Hello and a very warm welcome to my newly relaunched blog. I'm Paul a 40 year old family man from the UK. In this complex, information overload 21st century world, too often we lose sight of what's really important. Here I want to celebrate life, share inspirational stories, throw the spotlight on charities and causes close to my heart. Looking forward to sharing this journey with you all.
Thursday, 13 May 2010
Smiles that can change our world!
Every time I see my little boy's face light up with wonder, beaming a huge smile back at me, suddenly all the troubles of the world just melt away.
So continuing on that theme here's three very special charities which I would like to bring to your attention
You may well have seen the link on the right hand side of this blog as I first featured this charity a month or so ago after a fellow writer on dooyoo told me all about it as it provides much needed care for her grandson.
Kent Kids Miles of Smiles was founded in March 1993, with the sole aim of spreading some sunshine into the lives of sick and disabled children. It's a small regional British charity that has really struggled for funding during the recession, so I'm more than happy to give it any extra promotion that I can.
The lady in question kindly gave me her permission to publish an extract from the deeply moving message she wrote to me - I think you'll agree it's much more powerful and personal than anything I could write here myself
"I just wanted to mention a charity very close to my heart, Kent Kids, Miles of Smiles. They are a Kent based children's charity, who have supported my young grandson, Miles Griffiths, for over 18 months. Miles was born with spastic quadriplegia, he is 8 this year but cannot sit, mobilise, speak or even swallow due to his condition.
He is fed via a jejunostomy tube into his bowel (as his stomach does not work) and his care needs are so great that my daughter was unable to continue caring for him at home. She has two other children and was becoming ill with the sheer hard work involved after 6 years care giving with little or no help.
We try to do our bit for the charity and support their fundraising ventures, but as you can imagine the current recession has hit the charity's donations very hard. If you would consider highlighting Kent Kids on your blog, I would be very grateful."
2) A smile for a child
The Aims of the charity are to provide grants for disabled and disadvantaged children, to allow them to participate and progress in sport, this can be to a Club, an Organisation or to an individual child.
This could be funds for a sports wheelchair for a disabled child, to sports equipment for a club or organisation.
3) The Smile Train - changing the world one smile at a time
And finally, a way that you can literally help put a smile back on a child's face with a global charity appeal on behalf of the world's leading Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate charity
From the site
"Unlike many charities that do many different things, The Smile Train mission is focused on solving a single problem: cleft lip and palate.
Clefts are a major problem in developing countries where there are millions of children who are suffering with unrepaired clefts. Most cannot eat or speak properly. Aren’t allowed to attend school or hold a job. And face very difficult lives filled with shame and isolation, pain and heartache.
The good news is every single child with a cleft can be helped with surgery that costs as little as $250 and takes as little as 45 minutes."
One of the featured stories:
One day, they heard a radio announcement that Hospital de Especialidades Pediatricas was performing surgeries for children born with cleft deformities and that the cost of the surgeries was being covered by The Smile Train.
It took them an entire day by bus to get to the hospital, but their trip was well worth it. Soon after they arrived, they received the wonderful news that Nicholas would receive free surgery. The surgery was a success and now the whole family is overcome with happiness and smiles!"
If you would like to make a donation, remember $250 pays for surgery for one child but any amount would be gratefully received
It's a longer term target, but for my own part , I'm aiming to put aside up to £50 a month of future online earnings for the charity, so that hopefully I can reach the target within a few months.
To have the chance to literally change a child's life for a couple of hundred dollars is quite something I'm sure you'll agree - thanks to the work of charities like these, so many more parents will get to experience the indescribable joy of seeing their little ones smile.
Thank you as ever for reading, and please stay in touch!