Roger's Research Trip to Dominica
Roger is a 15 year old honor student at Hastings High. He's also a drill instructor with the marching band, plays/solos with the jazz band and plays in the school's steel drum band. Did I mention that he's an officer with Business Professionals of America and is trying out for drum major as well? As if that's not enough, he's now been selected for an incredibly exciting opportunity!
In the summer of 2017, a group of students will be heading to Dominica in the Caribbean to help conduct research. Specifically, they will spend their first week in one of three forest camps located in the centre, east and south of the island and will be on site with an international team of academics who are collecting data on biodiversity of key taxa (birds, bats, various aquatic and terrestrial invertebrate groups) and examining the impact of invasive species (e.g. a Puerto Rican anole that has invaded the island and spread rapidly). The second week they will be staying in student accommodation in a renovated British fort in the north of the island. The students will be completing a Caribbean reef ecology course which consists of two lectures and two in-water activities each day. In addition they will learn about the whale research taking place just off the coast, as well as possibly seeing Sperm Whales and other marine mammals.
Incredible, right? It also comes with a price tag that our family just can't afford. That's where you come in! With your help, we can make this happen. Curious where the money is going?
Cost of trip: $3000
Other costs (passport, scuba gear, gear kit, etc): $1000
Anything you can donate will help! No amount is too small or too large. With any luck, more rewards will be added as this campaign progresses. Sadly, rewards can only be shipped within the continental United States. If you can't donate, please consider sharing. I know that together we can make this once in a lifetime trip happen!
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Trust me...this photo does not do these justice!
1 towel and 2 washcloths.
The photo attached is one I took last Friday night when Roger was out busking. The girl to his left had a major crush on him and kept coming out of the restaurant to see him. So, he's still out there playing for tips and is now getting a fan base!
The weather has kept him from busking but there's some hope that he'll be back out there soon. Our can drive is creeping along and thanks to some generous donations, we've paid off all but $50 of the balance with OpWall.
We aren't done though! We're still about $200 short of getting his dive training paid for and then there's the about $400 worth of gear still needed. In fact, we created an amazon wishlist to help us keep track of some of that gear. Other pieces, such as his hiking boots, will need to be bought locally.
So...there's where we stand. We need about another $600-700 to make this happen. Please continue to share and spread the word. I know this has been a long haul but the end is in sight and every dollar and share helps. Please help us make this happen.
Tired of seeing updates and hearing about this yet? I hope not, because we still have a ways to go! I know this feels as if it's been going on forever, but hang in with us just a little bit longer...
I spent some time tonight breaking down the remaining costs and here's where we stand:
Drive training: $500 ...this includes his mask/snorkel, books, class/pool time and then his actual dive testing. This isn't optional..he has to have it so that he can join the group for the water portion.
Gear: $500 ...this gave me a serious case of sticker shock but by the time you add up hiking boots, clothes, biodegradable shampoo and everything, that's where it stands. We're going to be going to Goodwill to see what we can find for less and we've set up an Amazon wishlist to get things as we can, but it's a lot...
There's only $400 left on this campaign. We're running the can drive still..it's slow going but I'm hoping to get another couple of hundred from that. I'm also collecting items to have a geek sale on Facebook. If we're lucky, we'll have another hundred or so from that.
Time is running out, but we're not giving up!
Hi all! I just wanted to let you guys know where everything is at this point:
Roger's passport was applied for and has been received so that's one worry off the list!
Unfortunately, there are still a lot of expenses left:
1. Final payment on the trip is due 4/30 - $400
2. Gear - $300
3. Dive training - $400
As you can see, that's a total of $1100 that we still need to come up with. We've had promises of can donations and cash donations but sadly, for whatever reason, they haven't panned out. We also sent out a total of 30 corporate sponsorship letters that were ignored by all but 1 of the local companies that they were sent to.
We aren't giving up though! As soon as the weather warms up a bit more, Roger will be back out busking in the hopes that he can make some of that. I'm going to be writing something up and posting it to local groups for another can drive.
We really need your help though. Please...share the gofundme and spread the word about what we're trying to do. Every share helps! Every dollar helps! If we can't make that last payment, we lose the thousands already paid at this point.
Thank you for everything!