The Kickstarter campaign lasted for 60 days. Here is a collection of the updates I posted along the way for posterity's sake.
I'M SO OVERWHELMED March 19, 2023
Thank you so much for all of your generous pledges given so far.
This week our world was pretty rocked by a new, life-long medical diagnosis for one of our kiddos. They are doing fine but it has been a worrisome time at hospital. Getting home to read your pledges has been a HUGE encouragement to me and I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your willingness to invest in and support me and this project.
I'll try to update a little more regularly but please know I am so very thankful to you all.
FAR OUT - YOU GUYS AMAZE ME!
March 30, 2023 Hi friends,
I am so incredibly grateful to see the total of pledges is climbing and is quite close to the half way mark!
What is really humbling are the messages I'm getting from people saying they have faith in me and in this project - that means more to me than my words can adequately express.
Thank you for your pledge and I really am so hopeful we will make our target for this special project with just on 40 days to go!
On a personal note, thank you also for the support while we deal with our daughter's new diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes. It has been a rollercoaster since posting the Kickstarter and Brett and I thank you all for your words of kindness.
WE'VE KIND OF PLATEAUED April 11, 2023 I saw someone recently who was excited that I'd raised nearly $5000 for Intertwined - and while it is SO exciting - I had to explain to that person that unless I actually get to reach our goal of 10K by our deadline, I don't actually receive even one cent of what has been pledged. They were really surprised and hadn't understood that about the Kickstarter appeal, so I thought I'd mention it here in this update for anyone who didn't know that. We have about 28 days to go and I've started to create some artworks which will feature the names of everyone who has pledged and of course, I am hoping this might inspire people to help us reach our goal. The artworks-names-list-thingy will be on display on opening night of Intertwined :) Hope I can work out how to upload it here soon.
Hope you are keeping well (and warm!)
Lusi xx HALF WAY!!!!
April 19, 2023
With 20 days to go on this campaign, I am stoked to announce that we have reached our half way point! I am so incredibly grateful to you all for you kindness and support. You are all insanely amazing!
Thank you for sharing the campaign too.
I am almost ready to lock in audition dates! Keep an eye out in case you know of someone who might be keen to be one of our key players.
Thanks again friends,
WE'RE GETTING SO CLOSE! May 4, 2023 We're getting so close to both the goal and the deadline!
Firstly, if I haven't personally written to you to say thank you yet, please forgive me. Trying to balance juggling lots of balls at the moment (especially on days like today after treating 2 x diabetic hypos in the night for our daughter). PLEASE know how VERY grateful I am for your pledge! Thank you for believing in me and in Interwined - a play which centres around Cowra!
Could you PLEASE share this campaign one last time? We may not get over the line but I'll give it all I've got to try!
Thanks so much once again everyone.
I really appreciate each of you and each pledge.
All my love,
70 HOURS TO GO - WILL WE MAKE IT?! May 6, 2023
I know how desperate that tagline sounds but I really am hopeful we will make it.
I know I keep saying this...but please know HOW VERY GRATEFUL TO YOU I am!
Every pledge, every share, every kind word has kept me encouraged and helped me to believe even more than ever in this project. And when you are the script writer, composer, lyricist, director and producer of a play...it is incredibly powerful to have you cheering me on!
Before this is all over, whatever happens, I just want to send my love and hugs to every single one of you.
See you on the flip side!
THANK YOU (on Facebook)!
May 8, 2023
I may or may not be *ugly crying*
I am so humbled by your generosity and love. YOU have done this! YOU have rallied together to make this possible. YOU are amazing and I am indebted to each of YOU for your pledge, your encouragement and your unwavering support. See what happens when a few people do what they can? BIG things can happen!
I am fully aware that I am nobody (I mean I'm somebody, a person but I'm not a person with a big name). I don't have a huge company behind me or a studio that I have been working for. I have been silent in the theatre world for 2 decades and YET....here we are. YOU are making me believe that dreams are possible. More than that, YOU have shown me that you believe in the message of this work and in me as a person and I will remain grateful to each of YOU who have pledged or shared for the rest of my days.
I'm going to bed with a very grateful heart tonight.
All my love, Lus x
ANOTHER THANK YOU (on Kickstarter)
May 26, 2023
Thank you everyone for all your pledging, sharing and encouragement along the way. I couldn't have hit this goal without you. Your support has meant so much to me and all I can do is turn my attention to bringing THE BEST kind of show that I can to the stage.
