My passion for giving back to others who are less fortunate stems from my very humbler beginnings when I was growing up in Jamaica. You see, I was the recipient of many gifts from others who were more fortunate than me. I never forget kindness and I am forever grateful for anything that has been given to me, however small. My mother set an example in our family that we should always take care of those who are around us, those who are hungry, those we need shelter, those who have less than we do (even though we did not have a lot). We took in many “cousins” and fed many people just because she believed in doing for others and being kind to everyone in passing. When you grow up in that kind of environment, it ultimately shapes who you are a person and it makes you understand why the traits you have should not be questioned but accepted. I have been giving back from as long as I can be remember in many different ways — financially, spiritually, mentally, spiritually, physically and just by being the kind person that I am. It has always been a joy to see how hopeful and thankful people are when you give them something, however small, from the heart. It has always been a humbling feeling when I give from my heart and accept thanks that many people can give only from their hearts. At times I cry because the simple act of giving back to those who are less fortunate is so BIG that it overwhelms me. Seeing random acts of kindness moves me in a way that I cannot articulate — I just FEEL it.
When I went to Ghana in 2011, it changed my life. It made me more of a humanitarian and it made me realize what I really want to do with the next chapter of my life — give back to bLacks in Ghana and other parts of the world who are really in need. When you think about it, it does not have to cost a lot because you really cannot give what you do not have. It requires that you actively think about helping others and make a personal commitment to do that in whatever way you can, with whatever dollars, talents, skills, time, clothes, food, etc. that you have. You do not have to think about giving back to someone in Ghana, or Africa, or Jamaica…start by giving back to those closest to you who need it most. Please consider joining me on this journey by being a part of what is bigger than me, you, and the people we are giving back to. Join me in making a difference by giving back to Blacks.
On September 19, 2015, I had by Birthday Fundraiser with close to 150 in attendance, and I want to thank everyone who attended and made a donation and especially thanks those who could not attend but made their donation. There is power in numbers for real, and collectively, we raised enough to take care of sponsorships for the annual education of 10 beautiful children Kingsford Donkoh, Joyce Gyekye, Grace Essibir, Abigail Sagoe, Enoch Gyekye, Nicholas Waters, Tina Thompson, Harriett Inkoom, Monica Koomsom, and Simon Cobbinah. We will be in Ghana from October 28 through November 24, 2015 and for the last three weeks, we will be volunteering at the Akoma International Academy. Please stay connected with us and see what great things can happen when we give bLack to those who are less fortunate.
The last Fundraiser was awesome and the people who supported between December 2013 through March 2014, resulted in sponsorships for 6 children who attend the Ayensudo Akoma International Academy (Grace Essibir, Joyce Gyekye, Kingford Donkah, Erica Akua Davis, Patricia Nyarkoh and Christiane Nyan): Melrose Parks, Nneka Scroggins, Melissa Smith, Jemma Harris, Kwame Ankomah, Sancha Flynn, Ethlyn Simpson, Delta St. Vil, Bomani Tyehimba, Loughton Sargeant, Lennack Jack, Jacqueline Williams, Eric McFarlane, Leon Staton, Nadia Anderson, Millie David, Lloyd Roberts, Stephen Sealy, Racquel Brown-Gaston, Stephen King, Ashanta Sellers, Ted Wright, III, Ivel M’Sa Felder, Rasta King, Bobby Ball, Niya Davis, Alonzo Lewis, Marvett Nelson, Neville Mitcham, Michelle Campbell, Carol McLean, Beverley Gregory, Cecilyn Parke, Robin Parke, Khani Smith, Jr., Akilah Karima, Zewdi Tsegay, Cynthia Savoy, Ras Yute, Clovis Taylor, George Powell, Dr. William ‘Flip’ Clay, Niron White, Lydia Curtis, Marcia Walker, Lorna Kirlew, Dr. Carol Jagdeo, Shaunta James, Rodney Jordan, Heinrod David, The Jerk Pit, Irie Bar & Grille, DJ Franklin Pepper, Femilayo Johnson-Coker, Idriys Abdullah, Ichelle Cole, Pamela Marshall, Raymond Agnant, Ange Anglade, Shaunta James, Deitra Nealy-Shane, Vivian Ledbetter, Loide Jorge, Reshada Pullen-Jireh, Brenda Liddell, Kenneth Coates, Jeanne Hamilton, Dr. Jacquelyn Henry, Ziggy Phipps, Luke Stewart and all the people who contributed at by September 16, 2014 Birthday Gathering.
Click HERE to see a THANK YOU VIDEO from the children you helped to sponsor.