Posts tagged with “Achieve”

Magic on the court

Monday, 17 December, 2012

Last week, we saw plenty of basketball, mixed with a little soccer.

Earlier this year, we profiled Power Soccer, played by athletes in power wheelchairs. Power Soccer is not just a game. It creates communities and friendships where they are most needed … as well as creating pure, intense competition.

All of this was on display during the Orlando Magic’s halftime show last Wednesday. While Atlanta and Orlando basketball players rested, Power Soccer players from Atlanta and Central Florida heated up the court with their own demonstration of speed and technique.

       

Some of Power Soccer’s biggest advocates and champions showed off their skills, including Jerome “Pika” Durand, Jerry Frick and Eric Dornan, along with more of the sport’s best players.

   

They had the crowd cheering for every near miss, and gasping at every spin kick from the heavy metal chairs.

           

It seemed to be an incredible experience for the players, and it was certainly a great show for the audience. But at the end of the day, it wasn’t intended for either.

We hope that this exposure will introduce the sport to another person in a power wheelchair who needs an outlet like Power Soccer, and just hasn’t heard about it yet. We want the word to spread.

If you know someone who may be interested in the sport, check out powersoccerusa.org.

Thanks to David Ruelas and RD Saunders for organizing a great Power Soccer demonstration, to JT McWalters and Matthew Keller for being amazing hosts on behalf of the Orlando Magic, and to David Madiol for helping us introduce the sport to the team.

A story with many plots

Friday, 2 November, 2012

In 2013, Amway will celebrate 30 years of supporting Easter Seals to help children with disabilities - a partnership that predates the Amway One by One Campaign for Children and covers more than half of the history of Amway. How did it grow, and how does it last? There are many stories to unravel to answer the question.

 

First, consider four-year-old Mia in Charlotte, North Carolina. While she is a happy, energetic girl with a doting brother and caring parents, Mia has developmental disabilities that require special care. The Easter Seals UCP Child Care Center in Charlotte is just what Mia and her family need. It provides therapy programs in the classroom with onsite specialists, while creating a blended environment for children at all development levels, and from all backgrounds. It is a beautiful, happy atmosphere run by caring, professional staff. Yet it is always in need of support to keep it going.

 

That’s where the next story begins. It’s about Dexter and Birdie Yager, who started an Amway business that would become one of the most successful in the world. The Yagers have reached the Amway Founders Council recognition level, and have passed their Amway business to three of their seven children – Doyle, Steve and Jeff. They also passed on their legacy of support for Easter Seals.

 

Looking further back for the next story, the Yagers’ involvement with Easter Seals was initially inspired by Amway, which began a new kind of corporate sponsorship in the 1980s, by helping Easter Seals conduct national telethons to raise money for children with disabilities. The Yagers were one of the earliest and longest-lasting champions for Easter Seals. They gave of their own time and money, promoted Easter Seals to their IBO networks, and invited Easter Seals representatives to speak at their large business meetings and events.

 

The final story continues to be written. Between Amway, the Yagers and other Amway IBOs and employees across the country, more than $30 million has been raised to support Easter Seals over the years, through grassroots fundraising, volunteering at local centers and serving on local Easter Seals boards.

What drives them is the inspiration of children like Mia, who get the support they need to reach their potential.

 

Coming soon will be a video of Easter Seals, highlighting the work of the Yagers to help children like Mia. Thanks to the Amway North America staff, the Yager Group, and the Easter Seals UCP for sharing this wonderful story with us. To learn more about Easter Seals, visit www.easterseals.com.

A sampling from India

Tuesday, 30 October, 2012

India is a true demonstration of the Amway One by One model, where activities happen locally, driven by Amway Business Owners and employees. Here is a sampling from the last few weeks:

 

A day to celebrate the white cane …

In Delhi, 50 Amway volunteers celebrated International White Cane Day with 150 visually challenged students in partnership with Jantar Mantar. This public awareness walk took them by important government offices, led by the Delhi police. The event culminated with the presentation of 150 white canes to the students, and the kick-off of White Cane Week across India.

 

A life goal workshop for youth …

The first Personality Development Workshop was presented to 40 enthusiastic young men and women through partner organization Aadharna and Manchikalalu. Amway Business Owner Rajesh Murthy, a well-known corporate trainer, led a three-hour interactive on topics ranging from time management, goal setting, relationships and memory building.

 

A different way to spend the holiday …

The India Independence Day was celebrated by an Amway team in Hyderabad with children from partner agency Manchikalalu. Events included flag ceremonies and songs with high-level government officials and ended with a donation commitment to support children’s education.

 

A new partner in the heart of India …

Amway Project Sunrise, a national partnership with local organizations across India, established a new partnership in Lucknow with Asha Jyoti, an organization focused on helping children with mental disabilities. The partnership was christened with a donation to support the education of 25 children for an entire year.

 

A special delivery of healthcare service …

The Amway Opportunity Foundation organized two healthcare events for children. The first was in partnership with the Delhi Council for Child Welfare, where a group of eye doctors and specialists treated 300 children who may not be able to afford these services. The other was a broad-based “health camp” project, where Amway Business Owners who are doctors organized free treatment for children at Amway Project Sunrise partners in Chennai, Trichy, Hyderabad, Madurai, Cochin, Salem, Trivandrum, Faridabad and Aizawl.

 

Thanks to Raj Narain for sharing all of these wonderful stories.

