Stewart Island photographer Laire Purik is about to become even more famous.
Only a month after her Pledgeme campaign to raise $12,000 started, Laire has already exceeded her target, but on Saturday she is on another mission.
Her ‘Copeisolation’ book of residents photographed on the island during lockdown has prompted organisers of a Global online summit to invite her to speak.
Care24.Global features 80 guest speakers from all over the globe, sharing their stories on how to thrive in an ever-changing world.
The free event starts in Hong Kong at 10am on Wednesday and travels with the sun around the globe until it ends 24 hours later.
Among the speakers are innovators, adventurers, and activists, sharing their stories and practical tools for action – with the aim of helping people in every corner of the earth – thrive.
Meanwhile, back on Stewart Island, the ‘Copeisolation’ team has been waiting for the first full proof of the photography book from lockdown to arrive from the printers.
Laire said they reached $12,812 but would keep raising money and selling books until the end of September.
“I never dreamed that I had to travel to the end of the world, a far faraway land New Zealand to self publish my first book.
“It has been a challenging journey and still a lot work need to be done, but we are almost there.”
And there are still Estonian pancakes for sale.
For $250, Laire was offering in her Pledgeme campaign, an opportunity to spend the morning with her, eating pancakes using a recipe from her home country – a small island off the Baltic Sea.