Dear R.O.A.R. Fund Supporters, 2014 was another exciting year for the R.O.A.R. Fund and its partners. R.O.A.R. projects continue to raise funds on GlobalGiving.org on a regular basis, and we hosted another matching campaign from September 8 through October 7, 2014. Two new organizations joined the R.O.A.R. program in 2014: David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation and WildAid Inc. And a number of past participants continued to participate in 2014: Earthwatch Institute, EQUUS Foundation, Jane Goodall Institute, National Wildlife Federation, Petfinder Foundation, and Villalobos Rescue Center.From September 8th through October 7th, R.O.A.R. participants were eligible for $100,000 of 1-1 matching funds and $50,000 worth of prizes provided by Animal Planet and its licensees. You can see the matching fund allocations on the 2014 R.O.A.R. leaderboard, and the five $10,000 prizes were awarded as follows:Most dollars raised – Earthwatch InstituteMost unique donors – Jane Goodall Institute Most traffic to cause page – David Shepherd Wildlife FoundationLoudest R.O.A.R. – David Shepherd Wildlife FoundationFan Favorite Poll – Villalobos Rescue CenterIn addition to $150,000 of matching and prize money provided by Animal Planet during the matching campaign, the participating organizations raised more than $150,000 of additional funds through their outreach efforts... In total, R.O.A.R. projects raised more than $300,000 on GlobalGiving.org in 2014!Thank you again for your help in making these accomplishments possible! And look for more exciting things to come in 2015.
A warm GlobalGiving thank you for your support of the Thailand flood relief victims! In this holiday season, we wanted to make it a point to remember to thank those who have supported this fund in the past year. We are happy to share the success of one of our partner organizations that is continuing its great work in Thailand.
Foundation for Life has shared a unique story pertaining to a global knitting frenzy. In continuing the efforts with their Blanket them with Love project, they targeted receiving 2,000 winter caps to provide for the underprivileged in Thailand during the cold season. At a July International Conference in Perth, they made the announcement to all of the participants that there was a global call for everyone to help with providing these winter caps. They received an overwhelming response from the participants, with some of them knitting their own hats to provide, spreading the word to their local communities, and even setting up their own knitting groups in their communities to band together and knit caps!
Thus far, the Foundation has collected 637 winter caps. They are very encouraged that they will be able to meet their 2000 caps goal with the positive response that they have received from all the volunteers around the world.
Here are some responses they got via email from people who heard about their call for winter caps:
We met in Perth. At that time I asked if I could request the help of friends and colleagues in New Zealand to knit beanies for your project. I am pleased to let you know that I had a great response and I now have 80 beanies to send to you.
Lorna (New Zealand)"
Let me share how this Project has been such a blessing to my church. We have about 200 knitters & more signing up every Sunday. We did a workshop for about 20 + people & we are doing another workshop in Oct! Sally (Singapore)"
I have finished 15 caps and they are wrapped and headed for Thailand.... so it might still be 10 or so days before you get it. I have also included 6 small koala toys. Let me know when the parcel arrives. If I can get more made I will ..... From Jenny (Melbourne, Australia)"---------------------------------------------------------------------------
Thank you for continuing to support the work that is still being done to help the Thailand flood victims! Your contributions continue to provide hope, warmth and smiles to the people of Thailand.
Two years ago on October 29, Hurricane Sandy struck parts of the United States and the Caribbean. While some have been able to recover and return to their normal lives, many are still trying to piece back what used to be of their lives. GlobalGiving, as well as our partner organizations working to help these Hurricane Sandy victims, would like to send our warmest gratitude for your continued support over these years!
Architecture for Humanity has been on the recovery scene for the Tri-State area two years out from Hurricane Sandy. They have been able to support and provide resources to more property owners, organizations, and municipalities to create sustainable, adapted, resilient, and timeless homes, businesses, and communities. Architecture for Humanity has been able to collaborate with new partner organizations to work towards their common goal: assist the people who live and work around New York City and the Tri-State area to create a more resilient network of communities for generations to come.
Prior to the devastation of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Baby Buggy was primarily focused on providing essential items for impoverished families in the New York City area. With Hurricane Sandy affecting many of the families in their programs, Baby Buggy was able to shift some of their gears to tremendously help those already vulnerable families to rebuild their lives. They have been able to provide air purifiers and air mattresses to families whose homes were flooded and covered in mold, provide school supplies and clothing to children in Early Head Start programs who were finally able to return to new classrooms after years of rebuilding, and supply diapers to newborns whose first time moms lost everything in the storm. Baby Buggy has made a conscious effort to remind the communities that they work in that the survivors of the storm will not be forgotten as they take time to recover from the disaster.
Global Links has been working in Santiago, Cuba in order to provide additional support and funding to improve the healthcare infrastructure as the town continues to recover from Hurricane Sandy. Their focus has been on supplying the operating rooms with anesthesia machines and surgical beds, providing patient wards with beds and mattresses and bringing microscopes and testing equipment to their labs. They have already made plans to continue this improvement process in order to have a long term, sustainable solution for healthcare.
The holiday season is not only the season of giving, but also a time to give thanks. We thank you for your generous donations as we support the recovery work that continues in the areas affected by Hurricane Sandy. Happy Holidays!