Hey everyone! This is MaryMargaret, and this week I had the pleasure of interviewing Guru Mathivanan from India. Wow! He has a really inspiring story that I’m excited to share with you.
MaryMargaret: Hey Guru! Would you please tell our readers a bit about yourself?
Guru: I am Guru Vishnu Mathivanan, 12 years old studying VII Standard in Edison G Agoram Memorial School, Chidambaram, Tamilnadu, India. I have done an awareness program “Global warming awareness motto” from my age of four. I have given awareness speech about reasons and effects of global warming and the simple solutions to reduce the same. Also I have donate and plant saplings during my speech. Till I have covered more than 200,000 students and people and donated more than 50,000 saplings in my community. I have been honored with many rewards and awards for my greening activities and educating others (environmental education). I have attended many international conferences and submit my environmental papers. I went to South Korea on my 10th year (they honored me for environmental activities), and last year I have gone to Malaysia to submit my paper. My project is a life project to me and I wish to do it till our earth change into green, clean and full of peace. Removing the word poverty is my life aim.
MaryMargaret: Wow! For a kid only at the age of 12, you sure have gone to a lot of places around the world and truly are a life-changer! So, how did you get your program “Global Warming Awareness Motto” started?
Guru: On my first day of schooling our school correspondent issued saplings to new siblings and I asked about it to my parents and they told me that plants are the earth’s lungs, they bring us rain. Now they are in danger that is why the correspondent gave the saplings to all. It is everyone’s duty to plant and maintain trees. So I start to plant. Nothing is a success one without proper awareness. So I have decided to give awareness speech along with my plantation work.
MaryMargaret: That’s really neat, I wish I came up with that idea at the age of 12! So could you give a couple more details on your project?
Guru: My project is about explaining global warming and plantation. Moreover I have explained about recycling. I am helping others, how to improve one’s income by planting short term vegetables, trees in one’s own garden etc. I have donated orphanage dress, pens, notebooks, snacks etc. Main project is “Global Warming Awareness Motto” and Tree Plantation and giving Environmental Awareness through Environmental Education.
MaryMargaret: Very inspiring and very different – I love it. How do you spread the word about your project?
Guru: Through my environmental awareness classes, handmade charts, drawings, speech, newspaper cuttings album, ppt. presentation etc. I am not only telling all the facts but also doing in my day today life.
MaryMargaret: Those are some great ways to raise awareness for your program. So how does you work you do impact your life?
Guru: I have got social recognition for my work. The peers of my age group also motivated to do this work. Every small action makes big change one day. In our area many students follow my words and they also did environmental activities in their area.
MaryMargaret: Agreed! A small action REALLY can make a huge difference. On your profile on the Kids Are Heroes Website, it says you’ve given a lot of speeches to inspire people about your project. How many people have you spoken in front of, and was it nerve-racking for you?
Guru: I have covered 200,000 people in total. The total number in one public is maximum 5000. In one school 1500 students. In one polytechnic college 1500 students. I have done my speech from my age of four. At my fourth year I have covered 500 audience. As long as you have a clear idea about you talk, and speak boldly to explain the problems, you will collect points more about you speak. Face audience boldly and confidently. That’s all.
MaryMargaret: Even I haven’t spoken in front of that many people, and you are 3 years younger than me! Haha. Anyways, knowing that you have donated a lot of saplings to all over the world, how does it make you feel?
Guru: I am feeling very happy to plant and donate saplings because I do something for our mother planet earth to change green.
MaryMargaret: I think if everyone did what you do, we would have a much healthier planet. For my final question, would you ever like to attend Kids Are Heroes Day in the near future?
Guru: Definitely I want to attend Kids Are Heroes Day and I also wish to deliver my awareness speech if you wish.
We would love that! Make sure to check out Guru’s Profile on the Kids Are Heroes Site!
Hey guys! MaryMargaret again. This week I’m proud to announce I got the opportunity to interview sisters Linda and Susanna Manziaris. They are both super nice and I hope everyone enjoys the interview!
MaryMargaret: Hey guys! Would you mind telling the readers a little bit about yourself?
Linda: Not at all! My name is Linda Manziaris I’m 14 from Toronto, and I started an online jewelry store, called Body Bijou. Body Bijou donates 50% of net profits to GirlsHelpingGirls to provide deserving girls in the developing world with an education.
