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Support the World’s First Indigenous Leadership Program in Antarctica with Olivia Sorre: Make a Donation!

Teddy Bears Olivia SorreOlivia Sorre and Outback to Icecap have set a goal to take over 250 teddy bears onto the Antarctic Ice Shelf to be photographed by a professional photographer, for an attempt to break a world record for “Toys on the Antarctic Shelf.”

Ms. Sorre is looking forward to taking part in a remarkable leadership program called Outback to Icecap:  the world’s first Indigenous Leadership Expedition in Antarctica. She will be one of 26 travelling mentors who will be walking alongside eight very inspirational young Indigenous adolescents from all over Australia and all walks of life – Allira, Brandon, Tyson, Cori, Shauna, Mikayla, Brody and Dean.

‘I believe this is a lifetime opportunity for me.  It met all of my criteria in being an inspiring leader- the ability to mentor youths, being able to experience Antarctica but above all walk alongside some of the younger Indigenous people. To exchange stories and life experiences with a young person and other travel mentors in such a landmark way is my way of giving back’.   It was for these reasons; I just had to put in an application to become a Travelling Mentor.

- Olivia Sorre

The trip itself is later this year where Ms. Sorre and her team will head off to Argentina onto Antarctica for 16 days kayaking, snow shoeing, ice climbing and attempting to climb a peak. The program is led by Beatrice Imbert and Expedition leader Peter Bland (who is the 1st Australian to have walked to the North and South Poles).

Ms. Sorre is currently raising funds to cover travel costs for Brandon and myself as the two are the only SA representatives.

Olivia Sorre

“Register Your Teddy Bear” where your supplied bear will be taken onto the Antarctic Ice Shelf and photographed by a professional photographer. The Teddy Bear Campaign offers a unique opportunity for Australian businesses or organisations contribute to a program that advances the opportunities for Aboriginal youth.  Many businesses are keen to raffle their bear upon its return for other charitable purposes and Ms. Sorre is more than happy to make herself available to talk about the trip next year.  Click here for the Teddy Bear campaign registration form, and click here for the second part.

The Quiz Night – Silent Auction is on Saturday 8 November 2014 at Clovelly Park Community Centre.  Click here to purchase your tickets.  Any contribution toward the Quiz Night & Silent Auction (i.e. merchandise, gift certificates, services or cash support) is appreciated.  Businesses will be acknowledged to over 200+ guests.  All contributions will need to be received by Friday 31 October 2014.

See the Auction Contributor Information form here.

Your contribution will be enhancing the personal growth, self confidence and resilience of indigenous youth and to bring about their evolution as future leaders, role models and messengers of meaning.

You can reach Ms. Sorre on 0487 515 438 if you are interested in any of the activities above or visit the Outback to Icecap Facebook page. Please circulate this amongst your networks. We greatly appreciate your support!

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Roger A. Lloyd Raises Awareness and Funds in a Fun Way through Game With Heart

Roger Lloyd helps children through his charitable organization "Game With Heart"Named one of Orange County’s 40 Under 40 in 2008, Roger A. Lloyd has been thriving as a franchising executive since 1998. His company, Play N Trade, a mobile entertainment and video game franchise, was recognized as Orange County’s fastest-growing company in 2008.

Mr. Lloyd works with his nonprofit organization, Game With Heart, to fulfill its mission “to combat major societal health issues through the positive power of video games.” Its two main initiatives are combating childhood obesity and improving rehabilitation for burn victims, prosthetic users and those affected by neurological disorders.

From the website:

Roger Lloyd Raises Awareness and Funds in a Fun Way through Game With HeartWhen you register with Game With Heart, not only do you become a member of the most influential Gamer’s Charity, but you are also automatically entered into Game With Heart’s Weekly and Monthly free prize drawing.

Weekly Drawing winners will be notified via the e-mail that they registered with at Game With Heart. Weekly drawing prizes include, but are not limited to Console face plates, video games for the winner’s console of choice, t-shirts from our sponsors and other gaming contributors, sweatshirts, etc.

