What we need
and
Sponsorships available.

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The sponsorship is divided into three (okay 4) separate lists.
List 1 is called What Now, and lists what is needed to make the trip happen.

List 2 is called What Then, and lists what is needed after the trip to create the calendars, fine-art prints, coffee-table books, postcards, presentations and marketing materials so we can raise money for Keratoconus and Corneal Ectasia research etc.

List 3 is called What's Best, and lists rewards for different levels of sponsorship, and different types of sponsorships available that may interest specific companies or corporate partnerships.

List 4 is the Have, but Wish list.

I already have extensive camera gear, but if a photographic company wanted to either sponsor, or lend me the wish list equipment, I would be only too happy to test everything out fully and write a detailed review at the end of the trip.

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As an added bonus to any person, organization or company along my route that sponsors at least $1000, I will spend up to 2 hours shooting specifically for you, and give you a non-exclusive license for those images from that specific shoot in advertising campaigns for a year.
The more you sponsor, the more time I will schedule to shoot for you.

Please note: This is based upon organizing the shoot during the time that I plan on being in the area. I cannot make special trips or change my cycling schedule to any large degree.
Needless to say, if you have specific needs, I can arrange to shoot as and when you need, based upon a discussed and agreed upon amount.

 

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What Now List

To make the first part of this undertaking work,
I need to raise $28 960. This can be done as loans of the equipment which will be returned after the trip (which will reduce the amount of money we need to raise) or either as sponsorships of the items on this list or money.
So if you would like to lend us the equipment, FANTASTIC!!
If you want to sponsor a specific item (or 2 or 3), GREAT!!
If you would rather sponsor money towards the total, PHENOMENAL!!

 

As people sponsor, I will cross off the items from the list and reduce the total needed.

Here is the list of items and their approximate value:

  1. Material to build the specialized bicycle trailer - was $500 and with $250 donated already, half way there on the build.
  2. Dual Wheels for the trailer - $100
  3. Stripping paint off and removing small rust deposits from my bicycle frame, and then powder coating the frame - $150.
  4. Sign-writing to add all the sponsorships to the trailer - $500
  5. Waterproof Camera Bag (possibly Lowepro ProTrekker 650 AW) - $360.00
  6. Bag for bicycle handlebars (possibly Arkel Large Handlebar Bag) - $200
  7. WiFi - $10 /day x 32 days - $320
  8. Tesco Cellphone sim card - $30/month x 2 - $60
  9. Supernova ThePlug III Dynamo USB Charger - $170
  10. 3 pairs of bike pants and 6 T-shirts or bike shirts - $200
  11. 2 - Epic Pro Cycling jerseys - customizable with sponsorship logos - $200
  12. 3 pairs of padded bike shorts - $120
  13. Under-clothing pouch to carry money - $25
  14. DJI Mavic Pro Drone plus spare propellers and extra battery - $1300
  15. Travel tripod - One that is light enough, but also strong enough and tall enough to do the job - $285
  16. Economy airline ticket plus extra baggage allowance for the trip, bicycle and trailer - $1800
  17. B&B Lodging for two nights a week x 8 weeks @ +- $100/night - $1600
  18. Camping fees - up to $10 per night x 48 nights - $480
  19. Bicycle supplies - extra tires, tubes, parts, tools etc - $125
  20. Foam pad - $15
  21. Sleeping bag - $45
  22. Solar battery power system - +- $750
  23. External compact 5TB hard drive - $220
  24. Light laptop computer powerful enough for photoshop - $1500
  25. Texsport Portable Folding Toilet for Outdoor Camping - $20
  26. 360 degree panohead for 360 photos - $200
  27. Camping gear: Salt/pepper - $2
    • Stove set $40 - (best to get in Ireland to make sure the local gas canisters match the stove
    • Collapsible Water carrier – 2.5 gallons - $12
    • Camelback - $35
    • Lighted paracord - $10
    • Medical Kit - $45
    • Fork spoon knife - $10
    • Collapsible cup $4
    • Egg holder - $5
    • Gas canisters
  28. Food costs - +- $150 per week x 8 = $1200
  29. Sundry items - toilet paper, soap, toothpaste etc. - $80
  30. Incidentals along the way - (entry into sites for photography, etc) - $750.
  31. Emergency and unexpected expenses - whatever isn't needed, will go towards the 2nd list WHAT THEN - $1000
  32. Living expenses for the family while I'm out raising awareness on my bicycle - $15000.
    This stipend is only for the time that I am devoting myself totally to this project. I'll be spending countless hours both prior and post trip that are not included here.
    Starting +-2 weeks prior to the trip, I'll be devoting all my time to getting ready, two months on the road in Ireland and then 2 weeks after the trip to rest, heal and re-acclimate myself to not moving on a bike all day, every day.
    I'm the sole breadwinner for my family and our expenses are calculated at $7000 per month (I have a very large family, Thank G-D), but I'm calculating on $5000 per month x 3 months. The other $2000 per month I'll have to try and raise personally.

