Saturday, 28 January 2012

Hands of Action Children's Art Project - Exhibition Details

Hands of Action Children’s Art Project - Exhibition Update

Ridealist was recently delighted to be approached by EliteCapitalSolutions Hong Kong who expressed an interest in our Children’s Art Project, featuring the work of some 600 youngsters from four schools and orphanages in a rural district of Eastern Uganda.

After an extremely fruitful meeting last week, Elite quickly confirmed their desire to partner with Ridealist to host a physical exhibition of the prints at their office in Central, Hong Kong.

They have also generously arranged for a local wine company, Platinum Wines, to organize a “wine tasting” event to coincide with the exhibition. We are extremely indebted to both of these companies for their kindness and willingness to help this project on an entirely pro-bono basis.

The event will take place from 6.30pm on Thursday, March 15th at Elite’s office at the Printing House in Duddell Street.

About the exhibition.

We are planning to work on the original drawings and then have about 40 of them printed “double size” on 40x30cm canvas, and mounted on a wooden frame. These charming prints will be ready to hang in your home or office immediately! The original picture from the artist in Uganda will also be framed and placed with the canvas print. The purchaser will receive both framed images.

The images will be available through a silent or an open auction, we expect to have more details about that after the Chinese New Year!

The event will also be interactive.

Ridealist will be setting up cameras and at least two computers in the auction room where the event can be “streamed” over the internet, and we can also connect via VOIP to the main orphanage in Uganda.

This will offer participants the opportunity to get to know the principals of the recipient organization, and also meet the children who will directly benefit, and learn about their hopes and dreams for the future.

For more information (including media enquiries) about this unique, exciting and very worthwhile event, please initially contact Ms Shirley Han by email:

Ridealist pledge: Ridealist is a locally registered society providing volunteer/pro-bono media related services to small nonprofits and grassroots community groups. We feel compelled to repeat, we are entirely nonprofit and volunteer. All funds raised will be donated directly and electronically to the Hands of Action group in Uganda, will not pass through any Ridealist account, and Ridealist will not be taking any commission.

However, through our connections with Hands of Action in Uganda, we will be providing regular updates on how the funds were disbursed on our website and blog, and through the websites of other Ridealist volunteers in the United States, the United Kingdom and in Uganda.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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Sunday, 15 January 2012

End Domestic Violence

Between 55 percent and 95 percent of victims of domestic violence have never contacted non-governmental organisations, shelters, or the police for help.

Help Ridealist build a database of non-governmental organisations and shelters where we can refer victims of domestic violence and child abuse.

All human beings have the right to live with dignity and respect, and to be free from violence and abuse.

These basic human rights should be preserved and protected in our homes as well as in society.

It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure that nobody becomes the victim of abuse. Whether it is, verbal, mental, physical or sexual.

Reach out. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness.

Don’t feel isolated. Don’t feel alone. And don’t let fear paralyze you.

Contact us at Ridealist and we’ll connect you with the people who care.

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Friday, 13 January 2012

Thanks, apologies, news, etc..

It is a very exciting time for us here at Ridealist, it has been a wonderful start to the New Year.

Not least is the sudden surge in the number of followers we have received on Twitter, and the multiple re-tweets of our messages.

We'd like to thank you all for your support, and even if we haven't acknowledged each one personally, your "follow" and every "re-tweet" means a lot to us. Thank you.

We've also received many emails etc asking how we can help. As we mentioned in our previous post, we've responded to everyone, and are working through each request, but we really depend on your input too. So do please stay in touch, nudge us if you feel the need! We won't be offended!

This weekend we'll begin working on two promotional video's for Ridealist - as they say, the plumber's tap always drips, and we thought it was about time we did a video for ourselves.
Hopefully, they will give you another insight into our services and what we can do to help your grassroots nonprofit or community based group.

The idea isn't to promote Ridealist, per se, but rather illustrate the kind of short video we can make for you with limited resources and time.

In other news!

Shirley and I were delighted to receive a phone call a couple of days ago from an organisation that is mustard keen to host our Hands of Africa Children's Art Exhibition. This is a very significant and important breakthrough in the project. We'll be having a meeting next Wednesday to iron out the details, so please keep your fingers crossed and pray for us to!

On Thursday we're heading over to Harmony House to discuss producing a series of short videos dealing with the heartbreaking issue of domestic violence against women and children.

Each video, perhaps 2 to 3 minutes long, will deal with one specific individual, their story, how they sought help, and how they emerged strong and confident in themselves and their future.

And on Friday, we're off to City Hall to scout out the venue for the next Peace International Foundation (Hong Kong) concert. We'll be assisting another volunteer media crew in filming the concert at the end of the month.

We did the last one (here) single handed, but for this one it is time to bring in the music video experts, and we are just "stoked" at the opportunity to assist - and what a learning experience!

As always, the primary ethos of Ridealist is: If you can afford to pay, we are not the crew you need. So yes, as usual, all of the above is pro-bono. And the feeling is just great.

Chris & Shirley

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Monday, 9 January 2012

Thanks for your encouragement!

We have recently received so much encouragement for our work - and many, many requests for assistance.

Given the response, we are as convinced as ever that there is a need for a service such as we provide, and only wish we had corporate sponsorship or a solid donor base to do this on a full time basis.

Ridealist is a small organisation, only two part-time volunteers (my wife and I) and other temporary volunteers who join us to work on various projects.

Consequently, with so many nonprofits and community groups seeking our help, it is very difficult for us to get into the "project management/analysis" side of things.

We rely heavily on our client groups - that is the grassroots nonprofits and community groups - to at least have a general idea of what you would like us to do, how you would like it to look, what information you want to share. We take it from there, and given our limitations, discuss with you how best we can help you achieve your aims.

So may I suggest you take another look at our two websites, perhaps do a "google" search for Ridealist and have a look at the type of work we have been engaged in, and come up with a project idea that we can begin to work on?

We look forward to hearing from you!

Best regards,
Chris & Shirley Gelken

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Thursday, 5 January 2012

Hands of Action Children's Art Project - EXHIBITION DATE

EliteCapitalSolutions in association with Platinum Wines will host the Hands of Action Art Project Exhibition and Auction in Central on March 15th.

Uganda through the eyes of a child
All new pictures from the Hands of Action Children's Art Project
A charming insight into the daily life of a child in rural Uganda

It's good to know stories of long ago

Clean before you eat!

Learning how to dig



It's always good to give presents to our loved ones

Always pet your animals

Sweet bananas

Boys should help girls in some work

Always revise in your free time

These are just a few of the paintings that will be printed on canvas, and mounted on 40X30cm wooden frames for the exhibition.

All proceeds will be sent to the four schools and orphanages in Eastern Uganda that participated in this project to support their sustainable agriculture programmes, education, food and clothing for the children.

You can find more of the pictures here, and here!

We've asked this before: Can children become the artists of their own destiny? We truly believe they can. They worked on these paintings - and we mean "worked" - because they see in them an opportunity to share a little of their life experience with you.

These youngsters have the same dreams and aspirations as any child you know. They want to be doctors, pilots, nurses, engineers, teachers, firemen, policemen, farmers. All of them seem to want to become someone who contributes to society, to their community.

For more information on how you can become involved and help them achieve their dreams, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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