Abu Dhabi Gives Back

Reed Specialist Recruitment (hr consulting specialists) partnered with MD Real Estate, PIC deVeres, Allied Pickfords and Belevari Marine to host a unique fund raising event for Ethiopiaid. Liveras Yachts very kindly donated the Lauren L for this unique event, where several prestigious organisations came together to support this wonderful cause with a percentage of all sales going to Ethiopiaid. Artwork, sculptures and cars were just a few of the items on sale, that also included a limited edition Maybach – which held a reserve price of 5.7Million AED.

Supported with a very exciting silent auction, this was truly an outstanding event raising awareness and valuable funds for Ethiopiaid. The event generated over 31,000AED for the charity and all those in attendance had a wonderful experience on this magnificent yacht, which was very kindly donated by Dion Liveras a keen humanitarian and generous British businessman.

The auction would not have been possible without the very kind support of Carl Moore, Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, The Yas Hotel, Emirates Motor Company, Sea Tourism, Falcon Aviation, Mr van Meerbeek and The Opera Gallery. While some items, including the Maybach, did not reach their reserve, many did and donations are still coming in.

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Maria Brown “Goodwill Ambassador” for Ethiopiaid hoped to raise awareness and funds for Ethiopiaid, a UK registered charity supporting poverty, healthcare and education in Ethiopia. The support and press surrounding the event has certainly achieved this. The money generated on the day also includes nearly 4,000AED from the sale of scarves made in Ethiopia by young men and women who have been supported by Ethiopiaid’s charities, a truly worthwhile cause.

When asked, Maria said “Once again the support of those around me in the UAE has been overwhelming and I would like to thank everyone who joined us on the day and helped this event come together, without each and every one of you none of this would have been possible. And then of course my partners for the event, Amanda Clarke from MD Real Estate, Steve Rigby of PIC deVeres, Kevin Wieczorek at Allied Pickford and Berend Lens Van Rijn from Belevari Marine. Your support and generosity have been remarkable and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I very much look forward to working with you all again.”

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Popular Online Charity Contest Wins More Nomination Time for Nonprofits

Response to a popular online contest has been so enthusiastic that the company behind the promotion has decided to extend the nomination period by two weeks to give more charities and nonprofits the opportunity to be nominated and win a chance to share $30,000 in prize money.

Popular Online Charity Contest Wins More Nomination Time for Nonprofits

Snack Alliance Inc., the maker of riceworks® Gourmet Brown Rice Crisps, announced today to extend the nomination period until February 28, 2010 for “Show Us Your Goodness,” a social campaign that invites consumers to nominate and vote online for the charitable program they believe has gone the extra mile to “serve the greater good.”

“Overwhelming response and traction in the social media at a rate of one nomination per hour made us decide to lengthen the nomination period to highlight more charity organizations,” says Tricia Ryan, Director of Marketing for riceworks®. “The challenges in Haiti, for example, brought requests for donations and we’re trying to adjust the program by responding to real life situations.”

Nominate and Vote For A Charity That Inspires
In just over seven weeks, more than 700 nominations for inspiring charitable projects have been received. Submissions are now due by February 28, 2010, at which time a panel of judges will select three finalists to be considered for $30,000 in support funds during the final round of voting.

One charity that has been nominated and highlighted on the “Show Us Your Goodness” website is AboutFace, a Toronto-based nonprofit organization that helps people with facial disfigurements.

“This online program gives lesser-known charities like ours a great way to gain media attention for our services,” says Elysabeth Fischer, Manager Corporate Partnerships for AboutFace. “With more than 10,000 Canadian children born with facial disfigurements each year, we must thank riceworks® for giving us the opportunity to spread the word, tell our story and help us make a difference for those children and their families who need our support.”

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Parent Coaching Institute Offers $900 Tuition Discount to Family Support Specialists Until February 15, 2010

The Parent Coaching Institute offers a $900 tuition discount off of the distance learning Parent Coach Certification® Training Program tuition for all applications received by February 15, 2010. Parent Coach Certification® is designed for family support specialists who are driven to coach parents facing today’s challenges; see the need for an innovative, research-based support model; and seek the most respected certification program available for parent coaching.

The Parent Coaching Institute (PCI™), founded in 2000 by Gloria DeGaetano, CEO, welcomes applications to its leading-edge, distance learning Parent Coach Certification® Training Program from family support specialists such as teachers, parent educators, social workers, counselors, psychologists, and nurses. Graduates of the PCI™ program coach moms and/or dads through challenges such as divorce, blended families, single parenting, teen development, school choice, school work, peer interactions, sleep habits, eating habits, managing media selections and influences, sibling rivalry, new baby, parent self-care, and many more. Applicants who submit their basic application by February 15, 2010 (transcripts and letters can follow later) will qualify for $900 off their total tuition if they are accepted into the Parent Coach Certification® Training Program. Students who apply by February 15, 2010 also have more time to dive into their course readings.

“…When I found the PCI™ it was as if I had found a secret path that would serve to connect my educational background, work experiences, community involvements and parenting beliefs. Little did I know that this path would also lead me on a transformative journey of my own; connecting me with others who shared a desire to create a cultural shift toward more mindful parenting, launching my own parent coaching business and inspiring me to apply parent coaching techniques and principles to my work in higher education. My PCI™ training was both practical and inspiring and it is perhaps the single best educational experience that one could ever have.” —Kay Kimball Gruder, PCI Certified Parent Coach®, Successful College Parenting (www.SuccessfulCollegeParenting.com)

The PCI™ offers a new model and method for supporting parents that transforms the ways current family support specialists support their clients. Parent Coaching is a growing profession offering opportunities for PCI Certified Parent Coaches® to supplement incomes, start new careers, and add to skill sets. The PCI™ is the original and current leader in training parent coaches, offering a graduate level, distance learning certificate program taken over one year, in collaboration with Seattle Pacific University, independent of SPU’s religious affiliation.

Visit the PCI™ Web site to learn what PCI™ students and graduates have to say. Give yourself and the families you serve the gift of transformation this year. For more information, please call the PCI™ office at (888) 599-4447. Callers will receive a free copy of Parent Success Stories, a collection of 34 inspirational stories written by PCI Certified Parent Coaches®, while supplies last.

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A Video Name Tag Authorized Reseller pledges $10.00 to the Clinton Foundation for Haitian Relief Fund

George Mandell, an authorized reseller for the Recom Group, Inc. was touched deeply by the earthquake in Haiti and as a result of that, he is going to donate $10 for each unit sold of the Video Name Tag, a device that is providing businessess in many sectors an easy and effective way to deliver important news to customers regarding their new offers, products, daily specials and services.

The device is easy to carry around with you because of it’s size but the video screen is much clearer than LED screeens as it’s organic OLED.

If anyone is interested in this marvelous product and who wishes to be part of the donation process and still get something in return, please visit the website of Video Name Tag and purchase one for a friend, family member or yourself.

Their website is: http://www.videonametag.com/

Mr. Mandell will also make it more affordable for you as he is offering a $10.00 credit for every unit ordred by providing all of you with a Discount Code to enter at the end of the order. The Discount Code is:

Discount Code: George135

He wants to help those people in Haiti as he has seen the damage and he’s put himself in their shoes as it would be heartbreaking for him and his loved ones, so he fully understands the strife and inconveniences that they are going through and he wish them God’s love in every way.

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