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Thread: Ukulele Donkey Derby - a contest to support charity!

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    Default Ukulele Donkey Derby - a contest to support charity!

    My mother-in-law and sister-in-law run a donkey sanctuary on the Isle of Wight. It's called, by a stroke of co-incidence, the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary. It's started in about 1985, with one donkey in a rented field, and by 1987, was a fully fledged charity, almost by mistake! Who knew there were so many donkeys needing love?

    You can find the sanctuary here http://www.iwdonkey-sanctuary.com/

    Raising awareness and funds is hugely important for the sanctuary, and Cheryl and Karen (the in-laws mentioned above) put loads of work into running big events, including a Donkey-Day-Out every year. Just recently, they've put together a song and a video, with one of the guys from the 118 adverts (for our Stateside brethren, I've posted a picture below!). Mother-in-law wrote a song called The Donkey Conga, and they rolled out Mr 118 to dance like a loon in the video.



    We want to do our bit to support them, so I propose to run a contest, to create donkey related uke videos, to support the Big Donkey Day Out on the 30th and 31st August.

    Here Are The Rules!

    You perform a song which is in some way related to donkeys. This needs to be either an original or a pastiche; covers of existing songs about donkeys might be a problem because of copyright.

    You perform it at least partly on the ukulele

    You can be as creative as you like; multitracking is fine, other instruments are fine, any style you like is fine.

    At the beginning, you must say "Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary Big Donkey Day Out 2009!"

    The winner will be the song with the most Awesome. This will be judged by a secret panel including, but not necessarily limited to, me (most likely Karen and Cheryl will be involved too).

    Prize

    The prize is, currently, a Donkey Sanctuary t shirt, a copy of the picture above (of me with the 118 guys - I'll sign it, and try to get Colin Carmichael, the one on the left, to sign it too!) and a sense of pride in supporting the community. I expect and hope to be able to add a couple more prizes to this, but I'm not certain what yet. Stop Press! A new addition to the prize fund - the winner will also recieve a UU t-shirt of his choice from the store, donated by an anonymous benefactor.

    Closing Date

    Closing Date will be July 31st, so that your entries will have plenty of time to help promote the Donkey Day Out

    Whatchoo Gotta Do

    For now, you simply need to post a link to your entry here. You also need to post it as a video response to the Donkey Conga video, which can be found here:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzH5f...e=channel_page

    Really looking forward to seeing what you all come up with!

    Entries:

    RussBuss415 - An Ode To Donkey
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6o-ZErw13AQ

    Ukisociety - Donkey Fiesta
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1edF5UL19uE
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    Quote Originally Posted by SamWise View Post
    Who knew there were so many donkeys needing love?
    indeed!!



    great contest idea Sam! i like the photo as well. can you include a framed copy of that as a 2nd prize?

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    Great idea Russ! Yes, I can.

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    "Every summer we can rent a cottage in the Isle of Wight, if it's not too dear"

    I knew that place sounded familiar....

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    my first entry:

    an ode to donkey (original)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6o-ZErw13AQ

    hope you like it Sam!

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    Wow, thanks Russ! Are you able to attach it as a video response to the Donkey Conga video?

    Additionally, we have an additional addition to the prize fund - there's now a UU shirt up for grabs as well.

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    I want to do this. Will try to get an original song up this weekend.

    Hee-haw!

    -Sam Wainwright
    -Alan (UKISOCIETY)

    My muse.

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    Mrs Sam is very excited about that Alan! She loved your MmmBop Skidoo best of all in the MmmBop contest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SamWise View Post
    Mrs Sam is very excited about that Alan! She loved your MmmBop Skidoo best of all in the MmmBop contest.
    Great! A lot of good it did me! (f-ing Deach!)
    -Alan (UKISOCIETY)

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    Quote Originally Posted by UKISOCIETY View Post
    Great! A lot of good it did me! (f-ing Deach!)
    you potty mouth!

    (but seriously, deach can suck it!)

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