Saturday, March 23, 2013

Take a Trip to Paradise with Olomwaay

I posted this to Shark Defenders yesterday. Cinta and Gus have been working 10 years to release this album. It's available on CD or as a digital download for your phone.

Shark Defenders: (from left to right) Filmmaker Rob Stewart, Laurie Peterka, Shawn Heinrichs, Cinta M. Kaipat, Meaghan Hassel-Shearer, and former Northern Mariana Islands governor Benigno R. Fitial.
Remember those great kids in Saipan who helped pass a shark fin trade ban back in 2011? They had a lot of help from some very caring adults including this lady, Cinta M. Kaipat. Need your memory jogged?  She appears in our short film Saipan Sharkwater starting at about 2:08.


Cinta has been an environmental advocate for years.  She was one of the main proponents for the 2009 creation of the Mariana Trench Marine National Monument, one of the largest marine protected areas on the planet, and more recently helped us launch the Shark Stanley campaign.

Cinta with a whole gaggle of Shark Stanley supporters.
Cinta's latest challenge may be her most important one as it is literally a matter of life or death.  She's dealing with cancer.  The medical facilities on Saipan are not adequate for the care she requires, so she has to spend some time in the Philippines.  Her family is helping her raise money for the treatment and have released an album of Refaluwasch island music.  Cinta's brother Gus is the lead singer on the album, which is titled Trip to Paradise.  He is a professional singer and has been performing for twenty years around the island.

The album contains 14 original songs that are available for digital download and on CDThis link has samples of each song if you want to hear them.  Information on the album and the songs is available here.

We never ask our supporters for donations to run our campaigns, but we would appreciate it if you would purchase an album and help out our friend, Cinta.  All proceeds from the album will go towards her treatment.  Thank you for your continued support.

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