Millionaire stock trader Timothy Sykes and his team have been actively involved in charity work through their primary charity foundation called Karmagawa. This foundation and SafeTheReef were co-founded by Sykes and a Filipino photographer named Mattheau Abad.
The foundation’s latest charity project is called “SaveTheReef,” which is directed at saving the world’s oceans, coral reefs, and marine life. Due to the increase in carbon emissions, water pollution, sea levels, and global warming, all sea life is in serious trouble. SaveTheReef raises awareness of this issue and tries to help solve it in any way possible.
A documentary film was created based on this project. It shows Sykes and his team as they go on a 6-month journey traveling to 7 different countries throughout the world. Their goal is to learn more about how this crisis affects people from all walks of life. The project has helped raise $90,000 in donations so far for 3 charities that work to save coral reefs in Australia and Tahiti.
Filmmaker Amir Zakeri was the man behind the camera for this documentary. “People are tired of hearing about everything that’s wrong with the world. They want to know what they can do,” Zakeri said in an interview. “I don’t want me or my kids to need an oxygen mask just to walk outside. If we come together to solve this issue, we can solve any problem in the world.”
There has been a lot of talk about saving the oceans and the rest of the natural environmental wonders on this planet. If you’ve paid attention to the news lately, you’ve probably heard about a 16-year-old Swedish girl named Greta Thunberg. She recently spoke at the 2019 Climate Action Summit at the United Nations to give her heartfelt thoughts about the climate change crisis and what it’s doing to this world.
Ever since then, Thunberg has become an international celebrity over her sincere campaigning on this issue. The filmmakers of the documentary hope their film gets the same kind of attention that Thunberg received. So far, the documentary has already surpassed 4 million views and has been featured regularly on the homepage of YouTube. It even has 500,000 likes, which is a lot for any documentary.
People can watch the documentary for free, so there is no money being made off this. In fact, Sykes spent roughly $500,000 out of his own money to finance the production of the documentary. That is how committed he is to save the oceans of the world and the marine life and coral reefs that are in them.
What is unique about the SaveTheReef project is all the social media influencers who came together and collaborated on it. This is something that has never happened amongst any social media influencers before. Usually, they like to collaborate with brands instead of charities, but in the case of saving the environment, they were willing to make an exception.
The influencers associated with the “SafeTheReef” project have traveled together to each destination that you see in the documentary. Their goal was to learn about the local environmental issues in these countries and the charities which exist to help them. The viewers are given information on how to donate to these charities if they wish, but more importantly, they ask that you share the documentary and information with everyone you know. Karmagawa hopes to help them raise seven figures in donations and also gain worldwide exposure. All it needs is some of that Greta Thunberg magic for the documentary to go truly viral so we can save our planet’s marine life before it’s too late!