We're doing it again!
If you missed the first round of fundraising for the 'Goths for Sophie 2018 Calendar Project', this is your chance to help us make this a huge success - again! Thank you to everyone who shared or purchased a calendar in Round 1, you too can help us share this Round 2 to people you know still want one! There's still 5 months until the end of the year, so we have plently of time to keep the momentum going.
In our first ever round back in March til the end of May, we raised 2,000 GBP and we intend to do the same again. Because people are talking... which is what we wanted to have happen and the word is travelling around the globe.
There were a lot of questions around this project and why were were doing it and what it's all about, so you can read all this information below in order to help you, help us, make a difference for the subculture we identify with as Goth or Alternative.
This website 'pozible' only allows crowdfunding for 60 days at a time and being we sold over 100 calendars last time, this gave us time to hand write all you a letter and post them out to everyone as soon as the last one ended and we printed the last run.
We can only print due to supply and demand - so please be patient as soon as the fundraiser has ended we will notify you every step of the way as to when they are printed with the money we raise and then submit our profit / donation to the Sophie Lancaster Foundation.
A lot of work goes into this behind the scenes but on behalf of all of our 2018 ambassadors, we know you're understanding and have shown your love and support all the way.
Please share this project with your friends and family on social media because that's how we can help spread the word - not just raise money for the foundation - but create awareness.
If you're super awesome, please use #gothsforsophie in your posts to let us know!
What is the 'Goths for Sophie' Fundraiser?
12 Gothic folk from all around the world, have united to form allegiance to raise money for The Sophie Lancaster Foundation.
2017 marks the 10th year commemoration of her passing.
The project is to celebrate Goths from all walks of life, all nationalities, as they are, for who they are. The importance of staying true to yourself and to share the message that it's OK to be Goth at any age, any nationality any gender and and of course to express your style and uniqueness without prejudice.
'Goths for Sophie' is a collaboration formed online by people who have a message about what it means to be Goth and the true essence of community spirit.
We pride ourselves on ethical messages that can hopefully nurture future generations on what it means to be Goth. Not just about the clothes or the image. Goth is for life. We believe in this wholeheartedly.
How will we create awareness?
Key ambassadors in the calendar have taken the time and their own resources to have a photograph taken which will be part of a 2018 calendar. The calendar has been designed, printed and distributed worldwide from Australia.
We feel that the individuals in the Calendar have a strong sense of community, honesty and lead by example when it comes to 'being yourself' and to stand up for your right to be Goth and be unique without prejudice.
All of the people featured in the calendar will be promoting the campaign during the course of this fundraising period and with some very large followings we also hope to share this news on all social media, whether it be YouTube videos, Instagram posts or Facebook shares. The more engagement we have, the more we can share this message and assist The Sophie Lancaster Foundation to raise money.
The following Ambassadors are featured in the Calendar:
Angela Benedict - Gothic YouTuber, model and actress - USA
Caligo Bastet - Gothic YouTuber – Israel
CarolAnne - aka Dahlya Drastic Gothic YouTuber - Scotland
Jenna Lee - aka Batty Bizarre - Gothic YouTuber and model - New Zealand
Kriss Poison & Blake Blood - Melbourne, Australia
Lee Meadows - aka DJ Cruel Britannia and co-founder of World Goth Day - UK
Paul Myers aka Kai Decadence - Gothic YouTuber - USA
ReeRee Phillips - Gothic YouTuber and model - Australia
Renée Gee - aka The Green Widow - Melbourne, Australia
Sheena McDonagh - aka Wyldwitch Gothic YouTuber - UK
Trevor Parker - aka The Kilted Goth Gothic YouTuber - UK
Yorgos Pantaleon - aka 'Y' guitarist from the band 'Remain in Light' - Greece
Photographers credit list:
Alterd Mind Photography - AUS
Carl Jervis - UK
Lucy Ekel - Israel
Peter Coulson - AUS
Rachel Rose - UK
Ranges Images - USA
Shana Lee - NZ
Stacy Mandaltsi - GR
William Burns - UK
Aims and Objectives
Following the horrific murder of Sophie Lancaster, her family wanted to ensure a lasting legacy to their beautiful, bright and creative daughter. The Sophie Lancaster Foundation was established and became a registered charity in 2009.
- To create a lasting legacy to Sophie
- To provide educational group works that challenge the prejudiced based bullying and intolerance towards people from alternative subcultures
- To campaign to have the UK Hate Crime legislation extended to include people from alternative subcultures.
Who are we raising money for?
The Sophie Lancaster Foundation.
On 11 August 2007, Sophie Lancaster and her partner were attacked by a gang of teenagers in a park in Lancashire. Instead of fleeing, Sophie went to her partners aid. The couple were kicked, stamped on and left unconscious for nothing more than looking different. Sophie later died from her injuries. If anything positive is to come from her death, Sophie’s family and friends would like it to be you.
Sophie's murder was treated as a Hate Crime by Judge Russell who sentenced the murderers accordingly. Under the current UK Hate Crime Legislation, and as the motivation behind the murder was hateful, he was able to use his discretion to class it as a Hate Crime.
We are working to have "Alternative Subcultures" or "Lifestyle and Dress Code" added to the reportable Hate Crime strands to ensure that it is not a discretionary option but equal to the existing strands which are:
To find out how to stamp out prejudice, hatred and intolerance, please go to http://www.sophielancasterfoundation.com/
(Registered Charity Number 1129689)
If you have any questions please feel free to contact us via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your support ††
How The Funds Will Be Used
Initial funds raised will be used to print and ship/distribute the calendar and then 100% of the profit raised after printing costs and distribution will go to the Sophie Lancaster Foundation. All individuals outlined above are unpaid as part of this charity project. Their time and effort is voluntary with no remuneration.
Sophie's Mum and youth worker, Sylvia Lancaster OBE, has launched an educational game to take into high schools and other young peoples establishments that shows young people how easy it is to be more tolerant and open their minds to accept all people, despite their lifestyle or appearance. The Sophie Game is a paid for resource available for teachers to use in schools and other educational sites across the UK.
The Sophie Lancaster Foundation devote their time and resources to provide education to children across the UK and to also have people in the offices to continue the growth of the foundation. The education game S.O.P.H.I.E that has been established but to have more of those with the money GOTHS FOR SOPHIE can raise to perhaps have those distributed worldwide would be amazing.
Note: All transcripts and transaction details are to be provided to The Sophie Lancaster Foundation for complete transparency as well as invoicing of all print and shipping costs worldwide. We are leaving no stone unturned.
We do not forsee any challenges as the purchase of a Calendar will be a great way to plan events, share with your friends and family, be a great Christmas gift idea as well as an affordable contribution to the gothic subculture as a whole.