Roger Lloyd Raises Awareness and Funds in a Fun Way through Game With HeartMonthly Drawing winners will also be notified via the e-mail that they registered with at Game With Heart. Monthly drawing prizes include, but are not limited to various accessory or game bundle packs, gift cards to video game stores near them, various paraphernalia signed by gaming celebrities, or various paraphernalia signed by NBA, NFL, Surfing, Skating, and UFC celebrities that support the Game With Heart Mission and Initiatives.

Mr. Lloyd set up an early detection and prevention outreach program for childhood diabetes by establishing free testing clinics throughout the community, and provided free educational discussion groups and evening courses by those affected by the disease. He and his colleague met with Michael Finnegan, chairman of the board for Play N Trade, to give back to society, and they have since made every effort to help champion the worthy causes of outreach and fundraising for children by working with the second largest video game retailer.

Please visit http://www.gamewithheart.org to learn more about Roger A. Lloyd’s motivation to help children in a fun and positive way through Game With Heart.

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Janet Johnson Drives Donor and Child Sponsorship Initiatives in the Wake of Ebola Crisis

Janet JohnsonJanet Johnson currently oversees all channels of fundraising and meets regularly with key donors. Ms. Johnson, who has been working in this capacity for five years, has honed her expertise in leadership, human resources, sales, and marketing. “When the giving experience of our supporters and donors are delightful we see increased retention (donors renew their gift year after year),” she said in a recent statement. “We see increases in acquisition through referrals and positive word of mouth. Delighted sponsors and donors increase their giving commitment and we enjoy revenue growth, increased engagement and commitment from the giving community of time, talent and treasure ultimately results in increased yield to ministry for World Vision.”

From Worldvision.ca:

Your help is needed today to fight the rapid spread of Ebola in West Africa.

Ebola is a highly contagious, deadly virus to which there is currently no vaccine or cure. It is very important to stop the spread, before the virus rages out of control.

Health services are overwhelmed by the outbreak, with many health workers having been infected and a large number having died. Mothers and children are unable to access much-needed health services for treatment of malaria, diarrhea, or even childbirth. Markets have closed making it difficult to access food. A large humanitarian crisis is looming.

World Vision is working urgently to protect children and their families, by educating communities about how to stop the spread of the virus, as well as providing protective equipment. But with your help we can do more.

World Vision CanadaThrough World Vision Canada, Ms. Johnson initiates charitable causes that serve to stop the spread of disease at its core. Her work with the organization has changed many lives, and she continues to work towards serving as an agent of positive change in the lives of children and adults around the globe.

Click here to sponsor an underprivileged child for the Christmas holiday; your donation will triple in value!

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Sue Tierney Promotes the Advancement of Native Wildlife Protection with Ecotrap Pty Ltd.

Sue Tierney helps underprivileged children with Find a Penny Foundation Inc.Sue Tierney was inspired to establish Ecotrap, a humane animal trap for birds and small deer, by her innate belief that a charity should not be a business. The company’s aim is to provide a humane alternative to traditional trapping methods, and to provide its clients with the best service possible. Ms. Tierney also heads a charitable organization called Find a Penny Foundation Inc. The organization’s aim is to help with the simple things in life, food and clothing, for disadvantaged children.

It is Ms. Tierney’s conviction that all funds offered to the latter organization should be used to help the disadvantaged children who are living on or below the poverty line. Find a Penny will supply food, clothing and the things that other children have, directly to the child. She wants to give them hope.

Sue Tierney also heads Ecotrap Pty LtdMs. Tierney’s mission is to raise public awareness of local disadvantaged children, who are living at or below the poverty line. In her organization, 100-percent of the funds collected by Find a Penny go to help feed underprivileged, young children in their local area. The money collected goes directly to underprivileged children, helping them to obtain food and clothing, and to participate in other activities that are essential to their growth, in which other children in their community are able to engage. The motto is “If you’re hungry, let me feed you, if you’re tired, let me give you a chair.”

