28 Apr Rudy’s EGO 1.1 Bird watching challenge!
Our Super EGO member (pun definitely intended!) Rudy de Groot tackled a big challenge in order to support EGO 1.1
Following Rudy’s fundraising bird watch for Hull charity Freddie’s Friends two years ago, Rudy is attempted and succeded an even more ambitious five-day bird watching road trip to raise money for Coventry’s EGO Performance Company and their bid to buy their building.
What did Rudy do?
Between the 8th and the 12th of April 2017, Rudy visited ten RSPB sites and completed a sponsored bird watch at each site. He did lots of walking, and lots of sitting in hides, looking for birds, 106 birds in fact!. There are two ways of sponsoring Rudy: either sponsor him a finite sum to complete a watch at all ten sites, or pledge to sponsor him per species spotted.
What is EGO 1.1?
EGO needs to raise £1.1 Million in the next year to buy our building to continue our fantastic work with members of our community. EGO offers opportunities in theatre, music, comedy and film for all ages and abilities. The company specialises in working with people with disabilities and developing arts projects with young people not in education or employment. The company also provides support for homeless people and refugees in Coventry, and has been massively important in the lives of many people in the city (including Rudy and his family).
The money raised by Rudy will go towards the purchase of the freehold of the building (which is currently under threat of being sold to property developers) and its renovation. If EGO owns its own building we can provide two flexible performance spaces with large audience capacities and disabled access, two studio spaces, a music studio, workshop spaces, artist studios and a Vegan cafe bar. This venue will enable us to offer even more training, support and resources required to create innovative, relevant and exciting projects that benefit those most in need. It will offer affordable spaces available for hire, helping to build a resilient arts community in Coventry.
Thanks for your incredible work RUDY!