Kelsey Bareham started #Trees4BC out of a strong desire to help friends, family & strangers affected by the devastating wildfires in British Columbia this summer. After drawing a flash sheet of simple trees, she posted it to a local social media page on the evening of July the 17th. Her goal was to tattoo as many trees as possible to raise funds for the Canadian Red Cross.
We never could have expected what happened next. The response for #Trees4BC was amazing. Initially, we thought that this would be a one-day event, so we dedicated 100% of the proceeds to the Red Cross, but the outpouring of support was so great that we felt that we must continue. We determined that 75% was sustainable and would allow us the ability to dedicate more time (while not going out of business) and set about scheduling more days.
n the weeks that followed we tattooed over two hundred trees for the cause and collectively raised over $11,500 for the Canadian Red Cross.
By the 22nd of July we realized that due to overwhelming public demand, it would be wisest for us to reach out to other studios in hopes that they might join the initiative. We would very much like to thank Black Swan Tattoos in Gibsons, Black Ohm Tattoos in Whistler, and Liquid Amber Tattoo and Art Collective in Vancouver for their very generous support. Please take a look at their images for further details regarding each studio's very kind contributions.
We would also like to thank the CBC for taking interest and dedicating air time to the cause. We would also like to thank Whistler Question and The Pique Magazine for making a space in their newspapers. Above all, we need to give credit to the thousands of people who so graciously shared the #Trees4BC posts through social media, because this wouldn't have gone anywhere without the love of this amazing community.
At the end of the day, we raised $24,150 for the families affected.
We have continued #Trees4BC in 2018 as it has become apparent that this is both necessary and beneficial. This is currently ongoing so we will be posting updates on the results as soon as the final trees are planted.
If your studio would like to support BC families affected by wildfire through #Trees4BC, please contact us through the contact form below.