Update: We have officially reached our fundraising goal! Thank you so much for your generous contributions, we are truly humbled by the outpouring of support we have received across the board.
We may have reached our goal, but you can still help! Financial donations are, of course, still welcome, as are clothing, books and toys.
Family, Friends and Colleagues:
First of all, THANK YOU for taking the time to click on the link that has brought you to this page. We know that is a huge first step for each and every one of you; we are all bombarded with hundreds of thousands of multimedia messages each day. We hope our creative click-baiting was not fruitless. So thank you, and congratulations on completing the first step in your journey to helping us on our mission to South Africa!
In less than two weeks, we are traveling to a Wildlife Reserve and Animal Sanctuary about 45 minutes outside of Johanessburg. We, along with a handful of our wonderful coworkers, will be spending two weeks at the Sanctuary providing hands-on care (cautiously, of course!) for elephants, lion cubs, horses, donkeys, and goats (obvi) to execute our mission to help protect the safety of the animals who live on the Sanctuary and all across South Africa.
In addition to working with the animals, we are going to be spending time with a local orphanage that is in SEVERE jeopardy of being shut down due to budgetary issues. Our initial goal here was to provide the orphanage with much-needed supplies and items (blankets, clothing, educational books. etc.), but we have since shifted our focus as the orphanage is in crisis of closing, potentially leaving the 22 children living there homeless.
All funds raised through this campaign will go directly helping to save the Village of Joy. The Village of Joy is 100% non-profit, and for those of you who are able to contribute.
***Salesforce Colleagues: the official NPO name is "Changing Lives Ministries". Please select this NPO when requesting a Foundation Match.***
Again, thank you SO much for your support. We are looking forward to this trip in so many ways, and please feel confident that your contribution, no matter how big or how small, will have a direct impact on the lives of the kids we are going to help.
Jess & Jen
P.S. - Triple digit donors will receive a private link to a YouTube video of Jessica McConoghy singing Toto's Africa while shoveling elephant poo .
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