16th March 2020 - Written by James · 3 minute read
- First and foremost we want to let you know that all Bohemian Island operations are functioning as normal and your orders are shipping out on time without delays. - (Updated 27th March 2020)
Times have never been so strange as now, ey?
With the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) seemingly escalating to new dangers everyday, we wanted to update you on how we’re doing things at Bohemian Island HQ to ensure the safety of our employees, customers and partners.
We know you’re concerned about coronavirus because so are we.
We’ve all got loved ones we’re worried about or can’t reach due to flight cancellations, travel bans etc. It’s a little corny but it’s times like these where we really have to pull together and look out for one another.
And it’s the small actions that we ALL can take on a daily basis which can really help fight this pandemic.
Being based over here in Asia, the Bohemian Island team have been dealing with the outbreak for a few months. However, now that the crisis is sadly reaching our friends in other parts of the world we thought now a good time to keep you in the loop, catch up, see how you are, send over a timely elbow-bump etc.
We’ve been closely monitoring the situation since early January as Thailand was the first country outside of China to experience cases of the virus.
While numbers here have thankfully remained relatively low, Thai officials today announced 32 new cases of the infection within the kingdom so clearly Thailand isn’t completely out of the woods yet.
So what is Bohemian Island doing to stay safe?
Our team members have been having regular temperature checks before starting their shifts and anyone displaying any kinds of cold or flu-like symptoms have been asked to stay at home.
Even if somebody just has a cough it’s not worth taking the risk keeping them at work to potentially pass something onto others. If we can err on the side of caution then let’s do it.
Face masks, office dis-infections and regular hand washing have also been commonplace at BI HQ, as well as asking everybody to generally keep their work stations as clean and tidy as possible.
It’s been a little odd for everyone to be honest. Taking these precautions every day and going the extra mile when everyone is frankly feeling fit, healthy and ready to make stupidly comfy pants does seem at times a little OTT at times.
But it really isn’t. The little things make the biggest differences.
In terms of our orders and shipments, nothing has changed. Post offices are still open and our shipments are heading out as normal. There have been no shipment delays reported and there haven't been cancellations of cargo or goods flights either. So we aren't expecting any issues moving forward and you can expect your harem pants to arrive promptly as usual.
We will of course let you know if that situation changes.
We’re fighting this thing as a planet. Covid-19 doesn’t discriminate against races, religions, genders, skin tones or sexual preferences. We’re all in this together and we can all get ourselves out of it by working together.
Please get in touch with us if you have any questions or concerns about anything discussed here, or anything in general.
Stay calm and safe x
We asked you to nominate your favorite non-profit organizations who you felt deserved to win a $300 donation this holiday period, and were quite blown away by how many emails we received! It was so difficult choosing just 7 winners that we also chose another 7 charities to receive a $50 donation.
Thanks to everyone who made a nomination. All the charities suggested do such incredible work and it was touching reading all your mails.
Here are the 7 lucky groups each receiving a $300 donation from Bohemian Island:
Sacred Valley Project - based in Ollantaytambo, Peru, the Sacred Valley Project is dedicated to improving access to education for young women from low-income families in remote, mountain communities of the Sacred Valley.
Cam Sight UK - based in Cambridgeshire, England, Cam Sight provides support for visually impaired people, their carers and families; employers and providers of public services.
Children International - Children International provides critical assistance to children and families struggling in terrible poverty. Their community centers provide resources, programs and services that allow them to reduce the burden of poverty on impoverished children and youth, invest in their potential and provide them with opportunities to grow up healthy, educated and prepared to succeed and contribute to society.
Art in Motion - AIM Inc. understands that an appreciation of the Arts is an integral part of the educational and social upbringing of any youth. This Paterson, New Jersey-based non-profit organization focuses on helping youth explore their passion for the arts.
New York Bully Crew - this not-for-profit rescue organization was founded in December 2010 and though based on Long Island, their outreach is US wide. They specialize in rescuing Pitbulls, however no animal in dire need of rescue is turned away.
Water is Life - WATERisLIFE’s mission is to provide clean water, sanitation and hygiene programs. Saving Lives. Transforming Communities. WiL provides clean drinking water, sanitation and hygiene education programs to schools and villages in desperate need.
Disabled American Veterans - DAV is the longest-lasting veterans advocacy and assistance group in the US. They are dedicated to a single purpose: empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity.
In addition to these 7 winners, Bohemian Island will also donate $50 each to the following organizations: American Lab Rescue, Miami Dade Animal Services Shelter, Embody Love Movement, ALS Association, Justice Rescue, Maine Access Immigrant Network, Bayonne Feral Cat Foundation.
Good news fellow Bohemians!
Our ever popular Black Peacock harem pants are back in stock! Thankfully the nightmare of these beauties not being available for purchase only lasted a few days, but we can all be grateful that they're back in our lives and that we all survived to tell the tale of the famous Black Peacock Harem pants drought of April 2015.
Find them in store here folks and happy buying! :)
- The Bohemian Islanders
Due to Songkran Festival (Thai New Year) we are unable to ship any items from now until Thursday April 16th, due to everyone going off and having a massive water fight! We'll still be working hard, but the Post Office is closed until Thursday, so we'll ship all items out then!
Thanks all for your patience and your continued support!
The dog meat trade in South East Asia sees tens of thousands of dogs transported out of Thailand and into neighboring countries every year.
They are cruelly, horrifically slaughtered. Often tortured first, in a practice that's believed to tenderize the meat, the dogs are lucky if they suffocate in the cramped cages before arriving.
The people of Thailand who know about this practice do condemn it, but public awareness isn’t high.
Soi Dog Foundation is doing all it can to aid the Thai Government in stopping this barbaric practice, and has already seen real results in the form of convoys of trucks being intercepted and arrests being made.
Very recently one of the largest dog meat operators in the region was raided and shut down. What was found there was truly gut-wrenching, but at least the suffering there has come to an end.
Here's how you're making a direct difference
To this end, Soi Dog have begun erecting billboards explaining to locals what's actually going on, and is placing them in towns and on highways across Thailand, especially in the North where the dogs are smuggled over the border.
Public awareness is key, as we've already seen that these billboards have led to information being passed on which later led to arrests being made.
With thanks to our wonderful customers, Bohemian Island have just purchased 5 billboards to be erected, so thanks to YOU we are together helping to end the dog meat trade!
As you may know, 10% of proceeds from each one of our Thai harem pants goes to Soi Dog. We wouldn't be able to make gestures like this if it wasn't for your support, and we are truly grateful for it.
We couldn't do it without you
We’ve spoken before about the awesome work that Soi Dog do, and we love being able to make regular donations to them. Seeing the difference we can all help to bring about makes us happy and proud to be involved, and we urge you check out Soi Dog for yourself and see if there’s a way you can help too.
That doesn’t necessarily mean donating money. Like these billboards, just spreading the word is already making a huge difference to the dogs that need our help.
Please share this with your friends and family. Thank you.