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Protect Gili Air Atoll, Gili Isles, Lombok, Indonesia Frees Doves & Breathes Fire for Eroding Indonesian Atoll
New Eco-Generation Corporate and Private Donors Sought for USD$6.1M (€4M EUR)

CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA, Calif., August 9, 2008 - Protect Gili Air Atoll commenced fundraising of USD$6.1M (4M EUR) to halt Gili Air's coastline erosion, develop Gili Air eco-businesses and purchase 4.2 acres (1.7 hectares) 360ft (120m) of eroding white-sand beach and land a for Gili Air eco-lodge construction.

Is Paradise Worth Saving? Arcing away from the northwestern shore of Lombok, Indonesia lie three idyllic atolls in sparkling waters with pure white sand. A distant Balinese volcano looms above orange-glowing sunsets. No cars or motorcycles are allowed - just birds and butterflies. Horse back around the island in an hour as surfers ride left-and-right breaks offshore. Below, scuba divers and giant sea turtles tease monster clams regrown on BioRock coral reefs.

What Can Be Done? Gili Air can reclaim the ten meters of eroded beach lost since 2008 with solar-powered, desalinated, drip-watered native plantings. Sand can be poured over enormous rolls of criss-crossing hemp nets. Coral reefs can be regrown with electricity. Tropical fish, fed with bananas, assist the marine eco-system rejuvenation.

Drako breathes         

Fire-Breathing Dragons & White Doves. To kickoff the fundraising, FreeTibetans.Org released seven 'doves of peace' atop a waterfall in Carmel-by-the-Sea, Monterey County. A five foot metal dragon belched flames later that night in tandem with the fire dancers' performance. Glass candle lanterns were auctioned for the Big Sur Fire Relief Fund, an orphaned cheetah at the Harnas Wildlife Foundation in Namibia, Africa as well as the Carmel Heritage Society. The live auction was inaugurated by Carmel resident Mrs. Penny Polayes' winning donation causing Drako to belch fire on her command.

Lueki   
Lueki - a cheetah adopted in the Kalahari.

"After adventure backpacking to over 70 countries, I fell in love with Gili Air during my first visit a couple of months ago," said Paul Falworth, Protect Gili Air Atoll's founder and principal of Quest Assignments which provided pro-bono brand design services. "I'd like to inspire the new eco-generation of corporate and private donors to make a real difference."

The fundraising party was sponsored by Carmel-by-the-Sea Rentals with an auction of hand-blown glass donated by Paul Falworth GlassSmithing Studios.




About Protect Gili Air Atoll
Protect Gili Air Atoll is a California 501(c)(3) eco-trust (in application) that, if funded, will hold the freehold title of 4.2 acres of Gili Air, Lombok, Indonesia land via a Balinese partner and legal firm. An eco-lodge construction for 100 Guests is planned.

About Quest Assignments, LLC
Quest Assignments, a brand marketing agency established in 1989, provides brand design services and integrated database marketing. Quest Assignments' offices in Sunnyvale, California provide a centrally-located venue in the heart of Silicon Valley. www.QuestAssignments.com

About Carmel-by-the-Sea Rentals
Carmel-by-the-Sea Rentals promotes the Zen fire vacation rental located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, Monterey County, California just two hours south of San Francisco. www.CarmelbytheSeaRentals.com

About Paul Falworth GlassSmithing Studios
Paul Falworth GlassSmithing Studios is a hand-blown glass and wrought copper-smithing studio affiliated with the Bay Area Glass Institute (BAGI) in San Jose, California and The Crucible in Oakland, California. www.PaulFalworthStudios.com

Charities

About Big Sur Fire Relief Fund
The Big Sur Fire Relief Fund is managed by the Coastlands Property Owners Association, a local non-profit organization serving Big Sur property owners, renters, and community members helping those who have been impacted by the Big Sur Basin Complex Fire in 2008. www.SurFire2008.org

About Carmel Heritage Society
The Carmel Heritage Society is a non-profit organization serving the community of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. Our mission is to protect, preserve and promote Carmel-by-the-Sea's cultural heritage and local community. www.CarmelHeritage.org

About FreeTibetans.Org
FreeTibetans.Org facilitates web-based donations to all Free Tibet endeavors on Earth. Simply web links for Free Tibet donations. www.FreeTibetans.Org

About Global Coral Reef Alliance (GCRA)
The Global Coral Reef Alliance is a 501(c)(3) non-profit coalition of volunteer scientists, divers and environmentalists committed to coral reef restoration, marine diseases and other issues caused by global climate change, environmental stress and pollution. www.GlobalCoral.org

About Harnas Wildlife Foundation
The Harnas Wildlife Foundation e.V. (Germany) is a non-profit organization adopting orphaned animals and championing the conservation of Namibian wildlife. www.Harnas.org/en/

Contact

Paul Falworth
Protect Gili AIr Atoll
c/o Quest Assignments

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Gili Air Atoll
Gili Air atoll is amongst the Gili Isles archipelago off the northwestern shore of Lombok, Indonesia.

Free Tibet
Katherine & Helen Woodruff release one of seven doves for a Free Tibet.

Fire Pixie
Fire Pixie dancers, spinners and fire breathers alight the Zen Fire garden

Inauguration
Mrs. Penny Polayes commands Drako to breathe fire.
Harnas
Harnas Wildlife Foundation supporting orphaned animals

Free Tibetans
FreeTibetans.org for a Free Tibet

Carmel heritage
Carmel Heritage Society - supporting a new gate registry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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