Susanna: I’m Susanna Manziaris, I’m 17 years old and I’m also from Toronto. I started a non-profit organization called GirlsHelpingGirls. Girls Helping Girls works to raise the global low status of woman through education.
MaryMargaret: That’s awesome! I love how you guys both collaborate with each other. So can you both please tell me about Body Bijou and GirlsHelpingGirls?
Linda: I first learned how to make jewelry in grade seven, when we had a special art unit at school. I really took to it, and I got my mom to get me some lessons with a jewelry artisan so I could broaden my skills. The skills I learned allowed me to have more design freedom to design unique categories of jewelry such as Body Chains, Ringalets, Shoulderlace, and Leg Bijou.
Susanna: GirlsHelpingGirls was born after a family volunteer trip to Kenya. There I learned how an education can truly someone’s life. Upon returning home from Kenya I did some more work on educating girls and soon realized that the global status of women is very low. So that is when I made it my goal to try and provide as many educational scholarships to girls all around the world.
MaryMargaret: Wow, both are really cool and different stories! Could you give our readers a few more details?
Linda: Body Bijou is a brand for the socially conscious shopper. Woman not only look good wearing the jewelry, but they also can feel good about their purchase, because they are also helping to provide a girl in the developing world with an education. Look Good, Feel Good, Do Good!
Susanna: It is about educating girls in order to raise the global status of women and help break the cycle of poverty.
MaryMargaret: I love how you both do totally different stuff but still collaborate with each other. Super cool! So what do you do you tell others about your project?
Linda: I spread the word about Body Bijou by attending many trade shows, selling my jewelry in some retail stores, through word of mouth and through TV and print media interviews.
Susanna: I spread the word about Girls Helping Girls through awareness campaigns, clubs, and tv and print media interviews.
MaryMargaret: Awesome! I can tell you’re both really passionate about your projects. So how have these projects changed your life?
Linda: Starting Body Bijou has taught me a lot. I have learned so many ways of solving problems that seem impossible. I’ve learned how to speak well in public, and I’ve learned how to take my interest, and turn it into a passion.
Susanna: Girls Helping Girls has impacted my life in a very positive way. I have become more knowledgeable about the issues women face all around the world, as well as how to implement strategies to help eliminate problems faced globally, such as the low status of women and the ever present cycle of poverty.
MaryMargaret: Well said! So knowing that you both spend a lot of time together since you collaborate, how has this project brought you closer together?
Linda & Susanna:
These combined projects have helped bring us closer because we are constantly working alongside. We spend a lot more time with each other than we used to, and although there are arguments, we are definitely closer!
MaryMargaret: In my opinion, I think working on a project with a friend is 10 times more fun than working on one alone. I’m glad you both have each other for each of your organizations. So, after looking at your website(s) I saw that you both have met tons of people from all over the world. What was is it like to meet all those different people each day?
Linda: Its really cool to meet other kids my age who are living a separate life across the world. When we talk to the girls we are sponsoring, although we are on other sides of the world, we have the same interests and it is amazing!
Susanna: It is a truly amazing to listen to the stories and experiences from people who live in all different countries all around the world. This has given me the chance to learn so much about the struggles as well as triumphs people have everyday. This has given me a greater outlook on the world, and made me realize that we have to take a responsibility to help the less fortunate, and that is what Girls Helping Girls is doing.
MaryMargaret: That’s fantastic! I love what you both are doing, keep up the good work!
Hey everyone! MaryMargaret here. This week I got the pleasure to interview none other than Ms. Jessica Carsadden, and she told me all about her project, We Care Bears!
MaryMargaret: Hi Jessica! Would you mind telling our readers about yourself??
Jessica: My name is Jessica Carsadden and I was adopted when I was 5 years old. I’ve lived in Virginia and Montana. Now I’m a 5th grader in San Diego, CA and I’m 11 years old!
MaryMargaret: Cool! So what’s your project, We Care Bears, all about?
Jessica: Giving stuffed animals to first responders to give to kids who are scared or injured. So really my project is kids helping kids.
MaryMargaret: That’s really neat! And very creative. So how did you think of the idea for your project?
Jessica: I was cleaning my room when I saw a lot of stuffed animals that I no longer needed were practically new. So I thought it would be nice to take them to the Fire Department across the street so they had them for kids who are scared or injured. I took them over and the fire fighters thought it was
such a great idea it all started from there.
MaryMargaret: Wow, that’s such a cool project you’re doing! Especially since you’re so young, it shows that other kids your age can do something inspiring too. So how do you spread the word about your project?
