According to LGBT Weekly, the project Jeff Gelder created in Landmark’s Self-Expression and Leadership Program to bring joy to sick kids has entered its 11th successful year, delivering more than 7,000 holiday CDs to children’s hospitals. This year’s CD is an original holiday tale with songs and stories from recognized music and voice talents.
In addition to the CD, there are variety of activities also part of this year’s project, including a CD distribution event at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, where there will be live holiday singing and CDs will be delivered directly to patient’s rooms. Read more about this year’s festivities and Gelder’s non-profit in LGBT Weekly and watch the video.
From India comes this video which highlights projects created in Landmark’s Self-Expression and Leadership Programme in Bangalore.
Bahareh Khademi says she has found a way to give back the gift that music gave her. As the only Middle Eastern person at her school growing up, the study of music made her feel at home and opened new doors for her. She won the lead role in her school’s production of West Side Story, and went on to be a classically trained soprano, as well as a songwriter and wedding singer.
According to an article in the St. George & Sutherland Shire Leader, Khademi, now 26, was thus inspired to have her project in Landmark’s Self-Expression and Leadership Programme be a fundraising concert for the Australian Children’s Music Foundation, which took place November 21st. The foundation assists both disadvantaged and indigenous youth in rural communties and juvenile justice facilities across Australia.
“I wanted to bring together my passion for music and my desire to help the homeless,” said Khademi.
A ‘reading carnival’ and literacy day came to Bryan, Texas on November 10th, as a result of a project created in Landmark’s Self-Expression and Leadership Program. The event, which took place from 2-6pm in Sue Haswell Park, featured literacy-centered games and activities for children in Kindergarten through 4th grade, in carnival style tents.
A ‘storytelling tent’ featured a story from a professional storyteller, while ‘story circle tents’ featured books read aloud, with different books in different tents catering to different age groups. Another tent featured instruction in creating poetry and fiction, and general presentations featured story and poetry readings and recruitment of literacy volunteers. Read more at B/CS Reading Carnival.
Recently Aidan Gillan devised a project in Landmark’s Self-Expression and Leadership Programme which created an award ceremony for environmental sustainability. The Save our Planet Award ceremony took place on August 11th at the Clarion Hotel in Sligo, Ireland.
Winners of the award, which were designed to recognize both local and national environmental heroes, included anti-fracking group Love Leitrim, who were acknowledged by Arum Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson) for their work.
Love Leitrim’s Eddie Mitchell accepted the award on behalf of the group, saying:
“Love Leitrim is everyone in this room and beyond nationally and internationally. We are not anti-development we are pro-development. Everyone has a role to play in stopping fracking which is a threat to the sustainability of our environment, indigenous industries, as well as the health of our communities.”
Read more at the Leitrim Observer.
One man is creating a unique kayaking/poker family event to fundraise for palliative care at San Diego’s Mission Hospice. Developed as his project in Landmark’s Self-Expression and Leadership Program, the event, which is is being held at Mission Bay’s Bonita Cove, takes place on October 27th with an 8am check-in time.
The event is a family kayaking trek that includes five check-in points. At each point, the participant receives a playing card. The teams that can put together the best poker hands from their five cards can win a variety of valuable prizes, including an iPad Mini.
For more information, visit the website at www.paddlingforpalliativecare.com