Ecotrap is supported by The RSPCA Victoria and The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Australia. These organizations champion the further development of the product, as it has been proven humane in the trapping of feral and domestic dogs and cats, birds, rabbits, bandicoots, wallabies and possums. The Ecotrap is ideal for use in urban as well as rural areas as it is more effective and safer than the traps and cages currently in general use.

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Worldwide Branding Member Theresa Magro, VP of the Michael Magro Foundation, to Hold An Evening of Tasting and Giving Tonight

Theresa MagroTheresa Magro, Vice President of Michael Magro Foundation, will be hosting an annual “Evening of Tasting and Giving” at The Carltun in Long Island’s breathtaking Eisenhower Park. The event is set to begin at 6:30pm EST.

From Long Island Magazine:

Some of Long Island’s best restaurants, bakeries and wineries will be available for tasting. At most recent count, 23 restaurants, five bakeries, and several wineries and breweries had signed on to feature their wares; there will also be a gelato station, as well as two martini bars.

Like any parent, when Ms. Magro’s 13 year old son was diagnosed with cancer, she felt helpless. It was 2005 and her son Michael, who was kind and had such a zest for life, was fighting for his life. Shortly after his diagnosis, Ms. Magro co-founded Michael Magro Foundation, to aid children suffering from cancer. A few short months later, Michael lost his battle with leukemia. In his memory, the foundation honors his life and continues to help other pediatric cancer patients.

Food will be served from the following restaurants:

An Evening of Giving FlyerAqua
Chris and Tony’s
Colombo’s
La Bottega
Park Sports Bar & Grill
Palm Court Restaurant at the Carltun
Spuntino Wino & Tapas
The Farmhouse Kitchen
West East
West End Cafe
A Mano
Cirella’s Restaurant
Ciro’s
Fat Fish Bistro
Sea Levels Restaurant
Jewel Restaurant
Legal Seafood
…and many more!

The annual event will be a celebration of compassion and giving, and baskets will be raffled off for charity. These include “A Girl’s Best Friend,” which encompass items from Michael Kors and Pandora; the “Everything Goes With Wine” basket includes a private wine tasting tour at Waters Crest Winery in Cutchogue, and a basket for those who love coffee—“A Jolt of Nespresso” featuring a Nespresso Pixie coffee maker.

An Evening of Giving Flyer2Event info:

Monday October 6th, 2014
6:30pm to 9:30pm
The Carltun
Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, NY 11554
Tickets are $75 per person, must be purchased in advance.

The Michael Magro Foundation is a 501 ©3 non-profit organization, which was established in January 2005 to honor the life of Michael Magro, a 13 year old who was diagnosed with leukemia, and passed away within months of his diagnosis. During his illness, Mike never gave up; his remarkable courage and strength were an inspiration to all who were blessed to know him. Michael never gave up; to watch Theresa Magro in action makes one realize where Michael gained his tenacity and strength.

For more information about the Michael Mangro Foundation, visit our Facebook page or http://www.michaelmagrofoundation.com

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Martine L. Nolletti, Chairman of Cornerstone Project Incorporated, Strives to Assist Underprivileged Women and Children in Africa

Martine NollettiWhen Martine L. Nolletti met the co-founder of Cornerstone Project Incorporated, a native Kenyan, she felt compelled to give back to the women and children of Kenya. Currently serving as the chairman for the nonprofit organization, she assists in providing education for AIDS orphans in Kenya. In her position, Ms. Nolletti oversees all daily business operations and logistics. This includes orchestrating education and housing for children orphaned by the AIDS pandemic in Northwest Kenya. Currently, Cornerstone Project Incorporated is working diligently to construct a boarding school in the area which will house and teach both orphaned and tuition paying students. Seeking to minimize annual operating costs, they will rely partially on charitable donations to maintain the institution. Ever eager to bring awareness to this cause, and receive additional donations, Ms. Nolletti also handles fundraising, business development, and design in pursuit of ecological sustainability for Cornerstone Project Incorporated. Attributing her success to collaborating with and listening to others, she plans to raise money to open a vocational high school and conference center for adult education.

