Posted on November 22, 2017
Thank you so much for all your love and support. We are feeling a lot stronger knowing you are with us.
These last days have busy helping out on friends farms. Shiv has been felling burnt trees with his new best friend - a chainsaw he was lent by wonderful friends in London- while me and the kids have been taking care that everyone is fed and watered.
Shiv has also spent time on our land felling our own burnt trees and clearing the land around our ruins so that we will be ready to rebuild in the spring .
So far we have raised 74% of our goal! We are so grateful words cannot express.
We are so close to reaching our goal and WE NEED YOUR HELP. It would be amazing if we could surpass 80% (20K) by the end of the weekend. Donations have started to slow in the last days though so we wanted to give the appeal a renewed boost with a collective personal approach.
Could you write three personal emails to people who either know us or you think will be moved by our appeal asking them to donate?
I have written a sample email below which you could tweak if you wanted to make the task even easier.
Also each time it is circulated on social media it generates donations so please could you do another plug of sharing the video and our appeal through your own social media networks?
An email to be sent out to personal contacts could read something like:
Supriya and Shiveshvar and their kids who you met/know from .... OR Some good friends recently lost their family home to the wild forest fires which swept through Central Portugal on 15th October.
They had been building their house from scratch over the last few years and in August this year they left their life in London to follow their dream of living off grid and close to nature but the fires destroyed everything.
A fundraising appeal has been set up for them to help rebuild their lives there. I was moved to donate and wondered if you would donate also.
A video has been made of the impact of the fires on families over there. It is powerful and gives a glimpse of what they have experienced. You can watch it here: https://vimeo.com/240797617
You can read and donate to their appeal here: https://www.youcaring.com/supriyanatashahornshiveshvarsebastiandiez-987939
Once you have donated, the fundraising site (youcaring.com) allows you to share with your contacts on Facebook, Twitter and Email. If you do this it will also generates more donations as your friends know you have given and they hopefully will be motivated to give too.
Thank you so much, XXXX
With much love and deep gratitude,
Supriya, Shiveshvar, Shyamalii and Narayan xxxx