Funding of the organisation
Three pillars make a stable base for the funding of all projects. The money required for the projects is mainly made up of donations, revenue from fund-raising events and the sale o f our calendar. We have been able to win the support of several famous people, who have sponsored our organisation with benefit performances and lectures, some of them even more than once. These include the mounta ineers and adventurers Ralf Dujmovits, Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, Hans Kammerlander, Dieter Glogowski, Bruno Baumann, Arved Fuchs and Rüdiger Nehberg, the comedians Bruno Jonas, Ottfried Fischer, Günther Grünwald, Ge rhard Polt, Django Asül and many. We hope that we will be able to keep up this very successful collaboration in the future.
The sale of our annual calendar, which shows pictures of the Himalayan landscape and people, is now well established and has turned out to be an important source of income.
Flashback: After we had seen from other organisation s that calendars with beautiful pictures are a good way of earning money, we decided in 1996 to try this concept with a calendar of our own. We had plenty of suitable pictures from our own tours to Nepal and we ev en found a sponsor for the calendar booklets, which had the standard A4 format back then. We started with a print run of 50, daring at the time, which were all hand-made. But the sales were so encouraging that we raised the print run up to 250 in 1997. That meant gluing 3000 single photographs by hand, and with that, we had reached the limit of what we could do ourselves. Thanks to good personal contacts to a graphic art a nd print shop we could publish a printed calendar for the first time in 1998. The print run of 1200 was a dizzying number to us at that time. Against all odds, we were able to sell 1000 of them; there were hardly any left for us ourselves. And just as the scope and with it the costs of the projects has grown, the calendar sales have fortunately grown accordingly. Storage, packing and distribution of the meanwhile about 10, 000 calendars has been undertaken by the Regens-Wagner foundation with its workshop for disabled people in Holnstein for several years now. With that, we have reached two goals at the same time: on the one hand a relief for ourselves without any high additional costs, and on the other hand we have been able to pass on a meaningful activity to disabled people.