Oh and if you live in Victoria (Australia), there is a little surprise at the end!
I have recently started a new project called One Planet Classrooms (OPC). OPC connects classrooms from around the globe with contrasting cultures, and encourages empowerment and collaborative projects to help make a better world. I am relying on laptop donations to support kids in under-privileged schools and countries, along with funding to ship the laptops to them so they can connected with the rest of the world. The vision of OPC is to create a united, peaceful planet.
I started this project because of my connection with a young teacher in Guinea (West Africa), who is trying desperately hard to keep his school afloat due to the devastating impact of the Ebola virus. I sent him a copy of 'Magnificent Kids!' and he immediately wanted to bring it to life in the classroom. We talked about the kids skyping with me and perhaps a couple of the kids in the book, and I suggested I try connecting his class to a class in Australia. I very quickly realised how many other African schools would dearly love to connect to classrooms in other countries.
I now have around 15 schools in Africa waiting to join, along with schools in Australia, Indonesia and United States. By the way, if you are a teacher or know of a school who might be interested in participating, please let them know and let me know.
My two biggest drivers are animal rights and equality, and I recognised some time ago that the only way we could create a world where both of these were everyday practices, was to educate and empower the next generation.
'Magnificent Kids!' was the most definitive starting point to that journey, and has certainly been the catalyst for some amazing events and projects; specifically One Planet Classrooms.
Can you imagine a world where the next generation are collaborating on global projects, and where the borders of countries and nations disappear to make way for a united 'one planet' partnership? Wow!!! I CAN, and that is my dream. I may not be around to see the result, but I am determined that the world will be a better place because I was here.
Please join my vision to create a united, empowered planet where all living beings (human and animal) are respected and treated with equal regard. This is not, and should not, be a fantasy - this is how we all deserve to live.
Check out the One Planet Classrooms website, and consider a partnership with OPC.
Oh and for those living in Victoria (Australia), as mentioned above, you simply can not go past this event. I will be performing with the Hawai'ian (now living in New York) heart throb and award-winning pop star, Scott Katsura, as part of his 'Aloha Down Under' World Tour, on Sat May 9th, when we combine forces to raise desperately needed funds for OPC. Please come and support the night and you might even get a kiss from the sexy Hawai'ian! OK maybe not - but he will certainly show you a heap of super cool Hula moves. Ooh La La!!! Check out the link here:
One Planet Classrooms Benefit Concert
Look forward to seeing you there!
Peace & Love,