Autism Service Dog Delivered to Assist 6-year-old Boy in Maryville, TN

The dog will assist in reducing the effects each diagnosis has on the family’s independence and daily life.

MARYVILLE, TENNESSEE, USA, June 15, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Blake, a 6-year old boy living in Maryville, Tennessee has received a very special delivery of his very own Autism Service Dog from SDWR to assist him and help better communicate his needs. Based in Madison, Virginia, SDWR has a mission to provide specially-bred and trained dogs for people with invisible disabilities like Diabetes, PTSD, Seizure Disorders, or in the case of Blake – Autism Spectrum Disorder. SDWR has hundreds of service dogs working across the United States and around the globe. SDWR is currently serving approximately 1,000 families.

Tony, a Goldendoodle Autism Service Dog, recently graduated from SDWR’s Service Dog Raiser Program where volunteers diligently raise young service dogs in training over the course of approximately one year. Both the dogs and raisers must complete the foundation and skill set training provided through SDWR trainers at their facility in Virginia.

Tony is also an honored graduate of the SDWR Fallen Officer Puppy Program. The Fallen Officer Puppy Program, also known as “FOPP,” is an initiative by SDWR to pay respect to the legacy of service by fallen American police who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty. Tony is named in honor of fallen hero Trooper Tony Vian Radulescu of the Washington State Patrol. Trooper Radulescu was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Washington State Patrol for 16 years. Autism Service Dog Tony’s work with Francesco will carry on in memoriam of Trooper Tony Vian Radulescu’s life of service before self.

Blake was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at 4 years old. His family is hopeful that a service dog will provide a safety net for them. Tony will assist in reducing the effects each diagnosis has on the family’s independence and daily life by working continuously with Blake. Since Tony is a service dog and covered under laws in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, he will be able to accompany Blake and his family everywhere – from school, to the park, and even grocery shopping or out to restaurants.

SDWR’s unique training program is what sets them apart from other non-profit service dog organizations. SDWR trainers will continue to return for training sessions with Blake, his family, and Tony every 3-4 months over the course of the next 18 months to continue working on Tony’s customized training, follow up training and training the human to make a successful team and public access certification.

About SDWR:
Service Dogs by SDWR is a nonprofit organization based in Madison, Virginia, and relies on donations to help the organization in its mission, “Until there’s a cure…there’s a dog.” To make or donation or learn more about SDWR, please visit the website, https://www.sdwr.org. To learn more about Autism Service Dogs go to https://www.sdwr.org/service-dogs/autism/. To find out how you can volunteer as a puppy raiser visit https://www.sdwr.org/volunteer-opportunities/

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Family law attorney Janet Reed comments on North Carolina case addressing appeal issues in involuntary commitment

Janet Pittman Reed, lawyer in North Carolina

Janet Pittman Reed, lawyer in North Carolina

Janet Pittman Reed, family lawyer in Jacksonville, North Carolina

Janet Pittman Reed, family lawyer in Jacksonville, North Carolina

Janet Pittman Reed lawyer in North Carolina

Janet Pittman Reed lawyer in North Carolina

Janet Reed Attorney in North Carolina

Janet Reed Attorney in North Carolina

Janet P Reed, Attorney in North Carolina

Janet P Reed, Attorney in North Carolina

When a person is involuntarily committed in North Carolina, the law requires an examination by a second physician within 24 hours of arrival at the facility.

The Law Office of Attorney Janet Pittman Reed (N/A:N/A)

The Court noted that prior decisions addressing this issue found such a mandate to exist where 'there was a statutory mandate that automatically preserved an issue for appellate review'”

— Janet Pittman Reed, lawyer in North Carolina

JACKSONVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA, UNITED STATES, June 15, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — In a recent North Carolina proceeding, the North Carolina Court of Appeals unanimously vacated the trial court’s order authorizing continued involuntary commitment of a person. The Court found that respondent need not show that the lack of examination by a second physician resulted in prejudice to the respondent; appellate relief is automatic upon a showing that the statute N.C. Gen. Stat. § 122C-266(a) was violated.

Attorney Janet Reed, based in North Carolina, has published a comment that reviews this case. The complete article will be published on her Blog at https://janetreedesq.blogspot.com/

N.C. Gen. Stat. § 122C-266(a) provides that anyone who is involuntarily committed must receive an examination by a second physician within 24 hours of arrival at the facility. Unfortunately, this did not happen for the respondent in: In the matter of E.D. Therefore, the North Carolina Court of Appeals unanimously vacated the trial court’s order authorizing continued commitment. In so ruling, the Court of Appeals held that respondent need not show that the lack of examination by a second physician resulted in prejudice to the respondent, rather the appellate relief is automatic upon showing that the statute was violated. Court of Appeals also held that “N.C. Gen. Stat. § 122C-266(a) was the type of statutory mandate for which the right to appellate review is automatically preserved regardless of a failure to object in the trial court.”

