Category Archives: Fundraisers

Gaza’s Ark gets help from an old bus!

logo for mailing to listOnce again we would like to say a huge thank you for the very generous donations that came in after our last fundraising appeal. In particular we would like to thank those who have funded almost the entire cost of the generator as well as the cost of all the letters to be painted on Gaza's Ark. We will circulate pictures of the name being painted on the port, starboard and stern of the boat as soon as this has been completed.

Gaza’s Ark now registered: Needs lettering, generator and more!

logo for mailing to listWe are pleased to announce that we are now in full possession of the Ark! Having paid the final instalment of the boat purchase, in January, we have now registered Gaza’s Ark in the name of our organization. Thank you to everyone who helped to pay the $85,000 for the fishing boat that we are converting into a cargo vessel. Completing the registration was a very special moment for all of us.

Now that we own the boat and it is registered, one of the next tasks is to paint the name on the boat. GAZA’S ARK will be painted on both sides of the boat as well as the back, along with our logo. The letters will be enormous, and will be painted on using stencils. Would you like to sponsor a letter? If so, please see list below.

Got friends?

logo for mailing to listWe need your help, and theirs!

Thank you to everyone who donated in response to our recent appeal.  You helped us raise a significant portion of the amount needed to fund the electrical work.

Many of the donors, however, were people who have given before. We don't want to keep asking the same people over and over again, so this time we are asking you to help in a completely different way. We still need another $80,000 before we can set sail, and we need to tell as many people as possible about our project to generate even more interest worldwide.

Gaza’s Ark returns to the water – the value of small donors

Dear Friends:

We are pleased to announce that Gaza's Ark is now back in the water*, having had its hull thoroughly cleaned, overhauled and painted. Well done to the boat building team in Gaza!

You can see photos in our photo album and the video below.

Next on the refurbishing list comes the plumbing and electrical work.

Gaza’s Ark Returning to the Water

logo for mailing to listDear Friends:

We are pleased to announce that over the past year, thanks to your generous donations, we have raised over $200,000 towards Gaza’s Ark, which we are preparing to sail from Gaza against the Israeli illegal blockade. 

To complete the next stage of the boat we need to raise $20,000 in the next two weeks - please help by making a donation here.

Donate so we can finish what we started, together

Due to the dedication of Palestinian workers in Gaza and your generous support and in spite of difficulties obtaining building supplies because of the Israeli blockade and the closure of the border crossing with Egypt at Rafah, the work on Gaza’s Ark remains on schedule for a Spring 2014 (Autumn 2014 for Australia) sailing. 

Last month, we pulled Gaza’s Ark out of the water and we have carried out the following works in dry dock:

  • checked the under water level of the hull, which was then treated and anti-fouling was applied
  • completed maintenance of the propeller and rudder.

See photos of work done while boat on land.  

The boat is due to re-enter the water shortly and we will then commence the next phase of the renovation, including:

  • concluding work relating to the hull and the main  cabin
  • building two bulkheads below deck
  • carrying out some of the electromechanical works.

Please continue to help us as we prepare Gaza’s Ark to sail against the blockade.  You can donate towards:

Gaza’s Ark will sail with Palestinian products on board. Make your purchase now (minimum purchase $500 Canadian). Visit www.gazaark.org/products for more information.

Thank you again for your ongoing support.  With your assistance and the work of our international partners, especially the Palestinians in Gaza, we have made this project a reality. 

Gaza’s Ark Steering Committee

With your support, Gaza’s Ark to sail in 2014

         
Dear friends,

As we enter what is a ‘season of giving’ for many of our supporters and as we approach the New Year, please consider making a donation to support the Palestinians of Gaza via Gaza’s Ark, www.gazaark.org/donate/

 

In May this year, with the help of thousands of individuals and organizations we purchased a 25 meter long fishing boat in Gaza. In the last seven months we have employed tens of local workers who have skillfully worked to refurbish it in readiness to sail out of Gaza and challenge the blockade. You can see pictures and videos of Gaza’s Ark on our website http://www.gazaark.org/category/ark-photo-album/ 

Despite the Israeli Government maintaining its illegal blockade, and the decision of the Egyptian authorities to all but close the border crossings at Rafah, we have continued with our work.

Last month we organized the sailing of mini Arks in Gaza, raising several thousand dollars, but more importantly it brought great joy and hope to many local children who sailed boats made in Gaza, sponsored by people like you from all around the world.

In 2014, working with partners in Palestine, Australia, Canada, South Africa, USA and across Europe, Gaza's Ark will sail across the Mediterranean Sea carrying Palestinian export goods to sell to the international community.  

Gaza’s Ark and its ‘trade not aid’ strategy will challenge the illegal blockade from the ‘inside out’, supporting the Palestinians of Gaza to rebuild their economy through outbound trade.

Gaza’s Ark is supported by many Nobel Laureates, politicians, writers, artists and public figures, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Noam Chomsky, Mairead Maguire, Shirin Ebadi, Tawakkol Karman, Alice Walker, Denis J. Halliday, Hans C. von Sponeck and Rigoberta Menchú Tum (see www.gazaark.org/2012/12/02/our-supporters/) as well as by many organizations and individuals like you.

With your help we have already raised nearly $200,000. Please help us raise the remaining monies or buy goods from Palestinian producers www.gazaark.org/products/ that we will be exporting on Gaza’s Ark.