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What Then List

$24 500 (with a potential gross profit of $27 250)

This COG (cost-of-goods) amount is an approximation of what I believe will be sold.

The final amount will be based upon actual orders for the following items.

A minimum of 50% of all net profits will go to Keratoconus and Corneal Ectasia Research. The more collaboration we have, the more will be sold and the higher the profit potential to be used for research etc.

These costs are dependent on how many calendars, fine-art prints, coffee-table books, postcards etc. are printed and marketing costs to get the word out. We will print based upon specific order numbers, so we may print more or less of each item(the more of each item printed, the lower the per unit costs, and the fewer items printed, the higher the per unit costs).

Calendars - $5250

I am guesstimating on the production of 1500 calendars @ $3.50 per calendar plus shipping.

Calendars will be printed by Kellmark Corporation. They recently printed a special run of 30 000 calendars using my photographs exclusively. Each calendar has beautiful full color pages with frame worthy photographs. They use a really nice thick stock for the pages and also have an advertising leaf specifically for companies that want to give out calendars as gifts, marketing tools etc.

Potential profit - If each Calendar sells for $7.50, there is a gross profit of $6000.

 

Coffee table books - $10 500

I am expecting to print 1500 copies of beautiful  8.5" x 11" coffee table books with 48 pages @ $5 per book plus shipping (+- $2.00 per book).
We will be printing the crowd-favorite photographs of the trip as glossy images in hard-cover books on extra-heavy 135lb paper, with enjoyable, informational text describing each photograph written by me.

Potential profit - If each coffee-table book sells for $19.50, there is a gross profit of $18 750.

 

Postcards - $6250.

I am expecting to print 1250 sets of 10 postcards per pack @ $5 per pack.
These postcards will be printed by Kellmark Corporation as well.

Potential profit - If each postcard pack sells for $7.50, there is a gross profit of $2500.

Fine Art Prints - By commission only

Fine Art Prints will be by commission only and will be priced individually dependent on size and medium of printing.
They will be great for wall hangings in offices, homes etc.
No funds need to be raised for these.

Marketing Materials - $2500

I believe that with all of the positive press and social media marketing that will be drummed up for the cause, very little will be need to be spent on marketing. Nevertheless, I am adding $2500 just to be safe.

 

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What's Best List

There are 8 levels of sponsorship, and each level gets rewarded differently.

Vision Builders, Sight Savers, Open Road, Riocht (Kingdom in Gaelic), Hill & Dale, Glen, Slainte and Craic.

Vision Builders are those who sponsor at least $25 000.
They will receive:

  • Prominent recognition on our website.
  • Recognition by event speakers from the podium at any related events we speak at.
  • Inclusion in press releases and event programs.
  • Extra large signage prominently displayed on the bicycle trailer that will literally traverse the entire coastline of Ireland.
  • 100 calendars with their name/company name and an advertisement prominently displayed on the calendar (valued at $750 retail).
  • 10 Coffee-table books autographed by me personally (valued at $195 retail).
  • Their choice of one Limited Edition Fine Art Print on canvas +- 24" x 36" signed and numbered by me (valued at $1500).
  • Non-exclusive rights to use all the final images from the trip in advertising campaigns for a year.

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Sight Savers are those who sponsor at least $10 000.
They will receive:

  • Prominent recognition on our website.
  • Recognition by event speakers from the podium at any related events we speak at.
  • Inclusion in press releases and event programs.
  • Extra large signage prominently displayed on the bicycle trailer that will literally traverse the entire coastline of Ireland.
  • 40 calendars with their name/company name and an advertisement prominently displayed on the calendar (valued at $300 retail).
  • 5 Coffee-table books autographed by me personally (valued at $97.50 retail).
  • Their choice of one Limited Edition Fine Art Print on canvas +- 18" x 24" signed and numbered by me (valued at $1100).
  • Non-exclusive rights to use all the final images from the trip in advertising campaigns for 6 months.

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Open Road are those who sponsor at least $5 000.
They will receive:

  • Prominent recognition on our website.
  • Recognition by event speakers from the podium at any related events we speak at.
  • Inclusion in press releases and event programs.
  • Large signage prominently displayed on the bicycle trailer that will literally traverse the entire coastline of Ireland.
  • 20 calendars with their name/company name and an advertisement prominently displayed on the calendar (valued at $150 retail).
  • 3 Coffee-table books autographed by me personally (valued at $58.50 retail).
  • Their choice of one Limited Edition Fine Art Print on canvas +- 12" x 18" signed and numbered by me (valued at $750).
  • Non-exclusive rights to use all the final images from the trip in advertising campaigns for 3 months.