Jessica: I started with just my school and then other people heard about it and I went to speak at other schools and businesses and then I just become the ”bear girl”.
MaryMargaret: Aw, that’s so cute! How has the work you’ve done impacted your life?
Jessica: Well I’ve won lots of awards and that’s nice but it’s not about that really. It’s about helping other kids and helping first responders.
MaryMargaret: I totally agree! Do you have any advice for other kids that are really young and want to change the world, just like you?
Jessica: You don’t have to start a big project like mine to change the world. All you need to do is just smile to stranger, or give a compliment to someone and you never know what kind of change that will make. You can also find a kid friendly project like mine to donate to or help with. You can even
start a We Care Bear chapter in your town. If you send me an e-mail to my website at www.wecarebears.webs.com I can send you information.
MaryMargaret: I think that’s great advice! Thank you so much for taking the time to answer these questions – I have a feeling a lot of people will really enjoy this interview!!
Hey everyone, MaryMargaret here! First, I’d like to start off by saying that I’m glad everyone really enjoys this new segment of the blog! I’m having a lot of fun meeting the heroes and getting to know them a little bit better. This week, I got to talk to Nick Lowinger over FaceTime, and it was a really neat experience!
MaryMargaret: Hi Nick! It’s really nice to meet you..over the internet!
Nick: Thanks! You too!
MaryMargaret: Thank you! So could you please tell our readers about yourself?
Nick: Sure! My name is Nick Lowinger, I’m 16 from Rhode Island. I’m a sophomore in high school, and 4 years ago I founded the Gotta Have Sole Foundation.
MaryMargaret: Awesome! So what’s your project about?
Nick: Gotta Have Sole Foundation is an organization I founded 4 years ago, where we collect all types of shoes and donate them to homeless children. I feel like this will give the kids more self-confidence when they have good shoes to wear.
MaryMargaret: That’s so cool! Wow, how did you come up with that idea?
Nick: Well, I came up with the idea when I was younger and visited the homeless shelter. I saw all these kids with these terrible, unfitting, poor footwear. Boys were wearing girl’s shoes. It really upset me, and when I was old enough I realized I could do something to help these kids. So I waited until I became old enough so I could help!
MaryMargaret: I’m glad you did, you seem to be making such of an impact! How do you get the word out about your project?
Nick: I use Facebook, Twitter, and I have my own website, www.gottahavesole.org . I also promote GHS through events, and we even have our own club in schools! We also do shoe drives, which is really cool. We are currently in 32 states across the US and have helped over 25,000 kids with new footwear!
MaryMargaret: Wow, you’re definitely getting the word out for your project! How has the work you’ve done impacted your life?
Nick: It’s made a HUGE impact! I have made an impact on others, and that feels amazing. I have become so much more appreciative and grateful on how much of an impact on others can make. Being a kid helps! Other kids look at what you’re doing, and that puts more of an effect on them than a adult would, I think. It makes them think that even if they are young, they can really help.
MaryMargaret: That’s so true! I totally agree. So, I know that you were a Global Teen Leader for Three Dot Dash. What was that like?
Nick: It was amazing! I got to learn so much from everyone. I have improved very much from going to the summit, and became very motivated after realizing I’m truly a peacemaker! It was an amazing experience and you’ll really like it.
MaryMargaret: Thank you, I’m really excited! You should come out and visit me when I go! Haha.
Nick: Yeah, I’ll try! That would be fun.
MaryMargaret: Totally! So what are your goals with your project?
Nick: My goal is for the Gotta Have Sole Foundation to be in all 50 states across the United States, and to consistently be donating new footwear to kids.
MaryMargaret: Wow, that’s great! I wish the best of luck for you and your project! Thanks so much for talking!
Hi Everyone! This is MaryMargaret, and as you may or may not know, I will be sharing this blog with my dad. I will do a segment, each Friday, about a hero on our website. I will be interviewing them and getting to know a little bit about them. Our first hero of the week is Jessica Waters! Jessica is going to tell you a little bit about herself and her project. I hope you enjoy!
MaryMargaret: Hi Jessica! Could you please tell our readers a little bit about yourself?
Jessica: Of course! My name is Jessica Waters, I am 16 and a junior at Beavercreek High School. In was diagnosed with epilepsy 5yrs ago this May. I am active in my school, community,state and country. I am a cheerleader, hockey team manager, I play lacrosse, work 2 jobs (both seasonal) and have volunteered over 982 hours to date. I enjoy traveling, swimming, dancing and spending time with family and friends.
