Category Archives: Fund Raising
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.
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
On 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.
On July 20th, Schools 4 Change held its first Ramadan dinner in London. The dinner, the Self-Expression and Leadership Program project of Aamna Khokhar, was both a fundraiser for a school in Pakistan and an opportunity for religious acceptance, cultural equality and generational togetherness, as both Muslim and non-Muslim were invited to come and share with us the possibility of building bridges in communities.
Schools for Change is building a school in Pakistan for females. They have established a choice of curriculum, gotten a team in action and secured 11 acres of land on which to build the school. They have had a number of successful events over the last year and intend to continue to have more to entertain and raise money at the same time. Their job now is to raise enough funds to be able to start the building work and for that £20,000 is needed, of which ‘a feast of conversation’ started the work towards.
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.
When Sofia Vatos took part in Landmark’s Self-Expression and Leadership Program in Melbourne, Australia, she knew she wanted to contribute to her family and the town many came from, Plomari, on the island of Lesbos in Greece. Since the European Union’s austerity measures began, the once beautiful town began to crumble.
Vatos set up My Big Fat Greek Contribution to raise money for the town, and held a dinner and dance on May 17 as a fundraiser. She plans to visit the town this summer to help a volunteer group maintain the village.
Here’s more about the project in Vatos’ words:
When I go to the island of Lesvos to visit the village of Plomari, I am so proud of my heritage and the privilege of my life. I created this community fund raising charity event for the village as I really care about its future and want to honour its people. When I first started the project I thought, who is going to care about raising money for a village that only I care about. I had no idea how to make this happen, all I knew is that I wanted it to be successful, especially given the current crisis in Greece. I was unstoppable.
Thankfully my sister was enrolled and contributed so much in so many ways. I walked the streets during the day and at night and shared my event to the world and why I am doing it. I had plenty of people say ‘yes’ and ‘no’. Those who said yes, I requested payment to secure their booking immediately. This was new. In the past, I would have left it unsettled and unconfirmed, with unsuccessful results. I would make up excuses as to why I would not ask and cover up. I had a breakthrough in being straight with people and being genuine, instead of my internal dialogue running the show.
Over 126 people attended the dinner dance. Over 40 sponsors contributed door prizes and raffles. We raised just under $5,000, which I will take to Greece with me this year to spend it on community amenities. My parents are so proud of their daughters standing to make a difference for their village. I will forever recommend the Self Expression and Leadership Program. It took me on a journey, where I have never been before. Read more at mybigfatgreekcontribution.com.