Graphic Rendering of Bracelet of Hope's new clinic in Lesotho
by Mark Janeck
Click here and join the thunder:
You see, there is a point to all of this. I believe, that as a community of good people, we can build a clinic in Lesotho, Africa that will save thousands of lives. I believe that once we accomplish this task, we will have developed the capacity to open many more. Once thousands become hundreds of thousands, a country will be free of AIDS. When I started this effort, I never dreamed of how hard this work would be or how much of a sacrifice it would require. I have been stretched and pulled well beyond any comfortable limits. I have carried far too much weight and responsibility; the task at hand sitting on my shoulders every minute of everyday. The disappointments and perceived failures seem to have far outweighed the successes. And yet, I stubbornly keep moving.
I held a child's hand while they died of a disease I could have treated had the necessary tools been at hand. I watched as many of them died but it was while holding that hand that this difficult path opened up before me. I had a choice: To walk ahead toward an impossible goal or to remain who I was and remain comfortable.
About two months ago, another very skilled and brilliant graphic artist named Mark Janek sat with me in a restaurant on a very rainy Friday and listened as I described my vision of this clinic. As we parted, I realized that I had never allowed myself to entertain the actual image of the building. I am not talented in that way but Mark is.
Last spring, at a Bracelet of Hope event, I was introduced to Edward Gal, a very talented web designer and videographer. Ed returned from a trip to Lesotho in November with hours of video in hand.
Martha was my teacher. She empowered me with the knowledge I needed to move into a new fundraising arena. Mark put the vision to paper and Ed took the hours of video and created a passionate clip ( soon to be viewed ) that tells the whole story in under 3 minutes. Their energy, their talents, their creativity and so many of their hours were poured into this dream. So many people in the last 9 years have done the same. Perhaps if I had realized just how many there were, I would have been far less anxious.
So, here it is, Mark's creative genius:
This is the clinic we will build. It takes my breath away. I know the hope that it will bring. I know the lives that it will save. In it, I will hold the hands of healthy children.
So, lets begin this new phase. In the next 24 hours, I need 40 thunderclaps from 40 Facebook people. Forty will take us to our goal of 100 and it will spread our social media net far and wide. Thunder ( the internet version) will usher in our new effort on Friday; an effort that will build this beautiful place.
Here's the link. Click on it and join the thunder!
Dr. Anne-Marie Zajdlik MD CCFP
Founder of Bracelet of Hope