A beloved member of the SVA Photo community has lost their home in the devastation of Hurricane Irma. Many of you remember Mohammid Walbrook for his friendly smile and booming laugh in the fifth floor hub in the Photo Building. Fortunately, Mohammid is safe. However, he needs our help.
Mohammid lost his home in the storm. His parents lost the roof to their house as well. He lives on the beautiful island of Barbuda, which suffered incredibly severe damage. The money raised from this campaign will assist Mohammid, and his family in their rebuilding efforts, and help them on a path to normalcy. Specifically, it will be used to repair and rebuild Mohammid's home, and that of his parents. It can be said with utmost certainty that Mo would be the first in line to help if it were one of us in his shoes.
Many of us had the pleasure of spending the last four years with Mohammid. One of the most important aspects of a community is being there in someone's time of need. If you are able to give anything - even three dollars - the impact will be immediate and vital. Let's all be there for a friend who would be there for us.
HOW WILL THE MONEY BE WITHDRAWN?
The SVA BFA Photography Department is unable to act as the withdrawl party for the funds. As a measure of fraud protection, GoFundMe is requiring all hurricane-related withdrawls to be done by a U.S person, or U.S-based entity. Being that Megan is a Canadian citizen, and Mohammid is of Antigua and Barbudan citizenship, that means I, Phil Garber, will need to withdrawl the money and transfer it to Mohammid via PayPal. As previously mentioned, Megan and I are friends and former classmates of Mohammid's. Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns. Thanks for your incredible support! If you know anyone who is willing and able to give, please share this campaign.
* Megan and I are in talks with the SVA BFA Photo and Video Department aboout making them the designated withdrawl party. This keeps your money safe, and out of any one persons bank account (including mine or Megan's). From there, the money will be given to Mo. We will update this campaign when this has been finalized.
**For purposes of validation, I (Philip Andrew Garber) am a graduate of the School of Visual Arts in the photography and video department, where Mohammid also graduated from. Mohammid is a friend of mine, and many others in the department. I graduated in May 2017, Mohammid graduated in May 2016. This campaign is a co-effort between myself, Megan Breukelman (SVA photo and video, '16), and the SVA BFA Photography and Video department.**
- Lena Nicholson
- Ben Rountree
Organizer and beneficiary
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