Posts tagged with “PLAY”

Amway is on the Today Show!

Thursday, 6 December, 2012

Hope you caught the Today Show on NBC yesterday. Kelli Miller from Amway North America announced a donation of $300,000 in product to the Today Show Toy Drive, in partnership with the US Direct Selling Association.

Check out the video by clicking here.

Kicking Since 2002

Wednesday, 14 November, 2012

About ten years ago, in anticipation of the launch of the Amway One by One Campaign for Children, we looked around the world to see what our people were doing to help children in their local communities. 

In South Korea, we found a small soccer program with a big story.

Soccer is wildly popular across Korea, and many children grow up playing. In fact, when we visited a Child Welfare Center in Seoul last year, children in the crowded neighborhood played on the roof of their building.

Yet not every child can afford the team fees and equipment to compete with their peers, particularly groups of families from different countries that may not understand the language and culture, and that struggle financially.

The Nutrilite Soccer Teams (named after Amway’s Nutrilite brand of vitamins) was established in 2002 as a sports and nutrition program for children of ethnically diverse families in South Korea. The children who were often misunderstood and suffered from discrimination were given a chance to join their peers and develop a common bond, creating a build bridges across international cultures.

Today, the program is still going strong, and was recently profiled in Joongang-ilbo.

Play on!

A new understanding of urban and rural

Wednesday, 10 October, 2012

When 10-year-old Liu Hongyu from a small village in China entered the home of her new friend Qi Tingshan in the city, the first thing she exclaimed was, “Wow, your home looks like a library.”

Qi Tingshan never realized how lucky she was before, and immediately gave Liu Hongyu some of her favorite books as gifts. But Qi Tingshan would also learn about the joys of living in the countryside, when she visited Liu Hongyu.

This summer, Amway partnered with the Zhuzhou Evening Post to organize a project called Urban and Rural Children Forming Pairs. This is the third project of its kind, where 25 urban children and 25 rural children are paired up to spend five days together, and to stay at each other’s homes.

In the city, they visited the zoo and a City Planning Exhibition. In the country, they caught crabs and picked peanuts in the fields. The rural children took a high-speed train and watched a 4D movie for the first time. The urban children did farm work and washed clothes by themselves, also for the first time.

Through the program, increasing understanding is leading to acceptance, empathy and friendship. And all it takes is a little trip outside our world.

Thanks to Vivian Yuan Yuan and Rowley Luo for sharing this story.

Lead on Yogi!

Friday, 14 September, 2012

In Japan, a special dog named Yogi walks the halls of the Shizuoka Children’s Hospital.

This is no ordinary dog. It is a highly trained “Therapy Dog,” part of a special program that aims to speed the recovery of children in hospitals.

Amway Japan was introduced to the Therapy Dog program through the Tyler Foundation, which helps children with childhood cancer. The program has touched the lives of 980 children in Japan since the first Therapy Dog, Bailey, began working with children in 2010.

Yogi was trained in the US with special skills to provide affection and comfort to children in times of pain and stress.

We’ll be following Yogi’s progress, and hope to share stories on the impact he is making on children in Japan.

Thanks to Kafuu Toh for sharing this story.

Let them play

Thursday, 23 August, 2012

Play encourages children to explore and discover the world around them.

Amway Malaysia launched “Balik Kampung” earlier this year to promote mental health for children in small towns and villages through arts and music.

Last month, Amway volunteers and members of Hands Percussion, a performing arts group transformed, 120 children from the village of Bukit Tinggi, Pahang into artists, dancers and musicians.

They taught them to make music using recycled materials, to perform traditional dance, and to decorate floats. None of the children had previous training.

After only three hours, they put on a spectacular parade of hand percussion, a lion dance and five giant floats for their school headmaster and villagers.    

Impressed by their performances, Mr. Thum Ven Keng, the school headmaster, said, “Amway has tapped the musical talent and potential of my students.” Later he announced that the school plans to form its own drum troupe.

According to Paul Yee, General Manager of Amway Malaysia, “Through arts and music, we help children gain self confidence and grow into healthier individuals.”

And that’s a rhythm we can follow.

Thanks to Joanne Yap and Sri Soekarmoen for sharing this story.

