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Maasai Wilderness Conservation 2011 Campaign

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January 08, 2011

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BENEFITING: Maasai Wilderness Conservation

ORGANIZER: Edward

HOURS PLEDGED: 20

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THE STORY:

That BLURB caught your attention, right?! It's meant to be an INTELLIGENT JOKE! Do you want me to explain it to you? ( We Comics call it a REVERSARIAN JOKE...and it is not meant to be one bit disrespectful or defamatory. Definitely not racist or ethnophobic! I wouldn't stand for it. ) Most of the Maasai, like most other peoples, are not only a proud and dignified people; they are capable of doing anything anyone else can! Anything! I've been there (Kenya & Tanzania). So; if you think anything negative about me you are as wrong as can be. (The photo I added is of me in Sudan with a Sudanese family...1975. I know that they were not Maasai. Those photos of Kenya & Tanzania were lost by my father)

AND BEFORE I give the podium here to Edward Norton allow me to say this: having met Edward Norton before he became as famous as he is I can truly say that he is really one of the most sober-minded and wise people in the Entertainment Industry and he would not put his good name to anything that wasn't worthy of it! And now I'll let Ed take over:

Edward Norton wrote -

The Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust is a fantastic organization. I got involved with MWCT 10 years ago and have watched it grow from a humble effort by a few inspired people out in the wilderness into sophisticated professional team with incredible partners and supporters all over the world. I agreed to be the President of the Board a few years ago and I believe deeply in the importance of the work this group is doing.

Read about MWCT's mission on our profile page by clicking here.

I can see why people would say “Why work on something so far from home in such an exotic and remote place? What do the Maasai people have to do with our lives and our challenges?”

It’s a good question. My answer is that every day we learn more about how interconnected the natural systems on the planet are and we have to confront that what’s happening to the forests and oceans and ecosystems in far away places is going to have a big impact on everybody everywhere. The world increasingly relies on many traditional communities like the Maasai to protect the ecological treasures that exist within the land that they own. Figuring out how people in developing countries can thrive and grow without destroying some of the world's most important natural resources is going to be one of the great challenges of the 21st Century.

I support this effort because I think it’s the kind of model that’s going to truly save a healthy planet for future generations. And because the people involved are just flat out bad-ass and cool. And because it's fun.

This time last year three of the Maasai guys from MWCT came to NY and ran the NY Marathon with me. Amazingly generous people from all over followed our campaign and kicked in to support us and we raised an unbelievable $1.2 million. That funded all of our work in 2010 and will even cover most of the budget for 2011...but not quite all.

So we're working hard to raise about $350,000 that we need to keep this going strong next year.

If we could get a crowd together here and kick in a good chunk toward that goal, that would be truly awesome. And if you donate, we'll get your contact info and I promise you at least one very informative and enjoyable update letter from me every year about what we managed to achieve with your donations.

Thanks so much for your support and Happy Holidays.

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To This Fundraiser

$35

MONEY RAISED
  • KAREN GISSIN

    $15

  • Munish Bharti

    $20

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2% Raised of $1,969 Goal

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The Team: $14,546 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Edward Norton

Amount Raised

$7,966

 

40% Raised of $20,000 Goal

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Catherine Custalow MD PhD

Amount Raised

$2,380

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Victoria Larrazabal

Amount Raised

$670

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Amount Raised

$520

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Patricia Mateo Kubach

Amount Raised

$400

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Jerome Van Husen

Amount Raised

$311

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Noelia Lunalob

Amount Raised

$271

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Beth Reid Witham

Amount Raised

$250

Donor Comments

Munish Bharti

Munish Bharti

DONATION: $20

8 years ago

KAREN GISSIN

KAREN GISSIN

DONATION: $15

8 years ago