Organized by: Paul Oltean
Hello and Thank you for your time.
My Name is Paul Oltean and I was the Delegation Liaison for Romania
at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
About Project: Self-Sustained.
This project started with an invitation to attend and volunteer at Romania's National Special Olympics and evolved into so much more. I had the idea to film and make a documentary about where Special Olympians come from and the struggles they face (we are currently in production), the documentary is called "Breaking Through Hurdles: The Unsung Heroes". We found that most athletes come from orphanages; unfortunately many parents are unable to care for them. It broke my heart to see so many orphanages barely surviving due to lack of funding. Although Romania has a rapidly growing economy, unfortunately at this point in time the government is unable to provide assistance in terms of funding, these orphanages solely relay on grants and funding projects from private Romanian companies, Europe and the U.S.
I thought to myself how can I help? I don’t exactly have the funds to help everyone. I remembered the old saying: "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime"
Utilizing my resources, education and passion to make a difference I thought about "teaching them to fish" meaning, Making each orphanage we visit a short video clip about their vision, their goals, their progress and their needs, basically a video to submit as a visual reference to help them get the funding they need to progress and continue to care for each and every one of their children. Videos can also be used to help promote adoption.
Project length: One year
Project start date approx.: November
How the funds will be used. Below is average cost in Romania converted to USD and is approx.
1. Travel by Air - 8 One-way tickets for 4 people (each person gets 1 ticket each way) $700 x 8 = $5,600
2. Travel by Car - One year car lease = $5,000 (including insurance)
3. Housing - 4 room apt $700/month = $8,400
4. Meals - $300 per person/month = 14,400
5. Camera Gear -
A.) Quad-copter with cam for Arial views of compounds and area = $1200
B.) Black Magic Production Camera kit = $3,200
C.) Lenses, Batteries, Memory Cards, Mounts and Filters = $2,200
6. Payroll - $625/month x 4 = $2500 x 12 = $30,000
Grand Total = $70,000
Upcoming Fundraising events:
1. Special Olympian themed Oil Painting Auction, Canvas Oil Paintings by GiGi.
Location: Santa Monica
2. Video Premier - Center of Down Syndrome Reluca, Promotional Video followed by Wine Tasting and Dinner by the Beach. The first video of it's kind.
Location: Santa Monica
More coming soon....