MaryMargaret: That’s awesome! So, What is Cupcakes for Camp about?
Jessica: My project, Cupcakes for Camp, helps kids 7-21 attend a week long summer camp where they CAN do the things that may be hard at home. We ride horses, swim, go rafting and more. It’s a positive program that helps kids see they are more than a diagnosis. To date I have helped raise enough money to help send over 20 children! I have met some of them first hand and love how happy they are to go! I also volunteer at the camp as a counselor each summer.
MaryMargaret: Wow, that’s so cool! And very creative. How did you get your project started, and how did you think of it?
Jessica: I was diagnosed with epilepsy a week before I turned 12. I became withdrawn, scared and most of all embarrassed. I was bullied by kids and adults. I felt so sad all of the time. My parents hated how I felt and reached out to the Epilepsy Foundation for support. I attended a summer camp for children who have epilepsy a few months after being diagnosed and it changed how I saw myself. I didn’t want any children to ever feel isolated or embarrassed about epilepsy or any disability! On the ride home the process began and I started Cupcakes for Camp!
MaryMargaret: What made you think of cupcakes for your project?
Jessica: I used to want to own a bakery! I have always loved cupcakes and when I met up with the owner if GiGi’s Cupcakes that was a pivoting point. They brought me in and taught me everything they know and have been a huge supporter. Cupcakes are fun and they brighten your day.
MaryMargaret: Agreed, everyone loves cupcakes! What is it like dealing with epilepsy?
Jessica: Well, dealing with epilepsy is like dealing with anything I imagine. I will never forget the day I was told. I just knew he was wrong, I didn’t want to have anything wrong with me! I was in middle school and was trying to fit in like everyone else. It got harder, I missed school and kids talk and ask why, teachers say things in class and make you feel like its your fault you have epilepsy, it’s easy to get sad and feel alone. I am blessed with a strong family and although I have lost friendships but I have learned the value of true friends! I have had some that were there since the beginning and one that no matter what she and her family attend almost every function I organize. You learn quick to see past ignorance and to forgive. After all 1 in 10 people will have a seizure in their lifetime. It’s really scary when you think about it. Seizures take lives everyday and we still don’t know why! I hope for understanding, education and a cure.
MaryMargaret: Wow, that’s very inspiring. Knowing that you have over 4,000 supporters and tons of sponsors, how do you get the word out about your project?
Jessica: I communicate with the foundation, my local papers, television stations, community and local businesses. I hold events like Purple Out 2013, cupcake sales through local bakeries, I attend health fairs, leadership groups and more. I am proud to even have the support of former President Bush!
MaryMargaret: That’s incredible, I wish I could meet Mr.Bush! Haha. So, how has the work you’ve done impacted your life?
Jessica: The impact it has made on me is monumental! I have learned so much about myself, epilepsy and most of all other people. It has changed me, made me want to be a better person and it continues to mold my future by learning about empathy, and determination.
I received an email this morning from a mother of one of our heroes. I was saddened by the news yet incredibly inspired by the actions this young girl has taken despite all she has endured. I thought I would share the email in its entirety:
I wanted to take just a brief moment of your time to update you on 10 year old Matti Maretoli and her Walk4Water. You and many other area community members extended your support to Matti last summer as she felt inspired to raise funds for a well in Africa. Together, with her friends, family, and church the walk took shape and hosted over 100 walkers this past July. Matti had set a goal for $5,000 and the team exceeded that goal by $495.
Since last summer, Matti has been faced with difficulties that no 10 year old should face. Matti is bravely walking through the grieving process following the sudden death of her father. Her father was an avid supporter of her’s and we even recently found a comment written on a blog post from the site Kids Are Heroes that demonstrates such. Matti’s dad says…
“Shout-out to: Matti Maretoli: To one of the most inspiring gifts that God has given me, my oldest child. You will make impacts in this world that some can only dream of. You are one of the best things that has happened to me in my life and the world is very lucky to have you in it. Love you more than anything in the whole world you are my ‘favoritis’ thing, Daddy”
Her daddy’s encouragement and her passion for others has driven her to continue her Walk4Water campaign and she has even extended her goal to $10,000. So look for Matti and her friends in the Spring as she begins to rally support for Walk4Water 2014. In the meantime, we wanted you to have an update on the funds that you contributed for 2013. The funds raised from the 2013 Walk4Water paid for a well that has now been completed and is serving a community of 56 families and a school of 160 children in Rukoni, Uganda.