 In addition to donating, you can buy:
     
*  ‘Symbolic Shares’ in Gaza’s Ark for $50 (Canadian) each.
    *   Materials and wages necessary for refurbishment in units of $100 (Canadian).
    *   Palestinian export products (minimum purchase of $500 Canadian) http://www.gazaark.org/products/

Thanks again for supporting Gaza's Ark in 2013. Your generosity today will help make this project a reality and make a real difference in the lives of people in Gaza.
  
We thank you for your ongoing support. Wishing you Happy Holidays and all the best in 2014.

Gaza’s Ark Steering Committee

Sponsor a mini-Ark now

and help bring attention to the suffering of children living under the blockade in Gaza

Mini ArkOn November 30th, hundreds of Palestinian children will be reaching out to the world from the confines of the ever-tightening Israeli blockade of Gaza.

In anticipation of the spring launch of Gaza's Ark, they will gather on the Mediterranean shore with mini-Arks, 40-cm long wooden model boats representing Gaza's Ark (see photo), and send them off into the sea.

  • These mini-Arks will send a symbolic message of defiance against an illegal blockade, made worse by Egypt's crackdown on the Rafah crossing and tunnels, which is destroying their childhood and ruining their future.
  • Their message of hope will be made possible with the support of sponsors like you all over the world
  • Be one of those who sponsor a mini-Ark for $50, or co-sponsor one for $25. Your name (or your organization’s name) and the name of your country will be written on the mini-Ark you sponsor.

Part of your contribution will cover the cost of materials and assembly of the mini-Arks. The rest will help finance Gaza's Ark and its direct action "Trade not Aid" mission against the blockade.


29 November Update

Thank you to all those who have sponsored mini Arks. The children of Gaza are looking forward to launching close to 200 mini Arks on November 30th.

If you still would like to make a donation, please do so by clicking the "Thermometer" button on the home page. Thanks.


 

Benefit Sale or Auction for Gaza’s Ark – Painting by George Kosinski

Painting for Sale or Auction – by George Kosinski – a 1997 water colour painting

Painting for auction

You may make an offer at any time on or before 8 December 2013 by contacting "14 Friends of Palestine" at 14friendsofpalestine@gmail.com

Size of the Painting

The painting is 21 inches by 13 inches.

With the frame it is 31 inches by 23 inches.

Ramadan in Gaza – Please Give Generously

Ramadan in Gaza – Please Give Generously

logo for mailing to listMuslims in Gaza – like Muslims all over the world – are currently observing Ramadan.  The month of Ramadan ends in early August with the Eid (Feast) which is supposed to be a time of celebration and festivity.  But what kind of Ramadan is it for people in Gaza this year and what kind of feast will it be?*

Palestinians in Gaza have endured colossal suffering during the six years of the Israeli blockade. With the new government of Egypt having closed the remaining lifelines that Palestinians in Gaza relied upon, this will surely be the most difficult Ramadan and Eid they have gone through.

Help refurbish Gaza’s Ark

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ITEM 1 - Wages to be paid to shipbuilders & apprentices in Gaza for the project  $30,000 $15,900
2-Hull bottom-PurchasedITEM 2a - Fiberglass: $4,000
ITEM 2b – Material for general repairs, sanding, and painting: $2,500
CONTRIBUTED BY DONORS
ITEM 3 - Supplies for steel work and hull reinforcement
 (ribs, longitudinal, deck)
$12,200 $8,800
ITEM 4 - Woodwork supplies for inside hull, engine room & deck
$12,400 $11,500
ITEM 5 - Plumbing supplies,
fresh water tank, etc.
$3,600 $3,100
ITEM 6 - 2 lifeboats
$4,000 each
$3,900 each
ITEM 7 - Combined navigation system
(Radar, satellite GPS)
$4,000
ITEM 8 - Communication system (VHS, 2 satellite phones w/accessories)
$2,000 $1,900
ITEM 9 - Life jackets – 15
(9 are still needed; 6 purchased)
$1,500 $900
($100 each)
ITEM 10 - Marine Diesel generator
 
$6,000
ITEM 11 - Electrical supplies and systems (sockets, lighting and projectors)       $7,000
ITEM 12 - Anchor winch
 
$2,000
ITEM 13 - Pumps (2 bilge, 1 freshwater, 1 wastewater, 1 fire fighter)
$2,500 
ITEM 14 - Firefighting system
 
$1,500 $1,400
ITEM 15 - Plumbing system
 
$2,300
FULLY CONTRIBUTED BY
14 Friends of Palestine
ITEM 16 - Supplies for accommodations (steering cabin, 3 bed crew cabin, 8 passenger bed cabin, kitchenette, 1 full bathroom, half bathroom) $6,500
ITEM 17 - Fuel
 
$8,000
ITEM 18 - Food storage, fridge  and food.
CONTRIBUTED BY DONORS
$3,500

You can symbolically buy portions of any item in units of $100 (or in full).

We will apply your donation to that item so you know exactly which part of the Gaza’s Ark project you have contributed to. (Note that the images are only a depiction of the item and not necessarily the final item that will be purchased)


Have you made your selection?

  • Please click on the PayPal Buy Now button below and follow instructions
  • Indicate how many units of $100 you would like to contribute
  • In the instructions, write the item number you would like to contribute to and we will follow your instructions.
  • Thank you!


ITEM 1  - $12,000 generously contributed by Ship to Gaza – Norway

ITEM 2a – Fiberglass generously donated by Carla and Naomi Wallace

ITEM 14 – Partial donation made by Linda Frank to honor her dad, John E. Frank, a NYC firefighter of 33 years

ITEM 18 - Food storage, fridge  and food, generously donated by the 2013 Sponsored Diet for Palestine