Happy New Year and above all, thank you for making our first year as an organization a complete success!
We are happy to report that six months after the inauguration of The Ladybug Project, we’ve not only elected a Board of Directors, applied for 501(c)(3) status, completed awareness raising campaigns, and undergone a complete image overhaul.
2010 was a monumental year for so many reasons. During the summer, many of you donated through the “Buy a Desk, Buy a Beer,” campaign. As the first big awareness push, it was a huge success reaching over thirty donors and allowing us to gift sixty desks to an urban high school in the Northern city of Diego, Madagascar. As two of our volunteers will attest, the Director of the school was brought to tears by the delivery, and the school’s 1043 students will now be able to sit comfortably during their lessons, instead of on rickety benches or a dirt floor. The campaign was proof that sometimes small, well-planned initiatives can make a large-scale difference.
As we moved into the fall, The Ladybug Project underwent some strategic administrative changes; the creation of our inaugural Board of Directors added Joshua Stewart, Micah Burkey, Dr. Peter Reuter, and Audrey Stewart to our ranks as Vice-Director, Vice-Director, Treasurer, and Secretary, respectively. For more information on each of the Board members, as well as contact information, please visit our website: www.theladybugproject.com. We would also like to note that Joshua and Audrey Stewart recently got married; we wish them all the best for the coming year!
With the coming of 2011, The Ladybug Project is excited to work with the Minnesota Twins Baseball Team, who have made a generous donation of hats and T-shirts for our school children in Equatorial Guinea, and are also allowing us to run concession fundraisers at their Spring Training games. In addition, thanks to an idea spawned in Ms. Sipos’ Bonita Springs Charter 2nd Grade Class, we will be starting a letter writing campaign, where elementary classrooms in South Florida will be able to write letters and send supplies over to Equatorial Guinea using our network of volunteers.
Most excitingly, and thanks to the artistic talents of Joshua Stewart, we have also welcomed the New Year by creating a fabulous new logo, launching a new website, and even starting an online storefront, where all kinds of fantastic items are up for grabs. In addition to t-shirts sporting our African themed ladybug, we are also selling goods sporting the original artwork of Matthew Jones, a British artist whose ties to Madagascar compelled him to help our cause. Our favorites are the Ladybug coffee mugs and the awesome Jones’ inspired Iphone cases!
As we progress into the New Year, we hope that you will continue to support our cause – we are nothing without your monetary and online presence! We love to hear from you on our facebook page, our twitter site, and via email. Any comments, thoughts, or suggestions are welcomed!
Thanks, again for making this year such a success.
With love from The Ladybug Project,
Director, The Ladybug Project
Our 2010 Volunteers: