Rigel Angelina via Crowdrise
October 06, 2011
BENEFITING: Maasai Wilderness Conservation
EVENT DATE: Oct 06, 2011
Many of you know what I do for a living but for those of you who haven't heard what I've been up to this past year here is a little recap. I started my own company to sell articles made by artisan families from Central and South America. By purchasing their hand made crafts and reselling them here in NYC I help sustain their livelihood, heritage, and ancestral traditions that can continue to be passed on to their children. These wonderful articles are for sale at my MAYUNINA store (Opening this year October 15th) in the newly established DeKalb Market located in downtown Brooklyn. Check this link for updates and remember to "Like" my page :) https://www.facebook.com/MAYUNINA
So this is where I am asking for everyone to pitch in and help me out. I recently read an article about the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Fund, and I felt a deep connection with what I do and the mission of the Fund. I was inspired to participate in a fundraising effort and try to make a difference; so this year for my birthday on October 6, I would love if you could join me and donate to the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Fund, and help me reach my goal of $4000.oo. I believe these cultures must be protected in ways that conserve their arts, heritages, and traditions without denying them access to information and technologies. My experience with artisans from Ecuador is that they are very capable to maintain their traditional crafts while incorporating modern techniques and building a better future for their children.
The Maasai people might not be our neighbors but we are all a human family and believe it or not we are all connected to each other. What happens in one area of the world... be it South America, Africa, Asia any continent and every island can and will affect us eventually in our own back yard. We have much to learn from the Maasai people, especially as they address the pressure from growing urban centers on their traditional pastoral lands and the surrounding wilderness.
You can really make a difference by just donating any amount that is comfortable for you. I know these are hard times for everyone... but whatever the amount every little bit counts. Your donation of $5, $10, $15, $20... . :) will help the Maasai schools purchase books and materials for all the students, provide expert wildlife rangers to protect animals from poaching, clean drinking water... and the list goes on. Not to mention 3 men of the Maasai tribe have participated to run in this years 26 mile NYC Marathon. Read more about it at this link (watch the video very inspiring) http://www.crowdrise.com/teammwct/fundraiser/maasaiwilderness
When you donate you have the option to make your name anonymous if that is more comfortable to you. Please remember to donate on the correct page titled "Rigel's Birthday Fundraising." I can reach my goal with 250 persons donating $16, that’s about what you spend on your coffee & donuts (or chocolate croissants) in a week!
My fundraising goal is $4,000... so please spread the news to your friends and family via FB, e-mail, twitter. Just taking a couple of minutes to pass this info along can make a difference in the lives of the Maasai people. We have until the 6th of November... but don't wait until later.... donate now... cause I know like 90% of you have the tendency to forget/procrastinate (I'm guilty too :p) ... but I understand if your waiting for payday... that I totally get. Just make a note of it that I will continue to send out invites and posting on peoples walls until I make my goal. You can save yourself the annoying messages by donating now! As they say... "Squeacky wheel gets the oil" you've been warned.
I thank you all in advance for participating and will also thank you after you've donated :) and remember if you don't donate no one will like you! j/k
Let's spread the happiness and love we all have the power to give! POWER TO THE PEOPLE!!!
Peace ♥ Light to all!