Musicians, entertainers, and community members will join together this Wednesday for Reforestemos Patagonia’s Reforestón: a live event broadcast on multiple web platforms with the goal of raising both funds and awareness for reforestation efforts in Chile’s Patagonia region.
The Chilean Patagonia is widely considered one of the world’s most important ecological areas, but the region was badly damaged in a December 2011 fire that destroyed 42,500 acres of Torres del Paine National Park. In response to the disaster, Reforestemos Patagonia launched the largest native-species reforestation campaign in Chile’s history, setting a lofty goal of planting 1 million new trees in Southern Chile.
To reach this goal, the organization is holding a one-of-a-kind fundraiser on November 7, 2012 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. (CLDT/Chile Daylight Time). The six-hour live show will feature performances from Chilean musicians Manuel García, Gepe, Camila Moreno, and many more.
Special auction items will also be up for grabs, including a meet-and-greet with members of the band Calle 13, a guitar autographed by Carlos Santana, and a trip for two to Patagonia, among other prizes. The event will also raise funds by inviting community members to donate USD$4.00 (CLP$2,000) to purchase an individual tree, and be included in a drawing for special raffle prizes.
“The goal of the Reforestón is to raise 50 million pesos (about US$100,000) that will become 25,000 trees for Patagonia,” Denise Peró, Director of Reforestemos Patagonia, told ThisisChile. “The idea is that as many people as possible tune in on Wednesday, November 7 for the Reforestón through various means, plant a tree, and perhaps be tempted with any of the prizes and tremendous experiences that we will have up for auction.”
You can tune in to the Reforeston live from anywhere with an internet connection. The show will be broadcast on Zancada.com, Eldinamo.cl, Veoverde.com, Claneco.com, Mivoz.cl, as well as on Chile’s Radio Zero and Emol TV.
“This is a great opportunity to join the crusade for Patagonia,” said Peró. “It is an unprecedented event in Chile, so I do not think anyone would want to miss it!”