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We are currently emailing the agents of celebrities who might be interested in nature to ask if they will forward a letter from us. We feel that a letter is more personal than an email.
If anybody has an idea whom we might contact please let us know.
October 20th, 2009
We are currently trying to contact people who might be interested in becoming involved with ICAN or supporting in some way the aims of our project, this is including various celebrities and well known people in public life. This will be a time consuming process. In fact there is no reason it should end unless the natural environment no longer needs conserving!
Since the recession the financial position of some of the people wanting to help has changed. One man has purchased his own land with money he originally would have liked to have helped ICAN with. Therefore any of the following references to finance may well have changed. We are contacting people to see if they are still able to help. At the moment we have not altered any of the text referring to money but will do when we know the current position.
£500 reward for information leading to us purchasing land as a result of you telling me about it.
People showed travel films and slides from their country. This included twice across Tibet, Madagascar, Lithuania and Switzerland. The amount and diversity of food was incredible. There are also international Sunday "walks". Its not only walking. We have been surfing and caving.
For more information on walks, caving etc., see my BLOG - a link will
be here very soon.
To buy only a small bit of land near Sidmouth could still be considered but the Totnes area would be more favourable; an interesting, musical town near Dartmoor and the sea.
The end (in 2004) of the 50 year International Sidmouth Festival also ended the ICAN camps as they were.
A two hour video of the last Sidmouth Intrnational Folk Ferstival has been made to sell for £12 to help the land fund.
BUYING LAND for the camp and Nature simply must happen. The search has been going on far too long and I (Friar) need your help in ways which don't have to cost you money and could even make you money.
Here are some ideas and recent efforts:-
Some people are finding themselves with unexpected money due to being left property in a will. Property prices have as much as trebled in recent years so even a bungalow can be worth ¼ million pounds. Some may be in a position to help with a little of this.
I have also advertised to find people who know nothing of ICAN to join with funds to buy a large piece of land, then of course they keep their bit. By doing this they will pay much less per acre perhaps as little as £2,000 whereas a small plot can sell at £6,000 to £10,000 per acre. I have received details of some lovely flat land, 25 acres at £50,000.
WORLD RECORD BREAKERS HELP OFFERED
Doug has donated 2 pictures, one a photo taken by himself of the
Hillary step of Mount Everest signed by Sir Edmund Hillary personally,
not a copy. Hillary was the first person ever to summit Everest.
It is also signed by Doug Scott. The second is a picture of Everest
signed by the painter Graeme Lothian, Sir Edmund Hillary, Sir Chris
Bonnington (a world famous record breaking mountaineer and Rebecca
Stephens (the first British woman to summit Everest).
Danny da Costa was the World Masters Judo Champion in 2003 in his category, was a former European Open Judo Medallist plus 3 times British Champion and a British Boxing champion. Danny now teaches Aikido with 4 Black belts and 6 in Judo. Danny has offered to help obtain land.
It is wonderful that such people have helped and continue to do so. Sincere thanks to Doug and Danny plus others from the past. It is sad that no environmental bodies have helped, even when we saved a massive pond containing at least one endangered species and a host of wildlife.
The Triodos environmental Bank has suggested an overdraft, possibly £10,000 at approximately 6%. Alliance Leicester has offered a loan, but at 10% it is high.
A few other people are interested in coming in to buy land and one long term helper, Peter Klosin, is looking at all land for sale by anybody full time, to help achieve the goal which has eluded us for too long. Our own land; for nature, the camps, the activities which take place at the camps and for you.
If you want to but land and keep it in your name but for ICAN's
use it might be an investment for you.
BECOME AN ICAN SUBSCRIBER
ICAN is desperate for funding. The income from camping was not enough to cover costs never mind to realise our goal of a permanent Nature Centre. If you have visited an ICAN camp and enjoyed your stay, please help us continue by making a standing order of as little as £2.00 (or more if you can) a month.
To do so you may download a standing
order form from here in PDF format- right click the link and save
to your Desktop. Then open with Adobe Acrobat, print out and complete the form
and send to ICAN, PO Box 18, Totnes,TQ9 5WL.UK "
Supporters folding the newsletter and 5 different posters into envelopes.
A PERMANENT SITE FOR ICAN
Click here for information regarding helping ICAN to purchase land to help nature.
We might be able to put about £25 - 30,000 toward
buying a farm for the ICAN Project and Camps. This would be on a
buy to let basis which means the maximum we could borrow would be
£70,000. A farm for as little as £100,000 will be hard
to find so we need all the help we can get.