Send Ash to Bali for humanitarian clowning

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My class, the Clown Conservatory class of 2019, will be the inaugural volunteers as part of a new non-profit program called ClownCorps. Partnering with the San Francisco Circus Center and the Bali Children's Project, ClownCorps has already begun preparations to send this year's graduating class to Bali, Indonesia.

By contributing to my campaign you will help spread joy across the globe through me and my passion and belief in humanitarian clowning for children and communities in need. 

In April 2019 we will tour rural and poverty stricken communities  offering free-of-charge interactive performance and workshops in acrobatics, clowning, and circus arts. Our mission is to entertain, educate, and inject laughter into the lives of children and communities in this developing nation.

1) To provide hands-on learning experience for graduates of the Clown Conservatory Professional Program that offers the opportunity to apply their training in social clowning, performance, and circus in less advantaged communities. 

2) To provide education, creativity,  laughter,  and relief for youth in rural villages of Bali living in poverty with fewer access to resources.  The performance and workshops will be offered completely FREE of charge  in partnership with The Bali Children's Project . 

Each volunteer for this project needs to fund themselves in order to insure the performances and workshops for children are free.  Your donation will contribute to: 
- Airfare to and from Bali  
- Lodging  
- Transportation throughout Bali 
- Food and clean water

In order to secure my place as a volunteer performer and educator a non-refundable deposit of $500 is due by Jan 1st 2019.  Half of the remaining costs are due on February 1st 2019 and the remainder is due March 1st 2019.  

While Bali is popularly perceived as a paradise vacation destination, poverty is common and widespread, particularly in remote communities beyond the reach of tourists. We will focus our efforts primarily on children who come from environments of hardship, far removed from the experience of most tourists. This area ranges from Pemuteran in the far north west, to Singaraja in the north and communities in Karangasem in the east, with many from around Ubud in southern Bali and Munduk in the high mountains.  Clowning and circus arts challenge youth to use their bodies and minds creatively and playfully. We teach valuable lessons that cultivate teamwork, persistence, mindfulness, and positivity through heightened emotional and physical engagement, laughter, and play. Children who have experienced emotional trauma need safe places for creative expression and emotional release. Through creative play, group games, and physical activity, children learn to trust others, build relationships, and empathize with their peers. As clowns, we provide the space needed for this exploration. The clown gives permission to play, to laugh, and to engaged fully with the world. This type of whole-hearted engagement inspires self-confident, committed, and passionate young people who will one day be leaders, artist, and catalysts of change in their communities.

Currently I'm studying the art of clowning though the San Francisco Circus Center Clown Conservatory and simultaneously working as an instructor for the San Francisco Circus Center. I perform regularly in the arts of clowning, contortion, hooping, acrobatics, and juggling. 

Ever since I was a child I knew I wanted to give back to those in need, especially to children who may not know anything other than poverty, struggle, and hardship. I've always wanted to offer help, love, compassion, and support to those who struggle as I did, and to those who struggle far worse that I could ever perceive from my place of privilege. In the past I've worked with various non-profit organizations including the California Conservation Corps and Big Brothers Big Sisters.  Now I have the opportunity to combine my passion for circus arts with my desire to give to those in need the only thing that stands in my way is a dollar sign. 

Your financial support will allow me to volunteer as an entertainer and educator utilizing my education in circus arts, experience as a performance artist, and most importantly, my compassion. This is just the first step, I need YOUR help to take it. Thank you!

The more that I give the more I've got to give, it's just the way that I live, it's what I'm living for!
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Thank you Carly, Dan, and Bethany! We're at $865 out of $3500, do you think we can make it to $1000 by the new year? I DO! Help me reach my goal by donating to my campaign, by sharing this campaign online or even with your favorite local business. I believe we can reach $1000 if we work together, let's DO THIS!!
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Oh gee, wow! We've officially made the deposit everyone! I'm so overwhelmed with gratitude that I needed to tell you "in person". You can tell I'm overwhelmed because I'm continuously wringing my hands, which is something I do when I have a lot of feelings. This will almost certainly be incorporated into a clowning routine, hahaha! There is still a ways to go but for know, please accept my gratitude.

Thank you to Jean, Sara, Pierre, Kasey, Lulu, Kayla, and Tatiana! I wring my hands for you <3
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GREAT NEWS! We are only $25 away from reaching the first milestone goal, the $500 deposit required to secure my spot on trip, wahoo!! There's still a long way to go so please keep sharing this fundraiser, please donate! If everyone were able to donate just $5 we could reach the goal by the new year. You make this happen, we make this happen!

Thank you Michelle, David, Cailin & Joel, Kyle, Lindsay, and Todd for your generous donations. I can already hear the laughter that your donations are making possible.
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Great news! We're already at the 10% mark, wahoo! A whole hearted and very clowny "THANK YOU!" to all who have been able to donate and to all who were able to share and spread the word. Your support means the world to me. Every dollar donated, ever post shared, every conversation had is a seed of joy planted in the hearts of those in need. Let's keep the ball rolling!
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