Jewelry designer/television personality Robert Manse has recently established the Bali Volcano Refugee Relief Fund. Its goal is to raise $5,000 or more to aid families displaced from their villages close to Mt. Agung that traditional government efforts can’t reach. Working with his Artisan partners and his office in Bali, Robert’s humanitarian effort aims to provide clothing, batteries, flashlights, emergency food and water along with other supplies that will directly help those in immediate need.
First erupting in September, Mount Agung continues to spew ash into the local atmosphere and has caused a decline in tourism, which accounts for nearly 80% of Bali's economy. To date, approximately 122,500 people were evacuated from their houses around the volcano. Its last major 1963 eruption killed nearly 1,100 people, but it's uncertain how long the current eruption might last.
Help is desperately needed. Robert and his team will make sure every cent (less minimal fees for processing) goes directly to the people who need it most. Every dollar counts. Robert thanks you in advance. Any and all help is deeply appreciated.
Donate to the Bali Volcano Refugee Relief Fund today!
More about Bali
Bali is an Indonesian island well known for its forested mountains, iconic rice paddies, stunning beaches and spectacular coral reefs. The island is home to religious sites such as cliffside Uluwatu Temple. Its beachside city of Kuta has a lively night life, while Seminyak, Sanur and Nusa Dua are popular resort towns. Bali is also known for its yoga and meditation retreats.
More about Jewelry Designer Robert Manse
A New York City native, designer Robert Manse has been captivated with jewelry since he was a young boy. His first job in Manhattan was with a diamond jewelry manufacturer in Midtown Manhattan where he learned how to enchant his customers by providing quality jewelry at attainable prices. Over the course of many years, Robert was taken under the wing of two Master Designers who taught him the art of making fine and unique jewelry in the U.S. and abroad.
With over twenty-five years of expertise, Robert has designed several successful high-end jewelry brands and his lines have been showcased at some of the world’s top luxury retailers. From glamorous red-carpet looks to exotic hand-crafted silver creations, Robert Manse has customized jewelry for and dressed many a celebrity in his unique wearable art. Showcasing his collections at retailers and TV stations worldwide, he has traveled to some of the most exotic locales in search of the most passionate and skilled craftsmen and jewelers to bring his spectacular creations to life. From India to Hong Kong and Thailand to Bali, seeking the perfect balance of world-class gemstones and metals, keeping wear-ability and comfort in mind, Robert designs fashion-forward yet classic designs with bold color or material combinations. This is his never-ending passion.
Sources: Wikipedia, BailTourismBoard.org, Independent.co.uk