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Save my SURF Van for SURF SOUP

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*Attention: Read Update 12/12/2021 
I am continuing this fundraising for Documentary film, Picture Book, and Animated Short all for Holo Holo! 

My name Donna Kay Lau and I am raising money to convert my 1991 Dodge Caravan my surf van into an electric vehicle.  I am an animator and a picture book author/illustrator with a new cartoon and picture book series that stars my Dodge Caravan who’s name is Holo Holo.

   I guess you can compare my surf van to the Scooby Doo van.  Holo Holo has appeared in numerous cartoons that I have made so he is already kind of famous.

   My surf van will be 30 years old in July 2021 and I am the original owner.  They discontinued a part that he needs in order for the dash, gas gage, etc to work and I can no longer fix him.  He can not pass his smog and emissions test with out it.

   My surf van is in the Surf Soup cartoon and picture book series, and I wrote his own picture book called “SAVE Holo Holo” and an animated short script that tells his amazing life and my journey to save him by July 31, 2021.

​I have been working on my Surf Soup projects for a few years and surviving off of bean burritos and my two Spin classes that I taught twice a week but have not worked since the gym closed down since the pandemic started in March of 2020.  I wouldn’t be able to afford a new car but I have a bike.

​My main intention is to show kids not to keep throwing away things just because they get old and never give up on your dreams and purpose.  By converting my surf van to electric I will also be able to drive Holo Holo to schools, car shows, special events, appearances  etc. But I want to fill up Holo Holo with Surf Soup picture books and stickers and show kids the resilience and then my surf van can live on!

I want to use him as an educational vehicle for learning.

​I wrote to Elon musk and I spoke to Dodge marketing to help me make Holo Holo electric.  I have not heard back from them.

If I don’t raise the money to make Holo Holo an electric vehicle I will have to send him to a junk yard and or car crusher and he will have to retire forever.

​I plan on spending the money to convert Holo Holo to an electric van and paint him with a Surf Soup logo.  I received a quote from a mechanic in Arizona that specializes in converting vehicles into electric for $75,000 and then the rest of the money will be spent on taxes and a simple paint job and logo.

​If for some reason I can’t save my surf van Holo Holo and raise the full amount I will use the money towards a new electric vehicle with the intention to drive it to school visits when I appear and appearances otherwise I will not have a vehicle to drive at all if I have to send my van to a car crusher!

I don’t even want to think of that!

​This would mean so much to me and my “Surf Soup” projects and it would really help me out since I would not have a car to drive and can’t afford to since I have poured my time and energy working on Surf Soup projects which I am getting closer to launch after the pandemic.  I am so grateful for an opportunity like this to even ask for help which is very difficult for me, any amount would be greatly appreciated and I hope somehow I can save my surf van “Holo Holo.”

​Holo Holo means in Hawaiian to cruise and Go Go!

It also means to keep moving forward...

I can hardly wait until everyone sees what i am working on, I am also working on a short documentary about the making of “Surf Soup” so please don’t forget about me and my project “Surf Soup” you can stay in touch or check it out here:

​I also would like to share my purpose:

My purpose is broadcasting love, joy, and humor by creating art, writing books, producing animation, and teaching children to help each other so we can have more peace, love, joy and harmony in the world.

​To help get the word out,can you share the link to your Facebook Timeline!” Or share it on your favorite social media.  I am on Instagram, Facebook, Tiktok, Pinterest, Twitter, etc @Surfsoup

 Can you please find it in your heart to assist me in saving my beloved mini van? 
We have been together for 30 years and I just love him so much.

Thank you so much I appreciate and am so grateful for everything!



Donna Kay Lau and Holo Holo (my surf van)

Surf Soup

*Attention: Read Update 12/12/2021 
I am continuing this fundraising for Documentary film, Picture Book, and Animated Short all for Holo Holo!


Donna Lau
Los Angeles, CA

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