North Carolina Supreme Court reviewed the Court of Appeals holdings and concluded that as a threshold matter, the assigned error is not automatically preserved. Supreme Court did note that “it is well established that ‘when a trial court acts contrary to a statutory mandate and a defendant is prejudiced thereby, the right to appeal the court’s action is preserved, notwithstanding defendant’s failure to object at trial.’” The critical issue, however, is that such automatic preservation occurs “when a statute ‘is clearly mandatory, and its mandate is directed to the trial court’ …” Here, the State and respondent disagreed as to whether N.C. Gen. Stat. § 122C-266(a) is directed to the trial court. The State argued that any such mandate must be express direct the mandate to the trial court. Respondent argued “that the Court of Appeals was correct to conclude that the issue was automatically preserved because the district court, presumably through its role in conducting hearings, is implicitly called upon to supervise state health care facilities when people are involuntarily committed to those facilities.”

The Supreme Court concluded the State’s argument was the correct one. The Court noted that prior decisions addressing this issue found such a mandate to exist where “there was a statutory mandate that automatically preserved an issue for appellate review when the mandate was directed to the trial court either: (1) by requiring a specific act by the trial judge, . . . ; or (2) by requiring specific courtroom proceedings that the trial judge has authority to direct . . . .” (internal citations omitted). Here, N.C. Gen. Stat. § 122C-266(a) provides that “within 24 hours of arrival at a 24- hour facility described in G.S. 122C-252, the respondent shall be examined by a physician.” Thus, the Court concluded that such mandate was not directed at the trial court and the issue was not automatically preserved for appeal. Having concluded the threshold issue, the Court did not reach the question of whether one must show prejudice from violation of N.C. Gen. Stat. § 122C-266(a)’s mandate to be afforded relief.

The case is In the matter of E.D., No. 125PA18.

About Janet Pittman Reed

Janet P. Reed is an attorney in Jacksonville, North Carolina, and handles Family Law cases such as Divorce & Separation, Personal Injury, Traffic, Criminal Law, Driver’s License Restoration Services, and Civil Litigation cases.

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Seattle MoneyShow Bronze Sponsor, Treasure Investments Corporation, dba Foundry Michelangelo, Will be Featured

Treasure Invesments Corp dba Foundry Michelangelo at The MoneyShow Seattle 2019

Treasure Invesments Corp dba Foundry Michelangelo at The MoneyShow Seattle 2019

Madonna Bust Michelangelo from Foundry Michelangelo

Madonna Bust Michelangelo from Foundry Michelangelo

a fierce confrontation between a bull and bear

The New Powerful Exchange showing the symbolic strength of the two animals translated into modern Wall Street catch phrase. By Lorenzo Ghiglieri

The MoneyShow Seattle, June 15-16, 2019, is returning to Seattle, and this year’s conference will focus on Stocks, ETFs and Options.

We are eager to participate in this year’s Seattle MoneyShow and believe our sensational booth display and unique agenda is so innovative, it will generate tremendous interest.”

— Mark Russo, Founder Foundry Michelangelo

BATTLE GROUND, WASHINGTON, USA, June 11, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Treasure Investments Corporation, dba Foundry Michelangelo, is a Bronze Sponsor of this flourishing, well-managed event. Founder, Mark Russo, and his team are planning an impressive all-new floor display of their works, plus a few surprises. This is their 7th MoneyShow in the past two years, and it promises to be another spectacular event.

Foundry Michelangelo Director of Investor Relations, Michael Sheppard, is one of the featured speakers and is a specialist in “Alternative Investments”, a rapidly growing and exciting field in financial circles.

Befitting the MoneyShow theme, a two by three foot bronze sculpture created by Lorenzo Ghiglieri, and entitled The New Powerful Exchange, will be prominently featured in our booth. It depicts the American Stock Exchange’s symbol, in a fierce confrontation between a bull and bear. During the California Gold Rush, miners used to pit bears and bulls together in a fighting ring. The bloody sport eventually was outlawed, but the symbolic strength of the two animals translated into modern Wall Street catchphrase, as the bull tends to slash upward and the bear strikes downward. And what better venue than the Seattle MoneyShow could be chosen to display this iconic piece?

On another theme, spiritual, we are extremely pleased to display a very special bronze cast in our foundry, a derivative of a Michelangelo sculpture, the Madonna Bust Michelangelo, and the sixth of a limited edition of 777.

As Mark describes, “Foundry Michelangelo is a fine art company that provides incredibly detailed, finely-finished sculptures ranging in size from desktop to monumental pieces, some more than life-size, and certainly some of the largest in the world. The images represent in precise detail, patriotic, equestrian, cultural, Western-themed and biblical cast and exquisitely finished in bronze, pure .999 silver, and even pure gold!

