I’ve got a whole stash of studies lined up that I want to write about over the next couple of weeks, but I have to briefly interrupt my information sharing in order to bring you an announcement and say a big thank you. Because, with your help, I have now raised enough money to keep my heart-funded information project (which includes my free newsletter and all my facebook and twitter messages as well as this website) online and free for the whole of 2016!
This is thanks to the help of the lovely people who have made a donation to my gofundsara page online, and also to those who have given a home to one of my home-made fabric hearts (which I take to my workshops and events) in exchange for a contribution towards keeping my heart-funded birth information project free, ad-free and baby product free. While I’m at it, I’d like to say another enormous thank you to the lovely people who have let me bring my hearts to their events … I really appreciate your support 😀
The fact that I’ve reached my goal of funding all the costs of the infrastructure (I give my time to this project for free, so the money is only used to pay for the necessary software, admin and IT support) is actually only part of the reason that achieving this goal makes me so happy. What makes me even happier is knowing that there are so many people out there who share my belief that there is value in having free and independent information available for midwives, birth folk, women and families.
I’m always a bit reluctant to single out individuals when so many people have made this possible, but I can’t not mention some of the ways in which people have helped … the lovely student midwives at the CAPERS conference in Australia who had me signing hearts until late in the evening … the women who have left donations with lovely messages explaining that they want to support me because my work has helped them and they want the information to be there for others … the midwives and birth folk who have helped me raise funds by running yoga classes, raffling copies of my books and making and selling fabric vaginas … the obstetrician who sat in the front row and sewed more hearts while I was giving a lecture because I hadn’t brought enough to meet the demand … and the lovely researchers and birth educators who say that, because my work helps them in theirs, they want to return the favour and help keep the information flowing. I appreciate you all so much, thank you.
Reaching this goal isn’t the end of my journey, by any means. I’m going to continue to keep both of these means of crowdfunding open, as I want to keep going into 2017 and beyond, and I’ve got some other ideas about how I can support this project long-term. But it’s nice, as one journeys, to stop and take a deep breath now and again, to focus on being grateful and to look at how far one has travelled. As I do that today, I’m raising my mug of tea in a ‘thank you’ toast to everyone who has helped me. I love that we’re on this journey together.
If you share my goals or if my work helps you in yours and you’d like to help me kickstart my crowdfunding for 2017 and beyond, you can do so at www.gofundme.com/sarawickham or come to one of my workshops and exchange a home-made fabric heart for a donation 😀