Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Hands of Action Children’s Art Auction

Who would like to help us arrange a “cheap and cheerful wine, and cheesy nibbles” art auction?

Six-hundred children from 4 schools and orphanages, dozens of volunteers in Hong Kong, the UK, Malaysia, and Holland helped to create the Hands of Action Children’s Art Project. 

On the website, each digital image sells for HK$8 - about US$1 or 70 euro cents.

So far we’ve raised enough to provide 960 meals for the children who painted the pictures. But we could do so much better, couldn’t we? After all, creativity needs feeding!

The images have been quality scanned and are printable on canvas up to 30 x 40 cm.

We can get this done locally in Hong Kong for about HK$100 per print.

So, with the help of a sponsor we reproduce 10 pictures. Find a location, prevail on a generous wine supplier, set up Skype links with the children, and have a fun couple of hours chatting with the kids, enjoying each other’s charming company, pretending not to notice how cheap the wine is, and bidding on the pictures.

If this sounds like a plan... please do get in touch!

If you are not in Hong Kong, and think this would be something you’d like to do in your community, we’d be equally delighted to help you arrange it.

Warm regards,

Ridealist - the “go to” crew for non-profit video.

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Thursday, 21 February 2013

A Sustainable Ridealist

(updated March 3rd)
Where we are now, and where we hope to go.

We are currently working on a 7-part series investigating poverty in Hong Kong through the eyes of photographers who document the issue. Six have already been filmed and edited, and are now in the process of being subtitled in English and Chinese.

The entire series will be released in mid-March at a gala evening hosted by The WYNG Foundation.

An earlier series “Poverty In the Midst of Plenty” can be seen on several platforms, but is currently grouped together as the latest videos on the opening page of Engage Media.

In the meantime, we plan to release a “teaser” by March 5 or 6 for The Other Hundred - a global photography project organised by The Gift Foundation.

A longer-term project we’ve been engaged on is a 25-minute feature for The Boys and Girls Club of Hong Kong, documenting their year-long mentoring programme -- The Blues and Greens. We’ve been filming since late last year, and will continue putting the story together over the next several months. We expect to “have it in the can” and begin post-production in October or November.

As a part-time, voluntary production team, you would be forgiven for thinking we had our hands full.

You’d be right, of course. But you’d also be wrong.

We are committed to establishing Ridealist as the “go to” crew for non-profit, cause and awareness video production. On a full-time basis. This is what we love to do.

While we are remain totally committed to our promise to provide voluntary, pro-bono services to those grassroots organisations who simply do not have a budget for the kind of work we do, we have to be realistic. If Ridealist is going to be sustainable, it has to be funded in one way or another.

So if you are or know of a good cause out there, one that deserves the Ridealist treatment, if you can help sponsor the project, then we’d be delighted to hear from you.

What we can earn from being a freelance social enterprise working on non-profit related projects, we can re-invest back into the community through short videos on a pro-bono basis for so many deserving causes.

Chris and Shirley.

P.S.: Also please don’t forget our Children’s Art Project - ChildofUganda - Awesome images of rural Uganda through the eyes of a child. Six-hundred children, four schools and orphanages, and dozens of volunteers made this project possible. The purchase of one painting will provide 10 meals for these talented children. So far we’ve achieved 960 meals, but we can do so much better, can’t we? Really, can’t we? 

You can also visit us on GoodnessTV 
Our website The Ridealist
And follow us on twitter @chrisgelken

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Sunday, 17 February 2013

Last call for the Shorty Awards!

Today is the last day to vote in the Shorty Awards.

In the #charity section, there are dozens of very worthy causes that deserve your vote, perhaps you should vote for them all!

But we’d particularly like you to vote for us!

You can vote here: 

However, some folks have expressed frustration with the site, and say their votes are not going through. If that happens, then just cut and paste:

I nominate @chrisgelken for a @shortyawards in #charity because... Then U have 40 characters to say why!

Paste it into your regular twitter comment box and send.. It will show up! Unless your avatar (picture) is an egg... apparently the Shorties don’t accept eggs.

Ridealist Productions is a free service to small, grassroots non-profits and community groups. We help NPOs get their message across - dealing with subjects such as violence against women, child abuse, poverty, inequality, human rights, the environment. More than 30 videos and more than a quarter of a million views in the past year alone.

And we do this pro-bono. Your vote could help us not only draw attention to the causes we represent, but also possible sponsorship in order to keep our service completely free to those who cannot afford to pay.

Please do vote.

Thank you.

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Friday, 1 February 2013

Ridealist and the Shorty Award for #charity

Nominate Chris Gelken for a social media award in the Shorty Awards!Nominate Chris Gelken for a social media award in the Shorty Awards

Since 2009 Shirley and I have spent many of our weekends, days off, and even vacations producing videos for small, less well-known non-profits and community groups.

We’ve covered so many topics: Poverty, Inequality, Human Rights, Domestic Violence, Child Abuse, Sex-Trafficking, Water, Disease, Animal Rights, Art for Children, Sustainable Agriculture, Desertification, Fundraising, Volunteerism.

We’ve worked with groups in China, Hong Kong, the UK, Korea, Kenya, Uganda... in the past year alone our videos have been viewed a quarter of a million times on platforms like GoodnessTV, GoodTube, YouTube and Vimeo.

In addition, many of them have also been embedded on the websites of the groups we’ve worked with, they’ve been shown on digital television in taxis throughout Hong Kong, broadcast on television networks such as Arirang International, used at numerous fundraisers, and even screened at United Nations events such as the UNCCD meeting in Buenos Aires two years ago.

So how many people have we reached? How many people have we touched? How many lives have we made a contribution, however minor, to changing? I honestly can’t say.

But I can say this with some confidence: Not enough. Not nearly enough.

What we have achieved so far has been done on a volunteer, pro-bono basis. In our spare time. Covering all our own costs.

Now imagine.

What could we achieve if we were honoured with a Shorty Award?

The recognition would immediately throw a spotlight on the causes we support.

Why? Of course people would want to know: Who is Ridealist? What to they do? And that would lead them directly to the causes, the non-profits and the community groups we support through our videos.

That is why your support and your vote is so important.

You are not voting for Chris and Shirley, you are not even voting for Ridealist - you are voting to raise awareness of the causes and issues that are important to you, that are important to us.

We have received some queries from our friends who have been having problems voting, but before we go there, one thing we’d like to mention.

We are not the only group in this “competition”. While we would love your support, why not take a minute to browse through the other great organisations who are doing wonderful work out there.

If you think they deserve your vote more than we do, then please go ahead and vote for them. There are so many groups and organisations that deserve to benefit from this award, but if you decide it should be us, here is a short “tutorial” on how to vote:

Go to the voting page for the #charity category:

And you will see this box, ensure the "I nominate" box includes our twitter address @chrisgelken and the award box is set at Charity.

Coming soon

Voting is now open!

Nominate your favorites in social media. The ceremony will take place in New York on April 8, 2013. Watch video highlights from previous Shorty Awards andget your tickets here.

Questions about voting?
Shorty Voting

I nominate  for a Shorty Award in 

Vote with a tweet. Votes must have a reason after "because..." or they won't count!

Complete the sentence in the box provided: I nominate @chrisgelken for a Shorty Award in #charity because.... (use your own words here)

And then click on the red box, “Tweet your Vote”

If your computer system isn’t set up to recognise and work seamlessly with all your social networks you may be asked to verify which social media client you wish to use - click on twitter - and you are done!

Whoever you vote for, please do vote.

Chris and Shirley

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