As with most journeys, Ms. Nolletti’s journey for personal empowerment lead her to the absolute and resolute desire to assist others in  achieving their own empowerment, especially where these challenges are the greatest: for the children of the poorest of the poor, living in the worst of circumstances. This is how she began her journey and where she found her own peace in the process. Ms. Nolletti feels that she has been blessed with good health and good fortune along the way and it has been a great gift to assist others in flourishing.

Martine L. Nolletti pushes to help orphaned children in Kenya by providing for them opportunities for advancement

Martine L. Nolletti pushes to help orphaned children in Kenya by providing for them opportunities for advancement

It has been Ms. Nolletti’s observation that many well-intended projects in the philanthropic arena fail, and she has come to some conclusions as to why. “Many projects are taken on from a ‘missionary’ ideology,” she says, “and imply that the group being served does not have the sovereign capability to manage themselves. This smacks of the colonialist mentality that has decimated entire cultures for millennia. My approach is to provide assistance to an area or a project where the change is sought after by the group themselves, organically and with respect to that areas culture. Women and children are at the heart of my philanthropic pursuits as they have been most largely marginalized globally.”

“Another area I have observed that maligns the philanthropic arena is the paradoxical ego attachment on the part of the philanthropist. This produces control issues that typically strangle a project before it even gets out of the gates. I try to assume all projects have nothing to do with me…because they don’t really. That has been the key to my success.”

Ms. Nolletti is professionally affiliated with US Green Building Council. Away from the demands of her work, she enjoys Yoga, gardening, traveling, architecture, and interior design.

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Daniel LeBlanc Gives Youngsters “A Home for Life” at “L’appart à moi”

Daniel LeBlancThough Daniel LeBlanc has a long professional career with the CN Railroad, and is involved in all aspects of rail-based logistic solutions for customers across multiple industries, he feels that one of his proudest achievements was creating a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide appropriate long-term housing for individuals with intellectual disabilities, such as his own adult son. Together with other parents, Mr. LeBlanc established the foundation known as “L’Appart a moi” with the objective of making this dream a reality. The project consists of several bachelor-type condominiums that will be designed to meet the needs of these individuals. As Mr. LeBlanc explained, it is crucial for special needs individuals to have safe and secure housing so that they may fully contribute to society in their own ways. Though financing such projects is always challenging, the most critical aspect of the organization is having committed, well-intentioned people at the helm. Mr. LeBlanc considers himself fortunate to be working with just such a group of dedicated parents and individuals that share this common vision. He is also grateful for the support he receives from his employer.

Mr. LeBlanc believes that everyone is entitled to a long, full, and happy life, and he and his wife plan to give their three sons the best opportunities in life while making unique provisions for their son with special needs so he may maintain his independence. Once the first complex has been constructed, Mr. LeBlanc plans to share his journey with other parents, with the hope that the Foundation’s mission will be adopted by other groups across Canada.

From the website:

This project was conceived by a group of parents wanting to offer a stable, permanent and safe living environment to their adult children with Down Syndrome or another intellectual disability.
Daniel LeBlanc heads L'appart à moi, a project that seeks to help people with Downs Syndrome to fight poverty and vulnerability, and find affordable and sustainable housingThese parents have always encouraged their adult children to develop their intellectual, physical and social skills to the best of their ability. They are an integrated part of their family and their community.
Having reached adulthood, they now wish to prove that they are ready and willing to face the challenges of independent living.
In order to help them reach this lifelong dream, L’appart à moi has chosen the following mission:
  • To fight against poverty and vulnerability of young adults with an intellectual disability
  • To offer a stable and permanent living environment in their own apartment
  • To allow a natural transition while continuing their integration into society

Mr. LeBlanc received a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering in 1979. In his spare time, he is heavily involved with the Special Olympics. In three years, Mr. LeBlanc expects to have completed his first building. He will then lead the charge to build additional ones.

To keep track of the project’s progress, visit http://www.lappartamoi.ca.

