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Mother Ocean Eco Arts Tour

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Raised by 105 people in 5 months
Hi There,

I'm Craigus McVegas, a musician and environmental activist. For the past 5 years I have been organising campaigns for environmental and social justice, and last year my journey took me to the incredible country of Mongolia to help the Mongolian Green Party defend their country against foreign mining companies.

In July this year, I have organised 50 artists, musicians, and activists from around the world to take part in a two-week arts and environment tour of this culturally rich and beautiful country. These passionate environmental defenders will support a UNESCO application for world heritage protection of Mongolia's largest freshwater body, Lake Khovsgol, containing 70% of the countries fresh water. 

Funds raised by this campaign will be used to hire a bus to transport the artists from the capital Ulaanbaatar to the remote lake near the Russian border. The artists will create, perform, and stay with local families in towns and villages along the way, who will provide modest accommodation and traditional meals. The artists have all paid for their own flights and VISAs themselves, however,  we need your support to cover the artists' food, shelter, and in-country transportation.

The Mongolian wilderness is being destroyed by greedy foreign mining companies. While campaigning in Ulaanbaatar last year, I connected with a number of Mongolian activists and academics who are working toward protection of sacred Lake Khovsgol. Public awareness of the dangers facing the lake is the highest priority, and a large group of local and international artists will generate a huge amount of interest, putting the protection of Lake Khovsgol squarely into the national conversation.  This will contribute to the application for UNESCO World Heritage listing for the lake and surrounding area, which will be lodged in September.

This is the most ambitious and important project I have ever worked on. Protecting this precious wilderness area full of wild horses, wolves, bears, elk, and eagles is a dream for me, and the Mongolian people. Your support for this campaign will ensure the protection of one of the worlds most beautiful and sacred wilderness areas, an ongoing gift you will be giving to our shared mother, Earth.

If you feel to help support this initiative, please make a contribution so that this dream can become a reality.

In gratitude and kindness,

Craigus McVegas.

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PS: We will be recording the performances we give in Mongolia and will create an album of music containing tracks by all the touring artists from Mongolia, Nepal, Indonesia, Pakistan, Korea, Australia, and New Zealand. Each supporter that donates $50 will receive a signed copy of this album on our return in August!

PPS: Our tour is open to sponsorship. A donation of just $1500 from a company with aligned values would go a long way to helping this project achieve it's goals. Please get in touch if you are interested in partnering with us.
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Our tour schedule has been incredibly busy, with all of our dedicated artists and activists talking about the need to protect Khovsgol Lake every day.

After an initial press conference, multiple performances at Playtime Festival, a water rights symposium, and an international musical performance at On'n Off Productions, we have had numerous newspaper and TV reports covering our tour, and are succeeding at spreading our message far and wide.

Thanks to our generous donors, we have just $1000 left to raise before the in-country costs of our tour are covered!! All funds raised beyond this will go towards preparing the UNESCO application, requiring the collation of all the research about the Tsatan people and the shamanism practices around the lake, to prove that they are culturally unique and significant.

Now, after a 2-day bus trip, we have arrived at Khatgal on the shores of Lake Kohvsgol and will perform tonight at the closing of their Naadam celebrations, at the local cultural centre and museum.

Please share and encourage your friends and family to support this cause and protect Lake Khovsgol, Mother Ocean, so she may sustain future generations.

With Love,
Craigus & Team
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Wow, we are so incredibly grateful to all our generous donors, just 4 days into our tour and we have passed the halfway mark of our fundraising goal.

So humbled by the outpouring of support for Mongolia and our mission to support the lake.

Here are 2 of our fantastic artists posing in traditional Mongolian costumes at Hotel Mongolia, where we performed at Playtime Festival over the weekend to thousands of young Mongolian music lovers.
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