(For more on The Clubhouse and the notorious farming town at the heart of our story, read my article here. It was originally published on the New York-based website, The Mantle. To join our team, please visit our Indiegogo site.)
MASERU, Lesotho – We spread the word. You answered the call. And then some!
At our fundraising launch-party in Maseru last night, Danny and I were overwhelmed by the outpouring of support for our documentary film – and touched by the generosity of The International Community of Lesotho. More than 12,000 maloti (US$1,200) raised. We even sold a bunch of t-shirts and coffee-mugs!
If you couldn’t join us last night, don’t fret: it’s not too late to climb aboard our bandwagon. We’ve just gone LIVE with our online Indiegogo campaign, giving ourselves 60 days to hit our US$10,000 goal. Feel free to check in on our progress!
As promised, I’ve already enshrined all the names of our supporters to date – who’ll forever be linked with the production of The Clubhouse. Please see our second update. And let’s double-check those spellings and institutional affiliations. We want to get it right in the credits of our film!
Meanwhile, we must spotlight those who contributed to our special evening. Three ambassadors were in the house. That’s three-fifths of those resident in Lesotho!
So, a heart-felt “Thank you” to Irish Ambassador to Lesotho Gerry Gervin, South African High Commissioner Rev. Harris Majeke, and European Union Ambassador Hans Duynhouwer. We particularly appreciate the meaningful words that Gerry and the Rev. Majeke shared with us, explaining why our story of racial healing and reconciliation in The New South Africa, two decades later, actually matters.
Then, we must thank the Maseru Golf Club, for welcoming us into the ideal venue for this launch-party – and to all the Basotho club-members who joined us. Also, our gratitude to Paulo de Frietas, for donating several platters of Spur’s and Scooter’s delicacies; and to Wanda Saleem, a co-owner of The Renaissance Café, for also donating a couple platters of finger-lickin’ cuisine. (The crowd was sated.) Lastly, much thanks to Bryan Nix for enhancing the ambiance, with his guitar-strumming.
Now, onward. We received your message of support, loud and clear. It further inspires us, as we hit the road and return to the heart of our story: on May 24-25, at the Ventersdorp Golf Club Championships, we’ll film our hero, Samuel, today competing as an equal member – both on the course, and inside The Clubhouse.
Stay tuned, dear supporters!