Art for the Heart, From the Heart

$21,216 of $65k goal

Raised by 94 people in 5 months
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Nicola Dell  NEW YORK, NY
This holiday season, Friends of Hwange Trust has teamed up with renowned artist and philanthopist Greg Polisseni to launch a new campaign - “Art for the Heart, From the Heart”.  This campaign provides an opportunity to own an original artwork created by Greg Polisseni at a drastically reduced price, with 100% of the proceeds being used to save the amazing African wildlife in Hwange National Park (home to Cecil the Lion).

Friends of Hwange ( www.friendsofhwange.org) is a non-profit organization based in Zimbabwe and directed by Dave and Paula Dell (with support from their daughter Nicki Dell in New York). Hwange National Park is home to a huge diversity of animals and birds, including thousands of elephants. However, the Park has no natural surface water during the dry season. For the wildlife to survive, water has to be pumped from underground using boreholes equipped with solar pumps — an eco-friendly and sustainable solution. To ensure that the wildlife survives the next dry season, Friends of Hwange urgently needs to raise $65,000 that will be used to drill 5 new boreholes and install 5 new solar water pumps that will provide water for 2500 elephants (as well as all the other species). Here's where you can help!

Greg Polisseni has graciously created and donated dozens of original artworks that will be sold in Rochester through November and December at very reduced prices in support of this worthy cause. You will be able to own an original artwork AND know that your money is providing life-saving water to many wild animals in Africa. You will also receive a certificate acknowledging your generosity. The art will be on display through November and December at JB's Smokehouse restaurant in East Rochester NY (211 Main Street, East Rochester, NY 14445). Paintings must be purchased on location at JB's Smokehouse.

If you are unable to come and purchase a painting in Rochester, you can still give an elephant the gift of “water for life” this holiday season. One borehole/solar unit costs $12,500 to purchase and install and provides enough water for 500 elephants. Since the pumps last for many years, a donation of just $25 provides water for one elephant for the majority of it’s life! Instead of spending money on material gifts this holiday season, why not purchase “Water for Life” gift certificates in the names of your family and friends? 

Greg and Friends of Hwange thank you for your support and generosity. Together we can save this precious wildlife!
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Update 3
Posted by Nicola Dell
3 months ago
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Hi everyone,

A few days ago I posted some GoPro footage of our team rescuing a baby elephant in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe.

If you were unable to view the footage, it is available on Youtube by clicking on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zm-XO2D3b8E.

The video is 4:30 minutes and worth every second.

Thanks again for your wonderful support!
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Update 2
Posted by Nicola Dell
3 months ago
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Enjoy this incredible GoPro footage of the Friends of Hwange team rescuing an elephant calf from thick mud in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe. We hope you all enjoy this great example of some of the work that we do (in addition to pumping water, of course!)

Thank you all again for your support!
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Update 1
Posted by Nicola Dell
4 months ago
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Hi everyone,

Thanks for the fantastic support of this campaign so far! We're almost at the mark where we can start drilling boreholes!

To make sure that every dollar of your contributions makes it to Friends of Hwange, I will personally be withdrawing the funds and sending them via electronic wire transfer to the Friends of Hwange bank account (details of the account can be found at http://friendsofhwange.com/donations/).

Please keep your contributions flowing in! We very much appreciate all of the support!
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$21,216 of $65k goal

Raised by 94 people in 5 months
Created October 31, 2016
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Nicola Dell  
SD
$200
Sean Donegan
1 month ago
1
1

Just got a few gifts for the important people in my life, Awesome Flag prints. Im one of them.

PB
$50
Paula Bayline
1 month ago
PB
$200
Paula Bayline
1 month ago
CB
$175
Catherine Brokaw
2 months ago
BT
$50
Bob Thayer
2 months ago
SD
$1,000
Sean Donegan
2 months ago

Not only did i get 2 very cool one of a kind Polisseni pieces for my grandsons, but i get to someday, when they are old enough to understand, tell them both about the elephants. How awesome is that!

JL
$50
Jim Landry
2 months ago
KF
$50
Kent Friel
3 months ago
ND
$75
Nikolaos Destounis
3 months ago
KD
$250
Kimberly Derion
3 months ago
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