Thank You Friends of Awate in Toronto, We Hope Others Follow
Dear supporters and friends of awate.com, and all readers,
Today, Feb 3, 2019, friends of awate.com held their second fundraising meeting in Toronto, Canada. The message above was prepared for that event. We take that opportunity to pass the same message to all friends and patrons of awate.com. Thank you for watching, The message below is our last report of December 2018, which appeared under the title, Awate.com Campaign Progress Report. We will update it soon. ///Awate Team
Dear colleagues and friends of Awate.com,
It is safe to assume that you are here because you are interested in the news, views, and analysis of what is going on in our region. You are one of the 4,000-5,000 people who visit awate.com at least once every three days, or you are one of the visitors who register the tens of thousands of pageviews in awate.com. Imagine the next time you visit this website, you see an error message telling you this website is no longer active, a few would probably say good riddance and move on while most of you will be anxious about the vacuum this website leaves behind.
Now, ask yourself seriously if the services that awate.com provided for the last 18 years is insignificant. If you think it is, then you may stop reading this message.
We are proud to say that our unique voice is very important to our region and we have provided a space for anyone to express their views freely, regardless of their identities or political and social affiliation. That is why we need your support to continue doing what we do.
Evidently, being independent, and at the same time being inclusive, comes at a cost. It’s not easy to offer a balanced, fair, and objective coverage without becoming beholden to any interest group. Taking this precarious position limits the financial support for awate.com.
However, despite the financial challenges that we face, we remain principled not to appease any social or political group or to advance their narrow agenda. Needless to say, we recognize that we have only those who genuinely appreciate what this website stands for will support it. And you are the ones we are appealing to.
We are grateful for the support of the few dedicated supporters. Unfortunately, we have to push more to get the rest of you to act and chip in whatever amount they can afford. We are still appealing to you to help us meet the minimum financial obligation needed for this website to perform and continue its operation in the manner it did for the last 19 years.
The current fundraising “Campaign” that we launched on November 2018, has yielded $4,100.00. Our target for this campaign is $12,000 and we are still short of $7,900.
So far, 18 friends have acted (15 through Paypal, 2 through bank transfer, and 1 direct), and together they have contributed a total of $4,100. The following are the initials of their names:
1)M.I. 2) G.M.Z. 3) A.W. 4) Y.M. 5) I.A.. 6)A.Y. 7)M.O. 8) T.F. 9) S.H. 10) G.T. 11) F.H. 12) B.N, 13) G.B. 14) A.H. 15) J. Y. 16) M.Z. 17) S.B.H. 18) A.S.
Please also note that one loyal friend has provided us with a camera worth about $400.
Also, during the last 40 days, we have incurred about $1,935 in expenses and we still have some commitments left in addition to other regular operational costs.
We hope that we will meet the fundraising target so that we do not have to go through such campaigns and instead focus on what we do best: providing you with news, opinions, and relevant information.
Finally, we would appeal to you all to help us by encouraging your circles of friends and colleagues to support awate.com.
We wish you HAPPY HOLIDAYS
Your support donation can be facilitated through the following CHOICES:
1. Credit and Debit Cards
2. PAYPAL Click the Orange Paypal icon and make your donations. Your contributions will appear on your bank statement as “Paypal*awate.com”.
3. Bank Transfer:
Account Name: Awate.com
Bank: Bank Of America,
Acct #: 29570 76732
Swift ID: BOFAUS3N
4. Other Payments: Contact us through E-mail to see alternative payment methods at <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Please contribute as generously as you can. We appreciate your support, thank you.
The Awate Team