WE DID IT! THANKYOU! The Power of our supporters & social media.
Commentary By +Omar Todd
- Sea Shepherd Chief Geek
We have just had our appeal finish for our feature film, DEFEND - CONSERVE - PROTECT and have raised around $100,000 AUD or about 50% of the ambitious goal. We aim high but would have been happy with anything over 40% and we have achieved this, THANKS TO YOU.
The past 12 months there has been many fund raising going on with Sea Shepherd around the world and social media continues to be our biggest method to reach the four corners of the world with our activities.
To give you some perspective just in social media campaigns myself and Captain Paul Watson have raised around $400,000 AUD that I can recall in a few campaigns alone, and while there is a ton of effort to coordinate all these various social media systems to get the best results, our expenditure on doing this has effectively been $0! Many times some people suggested we look to maybe spend money advertising or otherwise and I always resist while explaining if we "game the system carefully we should be able to do it for nothing" and while it gets harder and harder to do, we still have managed to hit all our social media fund raising goals so far. More money for saving the oceans directly!
I want to give a special thanks to Captain Paul Watson who works with me every day to make this happen whom completely trusts my judgement. I also want to send a special thanks to Jeff Hansen and Adam Burling for also supporting my efforts and I hope the results speak for themselves. I'd like to thank my lovely lady Becks Kate for putting up with my never ending late all nighters and crazy working hours especially while pregnant! Also want to thank all my coworkers around the world that spend every day tirelessly working on all the various projects we have going on especially Alana Tompson whom did some of the graphics and videos and Michael Beasley V whom work is always super! But most importantly I want to thank ALL OF YOU that continuously support our social media campaigns to raise funds for our activities and awareness and we, as a movement, cannot function otherwise.
Now to get making this movie!! check out www.seashepherd.org.au/movie
if you haven't seen what it's about.
Pat yourselves on the back, you deserve it! #DefendConserveProtect #SeaShepherd