In Memory Of Sandra Swingler,
Two Ways To Support Her Family ...
July 3, 2012
By Andy Boyns
This week and over the coming months the voice over community is pulling together to help the family of our good voice over friend Andrew Swingler.
This is a call to action, and direct evidence of the ability of our community to make a direct difference - not just in encouraging each other in our professional lives, or finding work opportunities - but pulling together in times of sadness.
Like me, Andrew is an expat British voice artist. He’s based in Orange County, CA, and is the father of two daughters. Seven months ago his wife Sandra Swingler (pictured here with daughters), was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Sadly, she lost this battle last week.
News initially came from Andrew:
At 2:45am on Wednesday June 27th 2012, Sandra Swingler said goodbye to this mortal world and joined her parents in the next life. Sandra has struggled without a single complaint for almost 7 months against a cancer so rare that less than 100 cases have ever been recorded. An incredible Mother, wife and sister, she will be missed by everyone who met her.
SOCIAL MEDIA NEIGHBORS
Most of my contact with Andrew has been via Facebook, Twitter, and the Voiceover Universe (PTU) forum, and yet I feel that we are in a very real way neighbors.
I am grateful that he gave us the opportunity to support him, his wife, and family through these channels, including regular updates on the Facebook page Sandra Swingler’s Status.
Moreover, I am proud to call him a friend. He has become a shining example of how to maintain a positive public outlook throughout what must have been a period in which he was experiencing emotions I shudder to imagine. Although I never met Sandra, from all that I have heard and read of her, she was obviously an incredible woman, too. Her memory will surely live on as a light to the family.
In memory of Sandra Swingler, two opportunities to support the family have sprung out from our community, and I urge you to support these both financially, and by spreading the word (please tweet, post, share wherever you can!)
Since one of these is time limited and urgent action required, I’ll mention this first …
BID FOR 50,000TH TWEET
"Bid for my 50,000th tweet and help a special family,” is the message shared by British voice artist, Natalie Cooper (@voiceovergirl).
Certainly she’s been busy twittering away (I’d recommend following her anyway!). Based in Wiltshire, England - just a stone’s throw from Stonehenge - Natalie has seen the opportunity provided by her social network of choice, and is auctioning her 50,000th tweet!
I met Andrew last year, and we had a proper natter about voice over, tea, proper chocolate, and kids. All the important stuff. He’s great fun, and I’ve no doubt a wonderful Dad. It could so easily be any one of us.
Launched yesterday evening (Monday) and set to expire in just a few days, head on over to eBay to join the auction here: http://t.co/obkip62N. The auction expires 07 Jul, 2012 - 22:02:29 BST:
DONATE TO FUNDRAISING DRIVE
Want to make a direct donation rather than join the auction? No problem! Read on …
Based in Orange County, Andrew Swingler is one of the Orange County VO Peeps – of which I’m honored to be an honorary international member. Member Anne Ganguzza writes:
In loving memory of my dear friend Sandra Swingler, I am conducting a Fundraising drive for Andrew Swingler and his family through my VO Peeps Scholarship Fund – 100% of the proceeds to this fund for the next 3 months will go to Andrew and his family.
Your contributions are deductible under section 170 of the United States Internal Revenue Code. Please donate if you can. It is very much appreciated! Find out more about the Scholarship fund at: http://blog.vopeeps.com/p/donate-scholarship-fund.html.
The VO Peeps Scholarship fund has already given significant support to voice artists, and will continue to do so. No amount is too small or too big! Donate through the link on the VO Peeps page:
These are two great ways to support a beautiful family, and pay it forward. Now’s the time to take action! Thank you.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR ...
Andy Boyns is a British voice talent residing in Istanbul, who provides clients in both Turkey and internationally with full voice over services. A member of the Society of Accredited Voice Over Artists (SaVoa), his many clients have included Credit Europe Bank, Fiat, Turkish Tourism, BP, British Airways, Turkish Airlines, and TRT.
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