My Friend is a Superhero! By Philip Patston

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About My Friend is a Superhero!

Project 2013-02-19 05:46:57 +1300

Great news – we've reached, in fact exceeded, our target! HUGE Superhero thanks to all our pledgers and supporters. Don't stop spreading the love though. You can keep pledging until 11.59pm on Sunday and all extra pledges will help us print more books!


Here's the original video about the book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Gk4ErTCOFw

You know how kids stare at people in wheelchairs and aren't sure what to say? Well, we want to change that. We want kids to run up to people in wheelchairs and say, "Wow! You must be a superhero!" 

My Friend is a Superhero! is a children's book about Jack, who uses a wheelchair, told by his friend, who sees all the amazing things Jack can do — like  getting to school sitting down, playing basketball and doing tricks at the skate park. Jack's also really good at maths!

Written by Barbara Pike and Philip Patston, and illustrated by Sam Orchard, the book’s purpose is to influence children (and their parents) away from negative stereotypes, as well as portraying unique aspects of function and experience to encourage children’s natural curiosity. 

The book is A5, 32-pages and full colour. Reading age is around 7-9 years, but we believe it would suit children aged 3-10 years and possibly older as a discussion starter about diversity. It is published by Diversityworks Trust Inc

This PledgeMe campaign is to raise money to print 1000 copies of My Friend Is A Superhero. Duffy Books in Homes have agreed to distribute 500 of these to lower-decile schools throughout New Zealand.

Duffy Books in Homes provides free books to children from decile one, two and three schools. Children in these schools are more likely to come from homes which have limited or no access to books. Children who can't read become adults who can't communicate and that's a serious disadvantage in a world that operates on the written word. 

Duffy provides free books to over 100,000 New Zealand children, three times a year, across 500 schools. This includes books for school libraries as well as copies that kids can take home and keep.

The rest of the books will be available as rewards and for sale. Any profit from sales will go towards a further reprint of the book. 

Note about Rewards:

All rewards will be supplied between 3-6 weeks of campaign closure. "The Superhero" and "The Colour Superhero" will require a photo and a small amount of email or phone correspondence. The date for "The Workshop" reward will be negotiated with the pledger. 


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The People Behind My Friend is a Superhero!

Picture?type=square&width=50&height=50 Philip Patston Project admin

You may recognise me from my ten-year career as a comedian and entertainer. I’m not as committed to comedy as I used to be, but it was a great way to get known.

l began my career as a counsellor and social worker. Over the past 15 years I've combined working with people, entertaining and running a consulting business to create innovative ways to work with diversity, creativity and change. 

I am an alumni of both the New Zealand Social Entrepreneur Fellowship (2007-09) and the Arts Regional Trust ArtVenture programme for creative entrepreneurs (2007). In 2012 I spoke at TEDxAuckland about engaging people to achieve positive social change by reinventing the labels with which we categorise ourselves and each other.

My ambition is to lead a global redefinition of diversity to effect unique social change and increase human creativity.

Updates

    Look who we found

    05:54AM Wed 27/03/13 on My Friend is a Superhero!

    We are so stoked by your generosity, we went out and found a real, live Superhero to say thanks!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_X9h29nGnI

    Superhero love from

    Barbara, Sam, Philip and the Diversityworks Trust Team

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    HOORAY!

    01:59AM Wed 27/03/13 on My Friend is a Superhero!

    Great news – we've reached, in fact exceeded, our target! HUGE Superhero thanks to all our pledgers and supporters. Don't stop spreading the love though. You can keep pledging until 11.59pm on Sunday and all extra pledges will help us print more books!


    Comment on this update:

    Amazing!

    07:51AM Tue 26/03/13 on My Friend is a Superhero!

    Cannot believe it.  In the last four days we've gone from needing $1125.00 to being now only $75 from our target. 

    Thanks everyone. So glad you are all part of it.

    Love,

    The Diversityworks Trust team

    Comment on this update:

    Every day, a little bit closer

    04:54AM Thu 21/03/13 on My Friend is a Superhero!

    Ten days to go, that's $125.50 per day. It's a cinch, cos we're all superheroes!

    Thanks again everyone xx

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    Nearly two thirds success

    05:30AM Sun 17/03/13 on My Friend is a Superhero!

    Wow, back after three days away and we've gone from half to two thirds success. 

    So grateful.

    Thanks so much everyone. Please keep sharing. We love having you involved!

    Cheers

    Philip



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    Woohoo!

    06:54AM Fri 08/03/13 on My Friend is a Superhero!

    We just received a pledge on our project: My Friend is a Superhero!

    They chose the reward: The Artwork - A big thank you on Diversityworks Trust’s website, plus a fridge magnet, plus a signed copy of “My Friend is a Superhero”, plus one original book artwork signed by Sam Orchard.

    This project has now raised $1505 and is now closer to its funding goal of $3500.

    Mwah!

    The Superhero crew

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    A third of the way there

    06:29AM Wed 06/03/13 on My Friend is a Superhero!

    We're feeling like superheroes - our PledgeMe campaign for My Friend is a Superhero just hit $1,050! 

    Thank you!

    Philip, Barbara, Sam...and Jack!

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    Going great guns

    07:26PM Sun 03/03/13 on My Friend is a Superhero!

    On behalf of Jack and his friend, thanks everyone for your support so far. 

    Please keep sharing the superhero love ;-)

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    And we're off!

    06:48PM Wed 20/02/13 on My Friend is a Superhero!

    Huge thanks to our first 5 pledgers. You're all superheroes!

    Cheers

    Philip, Barbara, Sam and the Diversityworks Trust Team

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