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.
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.
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
Recycled fabrics are being turned into a variety of hats for women who are undergoing chemotherapy treatment for cancer, as part of Hats from the Heart, Debra McCauley’s project she created in the Landmark SELP. The Damascus Heritage Museum in Maryland is collecting t-shirts and polo shirts that are then turned into hats in a variety of textures and colors.
Having been there for her mother when she died of cancer in 1997, McCauley knows that simple gifts such as these hats can go a long way to brightening the world of a cancer patient. For more information, please call the museum at 301-253-1811 or drop off items at the museum at 9701 Main St. in Damascus.
A charity run in July in Arizona might seem like an exhausting experience, but Dan Hill’s project from his Landmark Self-Expression and Leadership Program has found a unique way to beat the heat and raise money for a school for homeless children. A 5k ‘splash mob’ run will have runners bombarded by 25,000 water balloons pre-filled by area children.
The event is on July 20th at the Big Surf Water Park in Tempe, starting early at 7am to further keep the heat away. A $35 registration fee goes towards the Children First Academy, a ranch school for homeless and underprivileged children in Central Phoenix and the East Valley. Find out more by going to www.splashmob5k.com.
One Illinois retirement community had an usually festive of celebration of Cinco de Mayo this year. Jana Fuelberth connected different cultures and generations with the project she created in Landmark’s Self-Expression and Leadership Program, bringing a Mariachi band, Glenbrook North High School’s Spanish National Honor Society and a variety of Mexican food to the Covenant Village of Northbrook.
Residents wanted to learn Spanish, and began a class in February. Creating the event capitalized on her own desire for getting out and having fun and the residents’ interest in Spanish and Mexican culture. Before the band played, students from the honor society explained the history of Cinco de Mayo in both English and Spanish.
Read more about the event at the Chicago Tribune’s Northbrook local site.