'Sunshine Jewls' and Etsy member, Jamie Gentry of 'Love In Everything' in the Sooke News Mirror.
Above: Micki Findlay (A leader of the Vancouver Island Etsy Team) and Cheryl Carr both of A2Sea Creations and A2Sea Photography on Etsy in the Oceanside Star.
Our Vancouver Island Etsy Team had a fundraiser on Facebook to raise money for Japan and we are very happy and proud to say that we reached our goal of $10,00000 and beyond! We began on March 16th, 2011 and ended it on May 31st, 2011. Our final tally was $10,186.63. Our story made it into the media and it was wonderful to see so many people get onboard.
Thank you to each and every Etsy seller, and others who have contributed, for making this possible! It is amazing what can happen when people join together with a common purpose!
Let us not forget Japan and their struggles even though we aren't hearing about it in the news as often. There are several areas in our world that have been hit by natural disasters. My hope is that this fundraising effort for Japan might encourage each and every one of us to remember others who are struggling and to inspire us all to reach past ourselves and donate what we can, utilizing the talents we possess. We are all neighbours and we need each other.
God bless each and every one of you who have been so supportive to this cause as well as to me personally. I have met so many wonderful, caring people through this from all parts of the world and I consider myself privileged to have connected with all of you.
Imagine what could happen if everyone in the world donated just one thing... whether it be a piece of art, a song, a service...whatever! Anyone can start a fundraiser. Anyone... young or old. Just find a need and do your part to fill it, and ask for help from others. I hope to see many more fundraisers like this one pop up everywhere. Get inspired!
Here is the Youtube video our team created to help raise awareness for our fund-raising efforts