The first thing I want to say in my first blog post is a massive great big THANK YOU to all of you for pledging and for your support, encouragement and enthusiasm. I am delighted to say that Rinse, Spin, Repeat is now just over 2/3 funded (67%) and I have been truly overwhelmed by everyone's generosity.
In the lead up to the ten year anniversary of the tsunami next week I've been involved in a few projects that I'd like to briefly mention. First, I'm appearing in a film called After the Wave * which airs on Discovery UK this Friday (19th) at 9 pm. It shares stories from families around the world, and reveals the intensive forensic process to try to identify those who died.
Second, BBC News on Boxing Day will include a feature about Music for Alice *, a charity set up in memory of my sister Alice who died in the tsunami. Music for Alice provides musical instruments and equipment to groups and organisations who support young people or use music for health and rehabilitation benefits. This year we funded five incredible organisations including Energy Youth Centre in Hampshire which supports hard to reach and at risk young people. I was lucky enough to visit the centre and see the young people playing the guitars, drums and other equipment that we provided. It was a very special moment. Finally, I've been interviewed for the Sunday Times News Review this Sunday (21st).
In the days leading up to the launch of my unbound campaign last month, and the Guardian article * which featured some of my drawings I had sleepless nights wondering if I was doing the right thing sharing what had up until that point been a largely private affair. However the nerves and worry were quickly replaced by relief and happy tears as the pledges started to fly in and I received an unimaginable amount of supportive messages from friends, family, people who knew my Mum and Sister and others who got in touch after reading the Guardian article.
The last few weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind and I'm looking forward to the festivites next week and some quiet time on Boxing Day to reflect on what happened ten years ago on that day when everything changed.
If you happen to chat to someone over the holidays who might be interested in Rinse, Spin, Repeat then I'd be extremely grateful if you'd mention what I'm doing. I know that so many of you have already shared via word of mouth and social media and it is making a real difference to the campaign.
I am very excited about 2015 and can't wait to get cracking on my drawings and completing a final version of Rinse, Spin, Repeat for you all.
After the wave - http://www.facebook.com/pages/After-The-Wave/511725638930846
Music for Alice - http://www.musicforalice.org.uk
Guardian article - http://www.theguardian.com/world/ng-interactive/2014/nov/14/-sp-boxing-day-tsunami-interactive
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