Matti’s Water Well
Following the completion of the well, a community member shared…
“In this community, water has been the most problem because our pond is not protected and so we share the water with cows. We would even step in the water when it rains because of flooding. We are so happy for the borehole you have given us because it is protected and safe, and nearer to us. You have reduced us from walking a distance of 3 kilometers looking for drinking water. I thank God for this miracle to our community.”
Matti dedicated this well, In loving memory of her father, Matt Maretoli. It is her ultimate dream to go visit the site and meet the families whose lives were changed by it. God willing, she will one day!
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I encourage you to visit Matti’s profile on the Kids Are Heroes website and give her a shout-out of encouragement. If you’d like to help her reach her goal for 2014, you may do so here.
Yes I realize it has been quite a long time since I have updated my blog, but I have a good excuse. I have been revamping and upgrading the Kids Are Heroes website.
Here’s a list of what’s new:
Sleek Modern Look
We have upgraded and simplified the menu system so that you can now get to every page on the site from any other page. We added new graphical items to make the site more fun and interesting. We changed our background to better highlight the content we are presenting.
Hero Slide Show
The home page has some of our best pictures presented in a slide show. See the heroes as the celebrate Kids Are Heroes Day from 2013 and other past years.
Random Hero on Home Page
People have been suggesting this to us for a long time. We now place a hero from our site, selected totally at random, to be featured on our home page for that particular visit. The visitor can read about that hero and click through for more details. This not only ties in what we do directly on the home page, but it also gives the visitor a variety each time he/she visits the site. It’s also great for our heroes because even if they are not at the “top of the list” they can be seen in a prominent position for years to come.
More Search Capabilities
We have made it easier for you to find that hero you were looking for. You can search by first and/or last name, filter heroes by where they live or who they help, and even sort by date or by country.
Added YouTube button
For the heroes with YouTube channels, we will now also link their profile to that channel. This is in addition to their Twitter, Facebook, press and website pages.
The shout-outs to the heroes are among the most popular of our features. We have now consolidated them so that they are all listed under each hero’s profile. When you find a hero’s profile click the new Shout-Out button to access their page. These are now formatted as multi-threaded comments so the hero can respond back personally to each mention. We have also added really fun avatars you can choose from as you give your hero a shout-out. And as always we have added a Tweet This button so that you can easily share your hero with your Twitter followers.
New Donor Wall
In 2014 we will have only one donor wall so we can focus on the generous people who buy “bricks” from us. We have added new levels and people who get on board will be proudly represented there throughout the entire year of 2014. We will be sending our 5000+ Facebook fans and 83,000+ Twitter followers there on a consistent basis to help promote your business. The reason why this is becoming more important than ever is because of the opportunities in front of us to expand our brand. We expect our website to get triple the traffic this year. This all gets handed right back down to our donors.
Don’t worry we aren’t becoming Google. For our own purposes we are tracking just the number of clicks on certain items. This is helpful for us to see where we can improve and it’s also helpful to our new (and not so new) donors. We will be tracking the click-throughs to your website and Twitter feeds and reporting back on a monthly basis.
At Kids Are Heroes we are always trying to keep things fresh so we will continue to improve our site as we get opportunities. If you have any suggestions for us about something you’d like to see, please share with everyone in the comments.
I just came across an old blog post from June of 2008. In those days, MaryMargaret and I shared the blog and we both wrote about things. At the end of that school year, when MaryMargaret was in fourth grade (she would have been 9 years old at the time) she was cleaning out her desk for the summer and she came across this poem she wrote for Martin Luther King Day that January. Just thought I’d share.
I have a dream that one day this nation will stop hunting animals.
I have a dream that one day we will end war.
I have a dream that one day we will stop drinking and drugs.
I have a dream that we will save the environment.
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day we will stop pranking little kids.
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day we will stop making guns.
This is my hope. With this faith we will be able to have no bullies or enemies.
This will be the day when all my dreams come true.
I first heard these words from my older brother Geoff after he experienced Kids Are Heroes Day for the 6th time on September 14. I was a bit taken aback and asked him, “What do you mean we’re not a charity? We certainly are and have the paperwork from the US government to prove it!” He replied, “You are not a charity, you are a movement. You are helping to shape leaders out of kids from all over the world; you are empowering children in ways that nobody else is. But you’re not a charity.”
