[general_devel] Fwd: Saigon Children's Charity Events
vern.weitzel at gmail.com
Mon Apr 18 14:40:01 BST 2011
Thanks Trinh and Debra, I'll post this to several lists. Best, Vern
From: Debra Kraus <krasu at msn.com>
Date: April 17, 2011 10:05:51 PM PDT
To: Vern Weitzel <vern.weitzel at gmail.com>
Cc: <trinh at saigonchildrencharityusa.org>
Subject: FW: Saigon Children's Charity Events
Vern, Trinh's message bounced because it was too large for the server. I took the pictures off and resent. Could you help with posting this to aowg and ao-info for Trinh?
Hope you're having a great day.
As some of you may know, I have just returned from a great trip to Viet Nam visiting Saigon Children's Charity's (SCC) projects and delivering scholarships & bicycles (see attached picture). SCC provides children (including disabled) who are living in poverty with scholarships and builds schools and vocational centers.
There are a couple of fundraiser events (see below & attached flyer) that I am organizing in the next couple of months and would love if you'd all spread the word to your circle of friends and family. Let me know if you can help post flyers in your community--I have color copies if needed.
The purpose for these events is to introduce and inform the yoga community and all (who are interested) to meditation and yoga retreats that SCC USA will be hosting starting in spring 2012. We are adding an element of "voluntourism" to a segment of the retreat. Chan-Huy, Senior Dharma Teacher (Thich Nhat Hanh tradition), and Carolyn Christie, Iyengar-certified yoga instructor are donating their time to SCC's current events and retreat in March 2012. During the trip, participants will practice yoga and meditation and also have the opportunity to visit SCC's programs and the children--to plant trees or paint the schools, giving these children who are living in poverty a sense of pride and hope that others care for their well-being, allowing them access to education.
When we are successful, the retreats will be part of our sustainable effort in raising funds for children's programs in Viet Nam. My hope is that practitioners of all forms of yoga and meditation (and those who are new) will have the opportunity to participate in this kind of fundraising which will benefit children living in poverty all over the world.
Also, if you have any ideas for events (new or upcoming) where you can have people sponsor your participation and you're looking for an organization like SCC to support, please let me know, I can set up a fundraising page for your event on our website-- events like running a marathon, yoga marathon (sounds familiar?), cook-off, music or dance event, an expedition, bicycling, trekking through a mountain, etc... As a matter of fact, during my trip, I've met a young Kenyan who along with a few friends, will plan a trekking through Africa--ride through Kilifi on a mountain bike and end with a climb on Mt. Kilimanjaro this summer and was looking for a charity to support and decided to do it for SCC. You never know, so please help me spread the word...
All the best,
Saigon Children's Charity USA, Inc.
PO Box 1412 - Midtown Station
New York, NY 10018
Tel: (718) 496 9137
trinh at saigonchildrencharityusa.org
501 (c) (3) Tax ID#: 13-3955816
61 Fourth Ave. (9th St.) 3rd Fl. * 212.475.6650
Join us for two fundraiser events—benefitting
Saigon Children’s Charity (USA)
Mindfulness Meditation & the Art of Mindful Living:
“A Remedy for Depression”
with Chan Huy, MS, MBA, CPC
Senior Dharma Teacher in Thich Nhat Hanh tradition
Monday, May 2, 2011 – 6:30-9:00PM
Iyengar Yoga for
“Uplifting the Emotional Body”
with Carolyn Christie (Iyengar-Certified Junior Intermediate 3)
Sunday, June 26, 2011 – 2:00-4:30PM
Suggested Donation: $25 pre-register or $30 at door
Mindfulness is an innate capacity that we all have within ourselves, but that we need to develop with the practice of Mindfulness Meditation. It allows us to clearly see our feelings and our thoughts, to understand that they are just impermanent mental formations and to gently let them go without being caught in them and without having to act under their influence. By living a Mindful Life, we can free ourselves from our toxic thoughts and our negative views of the world that are the root causes of our depression. In modern psychology, this method called Cognitive Therapy has been scientifically proven to be an effective treatment for clinical depression.
Nurturing the Emotional Body—asana practice brings stability to the mind and body. In this class, we will first bring a sense of quiet equilibrium to the mind/body and then study the poses that lift the emotional body to a higher and lighter place.
You may register in-person or to pay by credit card, click on Donate-First Giving button and select $25 donation or visit www.saigonchildrenusa.org
Email: trinh at saigonchildrencharityusa.org or call 718.496.9137
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