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

Posted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 11:37 pm
by hydriot
I am very concerned to read suggestions that spare donations should be given to Hydra Ark. This is is not an animal shelter but, behind the guise of inoculations, is pursuing a policy of forced sterilisation of the wild cat population on Hydra. This has decimated them to the point that the gene pool may be irreparably damaged. It is so rare to see a kitten these days that we can only presume Hydra Ark intends to wipe out the population entirely, even though the wild cats are a community asset loved by tourists. No human has the right to play God and deny a wild animal the chance to procreate.

Let spare cash be given to the hospital and not to such a contentious organisation.

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

Posted: Thu Sep 11, 2014 9:17 am
by jarkko
Here is a summary of home countries of our contributors. Country with most contributors first. Donations from 30 countries so far.
Just a little more than a week to go!
We are getting soon a report from Hydra of the most urgent needs of the local community, to decide how to spend the extra money.

UK incl Northern Ireland
USA
Germany
The Netherlands
Ireland
Finland
Canada
Belgium
Australia
Norway
Austria
France
Italy
Poland
Israel
Greece
Spain
Hungary
Japan
Portugal
Russia
Sweden
Switzerland
Czech Republic
China
Croatia
Belarus
Denmark
Serbia
Slovenia
South Africa

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

Posted: Thu Sep 11, 2014 12:29 pm
by Donata
It's so amazing to me how many people from countries all over the world know, admire and love Leonard Cohen (and participate in this
project). And there surely are many more fans who have not joined this community. I am a good example, having been deeply devoted
to LC and his poetry and music I only joined this community very recently. And I know a lot of LC fans only in my city who have not joined "this club".

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

Posted: Thu Sep 11, 2014 5:41 pm
by Annick
Contribution done ;-)

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

Posted: Thu Sep 11, 2014 9:28 pm
by its4inthemorning
I know quite a bit about controlling cat populations through my work with a local animal shelter. In many, many places a strategy called TNR (trap/neuter/return) is employed. Through TNR, volunteers trap feral cats, animal organizations perform spay/neuter surgeries, and the cats are returned to where they were previously living. TNR helps to reduce the feral cat population without euthanizing its members. It alleviates the problem, but does not eliminate it since all feral cats will never be caught and neutered, and the neutering of cats with homes is a decision that owners make voluntarily. Thus, kittens will always be available for those who wish to own one. Please realize that feral cats have short life spans due to weather, disease, predators, and the diminshed availabilty of food as populations increase. Please also realize that almost all feral cats cannot be domesticated beyond the point of returning to areas where humans feed them while still avoiding any closer human contact. You would not believe how many scrawny and sick, but relatively young, feral cats are brought to our shelter that are beyond help. A well-run TNR program is far more humane than ignoring the situation and "letting nature take its course." Unless someone can provide more details and specific information regarding non-humane activities at Hydra/Ark, I hope plans to divert some/all of the bench fund surplus to this group are left intact.

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

Posted: Thu Sep 11, 2014 9:39 pm
by jarkko
Like I said in my message above, we are waiting for a report from our Hydra contact Lakis Christidis. We will hear from him which would be the most urgent and critical needs of the local community.
It is clear that we cannot use the money to anything that is a controversial issue by the locals.
We will donate to something that is supported by the whole community.

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

Posted: Fri Sep 12, 2014 3:23 pm
by ScottM
Now that our credit card bill is paid off from the Dublin event, we have managed to find a few euros to donate to this project. Payment should be received via Paypal imminently. Please let me know if not.
Hopefully the project will be completed by the time we come to Hydra next June. Looking forward to seeing the finished piece.

Regards,

Scott & Helen

***Your contribution has been received! - All donations are confirmed also by email. / Jarkko

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

Posted: Sat Sep 13, 2014 8:08 pm
by lindyasimus
Just sent some euros by PayPal.

Is there a URL ( not the forum I guess) with the lowdown and instruction for donation payment we can post to Twitter for a final push for more donations in the days remaining?

Happy to post it to my networks over the week.

Lindy

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

Posted: Sat Sep 13, 2014 10:54 pm
by MarieM
lindyasimus wrote:Is there a URL ( not the forum I guess) with the lowdown and instruction for donation payment we can post to Twitter for a final push for more donations in the days remaining?
http://www.webheights.net/speakingcohen/hydra80th.html

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

Posted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 2:40 pm
by sofiale
My contribution has now been submitted and accepted by Paypal.
Sofia

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

Posted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 3:49 pm
by Stranger
Contribution done. I hope I can go to Hydra some day to see the bench for myself.......

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

Posted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 10:14 pm
by jarkko
I have received an update from Lakis. The new Mayor of Hydra supports our Project. Next step will be his letter to the Historical Office in Athens, confirming that the Hydra municipality approves the project.
The authorities require an official, registered representative in Greece which takes the legal financial responsibility. The Hydra Cinema Club has promised to do this.
The stones for the bench have been selected and are currently waiting in the garden of Lakis. Very soon the craftsman who will make the bench will start working on them.

We will post soon some ideas how to use our extra money so that our contributions benefit all residents on the island. We could donate some money to one or two social and/or cultural projects. Lakis is going to report us the most urgent needs after meeting with some local key persons.

Our fund raising is still going on: if you want to contribute, read the information in the very first message of this thread (on page 1).

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

Posted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 10:47 pm
by HugoD
Stranger wrote:Contribution done. I hope I can go to Hydra some day to see the bench for myself.......
The same here :D

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

Posted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 12:43 pm
by IMM
jarkko wrote: We will post soon some ideas how to use our extra money so that our contributions benefit all residents on the island.
This being a bench and all, could the extra money be used to stock it with beer for one and V8 (maybe tomato juice) for others ? ;-)

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

Posted: Tue Sep 16, 2014 2:21 pm
by daniele
This is a great project ! Send my participation :)