I recently was lucky enough to visit Southern & Central Turkey on a wildlife trip with friends.
The culture, scenery and amazing biodiversity had a real positive impact on me! However on my return after speaking to Charlie Moores (http://www.talking-naturally.co.uk) I was shocked to learn that the Turkish government had sold off all the water ways to private companies. There is currently in excess of 2000 dams currently being built and a further 1700+ Hydro schemes planned. This will have a disastrous effect on the countries biodiversity and the displacement of communities will also impact on the ‘micro-cultures’ that make Turkey such an amazing country.
I have taken it upon myself to try and raise as much funds for Doğa Derneği (Birdlife’s partner in Turkey) as I can, hoping that this will go someway to help them in their work to protect the countries biodiversity. The way in which I am hoping to raise funds is as follows:
Invite some artists to contribute some artwork depicting some of the iconic birds of Turkey (this original art work will also be autioned off to raise additional funds).
Have a montage of this artwork (totalling a minimum of ten species) tattooed onto my right arm and shoulder. This will be a full sleeve of work!
If I raise over £10,000 I will add £1000 of my own money to the pot and have my left arm and shoulder tattooed with a montage of a further ten species.
All tattoo work will be paid for by me (any discounts given will be forwarded onto the charity)!
I know this sounds a bit mad, but I was planning on having this type of body art anyway. However I feel passionate about this cause, so it seems a great opportunity to use this to raise funds. I am hoping that because of the unusual nature of this initiative it will attract some media attention which will hopefully and support for Doğa Derneği and their work.
There is more information here:
You can donate here: http://www.justgiving.com/givingmyrightarm
Alternatively you can donate via text message! Text the code VWFE83 followed by the amount (£1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10) to 70070 (all letters in the text must be in higher case)
Please pass on this to all your contacts; I really waqnt to raise as much awareness and funds as possible for this cause!