Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Jenny's Hero of the Month....Francis Mancho!!!

This amazing story made my week.Thanks a lot for sharing Dr. SEA..

I constantly seek inspiration and the story of a teenager's work in his community is very inspiring.

Former talk show host Jenny Jones through her charitable foundation, "The Jenny Jones Foundation" is prepared to give away $2 million for causes around the US of A!

Francis Mancho from Budd Lake, New Jersey is Jenny's Hero for the month of June 2011.

He’s still in high school but 18-year-old Francis Mancho is already a hero in his community. Francis is in his fourth year of volunteering at Matheny Medical and Educational Center in Peapack, New Jersey, a hospital, school, and home to children and young adults with severe developmental disabilities. Francis requested $3,000 to purchase two touch screen computers to help him teach the youth entrepreneurial skills by selling organic produce to the staff from a community garden that he created last year.

"On May 31st 2010, I started a community garden on a 20 x 15 foot plot at the United Presbyterian Church in Flanders, New Jersey," he wrote in his application. "I asked our pastor and the Church Session for space to create my garden and they approved my project. My parents, sister and cousin helped to dig out the turf from the soccer field during Memorial Day weekend to get the garden started."

This year, Francis increased the size of the garden to 30 x 20 feet and has already planted tomatoes, green peppers, eggplant, squash (green and yellow), collard greens, pumpkin, turnip, cabbage, broccoli, parsley, lettuce, basil, thyme, beets, rosemary, cilantro, onions, garlic, carrots, and radishes. They will be sold at a Tea Time Café the students operate twice a week.

Read the rest of the story.......

Up to 100 students will benefit from his gift. Francis starts college this fall at Lasalle University in Philadelphia. He has participated in various projects in his community...

This young man is "just too much" for lack of a better phrase! The smart, intelligent and self sacrificing athlete is a role model and leader in the making.......

His parents must be extremely proud..

Thumbs up Francis.Wish you all the best in college and keep up the great work.


Friday, June 24, 2011


Presenting....Events Galore..In honour of my "One Year in the UK" anniversary.lol!

Adjusting to life in the small industrial town of Barrow in Furness. was not easy!!Life in the predominantly county, Cumbria has turned out to be not as bad...I am actually enjoying the peace and quiet!I believe that to truely enjoy a place you have to imerse yourself in the culture in one way or other!So far it has been - british pop music, doing lots of walks to enjoy the beautiful scenery and checking out the local events.

One of the things I love about living in a small town is that everything is a big deal....the town comes out with much enthusiasm for the public events! I have become an unofficial Ambassador of Cumbria..lol..It is beautiful county..If you love the outdoors you will definitely enjoy it! My stay has been filled with lots of what I call "culture moments" especially at work..The one thing I still do not get is British humour!!

There are have been a fair share of events in the past couple of weeks...Enjoy the picture story.

Keswick to Barrow 40 mile Walk - I am participated in the 45th K2B walk to raise money for local charities!"...The idea of walking from Keswick to Barrow originated in 1966 as a result of a statement made by the late US President, John F Kennedy to the effect that "every American should be capable of walking 50 miles a day". At this time the first Polaris Submarine - HMS Resolution was being built at the shipyard in Barrow and several American experts were resident in the area assisting with the project.." This was a big deal for me. I have not done anything like this in my life.I walked 18 miles from Keswick to Monk Coniston.

At the 18 mile mark - Lake Coniston!!

Cartmel Races (Cartmel) - Didn't bet on any horse...I am not a tierce fan...lol!It was fun to watch..

I could not try this..."Reverse Bunchee jumping" keh? A friend tried to convince me to go on this to no avail....lol!

It was a fun day of different games, jewelry, bags, art and craft!!

Holker Garden Festival (Cark) - Awesome floral and garden displays..."Made in Cumbria Marquee" featuring local foods, jewelry, arts and craft..and of course more shopping... I tell myself that I am giving back to the local economy....lol

Bits and pieces from the Made in Cumbria Marquee..

This has to be a Cumbrian speciality....Sheep inspired fragrances..lol

Lots of outdoor displays..

Tesco Race for Life (Barrow in Furness) - OK, I have not seen this many people in pink!Lots of ambience as 800 women and by standers came out for 5 Km race for life...to raise money for Cancer Research UK! When I heard about this I didn't think twice about it because I have lost family to this disease, know a few survivors and a handful who continue to battle with the disease by the day.I believe that every little counts towards finding a cure!!

My 2011 GLIN (God-Love-Invest-Network) mantra has been great soo far and I thank God..Words can't describe it..So watch the video below..from my Afropop gospel collection..lol!!

Looking forward to a fun-filled weekend.

Have a good one people...



Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A PoP OuT FaShIoN MaRkEt.......

If you an accessories junkie like moi then you do not want to miss - A PoP OuT FaShIoN MaRkEt.......

Votre Avant Garde (VAG), the creators of critically acclaimed fashion show, CamerCouture are set to makeover summer wardrobes with their latest project, Pop Up FashionMarket. A trendy bazaar connecting emerging fashion designers and creative businesses with new markets, the event is scheduled to take place at the Real World Gallery in London’s Brick Lane.
It will feature creations from fashion and accessories designers, artists and beauty product sellers.

VAG Trio (L to R): Cynthia Anduhtabe,Ngum Ngafor, Isabel Bezeng

“The Pop Up market is an off-shoot of CamerCouture,” explained VAG CEO, Cynthia Anduhtabe. “We realised that people enjoyed the fashion shows immensely but also wanted effective ways of purchasing the designers’ unique creations and keeping up to date with their work. However reaching their favourite designers and discovering new ones is often not easy.
Our Pop Up FashionMarket presents a reliable and fun solution to this problem by offering great place for creatives and fashionistas to meet and build lasting relationships,” she added.

The fashion executive is also confident about the value this event - which has gained interest from VoxAfrica TV, glossy magazine, FAB and various bloggers - will deliver for participating designers. “With thousands of regular visitors, Brick Lane is a pulsating fashion hub which bears a bright, multicultural stamp. There’s no better place to venture into new markets and test business ideas,” she observed. Fashion labels, Amechi Ihenacho, Asakeoge Couture, Rouge by Rachelle, Yaa Ataa Bags, Rococo Chichi and Adolfo Sanchez are among participants for the event, scheduled for Sunday July 3rd 2011.

For information on how to acquire a selling space, please contact Cynthia Anduhtabe on: 07834 321 373 and take advantage of our promotional offer of £65 for fashion and accessories designers and £35 for beauty products.

It's A PoP OuT FaShIoN MaRkEt....Check it out if you are in London!!

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