A huge round of applause to a hearty group from Twinsburg High School — students and alumni — who have graduated to that noble place: thinking about the welfare of others and how to make their lives better.
I’m talking about the teens who sponsored the third annual Wellsprings of Change dance, a fundraiser to bring clean, fresh water to people they’ll never meet who are the victims of the global water crisis.
“This group of kids, working through the national nonprofit agency Charity: Water, founded the Wellsprings of Change organization to raise money and awareness that roughly a billion people in the world right now don’t have access to safe drinking water,” wrote parent and cheerleader for the cause Nancy Blanchard.
“Wellsprings of Change is an entirely student/teen-run and operated organization. How cool is that!”
The organization, Blanchard said, “began three years ago when some Twinsburg teens learned that a lack of clean water kills more people each year than all forms of violence combined, including war. Every 19 seconds, a child dies due to thirst or from being poisoned from contaminated water. … These kids decided to form Wellsprings of Change and organize an annual end-of-summer dance, with all proceeds going to fund the building of a well in an impoverished country. A well costs $5,000, through the Charity: Water organization, and each well can provide clean, safe water to a community of 800 people for 20 years. They can use this water to drink, to wash clothes, to cook food, to grow vegetables … to change their lives completely.”
The dance drew more than 200 teens to the Twinsburg Hilton Garden Inn ballroom, raising nearly $10,000, enough for two more wells. The teens raised more than $17,000 the past two years to fund three wells in the African countries of Ethiopia and Malawi.
Many thanks to the hotel for donating the space and DJ Jules for donating her services, and to the restaurants and businesses that provided food and prizes.
Donate to their cause through Sept. 30 at http://wellsprings2012.wix.com/wellspringsofchange.
Big, beautiful bouquets to Wadsworth private pilot Greg Kendzior and his wife, Janice, who hosted an exceptional family outing for children with cancer and children of parents battling cancer Friday evening at Wadsworth Municipal Airport.
“We are having some of my pilot buddies bring their planes on the ramp, three hot-air balloons, face painting, rub-on tattoos, pizza and ice cream along with prizes,” Kendzior said. “MedEvac from University Hospitals agreed to bring in one its choppers, too.”
The Kendziors said the event was not a benefit, just a way to give the families, all associated with Stewart’s Caring Place, a chance to relax and have fun. That and nothing more.
Healthy open house
Has the economy got you down and you’ve put your weight loss/improved health dreams on the back burner? Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS), Akron Chapter 883, is hosting a To Your Health open house Tuesday.
TOPS is welcoming prospective members from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, with private weigh-ins from 5 to 6:20 p.m. at Calvary Temple, 3045 Albrecht Ave., Akron. Take the Columbine Street entrance.
Should you decide to join, it doesn’t involve any expensive contracts or purchasing special foods, TOPS leader Karen Williams said. “You pay $28 for a national membership, which includes a monthly magazine and a monthly fee of $1.25 for men, women and/or teens. Sometimes we have guest speakers, but mostly moral support, hints and ideas.
“We have two men and one woman who have each lost 100 pounds. … I’ve lost 60 pounds myself. And we have another 11 men and women who have met their weight-loss goal of 10 and 12 pounds and are working to keep the weight off.”
The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Summit County kickoff for the Oct. 6 walk at Munroe Falls Metro Park featured Thomas J. Strauss, president/chief executive of Summa Health System, talking about the importance of mental health to overall wellness.
Strauss will be honorary walk chairman. Premier sponsor is the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation.
In doing so you honor high achievers such as President Abraham Lincoln, author Ernest Hemingway, artist Michelangelo, composer Ludwig von Beethoven and actress Patty Duke, to name a few who have had serious mental health challenges.
Helping Hearts Mission Team of Clearview United Methodist Church, 1733 Massillon Road, Springfield Township, will sponsor its second annual benefit Vendors Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 15 with Tastefully Simple, Scentsy, Jill’s Bracelet Co., Thirty-One and many others.
All proceeds go to Helping Hearts’ mission to help families in need. For information, call 330-733-1697.
Jewell Cardwell can be reached at 330-996-3567 or firstname.lastname@example.org