As days pass by the Day draws nearer. In the course of preparation, I contacted many organisations and individuals. Many were helpful.
The Gere Foundation said the Free Spirit Festival proposal does not fit in their guidelines. The Ford Foundation said, "Please understand that htis in no way reflects on the value of the work you propose, but stems instead from the many other competing claims and commitments for the use of our limited resources." The Trace Foundation said they help projects from within Tibet only (fair enough). The Friedrich Naumann Foundation ignored the proposal. The Milarepa Fund didn't even give a response.
However, International Campaign for Tibet Europe and the Tibet Support Group of the Netherlands have been the biggest donors so far.
There are a number of individuals without whose generosity the organiser would have been in big trouble: Maaike Riemersma and Tassy Schmid from the Netherlands, Cathy Dalton from the US, Namgyal Tenzin from the US, Rinzin Dorjee, Tsering Lodoe/Ghost and Narkyid Ngawang Thondup from Dharamshala.
There are many others who would like to be anonymous, who encouraged and donated time and money to make this event possible.
The payments for this preparation are not yet over. Any generosity would be helpful.
The organising team consists of all of my friends: Chamb Meehan, Tsetan Dorjee, Dawa Tsering, Tenzin Namgyal (Tenam), Rinzin Dorjee, Sonam Gyatso, Dorjee Tsering, Nyima Tsering, Youdon Aukatsang, Maaike Riemersma, Sarb Jeet Singh (my Sikh friend), and Margreet Feenstra from the Netherlands.
There are others who have been instrumental in their work for the preparation of the Festival. Master Dorjee Tsering needs special mention. Tom, the designer; Lhashing Wood Works; Rangzen Workshop; Lobsang Dhonyoe, the sculptor; and Sichoe, the painter.
And all the others that I might have forgotten in the long course of the planning and preparation, and others who might come later until the Festival is over.
Kyipo tang, Cheers mate, ... Free Tibet.