Money for the Honey Man

Money for the Honey Man

From Pam Marshall

I’m raising money for my local bee-keeper who had his hives robbed - of his rare Ligurian bees, as well as having all his honey stolen, in a brazen daylight robbery.

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Update #4

about 1 month ago

Hi to everyone who donated to my Money for the Honey Man campaign.

First of all I just want to say A HUGE HUGE thank-you to you all for either generously donating to the campaign or sharing my campaign with others, as it made all the difference.

Your support has helped me to reach my target and raise over $1000!!!! I was super excited when the last few donations arrived and actually pushed past my target. You can't believe how happy I was to reach that goal.

And secondly, I pass on Michael's extreme gratitude to you all. He wanted to send a jar of honey to each and every one of you to show you his appreciation. One thing we need to understand here is he is an elderly man, who got robbed of his ability to make an income. He told me he was so devastated after his loss, he wasn't sure if he would continue in the honey-making business and had fallen into a dark place. He said he didn't even have enough money to get started again and didn't know what to do.

Then we emerged, with our support for him, for the bees and his little business - and I can't tell you how profound an effect that had on him - and his decision to continue to make honey and resume his one passion in life.

You made the difference - all of you. And I feel so extremely grateful to each and every one of you for your contribution to the campaign and your support.

Michael has passed on "1,000 thank-yous" to you all and he said he was "absolutely, absolutely over the moon about it. You've made not only my day, but my whole year and I don't know how I can really thank-you. I am delighted."

So for the final update - Michael has some new bees now and they are madly producing honey for him. You wouldn't believe it, but when I dropped in to see him, he told me that other beekeepers in the region are having a terrible year, but for some reason he can't even keep up with production as his new bees are so busy making honey, which is just so fantastic to hear. Things are looking up.

So, this is just a wrap-up that I've been meaning to send out an update on our honey man to share that yes, there are good stories out there in the world. And your contribution to this story has assisted someone to re-establish not only his bees, but his whole life - it has given it meaning again.

And for that, he's so incredibly thankful.

And so am I.

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Everyone loves honey, right? And you can't beat that freshness of honey direct from a hive. It has the flavour of flowers and sunshine. 

Honey contains enzymes that aid digestion, is used for healing colds and flus, and brings recipes to life. Scientists estimate that one in every three bites of food we eat is dependent on bees doing their thing.

Our very survival on the planet depends on bees.

So, when our local bee-keeper Michael Noakes recently had all his hives robbed of his rare Ligurian bees – the last genetically pure population of bees on the planet - as well as having all his honey stolen, it was a honey heist that left him in a sticky predicament – strapped for cash with customer orders and no honey.

The bee-heist took place during a daylight “sting” where the hives were fully looted and the only thing that remained were the boxes.

This left our little community reeling, how could anyone be that sneaky?

For more than two decades Michael has produced honey and says he was shattered by the experience and devastated that someone would go to such lengths to steal the bees from his hives.

“It’s my life’s work. I brought these bees in from one of the purest places on the planet, Kangaroo Island. And I’ve worked with them for over 20 years,” he said.

Over $8000 worth of bees and honey were stolen from the property, leaving the small businessman in a perilous place financially.

So that's why I've set up this page - to help my bee-keeper. He’s one of the humblest guys you could meet; the kind of guy who takes his honey off the supermarket shelf if the grocer is charging too much for it. He cold extracts the honey which keeps all the flavour and goodness intact. His honey is bottled sunshine and ranges in colour from light golden to a rich dark, almost ochre colored solidified nectar. And it tastes so good, so much so that it was recently awarded a gold medal in local honey awards. 

Please help me raise funds to help restore Michael's faith in humanity. This fund-raising effort will assist Michael to recoup the $8000 worth of goods stolen, plus re-establish his hives and install a security system to prevent this from happening again. The aim is to  get him back in business doing what he loves best caring for bees, and making honey.

We spoke the other day and he said "I've never had a year like it, it's the worst year of my life."

Help make Michael's Christmas and New Year brighter by pitching in - and helping him raise some new baby honey bees.  And know that by helping the bees, you're helping the planet too.

Please help out by sharing this campaign far and wide to your networks, to honey-eaters, honey-lovers, bee-lovers, tree-huggers, bee-keepers and all other planetary citizens. 