A Handsome Smile

Wednesday, 24 October, 2012

Quoc Cuong is a ten year old boy from Vietnam who joined an elite team to compete in Math and English subjects. Yet he was born with deformed lips and palate. So despite his accomplishments, Cuong couldn’t smile.

Coming from a poor family, the cost for a surgery to correct his deformity was simply too expensive. That is, until the Operation Smile mission in Hai Pong that provided him and 140 other children with free corrective surgery. The mission was sponsored by Amway Vietnam in partnership with Operation Smile Vietnam.   

Since its launch in 2008, Amway Vietnam has supported ten Operation Smiles missions. In addition to the financial contribution of more than US $160,000, Amway employees and distributors have volunteered their times to help 3,000 children get their smiles back.

After the surgery, Cuong said to his mother: “I will be the most handsome boy in the class, mommy.”

Today, he will smile for all of his achievements. And that makes us smile too.

Pictured here is Miss Vietnam Mai Phuong Thuy (center) and Amway Vietnam General Director How Kam Chiong (second on the left) with the patients at the Amway-sponsored Operation Smile mission in Hai Phong in August 2012.

Thanks to Ha Dang Ngoc Thu and Sri Soekarmoen for sharing this story.

Britain’s Top Real Role Model 2012

Monday, 22 October, 2012

Building on the success of last year, Amway UK has launched Britain’s Top Real Role Model 2012.

This year the initiative aims to uncover real role models in society who make a difference in their communities.

Judged by a high profile panel including Jo Fairley (Founder of Green and Blacks) and Melanie Bryan (BTRRM winner 2011), the winner will be awarded £10,000 by Amway UK to start their own social project, and get mentoring support from the Amway Academy.

Amway UK is calling for people to people who stand out from the crowd with a passion for social entrepreneurialism, a strong community/charitable vision and achievements in running a business/community project. 

If this sounds like someone you know, visit the website now to nominate.

Thanks to Sarah Wellner for sharing this story.

Employee Play Dates

Friday, 19 October, 2012

Children love to have play dates – a time for their friends to visit and spend time having fun together.

But for those in shelters following abuse,  neglect or abandonment, it can be a sad time when visitors are few and far between.

Amway employees in southern California have been taking time to make sure children at the Orangewood Children’s Home have regular visits from their friends.

Last month, a group of volunteers spent time with children at Orangewood. They even brought earthquake preparedness kits and held an earthquake drill to teach them emergency skills.

And earlier this summer, they helped to host a family picnic and carnival over the weekend for Orangewood foster families, which included more than 600 kids and adults with food, games prizes and fun activities.

When is the last time you offered your time to play?

Thanks to Machelle Cox for sharing this story.  

The volunteering “triple bottom line”

Monday, 15 October, 2012

Amway employees in Denmark demonstrated a new take on the triple bottom line: environmental, social and financial performance.

They recently closed down the office and all staff members, along with local Amway business owners, set off to the site of a recent music festival near Copenhagen.

They first helped the environment by collecting and sorting recyclables: everything from tin cans to glass bottles to batteries and furniture.

Volunteers also made a social contribution, by partnering with Julemærkefonden, a Danish organization that teaches children about healthy living and self-esteem.

Finally, the financial return on the recyclables could raise as much as 70,000 DNK for children served by Julemærkefonden.

All in a good day’s work!

Thanks to Karin Schmid and Sarah Wellner for sharing this story.

Getting in the zone

Friday, 5 October, 2012

Three of our Amway colleagues stepped up – way up – to join Amway Independent Business Owners in this year’s Drop Zone event in London, Ontario.

Drop Zone is an event where everyday people get the chance to be superheroes for kids with physical disabilities through Easter Seals. Participants raise a minimum of $1,500 in pledges in exchange for the opportunity to challenge themselves and rappel down side of a downtown high rise building while astonished onlookers gaze up into the sky from the ground below.

Congratulations to Angela Abdallah, Kim Fletcher and Adriane Land (a.k.a. – The Amway Golden Avengers), pictured below as they prepare for their drop with Angela’s nephew, Steven.

An international welcome

Friday, 21 September, 2012

At Amway offices in Puchheim, Germany, 260 people from more than 30 different nations work together as one team. This diversity gives each of our employees an expertise in intercultural teamwork.

They decided to use this expertise in their their latest volunteer activity, working with youth from the world‘s crisis regions – Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq, Syria – who live in a refugee shelter in Munich, waiting for their asylum status being granted.

Most of these young men and women will eventually be able to stay in Germany. So Amway staff, working with Inner Mission, made sure they would be ready to live, work and play in Germany, with a series of hands-on, multicultural activities, such as:

Getting to know German food and how to prepare it …

Repairing bikes and learning about German traffic rules …

Woodworking with tables and benches …

Playing sports and just getting to know each other. Click here for the full news writeup.

Thanks to Karin Schmid and Sarah Wellner for sharing this story.

A bike ride of dreams

Tuesday, 21 August, 2012

Nineteen mentally disabled high school students in Taiwan recently showed the world what they can achieve, with a little help from their friends and families.

The students pedaled 519 miles (835 km) across the island of Taiwan in twelve days, accompanied by over fifty teachers and a support team from the National Hua-Lien Special School.

Amway Taiwan was inspired by their journey, and did what they could to help – providing Amway products like Double X and Cal Mag nutritional supplements, protein drinks and Peter Island sun lotion.

They also provided advice on health and training as the student athletes made their “Dream Adventure” come true.

Thanks to Julie Wu for sharing this story. See more photos and updates on the Amway Taiwan Facebook page.