I’ve been thinking about that statement ever since. Well that might explain why we had no major sponsors this year, and had to dig in to last year’s coffers just to put on our event. Everyone tells me that “there are so many charities out there asking for money” and “the economy is still very rough right now”. But those are just excuses. If people don’t view us as a charity, and we approach them as if we are one, then why would they give money to us? I have been thinking about this over and over since our event.
September 14 was our 6th annual Kids Are Heroes Day, and it was by far the best one we have ever hosted. 37 heroes were in attendance and they came from 4 countries. The theme was “One World, One Community”. Many of the children delivered incredibly powerful speeches. They interviewed each other. They shared their charity work with the crowd. American Idol alumnus Rachel Zevita not only entertained us with her incredible voice, but gave the children lasting memories by generously interacting with all of them. One person approached me and told me this was one of the most impressive and important events he has ever attended. He gave me money and asked me to distribute it among the kids’ charities. There was no thought to donate to us.
Struggling with finances and donations is nothing new to nonprofit organizations. We don’t have that market cornered at all. But the sad part of it is, if we don’t do things differently we will not be able to host the 7th annual Kids Are Heroes Day. Period. And that is only the start of it. We fully expect to be a large operation one day, hosting events, clubs and camps all over the world and that will take some serious financing.
Every year, just by being there and showing me their passion, the kids give me the fuel I need to persist. This year I was given so much by them that I have never had more resolve to make this work than I do right now. So this is not a missive to ask you to donate $5 to our “movement” as it were, (albeit we’d never turn it down), but more to put it out there what we need and ask that if anyone reading this has connections to someone who may be able to guide us, or introduce us to someone else who can assist, then please stand up. In the meantime I will be seeking partnerships with businesses and/or people who can offer us the business savvy and direction we need to get over this hump and beyond. I fully believe we need to run things like a business and become self sustaining. I am not asking for fish, I want to learn how to fish.
Our event underscored the position I have held since the first one we held in 2008. Everyone should experience Kids Are Heroes Day for themselves. If you were in attendance, you experienced something magical. Jessica Fornwalt, the author of the article about us in the most recent Hagerstown Magazine, brought her mom to Kids Are Heroes Day 2013. This was the first event for both of them. Both left in tears of hope and all I could say to them was something along the lines of ”I warned you!”
In her article Jessica said two things that come to my mind. One is that MaryMargaret our founder is “trying to change the way you think about children” and that we have a “one-of-a-kind” organization. I second both of those notions. Sometimes it’s the efforts that must break the newest of grounds that have the hardest time doing it in the beginning. And once they do it, they become an “overnight success” and people ask “why didn’t I think of that?” This is the position I feel we are in right now. But we have been chipping away at it for six years. I honestly believe that we are very close to making that breakthrough. We just need a little nudge.
Here is a pictorial montage of Kids Are Heroes Day 2013.
I simply love it when people reach out to us after they discover what we are doing and want to help with the Kids Are Heroes effort. That was the case when I got a tweet from Rachel Zevita, an amazing singer who had the privilege of being on both seasons 6 and 10 of American Idol. She reached out to me just a couple of weeks ago, asking us if she could help us through her music. My first reaction was being scared that I wouldn’t like her voice which would provide us with many future awkward moments. I was quickly relieved as I started listening to her new EP “The Echo Sessions Volume 1“. As a matter of fact, while listening to “Land of My Dreams” I started it over and invited my wife into my office. I didn’t even tell her the context until the song was over. We both just sat and enjoyed listening to it. I then became overjoyed that someone with so much talent wanted to help us out.
Being the aggressive person that I am, without hesitation I invited her down to Kids Are Heroes Day on September 14. After all, we needed a headliner and I would much rather have someone come who gets what we do. We have no budget to pay her, but she’s coming from New York which is much easier than if she lived in Hollywood. After not hearing back for a week or so, I figured I must have come on too strong (*sigh*). But then she called me on Friday to say that she had worked things out and will be coming with two members of her band. She will perform a half hour set of her music starting at 1PM, and will be available to sign pictures at her meet-n-greet which will be open to the public.
So we encourage you to come out on Saturday September 14, from 10AM-4PM to center court of the Francis Scott Key Mall in Frederick, Maryland. Not only will you get to hear Rachel Zevita perform, but you will also get to meet 37 wonderful children from four countries, all making a positive impact in their communities. I guarantee it will be a day you’ll never forget.