Help Is Coming

First off let me start by saying how excited I am for all the progress that has been made! I named today’s post “Help Is Coming” because I can feel how close I am getting to be able to travel to Haiti and help out Emily and Montanna.

I have to say that during this project of fundraising and especially during putting this Charity Dinner together I have found connections I never knew I had. A big shout out I need to give is to Julia Monk who is such a phenomenal best friend and has been there for me every step that I’ve needed her.

In other news I have designed a poster for the Dinner! I’m planning on getting them out ASAP to get more publicity, I also want to mention “Eyes On Windsor” thank you for your interest in helping me out.

My hopes are that I can fill the room (150 people) and then have to request a bigger room before the event, so everyone get out there and sell some tickets, tell friends, family, and even strangers!

 

Another quick shout out I have yet to post how I have been feeling about any struggles that I face putting all this together and successes, once I get to Haiti I promise to be thorough and “Deep”  with emotion for every one :); I digress. I want to thank Lauren Cropper, I’ve been following her blog and she has such motivational and reassuring/reminding blog posts. I recently purchased her book “Self-Worth: The tie that binds” The book is fantastic, keeps me going stronger than before and has definitely taught me some things I have needed and may need during my journey to Haiti and while I’m there. THANKS LAUREN! check out her blog www.BetweenFearandLove.com

For todays quote I’m going to be para-phrasing from Lauren’s book.

“…I noticed there tended to be a lot of confusion over different definitions of personal constructs, particularly self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-worth… it makes sense that there would be authors who used them interchangeably. However, I believe the three are uniquely different, and distinguishing between them is important.”

~Lauren Cropper; Self-Worth:the tie that binds

I find this passage in her book one of the most important. If you can figure out the difference between them all and the role they play in your life you can learn to be a better person, not just for other people but for yourself.

“Open your mind to the world; learn how to change YOURSELF and you can change the world”

~Justin Parkinson

Coming Along

Today seemed to be a pretty good day for progress! I woke up this morning a little tired still recuperating from from the night/ morning I was helping Julia Monk film her painting, which will be released about 2 weeks before the charity dinner. If you haven’t seen the Teaser video I’ll be linking it.

Continuing with my progress; I finally pulled my self out of bed and got to the Caboto club and gave my deposit for the room to officially reserve it, then headed off to get my tickets printed. After a long day of work I was able to meet up with Julia and start some more filming for the documentary. I picked up the tickets and they turned out way better than I could have wished for. We went back to Julia’s to cut out some of the tickets I got about 25-40 done so far… it’s a very long process and got more footage. These tickets are definitely something that you will want to keep, they are very nice.

I managed to get to Ten Thousand Villages today and spoke to the owner of the store and she was super generous and donated a gift card for $25 and a sculpture from a Haitian artisan; what a great package! If you’re interested in how Ten Thousand Villages works with artisans and Fair Trade check out their website.

Get your tickets! $25

Some more great news Emily was picked to write a little article for She Loves Magazine, which I nominated her for because she’s such an inspiration to so many people especially me!

Thank you everyone for the support!

Keep and eye for Julia’s “In The Making” video’s

Links:

Painting Teaser Video

Ten Thousand Villages

She Loves Magazine

Julia Monk

 

A picture is worth a thousand words; a memory is worth a million.

~Justin Parkinson

Recording For Life

Some fun news and potentially more stuff you can buy to help support “Hime For Help“! My friend Julia Monk has decided to create a documentary on my Haiti fundraising. Julia is an amazing producer and has also been helping me with a few projects to get my fundraiser off the ground. We are currently discussing  having a public release in Windsor and also creating DVD’s for purchase. This is something you want to keep an eye out for. Thanks Julia!

As usual feeling generous here’s 2 quotes

There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.
~ John Holmes

Give yourself entirely to those around you. Be generous with your blessings. A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal. 
~ Steve Maraboli

Charity Date Set!

Great news!

It’s official the date is booked for the “Just’in Hime For Help” Charity Pasta Dinner at the Giovanni Caboto Club. Mark Thursday Oct. 11th on your calenders!

Start saving your pennies! There will be a Silent Auction with a few high end items, full Pasta Dinner, 50/50 draw and more!

The fundraiser is still in development but get your tickets now before they are gone. The bands that may be playing/ performing are still TBA (To be announced) I will be posting it on the “Just’in Hime For Help” Facebook page, I will also be creating a Side tab on my blog for more information as well. I hope to see all the seats filled I can’t wait to see you all there!

