Community interest company (CIC) GlobalWelsh has announced the latest developments in its bid to build a global network of Welsh people and friends overseas.
Alongside the launch of its new and improved website, GlobalWelsh is launching a new donation-based crowdfunding drive to accelerate its plan to build a community helping Welsh people achieve more at home and abroad.
The not-for-profit has announced that it is now looking for ‘pioneers’ to build the GlobalWelsh community and fund the next phase of its mission to connect up to one million people who have an affinity for Wales.
They are now seeking pioneer members who will become the backbone of the community. In the same way, people supported the Principality Stadium by sponsoring a brick, GlobalWelsh is creating permanent ‘profile tiles’ of pioneers on their website.
Pioneers can donate as little as £2, but they will retain their pioneer status for life. Each pioneer will have their own profile consisting of their pioneer number, avatar, social media links and a short message of support from them.
Those donating larger amounts will also be issued with a gold certificate, access to ‘GlobalWelsh Connect’ and two tickets to a ‘Global Gathering’ in 2018.
GlobalWelsh is hoping to raise up to £250,000
GlobalWelsh says Wales has a rich seam of talent that is capable of being unlocked through its networks and connections.
The CIC wants to utilise the skills, knowledge and expertise of its members and supports in order to provide life-changing, high-impact opportunities and connections through its network.
GlobalWelsh founder Walter May said:
“We can do so much more to reconnect Wales with our overseas communities and our new platform is just the start of the journey.
“There is an untapped pool of people beyond ‘the usual suspects’ we hear so much about already.
“These could be people who’ve lost touch with Wales or perhaps are at a stage in their career trajectory where they are ready to give something back.
“Seeing the passion and enthusiasm in our #MyWales videos so far is evidence enough that people are motivated to make a difference and shout about Wales’ achievements.”
GlobalWelsh now has four companies and two individuals who are patrons and have invested in our mission. We are seeking a total of 24 patrons in all to support the mission.
Other supporters include those who feature in the new #MyWales online campaign accompanying the new site and crowd-building drive.
So far, Laura Tenison MBE, Lawrence Jones MBE, Andy Middleton, Stephen Davies (Penderyn MD), Gareth Jones (Welsh ICE), adventurer Ash Dykes, Dai Baker, Canada-based MasterChef judge/entrepreneur Michael Bonaccini, New York Welsh (Ty Francis and Rhodri Morgan) and Washington DC Welsh (Elin Morgan) have recorded video tributes.
Messages from overseas Welsh who are ‘on the way up’ or working abroad will also feature heavily in the campaign.
Martyn Phillips, chair of GlobalWelsh added: “We’re looking for pioneers who are enthusiastic about Wales and sharing their skills and expertise with others.
“When you bring the right people together – great things can happen. People are enthusiastic advocates of Wales – and this enthusiasm, when channelled in the right way, can make a world of difference.
“Our new drive to attract pioneers is about enriching people’s lives, giving them impactful opportunities that benefit Wales as a whole and of course – celebrating what Wales has to offer.”
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