January 23, 2001
Those of us who are your fans admire not only your talent, but also your passion and commitment. As we watched your excursion into Headwall Canyon last summer, your sense of joy and wonder touched something similar in us. We were inspired to learn more about the work of the Klahoose First Nation, and moved to support their efforts in environmental preservation and responsible eco-management. It was the cooperation and participation of your fans around the world that led to this gift.
In honor of your birthday, a donation has been made in your name to the Klahoose First Nation in support of their continuing work to preserve the beauty of Headwall Canyon for future generations. This donation represents the appreciation and gratitude of your online fans worldwide. Contributions were received from 15 different countries, and the box of postcards brings you the greetings of fans from every corner of the globe.
As we learned about the work in Headwall Canyon, we were reminded of the poignant words of Chief Seattle. Generations ago he spoke eloquently of caring for the Earth, and in keeping with this theme, we have included a copy of the book Brother Eagle, Sister Sky. Illustrated for a child, it reminds us all to “preserve the land and the air and the rivers for your children’s children and love it as we have loved it.” We wish you and Apryl many happy moments sharing it with little Wylie.
Happy Birthday, Richard. Thank you for being the inspiration that you are. Please accept these gifts as an acknowledgement of the good that your work perpetuates.
With our very best wishes,
RDA Online Fans