Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Together, yes, we can!

We've finally got all the documentation together to apply for society status here in Hong Kong. However, it could take up to a month - assuming of course that we win approval!

In the meantime, we need to plan and get equipped for an amazing project in June or July.

We've been invited to produce a full-length documentary for Love Without Boundaries - a non-profit that brings hope and healing to orphaned children in China.

We've wanted to work with this group for so long, and now, our wish has come true.

We are looking at ways we can begin raising funds/sponsorship for this project that will be filmed over a two week period.

Assuming we are granted society status, we'd like to hit the ground running with various programs and initiatives - such as "donate" buttons on our webpage, donation walls etc...

Once again Ridealist is entering new and previously unexplored territory - fund raising for ourselves - so any kind and thoughtful folks out there who might want to share their experiences and suggestions - we are all ears and hungry to learn!

Once again, we'd like to thank everyone who responded to our efforts to find volunteer animators / motion graphics experts to help us on a couple of ongoing projects.

The response was terrific.

We are pleased to announce that the Uganda animation is now being done by a very kind lady in the United States, and we have offers to work on the SoulTalk animation by professionals in the U.S., Thailand, and a very good old friend of ours in Iran.

We first considered the idea of using animations because budget restrictions meant we could not go on location to film.

After consideration, we decided we couldn't do it - at least not yet. We don't have the necessary equipment and our graphics skills are pretty basic.

But then, taking a line from one of our client non-profits: "Asking for help is not a sign of weakness" - we decided to look for volunteers to undertake the work for us.

And now, we have them. The projects are getting done. The awareness they will raise and the benefits they will bring are incalculable.

So we've learned, asking for help is not a sign of weakness, it is just another way of saying "Together, yes, we can!"

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