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April 20, 2016, 12:54 pm
Posted by: Kara

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2016-05-20 UPDATE: The campaign has concluded with us raising $129,412 (140% of our $92,000 CAD goal) and with 1956 backers supporting us. We’re gonna make a documentary! THANK YOU!!!

2016-05-19 UPDATE: Poster update!

2016-05-11 UPDATE: We have reached our funding goal! The Desert Bus for Hope Documentary will be made and we couldn’t be more excited! Deepest thanks to all our amazing backers.

2016-05-10 UPDATE: Check out our teaser trailer!

Original Post:
With our 10th anniversary(!) approaching, it’s as good a time as any to reflect on where we’ve come from, how we got to this strange and wonderful place, and what actually goes into making this unique community fundraiser we call Desert Bus for Hope.

We want to make a documentary.

But we need your help.

Bionic Trousers Media, the company behind LoadingReadyRun, has agreed to fund the first $30,000 CAD, but the remaining $92,000 CAD of the production costs we are asking through a Kickstarter campaign that we launched today.

If you’d be interested in seeing a Desert Bus for Hope documentary, take a moment to look over the project. If it funds, we’ll make the documentary. If not, the people have spoken. =)

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April 9, 2016, 9:00 am
Posted by: Kara

Are you a maker of things?

Want to show off your mad skillz AND raise money for a good cause?

The craft-along for Desert Bus 10 is open for submissions! This means that if you have an idea for a unique, fantastic, handmade item that you would like to donate to Desert Bus 10 now is the time to let us know!

Details on the submission process can be found here.

All submissions must be received by June 30, 2016. Please expect a 1-2 week response time.

Here are some examples from the Desert Bus 9 craft-along:

We can’t wait to see what your wildly creative geeky minds come up with!

January 19, 2016, 11:05 pm
Posted by: Kara

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Today we lost a dear friend and founding member of Desert Bus for Hope, Bill Watt. We mourn his passing deeply and wish strength to his family and friends as we navigate our shared grief.

LoadingReadyRun has posted a tribute on their website, which you can read here.

Personal tributes have also been written by Jer and Ash.

Words are insufficient in these moments so, please, hug someone you love. Find a way to celebrate the gift of life. In doing so you will also be celebrating our friend and a life lived loudly, authentically, and unmistakably, Bill.

Love,
The Desert Bus Team

November 21, 2015, 1:04 am
Posted by: Kara

THANK YOU

As of the end of bussing this morning, we had raised $676,883.57 and had achieved a lifetime total of $3,112,329.72. This is more than we had ever thought possible. Thank you, from the bottommost depths of our hearts. You are, indeed, the most generous community we know.

We did it.

November 20, 2015, 11:31 pm
Posted by: Tim

During Paul’s shift, we challenged the community to create artwork of Paul’s Pathfinder character, Oknarok. Here’s the winning submission, from Xeno_Striker:

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And, here’s some of our honorable mentions…

Check out the rest of the community’s submissions after the jump.

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November 20, 2015, 11:29 pm
Posted by: Tim

0148_01_DB9TshirtThis is our last donation drive and last Official Desert Bus 9 T-Shirt giveaway! Donate $6.37 (or multiples thereof) for a chance to win the last Desert Bus 9 T-Shirt in the building. We’ll run this donation drive until 12:00 AM PST.

While the first run of Desert Bus 9 T-Shirts is sold out, you can still pick up a t-shirt from the second run on the Fangamer store. DO IT.

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November 20, 2015, 10:29 pm
Posted by: Tim

We’re nearing the end of this year’s Desert Bus, but we’ve still got a couple of giveaways to go! Donate $9.02 (or multiples thereof) for a chance to win this Pinny Arcade Starter Set. And, this pig comes pre-sweetened, as the LRR team will be throwing in all four LoadingReadyRun Pinny Arcade pins! We’ll run this donation drive until 11:15 PM PST.

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November 20, 2015, 9:30 pm
Posted by: Jordan

jointWe’d like to extend a thank you to The Joint Pizza for sponsoring the pizza that will be consumed during the afterparty this year. For the past 14 years The Joint has been serving downtown Victoria faithfully. From a pizza haven for folks with dietary restrictions to serving slices for the late night crowd, The Joint wears many hats.

We are very grateful for the support of The Joint Pizza in making our afterparty stress free and keeping us fed as we unwind from a long week of raising money for Child’s Play.

November 20, 2015, 8:57 pm
Posted by: Jordan

0104_01_DBPhotoBook2You want to talk about limited edition? There have only been Three copies of the Desert Bus 8 Hardcover Photo Book. One of these copies went for a live auction earlier in the week. One of these copies is staying with Andrew as his personal copy.

This is the last one. It’s also signed by as many members of Desert Bus 8 as could be obtained.

Any donations of $7.51 or multiples thereof until 9:45 PM PST will get you an entry into this drive. This is your chance to own a piece of Desert Bus History.

November 20, 2015, 8:29 pm
Posted by: Jordan

db9_kate_chocolaterainThanks to Max Temkin and the folks over at Cards Against Humanity, and to all the donors out there who contributed to the surprise donation drive. With your help Desert Bus 9 has passed Desert Bus 8 in total amount raised.

We say year after year that at some point we have to plateau, that one year we’re going to not up the ante on the donation total.

You keep proving us wrong.

Thank you