Currently, 22 of the premier galleries in the United States represent our high-end, more complex pieces like The ‘Presidential’ American Patriot. Created by one of our principal artists, world-renowned Lorenzo Ghiglieri, The ‘Presidential’ American Patriot Silver Edition depicts the magnificent American Bald Eagle holding an unfurling document, Article One of the U. S. Constitution, in its talons. Its fraternal twin, a bronze edition of this same sculpture, will also be on display.

World renowned as an artist and sculptor, one of our featured artists, Lorenzo Ghiglieri, has creations gracing the most prestigious museums and art collections around the world. His work is in The White House, The Vatican, The Kremlin, and the Royal Palace in Madrid. His sculptures and paintings have been presented to Ronald Reagan, Al Gore, HM Queen Elizabeth II and Luciano Pavarotti. In the spirit of peace, Lorenzo presented his Holiness Pope John Paul II, the King of Spain, and former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev with his conception of St. Francis of Assisi in bronze.

Our other featured artist, Lorenzo’s son, painter and sculptor Laran, is continuing the family legacy of his Great-Grandfather Battista Ghiglieri, who carved the regal marble lions that grace the edifice of the NYSE. His Grandfather, Angelo, created a colossal marble sculpture of a Franciscan priest that is now on public display in California. Under the guidance of his father, Laran began creating master works when he was only eleven years old. And has since created and co-produced hundreds of paintings and sculptures and spectacular monuments on display worldwide.

Another division of the company creates some of the largest monuments ever seen. For example, 30-foot tall bronze eagles, a life-size whale in an Anchorage, Alaska zoo, to larger than life-size bronze elephants.

We are eager to participate in this year’s Seattle MoneyShow and believe our sensational booth display and unique agenda is so innovative, it will generate tremendous interest.”

A privately held Florida-based company, The MoneyShow, produces conferences worldwide to enable financial services companies, market specialists and financial media partners to exchange ideas on an interactive, personal level. Seventeen live events are produced annually in four international markets: The United States, Canada, England, and China.

About Treasure Investments Corporation, dba Foundry Michelangelo:
Mark Russo and CEO, Casey Powell, have built a diverse business platform, creating and providing fine art in original sculptures from small desktop collectibles to larger-than-life heroic monuments cast in bronze, pure silver, gold, and resin. Casey, a seasoned business leader and successful developer of several companies across the U. S., was Founder and CEO of Sequent Computer Systems that was sold to IBM for $1B. Foundry Michelangelo’s master mold collection contains over 1,500 original molds from world-famous artists. Featured artists remain Lorenzo Ghiglieri and his son, Laran, but now include works created from a substantial collection of company-owned original molds, including iconic works from Frederic Remington, C. M. Russel, Edgar Degas, Auguste Rodin, and Michelangelo Buonarroti. For more information, visit foundrymichelangelo.com.

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Mark Russo
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Email: mark@foundrymichelangelo.com

Mark Russo
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Scientology Volunteer Ministers Host Children’s Day at Downtown Clearwater's Osceola Courtyard

Children enjoying a sack race at the Children’s Day festivities by the Scientology Volunteer Ministers.

We bring families together to celebrate on days like today and we help when times get tough and families need answers to the difficult questions of raising children and running a family.”

— Glendy Goodsell, ED Scientology Volunteer Ministers Florida

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, US, June 15, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — On June 8th, perfectly timed between afternoon thunderstorms, Osceola Courtyard in Clearwater was filled with over 300 local parents and children for El Dia del Nino – Children's Day. Families enjoyed hula hoops, water balloons, dancing, music, and all the fun that such a day brings. The event was organized by the Scientology Volunteer Ministers Florida chapter and included participation from non-profits: I Am the Group Foundation, Shihan School of Survival Martial Art, Pinellas County Foster and Adoptive Parent Association, Tabernacle of Divine Glory Ministries, and Grupo Folklorico Mahetzi who opened the event with traditional Mexican costumes and dances. Children’s Day was founded in Mexico and spread throughout Latin America to set aside a day promoting the importance of children and family values.

“We recognize that children truly are the future,” said Glendy Goodsell, Executive Director of the Scientology Volunteer Minister Center in downtown Clearwater. “We bring families together to celebrate on days like today and we help when times get tough and families need answers to the difficult questions of raising children and running a family.”

While kids had fun with the balloon artist, face painter, and arts and crafts, parents got educated on all the vital work that the participating non-profits do in our community. They also learned about the Scientology Handbook subjects such as: How to Resolve Conflicts, Marriage, Children and The Components of Understanding, all of which can be studied in free online courses at www.volunteerministers.org.

The highlight of the event occurred in the team games of the egg relay, three-legged and potato sack races, and the water balloon toss.