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Riocht (Kingdom in Gaelic) are those who sponsor a specific County for $2500.
Today, they are called Counties (and there are 32 of them!!). In Years gone by the provinces were actually Kingdoms.
They will receive:

  • Prominent recognition on our website.
  • Recognition by event speakers from the podium at any related events we speak at.
  • Inclusion in press releases and event programs.
  • Signage prominently displayed on the bicycle trailer that will literally traverse the entire coastline of Ireland.
  • VERY PROMINENT SIGNAGE to be displayed on the bicycle trailer while in that County.
  • 10 calendars with their name/company name and an advertisement prominently displayed on the calendar (valued at $75 retail).
  • 2 Coffee-table books autographed by me personally (valued at $39.00 retail).
  • Their choice of one Limited Edition Fine Art Photo Print matted and ready for framing +- 12" x 18" signed and numbered by me (valued at $375).
  • Non-exclusive rights to use all the final images from their County in advertising campaigns for 1 year.
  • Non-exclusive rights to use all the final images from the trip in advertising campaigns for 1 month.

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Hill & Dale are those who sponsor at least $1 000.
They will receive:

  • Recognition on our website.
  • Inclusion in press releases and event programs.
  • Large signage prominently displayed on the bicycle trailer that will literally traverse the entire coastline of Ireland.
  • 5 calendars with their name/company name and an advertisement prominently displayed on the calendar (valued at $37.50 retail).
  • 2 Coffee-table book autographed by me personally (valued at $39.00 retail).

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Glen are those who sponsor between $100-$999.
They will receive:

  • Recognition on our website.
  • Inclusion in press releases and event programs.
  • Signage displayed on the bicycle trailer that will literally traverse the entire coastline of Ireland.
  • 1 calendar for each $100 sponsored with their name/company name and an advertisement prominently displayed on the calendar (valued at $15.00 retail).
  • 1 Coffee-table books autographed by me personally (valued at $19.50 retail).

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Slainte are those who sponsor $50 to $99.
They will receive:

  • Recognition on our website.
  • 1 pack of 10 gorgeous postcards(valued at $7.50 retail)
  • 1 - signed 8x10 photograph in a white matte ready for framing.

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Craic are those who sponsor $25 to $49
They will receive:

  • Recognition on our website.
  • 1 - signed 5x7 photograph in a white matte ready for framing.

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Have, but Wish list

My current camera equipment that I'll be taking with (unless someone sponsors one of the Wish List items):

Canon 7D body
Tamron 2.8, 70-200mm lens
Tamron 2.8, 17-50mm lens
Sigma 5-6.3, 150-500mm lens
Sigma 4-6.3, 10-20mm lens
Canon 1.4, 50 mm lens (prime)
Canon 2.8 100 macro lens (prime)
Flash, filters, radio triggers, Gary Fong flash diffuser and lots of other little pieces of equipment.

My Wish List:

Canon 5D Mark IV
2.8, 16-35mm lens (Sigma, Tamron or Canon)
2.8, 24-70mm lens (Sigma, Tamron or Canon)
1.4, 85mm lens (Sigma, Tamron or Canon)

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Save

The Heroes.
Those who are already helping build our vision.

True heroes don't wear capes. True heroes are those who help others altruistically, with no expectation of receiving anything back.
True heroes are normal, everyday people bringing the light of goodness into the world.
To these heroes, I say Thank You from the bottom of my heart.
I would like to start by thanking Dr Arthur Cummings and all the staff at the Wellington Eye Clinic in Dublin, Ireland for the professionalism, warmth and exemplary care they showed me when they treated me, and the great kindness they showed me by restoring my sight.
I am, and always will be grateful to all of them. True heroes. Every one of them.

I would like to profusely thank everyone who sponsors this cause. And I would also like to ask everyone who reads this list to PLEASE support the sponsors on this list by giving them your business, or donating to their causes.

None of this would be possible without each and every one of you.
  • RBX (Recyclable Bicycle Exchange) repairing used bikes to help local youth. Broward County, FL. www.RBXFL.org for donating 2 dual wheels for the trailer build.
  • Wheel Repair Specialists. Deerfield Beach, FL. https://wheelrepairspecialists.com/ for sandblasting and powder coating my bike frame.
  • Thank you so much to Brett Baron from South Bend IN for sponsoring $50.
  • Thank you so much to Jeffrey Browner and Tony Camporeale for touching my heart and sponsoring $250.