Thank-you, I know Michael is extremely humbled by this act of generosity and is very grateful to for your assistance.

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Pam Marshall posted a new update:
about 1 month ago

Update #4

Hi to everyone who donated to my Money for the Honey Man campaign.

First of all I just want to say A HUGE HUGE thank-you to you all for either generously donating to the campaign or sharing my campaign with others, as it made all the difference.

Your support has helped me to reach my target and raise over $1000!!!! I was super excited when the last few donations arrived and actually pushed past my target. You can't believe how happy I was to reach that goal.

And secondly, I pass on Michael's extreme gratitude to you all. He wanted to send a jar of honey to each and every one of you to show you his appreciation. One thing we need to understand here is he is an elderly man, who got robbed of his ability to make an income. He told me he was so devastated after his loss, he wasn't sure if he would continue in the honey-making business and had fallen into a dark place. He said he didn't even have enough money to get started again and didn't know what to do.

Then we emerged, with our support for him, for the bees and his little business - and I can't tell you how profound an effect that had on him - and his decision to continue to make honey and resume his one passion in life.

You made the difference - all of you. And I feel so extremely grateful to each and every one of you for your contribution to the campaign and your support.

Michael has passed on "1,000 thank-yous" to you all and he said he was "absolutely, absolutely over the moon about it. You've made not only my day, but my whole year and I don't know how I can really thank-you. I am delighted."

So for the final update - Michael has some new bees now and they are madly producing honey for him. You wouldn't believe it, but when I dropped in to see him, he told me that other beekeepers in the region are having a terrible year, but for some reason he can't even keep up with production as his new bees are so busy making honey, which is just so fantastic to hear. Things are looking up.

So, this is just a wrap-up that I've been meaning to send out an update on our honey man to share that yes, there are good stories out there in the world. And your contribution to this story has assisted someone to re-establish not only his bees, but his whole life - it has given it meaning again.

And for that, he's so incredibly thankful.

And so am I.

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Pam Marshall posted a new update:
3 months ago

Update #3

Hello my friends. We're in the last week of the "Money for the Honey Man' fundly campaign I've been running and we're so, so close. Could you help me run through the finishing line with $1000 in my hand to give it to my friend Michael and say "WE DID IT!!!" How exciting would that be? I can't wait. I'm visualizing the moment. So please, if you haven't donated yet, let's make these last days matter and find it in our hearts to spare a little cash to help out this lovely man. So grateful if you can help to get his honey-business buzzing again. Pls share with your networks. It all helps. Thanks Pam.

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Pam Marshall posted a new update:
4 months ago

Update #2

Hi everyone,

Only just over 20 days left of my campaign and I'm so excited and humbled by people's generosity to support my local bee-keeper Michael get his bees and hives re-established after his recent honey-heist.

We're still a little way off our goal - and I'd love it if you could pledge anything to the cause, I'd be very grateful - or if you could share it with any honey-lovers, bee-lovers, planetary citizens, tree-huggers, FB friends who see the significance of bees to our environment and food chain.

Thanks for your support of me and this campaign.

Pam.

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Pam Marshall posted a new update:
5 months ago

Update #1

Hi everyone,
the Money for the Honey Man campaign is rocking along, with some new support recently, which is fantastic. We're nearly a 1/4 of the way to our goal. Now that Christmas is behind us, just wondering if you could dig deep to help me out. Anything from $5 upwards would be appreciated. If you've got more spare cashola or you're feeling extra generous, that'd be AWESOME!!!

Just FYI - I've never been a big user of FB but I wanted to help my friend out as his life has been rocked by this and I felt angry and sad for him and wondered what I could do to help make a difference - and channel that energy. Plus, who wants to feel powerless to act?

Anyway, my pensioner mum has just pledged $50 - she's always supported the small business guys, the local shops, the local garage, butcher, etc. and Michael lives local, so she dug into her purse and helped out.
Can you?
Thanks in advance.
Please pass this on to your social networks, to any bee lovers, honey lovers, tree huggers, philanthropists, generous hearted human beings you know, so I can tell my friend there are people in the world that care, strangers who he might never meet who are touched by his story and moved to help out someone else.
Cheers
Pam.,

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