To find out more about the Scientology Volunteer Ministers, take a tour at 101 N. Fort Harrison Avenue in downtown Clearwater or call 727-467-6965.

Scientology Volunteer Ministers:

The Scientology Volunteer Minister (VM) program was launched more than thirty years ago, in response to an appeal by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. Noting a tremendous downturn in the level of ethics and morality in society, and a consequent increase in drugs and crime, Mr. Hubbard wrote, “If one does not like the crime, cruelty, injustice and violence of this society, he can do something about it. He can become a VOLUNTEER MINISTER and help civilize it, bring it conscience and kindness and love and freedom from travail by instilling into it trust, decency, honesty and tolerance.” The program has adopted the slogan: “Something Can Be Done About It”. At the Scientology Volunteer Ministers center in downtown Clearwater, VMs are trained in the 19 chapters of the Scientology Handbook, basic first aid and safety techniques.

Glendy Goodsell
Scientology Volunteer Ministers of Florida
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Campground Expansion – RV Storage – RV Rentals- RV Sales and Service. Located in the heart of Central Florida

Wildwood RV Village - Construction Has Begun!

Wildwood RV Village – Construction Has Begun!

American Adventures RV

American Adventures RV

WILDWOOD RV VILLAGE

Campground Expansion – RV Storage – RV Rentals- RV Sales and Service! Located in the heart of Central Florida!

WILDWOOD, FL, UNITED STATES, June 15, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Wildwood RV Village Campground, Wildwood FL.; located off I75 Exit 329 / State Rd 44. expansion of 400 plus sites have begun and when completed will boast over 600 Sites!

It's truly a one of a kind location in the heart of Florida! Not only are owners Mandy Alonso and Mike Wood building up the ‘Old Wild West’ theme of the Wildwood area, but the Wildwood RV Village Campground will provide an onsite concierge service to all of the campground guests. Which includes, Onsite RV mobile service,a free safety inspection, and discounts on parts and accessories. Plus for those whom would like to stay in the area and not pay the price of a hotel, can stay in one of our onsite RV Rentals. The prices are very reasonable, rentals range in size from 20ft – 40ft. Owner Mike Wood states “This way any family can camp and enjoy the adventure lifestyle, accommodations include onsite pool, wifi, cable, recreation center, plus you have so many great central florida attractions to visit right down the road from us. “

Owners Mandy Alonso and Mike Wood are also buying another 20 acres across from the Wildwood RV Village Campground and plan to build a 800 bay storage facility to accomodate RV’s , Cargo Trailers and Boats. Not only will this accommodate the lack of RV Storage in the area, but will also include a free service inspection to ensure your RV is going strong for when your ready to start your RV Travels again. Plus each will receive a discount off their stay at the Wildwood RV Village Campground.

The American Adventures RV Dealership located at the Wildwood RV Village Campground is in full swing and operational from a show perceptive. The Sales facility should be complete before the end of 2019. Owner Mandy Alonso states “ Whether it's selling you an RV or providing onsite service for your RV, the American Adventures RV Team are here to serve you!”

Owners Mandy Alonso and Mike Wood , strive to provide the service that their customers and employees deserve.

Please Contact Jennifer Germain for more information
Email; Jennifer@aarvnow.com
Phone; 352-446-2001 / www.aarvnow.com / www.wildwoodrvvillage.com

882 East State Rd
Wildwood, Fl 34785

Jennifer Germain
American Adventures RV
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Merck Foundation partners with First Lady Guinea to build healthcare capacity & break infertility stigma in the country

Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation and President, Merck More Than a Mother with The First Lady of Guinea, H.E. DJENE CONDÉ with Hon’ble Minister of Health of Guinea, Dr. Edouard Nyankoye Lamah during their visit to the first ever fertility centre in

Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation and President, Merck More Than a Mother with The First Lady of Guinea, H.E. DJENE CONDÉ

Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation and President, Merck More Than a Mother with The First Lady of Guinea, H.E. DJENE CONDÉ during the launch of Merck Foundation activities in Guinea

CONAKRY, GUINEA, June 15, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany in partnership with The First Lady of Guinea, H.E. DJENE CONDÉ and Ministry of Health AND Ministry of Information & Communication launched their programs to build equitable healthcare capacity and break the infertility stigma in the country.

H.E. DJENE CONDÉ, The First Lady of Guinea and Ambassador of Merck More Than a Mother emphasized, “I have been an Ambassador of “Merck More than a Mother” since 2017 with aim to empower infertile women and build fertility care capacity in the country. I am happy to welcome Merck Foundation to officially launch their programs which are going to be very beneficial for our nation. Their innovative initiatives will improve access to equitable healthcare solutions and will help to break the stigma of infertility across the country”.

Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation and President, Merck More Than a Mother explained, “We are very happy to underscore our long term commitment to build healthcare capacity in Guinea. We are also very proud to acknowledge the great efforts of The First Lady Of Guinea as ‘Merck More a Than a Mother’ Ambassador. We are going to work closely with her to raise awareness about infertility prevention, male infertility and define interventions to break infertility stigma. Moreover, we will continue to build healthcare capacity in the country by providing training to Guinean doctors in the fields of Fertility, Diabetes and Cancer Care.”

Merck Foundation will also be working closely with the Office of First Lady to support the establishment of first ever public IVF centre in the country by providing technical advice and training to medical and paramedical staff.
Merck Foundation also plans to introduce other unique initiatives in the country to create the desired culture shift with regard to breaking the stigma around infertility.

“Few initiatives include announcing the Merck more than a Mother Media Recognition Award and Media Health Training for the first time in the country in partnership with The First Lady of Guinea together with Ministry Health and Ministry of Communication & Information. Moreover, creating songs in partnership with local artists to address the stigma related to infertility and educate people across the country.

Merck foundation will also launch a cartoon story to educate children family values of love and respect and sensitize them about the great values of women since young ages. In addition to involving fashion industry to deliver the message of breaking the stigma of infertile women to the community in day to day life which will be achieved by organizing ‘Merck More Than a Mother’ Fashion Awards”, explained Dr. Rasha Kelej.

Moreover, Merck foundation has provided clinical training on fertility specialty in the past two years and will continue this program in partnership with ministry of health to improve access to quality and equitable fertility care in the country.

Merck Foundation will also continue enrolling doctors from Guinea in their one year oncology fellowship program as a contribution to improve cancer care in the country.

Merck foundation will also continue to enroll doctors in Diabetes diploma in French as part of their Diabetes Blue Points Project.

About ‘Merck More Than a Mother’ campaign;

“Merck More Than a Mother” initiative aims to empower infertile women through access to information, education and health and by changing mind-sets. This powerful initiative supports governments in defining policies to enhance access to regulated, safe and effective fertility care. It defines interventions to break the stigma around infertile women and raises awareness about infertility prevention and management. In partnership with academia, ministries of health and international fertility societies, the initiative also provides medical education and training for healthcare providers and embryologists to build and advance fertility care capacity in Africa and developing countries.

With “Merck More than a mother”, we have initiated a cultural shift to de-stigmatize infertility on all levels: By improving awareness, training the skills of local experts, building advocacy in cooperation with decision makers and by supporting childless women in starting their own small business. It’s all about giving every woman the respect and the help she deserves to live a fulfilling life, with or without a child.

The Ambassadors of “Merck More Than a Mother” are: H.E. NEO JANE MASISI, The First Lady of Botswana; H.E DENISE NKURUNZIZA, The First Lady of Burundi; H.E. BRIGITTE TOUADERA, The First Lady of Central African Republic; H.E. HINDA DEBY ITNO, The First Lady of Chad; H.E. ANTOINETTE SASSOU-NGUESSO, The First Lady of Congo; H.E. REBECCA AKUFO-ADDO, The First Lady of Ghana; H.E. FATOUMATTA BAH-BARROW, The First Lady of The Gambia; H.E. CONDÉ DJENE, The First Lady of Guinea Conakry; H.E. CLAR WEAH, The First Lady of Republic of Liberia; H.E. PROFESSOR GERTRUDE MUTHARIKA, The First Lady of Malawi; H.E. MARIAM MINT AHMAD TEKBER, The First lady of the Mauritania; H.E. DR. ISAURA FERRÃO NYUSI, The First Lady of Mozambique; H.E AÏSSATA ISSOUFOU MAHAMADO, The First Lady of Niger; H.E FATIMA MAADA, The First Lady of Sierra Leone; H.E. AUXILLIA MNANGAGW, The First Lady of Zimbabwe; H.E. ESTHER LUNGU, The First Lady of Zambia.

Also, part of the campaign is our Merck Embryology & Fertility Training Program, a three-month hands-on practical course in partnership with IRSI, Indonesia, IIRRH, India and Manipal Academy of Higher Education (Manipal University), India to establish the platform of fertility specialists across Africa and developing countries. Merck Foundation provided for more than 109 candidates, in clinical and practical training for fertility specialists and embryologists in more than 30 countries across Africa and Asia such as: Chad, Niger, Central African Republic, Cote D’Ivoire , Ghana, Ethiopia , Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania , Zambia , Nigeria, Benin, Mali, Burkina Fuso, Senegal, Guinea Conakry, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Cameron, Rwanda, Botswana, DR Congo , Congo Brazzaville, Gambia , Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Cambodia.