Starting interns on the right path

Friday, 17 August, 2012

An important part of the Amway intern experience is learning about our emphasis on volunteering.

Every year, Amway interns put on a children’s carnival in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan in conjunction with Urban Family Ministries. The goal is to give at-risk youth an opportunity to spend quality time with family and friends.

This year, not even a little rain could spoil the festive spirit, as more than 300 children came out to enjoy games, food, and arts and crafts, supported by 60 interns.

Giving kids a chance to relax and play in a safe environment is one of the important roles Urban Family Ministries plays in our local community, and Amway is proud to collaborate and create unique opportunities to enrich the lives of children.

Thanks to Kyle Van Andel for sharing this story, and thanks to all of our dedicated interns who are learning how we live out our values at Amway.

Goooooaaal!

Wednesday, 1 August, 2012

This year, Amway continued its support of the AC Milan Junior Camps in Denmark and Sweden, giving 2,500 kids a unique opportunity to learn soccer from some of the best coaches.

The AC Milan Junior Camp invites boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 16 to a week of high level soccer training and cultural experiences. Special consideration is given to underprivileged youth, with paid registration for 35 of the participants, in partnership with Danish partner, Julemærkefonden.

Youth that may not otherwise get a chance to participate in this level of playing and coaching are taught skills and techniques which they can continue to develop after the camp has finished, including sportsmanship and teamwork … perhaps the most important!

Thanks to Karin Schmid and Kyle Van Andel for sharing this story.

It’s all fun and games

Monday, 25 June, 2012

We spend a lot of time on this blog discussing serious children’s issues.

Yet one of our four focal areas is PLAY, because we recognize that sometimes you just need to give children a chance to experience games and celebrations.

Last month, 109 visually impaired children from 13 states across India participated in a chess tournament designed just for them through the All India Chess Federation for the Blind.

In addition to a fun and challenging event, the top layers qualified to be formally rated, which gives them the opportunity to play at the international level.

Amway Business Owners and employees in India also used their local fundraisers as an opportunity for children to have fun.

Events in Pune, Vizag and Coimbatore featured demonstrations of dance, music and magic to the delight of young spectators.

Addressing the needs of children is serious business. But it helps to remember the delights of childhood, and to ensure that each child we help has an extra reason to smile.

Thanks to Raj Narain for sharing theses stories.

Building greatness through competition

Monday, 18 June, 2012

Building greatness through competition

A game is never just a game.

For the last 15 years, Amway Taiwan has been working with local partners to support and grow the sport of billiards among young women.

The game has become a major annual competition in Taiwan. Earlier this year, the Amway eSpring Women’s World 9-Ball Open attracted 48 players from 17 countries. More than 70,000 fans attended the event, with 3 million more tuning into the live broadcast.

Yet the event is really a culmination of years of investment in young men and women to build self-esteem, confidence and commitment, not just in the sport, but in other areas of their lives.

Along with the tournament sponsorship, Amway Taiwan annually supports training programs that provide scholarships so youth can receive positive coaching, and are able to participate in competitions, even those that involve overseas travel.

The scholarships have enabled 170 young players in high school and college to earn $92,000 in scholarships since 2003.

The proof of this successful program is with the current champion and third-ranked female player in the world: Chieh-Yu Chou. She received a scholarship for four years, and may not have been able to reach these heights without the support of those who believe that a game is more than a game, and that she can achieve her dreams, with a little help from her friends.

Thanks to Julie Wu for sharing this story.

Getting ready for a big playground building event

Wednesday, 6 June, 2012

KaBOOM! playground building is one of our most exciting Amway One by One projects in our hometown. We’ve told the story before, but not as it happens. Here’s a live update from Michelle Meulendyk at the build site:

Amway is getting ready to build our 14th playground this Friday, June 8th. I am onsite with about 20 others prepping the materials.

What a flurry of activity!!! We have people cutting wood, digging holes and taking inventory of EVERY nut and bolt to this playground.

As part of the Amway One by One Campaign for Children, 215 employees from our Logistics and Manufacturing divisions will team up with an additional 100 volunteers from the community to build a new, safe play space for children.

Amway is proud to partner with D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s Home and KaBOOM! to bring this project to life!

     

Watch out for live updates on Friday on our Facebook page.