Camera and Career STOLEN Fund

$6,455 of $6,200 goal

Raised by 127 people in 26 months
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For those of you who don't know me, my name is Christian McLeod, and THIS is why I shoot.
I take still and motion images because of the people I have had the pleasure of meeting in the places I have made it a point to venture to. Through my home of Ireland, through Australia, through parts of Europe, through Hong Kong, and other parts of the world, but most recently through the West of North America. 

I had the ability to make a difference and inspire people, and show them they can be creative in whatever field they have a love for.
Before I left Ireland, I sold everything I owned, aside from my camera bag, my laptop bag and my clothing luggage.
Almost all of my money was invested in this project, and I had such a memorable journey, which I do not regret spending any of my money on,
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This was the moment that ability got taken away from me.

A few days ago, everything I owned aside from my laptop and clothing was stolen. Thankfully I have my hard drives, laptop, and the 135mm f2 lens I left all at home.

All of this gear took years to build up. I started out with low end gear and worked my way to owning the very specific amount of equipment I needed to achieve the results I needed for clients and personal projects. 
I am not a material person, nor do I hoard things, all I own is in 3 bags, and I want to keep it that way, and I want to be of some use to this planet. Right now, I can't create a living, nor can I be a part of something I love, like I could before. 

This is the gear that I lost, approx worth $6140, amongst other equipment.
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So, after posting this on Facebook I have had numerous people request I start a GoFundMe, so here I am asking for your help. However, I am not asking for money for free in exchange for my benefit. For every donation, you will receive a reward. And I HIGHLY encourage BUSINESSES to check out the rewards below, I especially tailored this for you. 


$3500 is my goal, and this is the minimum I need to have my business a chance of getting back up and running.
I will sell some of my other clothing and wetsuit gear to make up for the rest of the gear.
I will work hard to get the rest of my gear back. and work my way back up the chain.
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Rewards for donations

-$1-$50 -
custom picture postcard thanking you personally

-$51-$100 -
2 Hi Res image for your use, (printing, wallpapers, etc)

-$101-$250
5 High Res Images for your use, Business or personal (printing, advertising, etc)

-$251-$750 -
large 10x15cm print PLUS 10 High resolution Images.

-$751- $1500 -
Online Photography workshop, to further your photography or business, (trust me I've learned a lot traveling) PLUS 10 High Resolution images for your use. Business or personal.


-$1501-$3500
I will give you a free 1-2-1 photography review and workshop, including a full consultation on how to rapidly grow your business on social media. Plus 20 high resolution images of your choice for your use. Business or personal.

By contributing, you are helping me get this basic equipment:

- Sony A7ii
- 35mm f2.8 
- 10-18mm f/4
- a tripod
- Feiyu Tech MG gimbal
approx cost $3650 USD

GOAL $3500 MADE!
 hitting extra goals will allow me to:

GOAL $5000 MADE!
   buy a 50mm lens for lifestyle/portraits 
 
- GOAL $6200
     buy telephoto lens for surf lifestyle work

-Anything above $6200
will be invested into documenting more creative people for YourKin.

Any of the images below, or any on my site are up for grabs in the donations. 
www.cmcleod.com 

Thank you for believing in me.
I only aim to inspire others by sharing what I create and what has inspired me. 
I won't let you down.
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Since I launched this campaign I've been blown away day after day and today was the icing on the cake as GoFundMe contributed $1000 to help me reach my goal.
Again, blown away is the only term that can express this.

Thanks so much to everyone for helping me get back in action and helping spread creativity to people around the world.

Love
Christian
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Im still being blown away every morning to see this campaign hit its next goal, over $5000 this morning means I can recover the brunt of my equipment, and begin solid work and document creative people to a high standard.

The Final goal is $6200 to be able to do foundation work such as surf photography(what I first began shooting), and anything past that will go to travel and expenses made during the documenting creative people. It truly means so much to see the support myself and this project has received.

I hope some companies get to see there is incredibly affordable imagery and consultation opportunities available from this, so I can help give back while receiving so much love from everyone. Please feel free to share

Thank you all again.
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Wow, woke up this morning to $3650 raised.
THANK YOU SO MUCH.
I have no words to explain.

I have adjusted the goal to $5000 which will allow me to get back to my other work such as Surf Documentary, and Portrait work.

Again, I can't begin to explain how grateful I am.
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Wow. Thanks so much everybody for helping this reach the baseline goal of $3500. And in only 1day. I really am so grateful for your support.
I will be leaving this page up for donation for the next week or two as I know some businesses are interested in getting some content for an affordable price and hopefully it will reach the secondary goal of $5000.
I still don't know what else to say other than than you to every message I received and every donation I saw come through. I will be using this for good, you just watch me!
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Kevin Brew
26 months ago

Happy to help. Good luck.- Where in Ireland are you from?

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Sandra Howard Sayer
26 months ago

Sorry, but I made a donation, it is already taken out of my bank account, but don't see my comment in these posts??

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Lureta Whitewing
26 months ago

This experience will be part of your journey. We can overcome the darkness of human actions with the light workers of the world. Always follow your dream. On the Wings of the Raven.. I send with you all the good intent of Alaskans who want you to remember us as generous of heart and caring for the travelers who visit our Great Land.

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$6,455 of $6,200 goal

Raised by 127 people in 26 months
Created October 18, 2016
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$25
Anonymous Anonymous
25 months ago

"May the Light forever Dance across your path" Christian☘

GR
$20
Geraldine Rynn
26 months ago
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keep doing your awesome work :-)

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26 months ago
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$50
Anonymous
26 months ago
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$50
Daniel Zatz
26 months ago
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Hey- sorry this happened to you. I've traveled the world with camera gear and always worried about this happening. Get going again and don't let this slow you down. Also, I respectfully suggest that you don't leave anything anywhere– car, hotel room, anywhere! Spread all your gear around any hotel room, so it's not concentrated in any one spot. I would contribute more, but it seems you have enough at this point if you replace some gear via ebay. Best of luck and give a shout if you get back to Homer!

SG
$10
sylvain garms
26 months ago
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Christian, happy to help you to travel the world to show the beauties of outdoors. You are talented, you deserve it

$20
Anonymous
26 months ago
TM
$25
Tony Mulvenna
26 months ago
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Sorry to hear of your misfortune and good luck getting back on your feet.

Kevin Brew
26 months ago

Happy to help. Good luck.- Where in Ireland are you from?

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Sandra Howard Sayer
26 months ago

Sorry, but I made a donation, it is already taken out of my bank account, but don't see my comment in these posts??

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Lureta Whitewing
26 months ago

This experience will be part of your journey. We can overcome the darkness of human actions with the light workers of the world. Always follow your dream. On the Wings of the Raven.. I send with you all the good intent of Alaskans who want you to remember us as generous of heart and caring for the travelers who visit our Great Land.

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