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Merck Foundation & First Lady Of Burundi release “Plus Qu’une Mere” an empowering song to all infertile women in Africa

BUJUMBURA, BURUNDI, June 15, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany together with The First lady of Burundi and her foundation, Buntu Foundation, released an empowering song, a theme song for Merck more than a Mother campaign as a courtesy to all infertile women in Burundi and Africa. “The objective of the song is to break the stigma around infertility in Africa and rest of the world as part of Merck more than a Mother community awareness campaign”, said Dr. Rasha Kelej CEO of Merck Foundation and President of Merck more than a Mother.

The song has been composed by Merck More Than a Mother Song Award winners, a very talented band from Burundi Dr. Rasha Kelej emphasizes, “I thank my sister H.E. MADAM DENISE NKURUNZIZA, The First Lady of Burundi and Ambassador of Merck More Than a Mother for her creativity. This beautiful French Song “Plus Qu’une Mere” which mean “More than a Mother” communicates an important message to the society that women are more than just mothers, they are valuable and productive members in society weather they have children or not. It also speaks about the stigma around infertility, gives an important message that fertility is a shared responsibility and men should support women during their treatment journey. It makes me very happy to discover young African talents and work closely with them to create an important culture shift in our societies”.

H.E. MADAM DENISE NKURUNZIZA, The First Lady of Burundi, President of Buntu Foundation and Ambassador of Merck More Than a Mother emphasized “The objective of this song is to empower infertile women in Burundi and send out the message to the entire African community that infertility is not a stigma. It is our contribution towards Merck More Than a Mother, an important campaign by Merck Foundation”. “The song addresses infertility stigma with the aim of raising awareness about male infertility and sensitizing the community that #MenToo can suffer infertility not only women, and call upon every husband to share the journey of infertility treatment with his wife” Dr. Rasha Kelej added.

The band was selected at a special competition held between ten local choir groups from Burundi during the launch of Merck Foundation in Burundi in March 2019.
Merck Foundation has been working at all levels to bring in a cultural shift in the African society and has been advocating for the women who aren’t able to bear children against the discrimination, isolation and violence.

Other than this song, Merck Foundation has launched 14 local songs with famous singers from, Ghana, Rwanda, Kenya, Sierra Leone and Gambia to raise awareness about male infertility and to break the Stigma around Infertile women in Africa such as Tom Close from Rwanda for “Life is bigger” song and Sunita from Gambia for “More than a Mother” song. Moreover, H.E. First Lady of Burundi has composed three songs in French, English and Kurundi.

Merck Foundation has worked closely with local singers in Zambia to create songs that address the same issue to sensitize the community with the aim to break the stigma of infertility and empower infertile women. Another project in the pipeline is Pan African song with six singers from six countries of west and east Africa.
Merck Foundation plans to release these songs to all African TV and Radios soon.

“Art has the capacity and influence to make the problem felt, which further stimulates emotions and leads to engagement and action. Hence we used this medium to address the issue of infertility and stigma attached to it. I personally believe that this song will add significant value to influence the culture change we are advocating in Burundi and rest of Africa” concluded Dr. Rasha Kelej.

About ‘Merck More Than a Mother’ campaign;

“Merck More Than a Mother” initiative aims to empower infertile women through access to information, education and health and by changing mind-sets. This powerful initiative supports governments in defining policies to enhance access to regulated, safe and effective fertility care. It defines interventions to break the stigma around infertile women and raises awareness about infertility prevention and management. In partnership with academia, ministries of health and international fertility societies, the initiative also provides medical education and training for healthcare providers and embryologists to build and advance fertility care capacity in Africa and developing countries.

With “Merck More than a mother”, we have initiated a cultural shift to de-stigmatize infertility on all levels: By improving awareness, training the skills of local experts, building advocacy in cooperation with decision makers and by supporting childless women in starting their own small business. It’s all about giving every woman the respect and the help she deserves to live a fulfilling life, with or without a child.

The Ambassadors of “Merck More Than a Mother” are: H.E. NEO JANE MASISI, The First Lady of Botswana; H.E DENISE NKURUNZIZA, The First Lady of Burundi; H.E. BRIGITTE TOUADERA, The First Lady of Central African Republic; H.E. HINDA DEBY ITNO, The First Lady of Chad; H.E. ANTOINETTE SASSOU-NGUESSO, The First Lady of Congo; H.E. REBECCA AKUFO-ADDO, The First Lady of Ghana; H.E. FATOUMATTA BAH-BARROW, The First Lady of The Gambia; H.E. CONDÉ DJENE, The First Lady of Guinea Conakry; H.E. CLAR WEAH, The First Lady of Republic of Liberia; H.E. PROFESSOR GERTRUDE MUTHARIKA, The First Lady of Malawi; H.E. MARIAM MINT AHMAD TEKBER, The First lady of the Mauritania; H.E. DR. ISAURA FERRÃO NYUSI, The First Lady of Mozambique; H.E AÏSSATA ISSOUFOU MAHAMADO, The First Lady of Niger; H.E FATIMA MAADA, The First Lady of Sierra Leone; H.E. AUXILLIA MNANGAGW, The First Lady of Zimbabwe; H.E. ESTHER LUNGU, The First Lady of Zambia.