Tickets are $25, if you want anymore information or would like to purchase some tickets let me know.

 

Hime For Help T-shirts are also being sold as of immediately for $10 and should be available for purchase at the Charity dinner. all proceeds will go Hime For Help, message me your size.

Hime For Help T-shirt $10

 

 

Mobile: 226.345.2951

Email: Justinparkinson@hotmail.com

 

“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.” 

– Bill Copeland

Close To Perfect

Hello every one I just receive a message from Emily about looking for people to do fundraisers to help them get a house to accommodate everyone appropriately. Please just take a minute to read her message over I will be posting a link to her website, which is also on the side bar of my blog. I you cannot donate please at least pass the word, every little bit helps!

Dear Friends/Family,

Caleb’s House is desperately seeking relocation as the house, and as most of you already know is too small, unsafe, and also unsanitary for us and most importantly the children. The house we had previously planned to rent fell through as we would only be able to rent the house for 2 months and we need something more permanent. We are currently located on a highway road without a fence and have already had tires fly off of trucks into our yard where the children are playing. Have also had a few other security issues in terms of people entering our property that were unwanted. We also experience issues with electricity and water.. we only get electricity about once every two weeks and we have gone 3 times now without water for over 3 days each time which leaves the kids unable to bath, our cook unable to cook, and us unable to wash clothes. All of the children’s families are located in the port au prince/petionville area and where we are located now is about an hour and a half from them. They are unable to visit the children because they cannot afford transportation. We have desperately been seeking a house to rent in the petionville area and finally came across the perfect house. It has 5 bedrooms, it is 2 levels, has a huge living room, a big kitchen, two bathrooms, a large yard to play in, it is situated next to the hospital that I have the children registered at, it has a big wall and gate for security, and it is in a very quiet and secure area. However, the owner is asking $10,000 per year for the house- which is not in our budget at the moment. I am still negotiating the price with the owner but also looking around for other houses- so far, no luck !! We need to find a house by this week or we will have to remain in the house we are currently in for another year since I have to register the children at school on Monday ! I do not wish to take the children out of school half way through their school year. I am asking if any friends or family will be able to assist us with fundraising or if anyone has any ideas for us that will help us raise the money to rent the house for the year !! Any help will be truly appreciated. Every penny counts and even just by spreading the word it will help us greatly. Please help me to provide a comfortable home for my children who so badly deserve it !!!

Please message me if you have any fundraising ideas or are able to assist us in any way !
Thank you.
Much love,
Emily

Website: www.HimeForHelp.org

Email: Emily@himeforhelp.org

I’m feeling generous today with quotes.

As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.

~Audrey Hepburn

Help others get ahead. You will always stand taller with someone else on your shoulders.

~Bob Moawad

In The Rain With Nothing

So I’m finally back in talks with venues, unfortunately I’m pushing the date back to hopefully no later than Mid-September but I will keep everyone posted.

I find myself scouring the internet for blogs on Haiti to hear about what’s going on not just with Emily and her orphanage. I want to be educated on all the oppression, sadness and fear; also all the great things that have/ are happening  and blessings that God has/is giving. One of the blogs I follow by Megan Boudreaux posted recently about an article she written for SheLovesMagazine; Here is a little excerpt (once I read some of it I had to read the rest, just follow the link to continue reading.): 

Megan! Megan! Come, see! Someone is here for you!“ I heard my neighbor yelling from the front gate. As I tried to see who it was through the downpour and the dark, I decided to go outside and check. I ran through the rain and opened my gate. I looked down and saw six-year-old Michaelle, soaking wet, looking exhausted with some clothes balled up in her hand.

 …She finally looked up from the ground and said a sentence I’ll never forget as long as I live: “They said they don’t want me anymore … that you can have me.”

To read the rest of the piece and check out more of SheLovesMagazine,” click here!

Michaelle

Thank you everyone for the support I wish I had more to report on but things are kind of in a Limbo state as for progress a lot of hurry-up and waiting.

Today’s quote doesn’t really tie in with the blog per se but I liked it because it reminds me of all the strong people around the globe sticking out the worst conditions giving up their luxuries to help those who have next to or even nothing! I feel these people put others opinions aside, do what they think they were called up for … to do what feels right and don’t need approval to do what they think needs attention; I feel all these Life Savers pretty much want is just respect for their choices.

“Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend.”

~Albert Camus