Since 2014 Savethebeesaustralia has been galvanising like minded people to speak out for bees. The project evolved from saving honeybees that would usually have been exterminated.
The community has been so effective that we have seen imported honey removed from Australian supermarket shelves and Bayer’s #confidor #neonicotinoids also removed from sale .
We have also worked together to create a honeymap where local Apiarists can sell honey direct to the public . The community map has been used over 600000 times. The demand from ethical local honey has increased so much that thousands of beekeepers have benefited.
Raising funds is not the focus of the project.
Like the bee a huge amount of work involved has been done freely with grace and purpose. Artists , designers , musicians, nutritionists, actresses , tattoo artists, burlesque dances , mums , dads , public figures, schools have all contributed because they can see the authenticity and benefits of the project .
Unlike other non for profits and charities where administration costs and salaries are high, costs are kept at a minimum because the bee loving community contribute to the content passionately . Simon Mulvany founder of Save The Bees Australia (Beethecure.com ) lives frugally in Blairgowrie on the Mornington Peninsula with his 9 year old son.
Money raised has help pay for bees to be saved from extermination, upkeep and data entry to the honeymap , website , beethecure app , kindergarten and school visits, a bee sanctuary, admin costs.
Simon has sacrificed for the project that has affected the profits of major corporations. Simon has been constantly bullied by large corporations #CapilanoHoney #Woolworths and organisations associated with #Bayer/Monsanto #Australiancertifiedorganic.
Successful crowdfunding campaigns have enabled Simon to employ a lawyer on a reduced rate to defend hims in court. Hundreds of thousands of dollars and some of the highest paid legal firms have been attempting to retrain open discussion on the platform. Please read the GoFundMe page and updates to find out more about what this sacrifice entails and the amount of funds raised.
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