Also, part of the campaign is our Merck Embryology & Fertility Training Program, a three-month hands-on practical course in partnership with IRSI, Indonesia, IIRRH, India and Manipal Academy of Higher Education (Manipal University), India to establish the platform of fertility specialists across Africa and developing countries.

Diana Mbaluka
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Plus qu’une mère song by Merck Foundation – Burundi Band


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Fort Harrison's 7th Annual Chefs Showcase an Evening of Charity for Tampa Bay Children and Reminiscence for Adults

Musical entertainment was also on the menu at the 7th Annual Chefs Showcase on June 2nd at the Fort Harrison, the Church of Scientology’s International Religious Retreat.

When children become unimportant to a society, that society has forfeited its future.”

— L. Ron Hubbard

CLEARWATER, FL, US, June 14, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Nearly one hundred and twenty foodies gathered to raise funds for local charities while enjoying an epic night at the Church of Scientology’s Fort Harrison religious retreat on June 2nd. The occasion was the 7th Annual Chefs’ Showcase. Featuring a Cinematic theme, the event benefitted the Clearwater Community Volunteers and the Children’s Home Network of Tampa Bay. The event was an evening of entertainment, food and wine overlooking the Clearwater Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. More than $30,000 was raised to help young people and families in need.

Co-sponsored by Tampa Bay Magazine, the event celebrated the art of cinema and focused on creating a happy Hollywood ending for children whose life starts out on a rough note.

“Tonight, we sit right in the middle of one of Pinellas County’s 5 at-risk zones for youth,” said Lisa Mansell, Chairwoman of the event and the Public Affairs Director for the Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization. “This would not indicate a happy Hollywood ending for anyone, except there are organizations in our area who – like Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother – can effectively do something to change the ending of this script – the Children’s Home Network of Tampa Bay and the Clearwater Community Volunteers.”

The Clearwater Community Volunteers has been providing food, toys and entertainment to Pinellas County families in need since 1992. The Children’s Home Network, established 127 years ago, provides a broad array of services to children. As the event was underwritten by generous sponsors, all of the ticket sales went directly to the charities.

Following introductory speeches came a five course meal prepared by award-winning chefs. Participating chefs included the Fort Harrison Chef (and 2017’s US Best Young Chef winner) Kevin Meier, Chef Bobby Shirley (Clearsky on Cleveland), Chef Rene Marquis (President of the Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Culinary Federation), Chef Vanessa Marquis (Core Catering), Chef Patrick Artz (Hillsborough County Culinary Instructor) and Chef Bill Brown, owner of William Dean Chocolates, (winner of more than 60 awards internationally for his chocolates). These chefs worked in coordination with the Executive Chef for the Church of Scientology’s operations in Clearwater, Chef Zoltan Vajna.

Each chef was introduced to the assembled guests and then described their course. This was followed by the Fort Harrison’s in-house sommelier describing the wine pairing. The guests were treated to different courses – from an Amuse Bouche inspired by “Alice in Wonderland” to an dessert inspired by “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”.

The courses were augmented by musical numbers performed by the Flag Band with special guests Judy Bechar, Palmer Miray, Carlos Day, Jessy Leros and JoAnn Andrews, with dance performances by Lyla Menkhaus, Mike Foncannon and Chloe Menkhaus.

But the focus of the event was raising funds for at-risk youth and their families.

Ms. Mansell said, “Author, humanitarian and Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard wrote that ‘When children become unimportant to a society, that society has forfeited its future’. The Clearwater Community Volunteers and Children’s Home Network of Tampa Bay have assisted thousands in need and we are very proud to help these organizations.”

THE FORT HARRISON

The Fort Harrison has served as the International Religious Retreat for the Church of Scientology since 1975. Fully restored in 2009, the Fort Harrison regularly hosts charity events.

TAMPA BAY MAGAZINE

Tampa Bay Magazine has been the go-to magazine for Tampa Bay area residents since 1986. Showcasing all that is good in the area, publishers Aaron Fodiman and Margaret Word Burnside also provide a forum for non-profits to reach the Bay-area residents most likely to support their endeavors.

Lisa Mansell
Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization
+1 727-467-6860
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A Free Video Game about Consent is a Finalist for the 2019 Games for Change Awards

Rispek Danis, a free culturally relevant video game intended to teach young people about the meaning and importance of consent. A collaboration between World Vision Vanuatu and Jennifer Ann's Group.

