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Mystic Celt Event Supports Emergency Water System in Phillipines

LSD - water philippinesA project created in Landmark’s Self-Expression and Leadership Program is on its way to raising $10,000 to build an emergency water system in Quezon City in the Philippines, an area still impacted by the devastating 2013 typhoon.

The crowd sourced fundraising campaign is culminating with ‘Drinks for Drinks’, an open bar event at Mystic Celt in Chicago, where supporters pay $25 for unlimited drinks and have a chance to win a variety of raffle prizes. Children International is the beneficiary of this event and the $10,000 campaign, with 100% of the money raised going directly towards building this particular water system.

The event is being held this Friday, February 28, starting at 9pm and going until midnight – Mystic Celt is located at 3443 N. Southport in Chicago.

To contribute or find out more, check out the Water Well Wishes Crowdrise campaign.

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.

My Big Fat Greek Contribution

LSD - plomariWhen 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

First Capital Connect Supports Home-Start

The project created by Andy West in the Landmark Self-Expression and Leadership Program to collect Christmas presents for underprivileged St Albans children has led to long term support of the Home-Start Charity by First Capital Connect.

Home-Start provides support to families and their children in need, and was the vehicle through which West’s project collected presents through donations from commuters. First Capital Connect supported West’s project, and is now offering long-term support to the Home-Start charity, according to the St Albans and Harpenden Review.

FCC will arrange fundraising events, donate raffle prizes, and arrange for days out for Home-Start support families. According to a Home-Start spokesperson,

“”This initiative will see local commuters becoming more aware of the vital work we do with families, through information displays at the stations. Schemes will benefit from money raised at the stations, through events such as carol singing at Christmas.”


Homegrown Hustle, Hoops in Oakland

A three-on-three basketball tournament is coming to Oakland on Saturday, February 9th, as Chris Bolaza’s project that he created in Landmark Education’s Self-Expression and Leadership Program. ‘Homegrown Hustle’ is open to young men and women age 16-20, and will take place at the Bushrod Recreation Center, which the event is benefiting.

Registration for the event is $50, and in addition to competing to win the tournament and an engraved trophy, each player on each team will receive their very own digital copy of their games, as each game played will be documented by Homegrown Hustle’s own videographers. Read more at

Film Celebrates Lewes Seniors

One man has been at work creating a film celebrating the lives of seniors in the town of Lewes, according to a blog about local projects created in Landmark Education’s Self-Expression and Leadership Programme. Steve Lovell shares why he undertook the project:

“I want to build an archive of lives experienced in Lewes that could be built on in future years. There are some amazing stories out there that may otherwise be lost to time.”

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