those who would take a look, one of my previous colleagues from FREELAND Foundation, a human/wildlife trafficking non-profit in Thailand, became interested in my skills and experience. I was extremely fortunate enough to be offered a full internship with FREELAND Foundation to help them in tiger and elephant conservation
, complete with on-the-ground assistance to field teams. It would be completely voluntary, but it would allow FREELAND in executing programs and help communicate its work to a wider audience. There is also the possibility that it could translate into a paid job at some point in the internship.
Over the past months, I've saved very little, focusing on paying off student loans. I would love to take advantage of the opportunity, but the fact remains that I need to raise money to help FREELAND
. It is for this reason that I'm starting a fundraiser to raise enough money to donate at least 6-months of my time in Bangkok.
I know that I've done fundraisers and print sales quite a few times, but I hope that you'll consider my work again this time around. You have already been incredibly generous and have made my dreams come true before. For that, I'm incredibly grateful. To have the support I've had from you has been amazing and I never take it for granted
. I also believe it to be an honor that people would consider giving my work a home on their wall.
About the FundraiserFREELAND PHOTOGRAPHY FUNDRAISERHelp FREELAND, help a fellow Deviant, help yourself to some fantastic photos, and help cross a few folks off your holiday shopping list (while getting some free swag for yourself!).
I'm offering all photos in a variety of products to help raise money for an internship with FREELAND foundation
, a non-profit in Thailand dedicated to stopping the illegal trade in people and wildlife.
Take a look at some of the products and pricing below. Customize your calendar or get your favourite photos as a print. Plus, 100% of the proceeds will go towards helping FREELAND!*Larger prints available upon request*SUPPORTER LEVELS
To thank you for your support, you will be given the opportunity for some free goodies including prints and journal features here on dA based on supporter levels. Every person who places an order will be given an eNewsletter subscription highlighting the internship! It's a great way to get your holiday shopping done early with some freebies for yourself (or the other way around)!
Donations are also encouraged and any donation made above $25 comes with a free 8x10 print
!HOW TO ORDER
Ordering is easy! Just send me a note
with your choices and I will work with you to find the most accurate shipping and best method of payment.
I do most orders by myself, but can also offer prints through DeviantArt!
Learn more about tigers and how you can help!
"We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give."-Winston Churchill