Author Archives: Julia Taylor

Self-Expression and Leadership Programme Projects from Bangalore

From India comes this video which highlights projects created in Landmark’s Self-Expression and Leadership Programme in Bangalore.

Home Stretch Helps Homeless, Expresses a Passion for Music

LSD - home stretchBahareh 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.

Save Our Planet Winner Love Leitrim Acknowledged by Gandhi Grandson

LSD - save our planetRecently 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.

Art Fayre Helps Homeless in Belfast

LSD - art fayreOn Saturday, August 10th, a group of ten local artists in Belfast will come together to exhibit and sell their work, with a portion of the proceeds going towards The Welcome Organisation, a charity for housing the homeless.

Different types of arts and craftwork, including jewelry, ceramics, painting and more, will be on display at the event, which is taking place at the Presbyterian Church on Berry Street (behind Primark), from 10am-4pm.

The event, titled ‘Folk Town Art Fayre’, is Niamh MacAuley’s community project in Landmark’s Self-Expression and Leadership Programme. 

Pets Microchipped, Animal Charities Supported

The following is an excerpt from an article in the Fullham Chronicle about a project created in the Self-Expression and Leadership Program.

Dog lover puts best foot forward

A dog lover went walkies for a good cause to support two animal charities. David Watson, of Brackenbury Village, planned the three-mile sponsored walk around Wormwood Srubs on Saturday.Despite blustery winds, 35 people turned out with their pets to raise £160 for Blue Cross and the Dogs Trust.Dog owners had the chance to get their pets microchipped free and pick up some dog product vouchers.

Mr. Watson was prompted to organise the fundraiser while studying a self-development course with Landmark.

“I love dogs. I had dogs when I was a child, and we adopted Lucy from Battersea Dogs Home two-and-a-half years ago,” he said. “When she was in a little scrap, Blue Cross treated the other dog.”

And on Sunday, the charitable man was busy taking part in the London and Brighton bike ride to raise cash for the British Heart Association.

Red Lippy Project Raises Awareness of Cervical Cancer

LSD - red lippy projectThe Red Lippy project, created by Caroline Muhlich as her project in Landmark’s Self-Expression and Leadership Programme, has gone viral in its efforts to raise awareness about Cervical Cancer. The campaign, which encourages people to wear different shades of red lipstick as an awareness tool, has been written about in the London Evening Standard and The Telegraph, and is been support by a host of individuals and organisations.

The campaign comes at a time when screenings for Cervical Cancer in the UK are at an extremely low rate, according to the telegraph. Cervical Cancer is the most common form of cancer for women under 35.