"Oh dear the months have just flown by yet again and promises of sending monthly newsletters have sadly failed!!"
We are very happy to Welcome
Sharon & Noel who arrived a few weeks ago...the usual story that we seem to be hearing over and over again. Their father packs up and leaves his wife and abandons these two precious children. Their mother had no way to feed Sharon & Joel or pay for their much needed education. Sharon & Noel are both happily settled in their new home. Sharon will be attending primary school after the June holidays & Noel will be attending kindergarten
Welcome to your new home Sharon & Noel
Holiday of a Lifetime
As many of you know Yanto, myself, Jener, Jogi, Lisa,Abi &Ade recently had the adventure of a lifetime. The wonderful Baker family so generously invited us to America to attend their son Jack's Bar Mitzvah.We spent a couple of weeks at their home in Connecticut enjoying the sites of New York & spending time with Lisa, Richard, Jack, Henry & Serena. What didn't we do? Up the Empire State Building, the Lion King on Broadway, amazing desserts at Serendipity & an overnight trip to Boston to see our friends Jaye & Jon...the list goes on.
The highlight of course was Jack's Bar Mitvah which was such a beautiful ceremony attended by close friends & family.The party that followed was the party of all parties held at the Capital Theatre in Greenwich & the children had the best moment of their lives when they sang in front of 300 people. Thank you Richard, Lisa, Jack,Henry & Serena for so lovingly welcoming us into your home & Jack especially to you for choosing to support our children & giving them such inspiration for their futures!
The Miami part of the Holiday
Valentina, her husband Alan and daughters Tatiana & Chloe would not allow us to be in America and not visit them in Miami so after our fabulous 2 weeks in New York we had a further week of excitement in Miami. Tatiana & Valentina both visited Jodie O'Shea in 2009 and the children were thrilled to catch up with them again and share some more fun times.We had another wonderful week, a polo match, Disney on Ice, Universal Studios, trips on Roberts fabulous boat what a great week we had!!! Thank you so much !!
One of the highlights was being able to finally say "thank you" to Anton Dressman, his wife.... and their 2 gorgeous children. Without Anton's help we probably would not have been where we are today, he gave us money so we could build the Jodie O'Shea home & he did this without even having met myself or Yanto. The trust & generosity of a stranger has made such a difference to so many children.
Thank you Anton it was the greatest pleasure to meet you & for you to finally meet some of the children you have helped.
CARLTON J SMITH
Carlton very kindly visited and entertained our children ...a fabulous afternoon was had by all. Thank you so much Carlton & also Robert for organising this day !
Global Health Center Supports JODIE O'SHEA
Patrick Monsarrat each year on Valentines Day generously donates his time & talents in return for food for the Jodie O'Shea children. We can never thank you enough Patrick for your caring and support !!
Day Out with Chris on His Fabulous Boat
Thank you Chris for giving the children such a fabulous afternoon on your boat. They came home exhausted & thrilled after all the exciting activities!! xxx
A very special thank you to all of you who have so generously given up your time to devote to our children. The time you spend at the Jodie home putting your efforts into reading, English & so many activities is invaluable. The children as you know really love the one on one time you all spend with them.The love and cuddles and long talks play such a huge role in these children's lives.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to Maria, Michelle, Vince& Jantje & to Rossie who comes in and gives our home a "good clean up" every time she is here !!!
We are thrilled to have Toni "on board" running our volunteer programme. Bonnie will be leaving for the UK later in the year and we are all going to miss her terribly she has devoted months of her time and tirelessly worked to help us with all aspects of every day to day life at Jodie O'Shea. Bonnie has been sick now for a number of weeks and is in Sydney we pray for a speedy recovery so that we will be able to see you again soon. We love you dear Bonnie & can never thank you enough!!
We are so very very grateful to all of you who visit, share fun times, donate food, bring stationary supplies, clothes or just play with the children.We do try and thank each one of you individually if we have forgotten please forgive us!! As we always say we could not do what we do without your help !!!
Hopefully the next one will be in a few weeks??!!!
Lots of love
Alison & Yanto
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"May we continue to bring light into the lives of our children"