You are more beautiful than you think

Dove Real Beauty Sketches say it all… I am stunned. Just watch it and join in the conversation #wearebeautiful 🙂

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Tocamu – new symbol of wellbeing and social responsibility

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The Toucan Feather is work of Nicholas Stafford-Deitsch. USA born, brought up in UK, best ever boxer of Oxford University that worked in merchant banking, venture capital, mail-order and has also been a political advisor and consultant. As the story of lost innocence unfolds, the reader gets to know the meaning of ‘tocamu’ a symbol for those concerned about the future of mankind.

‘The premise is that we should strive to improve our wellbeing – not just because there’s a relationship between wellbeing and happiness but also because people with good wellbeing tend to think and act differently. Importantly, as more people improve their wellbeing, you’ll see beneficial social, economic and political consequences.a difference.’

I find Nicks’ work very impressive. Not only he introduced new philosophy and put it into an allegorical story, but being unimpressed by work of professionals, he also decided to illustrate the book himself! He says it’s seemed like a very bad decision to begin with as ‘the first attempts were absolutely pathetic [..] but I kept going because something in my head told me to do so.’ I’m really glad he did! I think the result is astonishing!

Hope you like it!
xxx
Olga

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and the trailer of the book for you! 🙂

ReCreate gadgets WorkShop

Hi everyone, hope you’re having a great Sunday! today I want to share with you some cool stuff I came across at the Canning Town Caravanserai some time ago. It was a community event to revitalise Canning Town area with crafts, live music and drinks – who would want more? 🙂

Meet lovely Diana and her quirky cards, purses, and gadgets – all made from recycled materials. Very cool and sustainable! 🙂

Diana is driven by what she loves and wants to live her life doing just that. She has also started a network of creative individuals to support each other with their work, so might be a good chance to get involved in Ds Way project!

Hope you like it! Can you guess what the purses (pic 1) are made off??? 😉
xxx
Olga

Join Maternity Worldwide 10th anniversary concert to support good cause!

Arnicane-Maternity Worldwide 10th Anniversary ConcertHi everyone! today I would like to invite you to take part in a Maternity Worldwide Anniversary charity concert which is in London on 20th September at Southwark Cathedral. It’s a charity that’s close to one of my friends heart, lovely Chloe. Read on to find out why!
1. How did you come across Maternity Worldwide charity?
One of my physiotherapy clinical educators at University knew the director, Adrian Brown , and was advertising ‘sponsor a safe birth campaign’ and I decided to contact the charity.
2. Why is this charity so special to you?
I volunteered at Gimbie hospital Ethiopia in Autumn 2004 and saw first hand Maternity Worldwide saving mothers and babies lives in childbirth.
When I had the wonderful opportunity to visit Gimbie Hospital, Maternity Worldwide was a new Charity and support. The Hospital covered a large area, people were travelling miles to see doctors. Traditionally, babies were born at home and only came to hospital if there were problems, but this was often too late. Mothers struggled to walk the road or have the money to pay for a lift and time was against them. Families were often fearful of not being able to pay too.
Maternity Worldwide brought free maternity care to the hospital, there were programmes of having maternity check ups, antenatal education and advise to attend early if there were problems at the birth. Potentially problematic births were highlighted and brought in early to ensure medical assistance. Equipment such as an ultrasound machine is provided by Maternity Worldwide with staff training and maintenance to ensure its ongoing use when required.
Volunteers support the programme through education of staff, mothers, and the wider family, training of existing hospital staff and community birth attendants, clinical support at the hospital, and provide clinical equipment. I understand the programme has grown to supporting education to support jobs and health understanding, business loans to enable families and communities to support their families and grow healthy children and training for new community midwives. Most volunteers are midwives, doctors and nurses however I went out and worked supporting physiotherapy services in the wider hospital.
3. What is the Maternity Worldwide main focus?
It’s best described by a fragment from their website:
Imagine…

Imagine you have been in labour for 4 days; you are still having painful contractions every 3 minutes. It is not possible to deliver your baby naturally and it may even have already died. You are losing blood and are becoming at risk of infection. You were already weak because of poor nutrition and anaemia in your pregnancy. You have two other young children to care for. Your only chance of surviving is to have emergency care from a skilled professional. But the nearest hospital is 200 miles away. You cannot afford to pay for transport or hospital fees even if you could get there. There really is no hope.

4. What can we expect at the Anniversary Concert?
Fabulous live classical music by talented people in aid of a fantastic cause.