Great Things Happen

It’s just under a week away from the dinner on October 11th at the Caboto club and I was really nervous to see how many ticket were sold and expected people at the door. Like before one week I felt there was going to be too many people the next not enough and then back and forth. Well great news we’ve sold around 75 tickets and are expecting anywhere from 25-30 people at the door, that’s not including anyone who’s saw/heard the news paper ads, TV ads, and radio ads. It looks like this event is going to be an amazing turn out and success.

More great news Emily and the kids have moved into a new house! Thanks Bridge 2 Haiti who has paid rent on the house for a year.

“Our BEAUTIFUL new home .. Thank you Bridge2Haiti– Sarah Griffith for sponsoring this place for us. We can’t express enough our appreciation. <3″ 

~Emily Hime

The new name for the house is “Maison Ke Kontan” -Happy Heart House

Maison Ke Kontan

There’s only 6 more days to the dinner and the good news just keeps coming in! People are slowly donating more items for the raffles, I just have to pick up a few more supplies for the centre pieces and people who can’t make it out are buying tickets anyway (^_^). Like I said before it looks like this dinner is going to be a success but it’s still going to be a lot of work.

Thank you to everyone who has taken the time out of their days and nights to help me out. Whether you made phone calls, went door to door, blew up Facebook with advertising about the event, filmed every moment of my progress (Thanks Jules) or just wrote and article or told a friend; thank you every one who has helped, it has made a huge difference.

As the days are counting down to the event I get more anxious to find out how much I can give to Maison Ke Kontan especially now that I have an estimated date of departure which is late November .

Once again can’t tell every one enough how thankful I am for all the support.

Special Thanks to Sarah Griffith & Bridge 2 Haiti.

http://www.bridge2haiti.com/en/

“Life is not how it is supposed to be; It is the way it is; The way you choose to live in it and make a difference is up to you.”

-Justin Parkinson

Counting Down

Times ticking, the Charity dinner is closing in. There’s about a week and half left and I’m getting nervous. I’m sure the event is going to turn out great but throwing all of this together in just under 2 months was a bit challenging but I’ve have a lot of great help.

The silent auction items came in the other day and they look amazing! Hopefully they go to a nice home.

The other day Emily Hime shared a video from her two volounteer’s who assisted her recently. I really found this video moving and it really shows the reality of things. The kids looked like they were having a blast and don’t have nearly as much as we do here.

Most recently I did some more math to figure out when I’d have enough money in my savings from my paycheck’s to cover all my at home bills. The dates I came up with were between November 9th and 23rd. The dates aren’t set in stone but I’m looking towards the week of November 25th. Finger’s crossed all goes well I’ll be there sooner than later :).

Don’t forget to get your tickets for the Dinner Oct. 11th only $25 at the Caboto Club in Windsor, you get dinner with lot’s of entertainment! Elvis Tribute & friends, Rocketships and Emerald Seas. There is also going to be a lot of awesome raffles. You can contact me by phone or email. 

Justinparkinson@hotmail.com

226.345.2951

Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

~Saint Francis of Assisi

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

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