Friday, January 28, 2011

Giving Back :: Thirst Relief International Fundraiser

Thirst Relief International is having a fundraiser
that supports Thirst Relief and ends on Sunday, January 30th~ if they reach the goal, they will pick one person to go on a cruise with Photog Retreat 2011!

It is a fantastic cause and certainly can't hurt to donate even if the goal isn't reached. We live in culture where $5 for an extra large latte appeases us for a few minutes~ but imagine if that same $5 could be used to give a child clean drinking water for the rest of their life? Even if you aren't interested in this fundraiser, please check out the site and donate to help build a well in India, or build a water filter system in Haiti.

Info on the fundraiser (also on the blog links above):
Donate $25 or more to Thirst Relief through this Fundraising Page to be entered to win a trip to The Photog Retreat 2011: 7 Day Cruise out of Los Angeles, California!*

Join Mike Larson, The Bui Brothers, The Youngrens, Gray Photography, Shaun Austin and Kevin Swan along with other amazing photographers for the second annual Photog Retreat- a one of a kind cruise that you will not want to miss!

With an emphasis on networking, building relationships, informative workshops, exotic photo shoots and so much more! Enjoy a much needed vacation, build your portfolio, network with top industry professionals and receive some awesome deals, discounts and prizes from our sponsors!

*All donors of $25 or more will be entered to win a trip to The Photog Retreat 2011 once we reach $1,250.

Participants may enter multiple times with multiple $25 donations from January 18th-30th, 2011.

Prize has no cash value, is non transferable and may not be sold. Not applicable on previous registrations. Winner is responsible for taxes.

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Giving Back~ Organizations supported by Circle of Life Photography

In giving back, Circle of Life Photography's main goal is to help those experiencing extreme poverty and nourishing them with food, shelter and spiritual guidance. Education is a big part of helping people learn how to help themselves and change the downward spiral of poverty for a better future for themselves and their children. Locally, a more tangible way of giving back is through using my photography gifts to serve others who are experiencing crisis (see NILMDTS and Pillows of Love.)

Compassion International~ Haiti's Child Survival Project

In 2011-12, Circle of Life Photography makes a monthly $30 donation to the non-profit organization, Compassion International, whose goal is to change Haiti through the rescue, nuture and discipling of children during the critical early childhood years.

Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep Foundation

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation (NILMDTS) gently provides a helping hand and a healing heart for families overcome by the grief and pain of the death of their newborn or infant. Offering gentle and beautiful photography services in a compassionate and sensitive manner is the heart of this organization. The soft, gentle heirloom photographs of these beautiful babies are an important part of the healing process. They allow families to honor and cherish their babies, and share the spirits of their lives. I am an active NILMDTS volunteer photographer for Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Lancaster Women & Babies Hospital.

Joni & Friends Family Retreat

I am honored to be a volunteer photographer at the Joni & Friends Family Retreat in the Poconos (Spruce Lake Retreat) for a week each summer (click here for past blog post.) Joni & Friends seeks to serve as a ministry of outreach to people with disabilities and their families across the US and around the world. Families from around the country attend Family Retreats seeking relaxation, encouragement and a time to strengthen their family.