Rispek Danis, an enjoyable game about consent created for youth in Vanuatu is a Games for Change Awards finalist

A colorful outdoor market is in the background with two video game characters holding hands in the foreground. Several cards with Bislama text are available to choose the next action.

Rispek Danis is culturally relevant for ni-Vanuatu youth

A beach is in the background and in front are two video game characters smiling and looking at each other; a text box says "Yes! Good job. Remember that you should always get somebody's consent before posting their picture or information online."

Rispek Danis, here in English, reminds the player that you must get consent before sharing someone’s picture online

Rispek Danis (the Respect Dance) is a 2019 Games for Change Awards Finalist in the category of Most Significant Impact

This is an amazing way to engage young people about a sensitive issue like consent. I'm very proud of what Jennifer Ann's Group is doing to end abuse.”

— Dr. Elizabeth L. Richeson, Chair of Jennifer Ann's Group's Advisory Board

ATLANTA, GA, USA, June 14, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The 2019 Games for Change Festival has announced its finalists for this year's Games for Change Awards and included among the nominees is a free video game about consent.

'Rispek Danis' (the Respect Dance), is a culturally appropriate and lively game about consent created for youth in Vanuatu, a country with one of the World’s highest rates of sexual victimization of young people. The game is narrated in Bislama, a primary language of Vanuatu, and all dialogue, locations, and music are representative of ni-Vanuatu youth life.

‘Rispek Danis’ was developed through a collaboration between nonprofit organizations World Vision Vanuatu and Jennifer Ann’s Group to produce a culturally relevant video game intended to teach young people about the meaning and importance of consent. This game has been designed for World Vision International’s ‘It Takes a World Campaign’ which in Vanuatu is focused on preventing sexual violence against women and children in Vanuatu.

'Rispek Danis' is free and available to play online or from Google Play in Bislama. The game is also available to play online in English.

Other nominees in the Most Significant Impact category are 'Can't Wait to Learn Uganda' from War Child Holland, 'UNICEF Kid Power' from UNICEF USA, and 'My Memory of Us' from Juggler Games. The winners for this category and all other categories will be announced at the Games for Change Awards Ceremony on June 18 as part of the 2019 Games for Change Festival held in New York City.

More information about 'Rispek Danis' including links to the game and further background information available at RispekDanis.com.

Drew Crecente, JD
Jennifer Ann's Group
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Clearwater Community Volunteers Center Honors America on Fourth of July

To celebrate the Fourth of July the Clearwater Community Volunteers will gather local families and children to celebrate the Declaration of the United States’ Independence by providing fun activities and American Flag-themed foods.

The combined strength of many social groups using all their connections to achieve one gain cannot help but produce it.”

— L. Ron Hubbard

CLEARWATER, FL, US, June 14, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — In observance of Independence Day, on Thursday July 4th, the Clearwater Community Volunteers (CCV) Center will hold its annual 4th of July Family Celebration. The fun starts at 6 PM and will go until 10 PM. There is no cost to participate. The CCV Center is located at 133 N. Fort Harrison Ave, Clearwater, FL 33755.

Activities include refreshments, children’s arts & crafts and a raffle. Festivities will spill over into the Osceola Courtyard which will be set up with a bouncy house, carnival games and live music. The fireworks will explode over Clearwater’s intercostal waterway and will be very visible.

”Last year over 360 children and their parents joined us for the celebration,” said Michael Soltero, Director of the CCV Center.

“Independence Day signified freedom for the United States in 1776.” said Michael Soltero, Manager of the CCV Center. “We commemorate that freedom each year by organizing our 4th of July Family Celebration in coordination with the humanitarian offices on Fort Harrison Ave which are also aimed at preserving that freedom for local families. This is inspired by humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard who wrote, ‘The combined strength of many social groups using all their connections to achieve one gain cannot help but produce it.’”

The CCV center is located on the corner of N. Fort Harrison Ave. and Drew St. of downtown Clearwater.

The CCV Center serves as a community center for nonprofit organizations to expand their community outreach. It does this by offering its facilities as a meeting space or event venue at no cost to nonprofit organizations.

The closest scheduled community event in the CCV Center is the fast approaching Father’s Day Celebration on June 15th starting at 4PM.

To find out more information about the Clearwater Community Volunteers Center or to reserve the Center for your nonprofit’s activities please call Michael Soltero at (727) 316-5309 or email ccvcenter@ccvfl.org.

About the Clearwater Community Volunteers:

The Clearwater Community Volunteers have over 25 years of community service under their belt with over 150,000 families and children helped since their founding in 1992. Sponsored by the Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization, they stay true to their reputation of helping others with their new center located on the corner of Fort Harrison Avenue and Drew Street in downtown Clearwater.

Michael Soltero
Clearwater Community Volunteers Center
+1 727-316-5309
email us here


Source: EIN Presswire