Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Previously on 24… and lots more!

Going Dark
We're accumulating a mountain of information in respect to our 24 Hours Going Dark project.

In fact, the more we are learning - we are going down that well-worn path of realising how little we actually know about sustainability and our carbon impact.

We are still very much open to suggestions on things we should and should not be doing to make this as useful, educational - and fun - as possible.

Shirley will be off filming a documentary in China for about 5 or 6 weeks from the end of this month, so there is still plenty of time to get your ideas to us.

Possible Futures Film Contest
Two of our earlier videos have been entered into the Possible Futures Film Contest and we are hoping for a good result - especially since we plan to donate any prize to the non-profit featured. This will be especially useful for Hands Of Action Uganda, where a lack of funding recently saw them go several days on "short rations" because they did not have enough food for all of the youngsters in their care. But it would equally be valuable to HandsOn Hong Kong, allowing them to continue their magnificent work providing volunteers for the many underfunded grassroots non-profits here in the SAR.
While we'd dearly love to carry away a prize for the stated reason, please do take a look at some of the other productions, there are some really great videos competing.
The contest closes on July 19th, so there's still a few days for you to vote.
Here are the links:

The window of opportunity is closing fast to find the funds necessary to finance a production in Peru about the struggle of indigenous girls to train for a possibility of competing in the London Olympics. Click here for more details.
Journalist Tim Lindop has already done much of the groundwork, but needs about US$400 to $500 to compete the project. This really is a story worth sharing, and it has every element to make it work. Great story, amazing individuals, spectacular scenery - it works on every level. But unless we can raise the funds, it won't happen, which is a great pity.
We're now investigating "crowdfunding" and other methods of raising money so we will always have a sum available to finance projects like this.

18 Days in Tahrir
There's also only a few days left for an Egyptian-based non-profit to contact us regarding a genuine opportunity for sponsorship. A journalist-author colleague has offered to donate a percentage of his upcoming book to a grassroots organisation working with the families of the victims of the violence, or a group promoting women's rights. If you know of such a group, please do contact us asap!

Please do follow us on twitter to keep up to date with all the above, and lots more. We've been blessed to make contact with several groups doing valuable work in areas from combating child abuse to sustainability. Follow ours and their progress via @chrisgelken

Chris & Shirley

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