Sunday, September 21, 2014
International Sunrise Sunset and Reach Out World Wide Fundraiser Update
Well I have some news...
I still have not come close to downloading all the Sunrise, Sunset, and ROWW donation confirmation pictures yet. There are 1000's of them. The process of downloading them all is overwhelming at times. One minute I will be smiling, the next I will be updating my "places to travel list," and then the next I may be crying and having to step away because wounds that have not fully healed began to hurt.
I will keep this blog brief as I still have a couple hours of downloading I want to try to get in before bed time.
Sunrise/Sunset numbers: All seven continents, even Antarctica, submitted pictures!! I don't know if I have ever said "So Fucking Cool!!" out loud as loudly as I did when I saw the Antarctic picture pop up.
I have seen pictures from at least 50 countries, but I am pretty sure there are many more than that. My goal is to have a final count by the end of the week.
Here in the USA it looks like we got a picture from every State!! Way to go!! :)
As for the Reach Out World Wide fundraiser: Paul once told me, "It takes about $50,000 to fund one deployment." I am proud to say that because of our efforts we have raised almost exactly $50,000 to date. On the official donor page (see picture below,) because of the donations of nearly 1,300 people we have raised $46,000!!!
I know many of you bought merchandise in lieu of direct donations. I also know that many of you donated directly through Reach Out World Wide vs using the donor page (I have received many emails explaining this). So I am willing to bet that our fundraising efforts came in just about $50,000, enough to fund a future Reach Out World Wide deployment!! How amazing is this!
None of this would have been possible without all of you. Please, do me a favor and allow yourself to soak this in for a moment: because of You, next time a natural disaster happens and Reach Out World Wide is deployed to help, You have made that possible. The kids who need medicine are going to get medicine because of You. The person who is trapped will get rescued because of You.
This is a prime example of what can be accomplished if like minded people come together to work for a greater good. If we can accomplish this now, imagine what we can do over the next year? After all we still have some work to do to reach our goal of One Million. Keep sharing the link and keep getting people involved.
With all my heart I thank you all for making this happen.
Being a part of this has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Stay tuned for the Sunrise Sunset album as well as video in the next couple weeks.
You are amazing.