The time for me to travel to Taiji draws near. I booked my flight earlier this week and will be departing from Vancouver on November 2nd. I will arrive in Osaka the next day and make my way to Kii-Katsuura via train. There has been much preparation and planning to do! I have spent quite a bit of time fundraising and the support has been phenomenal as you all know.
I have just recently purchased a Flip Ultra HD video camera with a zoom lens and underwater casing. I will also be taking along my Minolta X370 manual film photography camera with a telephoto lens and tripod. I am currently looking for a sponsor for diving equipment and/or simply a wet or dry suit. I have been pounding the pavement to connect with local business owners in my town in search of sponsors and donors. The local businesses have been very receptive, and the only item I'm left searching for is underwater gear. Please contact me if you have any leads!
I am holding another event for the dolphins this upcoming Friday. It is titled "An Evening For The Dolphins". There is a page on Facebook for those interested in viewing the event. http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=135217373197145&ref=ts
This event will also be held at the wonderful raw food restaurant; Zen Zero. The evening will feature 5 wonderful local musicians playing from 6:30-9:30pm. The subject of the music will be our planet earth. I will be presenting a speech about my initiatives and passion. There will also be a large silent auction with many items that were donated from local stores and caring individuals. It is amazing to see the passion and love from others in support of my trip and saving the dolphins. The event will have another write up and picture in the local paper: The Comox Valley Record. It will also be announced on our local radio stations, and hopefully on CBC Radio 1.
As I make final preparations for the excursion to Taiji, Japan I feel excitement love for the beautiful creatures that I am looking to help save. I will not lend my thoughts to fear, anger, or hate. I have a vision, to see the dolphins swim freely in our oceans without pain or fear of death. I will be keeping thoughts of peace and love for the dolphins in my heart.
Thank you to all that have contacted me with your plans to travel to Taiji also. We will take a stand for the dolphins and show that we will not back down until the killing stops. See you in Taiji!
Any last support, positive comments, donations, and/or thoughts of love are welcome!
For The Oceans,