Kickstarter should have contacted you now to take out your pledge.
I really can't thank you enough but just want you to know I am so incredibly grateful to you all.
Lusi x I wanted a record of these updates in one spot that I could look back on down the track. I so appreciated the community (and all my supporters near and far!) for investing in Intertwined!
I also wanted to record the rewards that I offered as people donated. Here's the list: Peace Be With You - $5 Thank you for donating $5 towards the message of peace and reconciliation being shared with others. You get the satisfaction of knowing you have helped this project (and our gratitude!) x Peace Maker - $25
You, my friend are a peacemaker! In exchange for your donation of $25 you will receive a download of a song from the Intertwined soundtrack and a shout out on our socials.
Peace Lover - $50 You are a peace lover! For your donation of $50 you will receive a ticket to attend the show on Friday 26th July 2024 (time tbc) and the MP3 download of a song from the Intertwined Soundtrack along with a shout out on our socials. We appreciate your support! Peace Negotiator - $100 A peace negotiator is what you are! So grateful that you are investing in telling the story of Intertwined. In exchange for your generous donation of $100, you will receive 2 tickets to the show on the Friday 26th July 2024 in Cowra at the Cowra Civic Centre. You will also receive all of the songs as MP3 files and a shout out on our socials. Thank you so much for partnering with us! Peace Partner 100 (businesses) - $100 You are a Peace Partner and for $100 your business is pledging support behind Intertwined - THANK YOU! You will receive: * a shout out on our socials with a tag directing people to your business Thank you for doing what you do and for supporting the arts in Cowra!
Peace Partner 250 (businesses) - $250 You are a Peace Partner and for $250 your business is pledging support behind Intertwined - THANK YOU! You will receive: * a shout out on our socials with a tag directing people to your business * a ticket to the show on the 27th July 2024 Thank you for doing what you do and for supporting the arts in Cowra! Peace Promoter - $500
Well, look at you! You are a promoter of peace and we could all do with more peace-promoters in the world! For your very generous donation of $500 you have our immense gratitude, 2 tickets for the show Friday 26th July 2024, a backstage tour and a meet and greet with the cast after the show.
Peace Advocate - $500 You are a legend! You want to donate $500 but you don't live anywhere near Cowra, won't be able to attend the show but still want to support Intertwined - wow! What a legend you are! Thank you so much. In exchange for your amazing kindness, we will send you a backstage pic of the crew to your phone or email, an MP3 download of the Intertwined soundtrack, a shout out on our socials and your name printed in our programme. Thank you legend!
Peace Partner 500 (businesses) - $500 You are a Peace Partner and for $500 your business is pledging support behind Intertwined - THANK YOU! You will receive: * a shout out on our socials with a tag directing people to your business * 2 tickets to the July 27th 2024 show * your business logo in the playbill Thank you for doing what you do and for supporting the arts in Cowra!
Peace Defender - $1000 You are keen to make sure the legacy of peace continues and not just with our Japanese friends. You are wanting to see this same respectful relationship continue to build in all avenues of Australian society. Intertwined would not get to the stage without the generous support of backers like you who are banding together to make sure we can pay our actors properly and hire the Cowra Civic Centre too. You are incredible and in return you will receive the following: * 2 tickets to the show 27th July 2024 * Cast Party Invite for 2 people * A digital download of the Intertwined Soundtrack * A PDF copy of the script * 2 Intertwined T-shirts * A signed cast photo
Peace Partner 1000 (businesses) - $1000
You are a Peace Partner and for $1000 your business is pledging support behind Intertwined - THANK YOU! You will receive: * a shout out on our socials with a tag directing people to your business * 2 tickets to the 27th July 2024 show * Logo and advert in the playbill * Your logo displayed when we promote the show online (where possible) Thank you for doing what you do and for supporting the arts in Cowra! And out of these the following pledges were made:
Peace Be With You x 2 Peace Maker x 11 Peace Lover x 9 Peace Negotiator x 31 Peace Partner 100 (business) x 2 Peace Partner 250 (business) x 3 Peace Promoter x 3 Peace Advocate x 1 Peace Defender x 1 Thank you to everyone who helped us achieve our Kickstarter Campaign. Couldn't have gotten there without you sharing about this project or pledging towards it. Legends one and all x