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Heather Laanbroek Supports BARK NZ, an Organization that Champions Safety of Children Around Dogs

Girl safely hugs a Golden RetrieverBARK is an acronym for Building Awareness aRound K9s, and Heather Laanbroek serves as the Director of operations at BARK Ltd. She has been at this post for a number of years, and she has forged new ground in the nonprofit business management sector. The innovative nonprofit business leader demonstrates a shining expertise in general management, and adeptly runs the company’s the daily operations, ensuring that BARK Ltd. offers solutions for educators that enable children to learn how to remain safe around dogs.

Heather Laanbroek champions the initiatives of BARK NZ, a nonprofit organisation that pushes for children's safety around dogs

Heather Laanbroek champions the initiatives of BARK NZ, a nonprofit organisation that pushes for children’s safety around dogs

Ms. Laanbroek attributes her success to her dedication to remaining current in her field. She became involved in her profession after volunteering for another organization and recognizing a need for a dog safety education business. She earned a Postgraduate Diploma from Massey University, and has remained abreast of trends and developments in the field as a member of numerous Animal Welfare Organizations. In the near future, Ms. Laanbroek would like BARK to become a national organization.

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Kelvin Glen Paves the Way to Growth in Educational Programs in Africa

Kelvin GlenAfter two decades of success in the nonprofit and corporate social investment industries, Kelvin Glen is uniquely qualified to lead The Tiger Brands as director. This foundation focuses on providing education and school feeding programs that feed 4,300 children in 62 schools. As director of the organization, Mr. Glen ensures that the strategy and budget are achieved. He also works with schools and the government. Mr. Glen’s hard work and ability to work at strategic and operational levels have led him to continued success at the company. He has seen how much work needs to be done in Africa, and is passionate about making a difference.

Mr. Glen is pursuing a Master of Business Administration, and earned a degree in social science in 1993. Prior to joining The Tiger Brands, he served a number of boards in both executive and non-executive roles. He also worked at companies including the Charities Aid Foundation Australia, the South African Red Cross and the Giving Organisation. In recognition of his achievements, Mr. Glen was recently inducted into Worldwide Branding. Looking forward, he aims to gain more experience at an executive level, increase his strategic expertise, publish more reports and train others.

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Marsha Goldford Demonstrates Human Resources Management Expertise while Helping Kids and Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Marsha GoldfordMarsha Goldford serves as the Director of Human Resources for the Developmental Disabilities Association. A certified human resources professional with 15 years of experience working with public sector and nonprofit organizations, Ms. Goldford has spent the past two years working with the nonprofit dedicated to providing community-based programs and services to children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families. It is within this capacity, as well as her work as an independent consultant and community volunteer, that Ms. Goldford is able to employ her areas of expertise in human resources management and labor relations. As the director of human resources, Ms. Goldford provides advice and support for a range of human resources and labor relations activities including HR policy, recruitment, employee learning and development, organizational development, employee engagement, HR metrics, employee health, safety and wellness, benefits planning and records management.

Marsha Goldford helps children and adults with developmental disabilitiesThe success that Ms. Goldford has achieved throughout her professional endeavors is attributed to her ability to maintain strong relationships within her network of varied business contacts as well as her 12-plus years’ experience in line management roles in the social housing field. She is also a strong advocate for the use of technology as a means of offering affordable, accessible and innovative programs and services for organizations on a tight budget.

In order to prepare for her career, Ms. Goldford earned a master’s degree in public administration from Queens University in 1978. She also received certification in human resources and training design and facilitation. In recognition of her accomplishments, Ms. Goldford was recently inducted into Worldwide Branding. Additionally, she functions as a consultant for the BC Non-Profit Housing Association and its member agencies, as well as Shelter Net BC. She is an active volunteer mentor with Dress for Success Vancouver and a past-president and active board member for the Red Door Housing Society. In the coming years, Ms. Goldford plans to retire and expand her consulting work with nonprofit organizations locally and beyond both on a fee-for-service and pro bono basis.

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