Leonard 80 years: Fund Raising for our Hydra Bench

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Re: Leonard 80 years: Fund Raising for our Hydra Bench

Postby maphoner » Thu Aug 07, 2014 12:18 pm

Contribution sent via PayPal.

Thanks again to all involved with this project. :)

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Re: Leonard 80 years: Fund Raising for our Hydra Bench

Postby Inge » Thu Aug 07, 2014 5:37 pm

Money sent and confirmation from PayPal received. I want to thank the people who made this wonderful birthday present for Leonard Cohen possible.
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Re: Leonard 80 years: Fund Raising for our Hydra Bench

Postby BlizzardofIce » Fri Aug 08, 2014 9:57 am

Money sent.

Will contribute more if goal is not reached in the first round.
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Re: Leonard 80 years: Fund Raising for our Hydra Bench

Postby ilion » Sat Aug 09, 2014 9:20 pm

Money sent! Hope to visit the bench some day!
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Re: Leonard 80 years: Fund Raising for our Hydra Bench

Postby Doris » Sun Aug 10, 2014 5:18 am

First I had problems with the transfer too. In online banking I got an error message about too much text in the adress line. Paypal told me that charges may apply for transfers to Ireland. Then I did it personally at my bank and the clerk fixed it for me. Now the amount is debited from my account, so I assume that it has worked now.
It makes me very happy to involve myself with my small contribution in the project. Many thanks to all involved for your great work.
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Re: Leonard 80 years: Fund Raising for our Hydra Bench

Postby jarkko » Tue Aug 12, 2014 12:40 am

Greetings from Dublin! We received several contributions to our bench project also at the Event. Next I have to concentrate on my professional duties for a few days, but I will compile the promised interim report later this week, after I have had time to enter all payments through different channels in the books.

I can already say that it looks very promising, and, thanks to the generosity of many members and other fans, it looks like we will get our bench erected on Hydra!
Meanwhile all who plan to participate (those who pledged and those who didn't), please go ahead!

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Re: Leonard 80 years: Fund Raising for our Hydra Bench

Postby maroo » Tue Aug 12, 2014 10:53 am

Hi,
thanks for this opportunity.
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P.S. looking forward for the update of this project!!!
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Re: Leonard 80 years: Fund Raising for our Hydra Bench

Postby Olwen » Wed Aug 13, 2014 8:33 pm

Donated at the Dublin event . Look forward to seeing the completed bench- brilliant idea- well done to all involved. :)
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Re: Leonard 80 years: Fund Raising for our Hydra Bench

Postby jarkko » Thu Aug 14, 2014 11:21 am

We promised to let you know how our Bench Project is proceeding. A summary of all payments received so far through all the channels is ready, and here is our progress report:

We are thrilled to report that not only have we achieved our goal of 10,000 EUR to construct the bench on Hydra in honour of Leonard, we have surpassed the goal! As of today, we have raised 12,183 EUR.

To everyone who contributed, a heartfelt thank you. Congratulations to all of us who have contributed ideas and encouragement, who helped to spread the word, who worked behind the scenes and who gave of their time and money. Let us all take a moment to appreciate the level of love that is being expressed for Leonard. People opened their hearts unconditionally to honor him. So, thank you and a pat on the back to everyone.

But...we aren't done yet. First, the fund raising effort stays open until September 21 to make certain everyone who wants to contribute and be a part of this birthday surprise for Leonard can still do so.

Next, what do we do with the surplus funds? We would like to put some money aside for the maintenance of the bench and the area around it in the years to come. We always want it to be as beautiful, as shady, and as well kept as the day it was constructed. Beyond this however, we will still have some funds left over.

At one point there was a discussion on the Forum about donating money to fund a writing award with The Canada Council of the Arts. This would be a possibility. However, we would need substantially more funds for an endowment or a reoccurring, yearly award. Likely, our writing award would be a one-time prize.

Alternatively, we could donate the excess funds to Leonard's foundation, The Fund for Reconciliation, Tolerance and Peace, or we could ask Leonard for his preferred charity.

In recent days in a private conversation with one of our members, it was suggested that Hydra is without some important medical equipment and perhaps our surplus donations could be used to purchase such equipment to donate to the people of Hydra in an effort to further benefit their community.

So, these are the options. Please discuss them so we can come to some consensus.

Again, the fund raising continues until September 21. Thank you all so much for your contributions.

Jarkko and Marie



PS: Email confirmation has been sent to all our contributors whose email addresses we have got or found. It was a group email (with addresses hidden) without any individual comments. Any questions will be (and have been) answered in separate emails.

Seven of those more than 230 emails sent out were not delivered because the email address given with the payment was not correct, or "Google tried to deliver your message, but it was rejected by the server for the recipient domain". Also, three contributors did not give email address at all, and we have not found those from the archives.

If you didn't get the confirmation, you may email Jarkko to confirm your email address. Before doing it, please check your spam/junk mail folder - sometimes emails like this go there!
Included in this posting were all payments received before 10 am UTC/GMT today. We get information on PayPal payments immediatelly while bank payments and checks will take a few days.
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Re: Leonard 80 years: Fund Raising for our Hydra Bench

Postby Ria Bellen » Thu Aug 14, 2014 11:44 am

Wonderful news !!
Best ideas :
1. Put some money aside for the maintenance of the bench.
2. Ask Leonard for his preferred charity.
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Re: Leonard 80 years: Fund Raising for our Hydra Bench

Postby Henning » Thu Aug 14, 2014 11:48 am

Hi Jarkko - this would be my preferred option:
jarkko wrote:In recent days in a private conversation with one of our members, it was suggested that Hydra is without some important medical equipment and perhaps our surplus donations could be used to purchase such equipment to donate to the people of Hydra in an effort to further benefit their community.
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Re: Leonard 80 years: Fund Raising for our Hydra Bench

Postby anneporter » Thu Aug 14, 2014 11:56 am

Wonderful news, Jarkko!
I agree with Henning re: the medical equipment for Hydra
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Re: Leonard 80 years: Fund Raising for our Hydra Bench

Postby Diane » Thu Aug 14, 2014 11:58 am

Thanks for all the work that's gone into this, Jarkko and others!
jarkko wrote: we could donate the excess funds to Leonard's foundation, The Fund for Reconciliation, Tolerance and Peace.
Must say, my preference is for that idea.
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Re: Leonard 80 years: Fund Raising for our Hydra Bench

Postby maroo » Thu Aug 14, 2014 12:08 pm

I Also like this idea.
Henning wrote:Hi Jarkko - this would be my preferred option:
jarkko wrote:In recent days in a private conversation with one of our members, it was suggested that Hydra is without some important medical equipment and perhaps our surplus donations could be used to purchase such equipment to donate to the people of Hydra in an effort to further benefit their community.
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Re: Leonard 80 years: Fund Raising for our Hydra Bench

Postby Anne R » Thu Aug 14, 2014 12:13 pm

I support the medical equipement for Hydra. I support anything that benefits the Hydra community.
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