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Help keep the saipanblue.com website up, and fund online publicity (100% anonymous!)

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Our major goals now are to (a) keep the www.saipanblue.com website up and accessible at all times, (b) spread the word through social media, and (c) launch a press release distribution campaign to get the media behind us. Here's how the $2,000 will be used to make that happen:

PHASE 1 DONATIONS

  • Website domain registration: 14.99/year x 5 years = $ 74.95
  • Website hosting: 9.95/month x 60 months (5 years) = $ 597.00 (1and1.com)
  • 3 Facebook "Boost" campaigns: 30days x $6/day x 3 = $540.00
  • Press Release Distribution (PRweb) 369.00 (PRweb.com)
  • Press Release Distribution {OpenPress..) 10.00
  • Professional Logo design (99designs): 99.00
  • Change.org promotion boost 100.00

subtotal 1,789.95, say $2,000

 IT CAN BE COMPLETELY ANONYMOUS

You can be anonymous. Don't be shy or embarrassed. Even if all you give is $1.25 ($1 plus an extra 25 cents to cover Change.org's processing fees;), no one INCLUDING ME will know your name or how much you gave unless you want it known. (uncheck the profile checkbox and your contribution will show as 100% "Anonymous."

That's right! You can help change Saipan's future for LESS THAN THE COST OF A BAG OF BETELNUT AND WAY LESS THAN A PACK OF CIGARETTES!

LEVELS OF SUPPORT

"Lagoon blue" supporter level: $1, 5, 10

"Beyond the Reef blue" supporter level: $20, $50, $75

"STAR blue" supporter level: $100, $200

"Marianas Trench blue" supporter level blue $500+

REWARDS

There's no physical product associated with this project. The rewards affect the Saipan community now and long term. However, all supporters will be listed on the www.saipanblue.com website forever! Idea: any surplus will go towards some sort of memento ("I Helped Make Saipan Blue" button, fridge magnet, t-shirt), or I may offer a free all-day tour of Saipan for "Marianas Trench Blue" donors!

 

 

MEET YOUR CAMPAIGN CAPTAIN
 "Once upon a time, there was a Jamaican civil engineer living in New York who hated his job. He followed his passion, started a sideline business, escaped the rat race, ran off to a tropical island in the Pacific, and started a tourism business so he could give tours of the island to pretty girls every day...and live a nomadpreneur's dream life....and help others do the same!"

My name is Walt Goodridge and that's the short version of my story. That tropical island was (and is) Saipan! Here's my official bio BEFORE coming to Saipan:

Walt F.J. Goodridge is from Jamaica, West Indies, A graduate of Columbia University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering, Walt was a frustrated employee until he walked away from his career to follow his passion--first for music, then for writing and helping others. Now, as the "Passion Prophet," he helps others discover, develop and profit from the pursuit of their passions. Walt has written over 24 books including Turn Your Passion into Profit and Living True to Your Self, as well as several books on health including A Clean Cell Never Dies, over 500 inspirational poems ("life rhymes)," and over 400 business and motivational articles. The Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur Magazine, Source, Billboard, Time, Black Enterprise, Essence, Ebony, South Africa's SArie Magazine as well as many others have featured Walt's insights and instruction. His books have been used as texts for university courses, and his thoughts and ideas have been quoted in books by Guerrilla Marketing guru Jay Conrad Levinson, music industry pioneer Chuck D, and other business authors world wide. Learn more about Walt's Passion Profit philosophy, formula and coaching at www.passionprofit.com


Upon arriving here on Saipan in 2006, I was immediately captivated by Saipan's beauty and culture, and also recognized there was an opportunity to help others discover it for themselves! Since then I've been able to see several Saipan-specific projects through to success:

• I conceived of and launched WeLoveSaipan, which became the online home of the island's first blogger movement. I've gone on to launch bestofsaipan.com, saipanliving.com, newsaipan.com, discoversaipan and many other Saipan-specific sites.

• I've written several books about Saipan including
- Chicken Feathers & Garlic Skin: Diary of a Chinese Garment Factory Girl on Saipan* with Chun Yu Wang (The only first-hand account of what it was like to be garment factory worker on Saipan; used in at least 3 US college level courses on Textiles and Women's Studies)

-The Saipan Living Relocation Guide

- Doing Business on Saipan

- Saipan Now! A Photo Adventure

- Jamaican on Saipan

- From Bugle Boy to Battleship, and have edited, ghost written and collaborated on several others.


• Here on Saipan, I conduct PassionProfit and writer's workshops to help other Saipan residents pursue their own passions and tell their stories.

• I write freelance articles for the Saipan Tribune, the Marianas Variety and Marianas Business Journal on a variety of entrepreneurial, health and tourism-related topics. For five years, I did the Saipanpreneur Project column for the Tribune (archives)

• I offer personalized tours for visitors to Saipan and specialize in World War II Pilgrimage tours. I love to meet other travelers, learn more about their lives and share my love of Saipan with them. It is in this capacity as tour guide that I've become most aware of Saipan's amazing beauty, culture and history which the Saipan Blue Project hopes to highlight.

•I've been recognized by CNMI Senate for these and other contributions to CNMI Society.

After living a soul-draining, life-sapping, energy-depleting, freedom-robbing job for seven years before I finally escaped to live life on my own terms, Saipan represents a phase of my life story in which I experience happiness and beauty every day. Moving here ranks as one of the top three decisions of my life. For me, this project is about giving something back to help a little island in the western Pacific that is part of my story! 

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