It’s always a great honor for me to “Thank” people who support what I do and also, I believe that one’s giving should support their beliefs. Therefore, I offer “Special Thanks” to the Cider Enterprises contributors and the many local groups and individuals, who gave their time and money in support of the Teena’s Legacy 5k Peace Walk.
Our Peace Walk on Saturday, May 2, 2015 was victorious on all accounts. Founder Jamika Smith pulled off an excellent fundraising campaign, gathering community support for her Retreat and Summer Apprentice Program that teaches 16 – 21 year old young ladies the trade of reviving, restoring and reupholstering furniture.
It surprised me when Jamika said she’d be happy if 60 people showed up because I certainly believed the numbers would be far greater. I’ve seen people ‘hungry for peace’ come out just to confirm that large numbers of people are working together and seeking peaceful solutions. My predictions prevailed when over 100 people arrived early in the morning ready to participate. The youth came from several schools, wearing masks and holding signs that asked crucial questions about peace. The first round posed questions about the societal impacts of violence; the second round provided individual responses to violence; and the third round offered individual and group solutions to achieve peace.
Teena’s Legacy successfully completed the 5k Peace Walk fundraiser, resulting in new connections to a potential location with a workspace and machines for all the girls; and a commitment from The Love Journey, Inc. to provide self-esteem workshops and classes.
We look forward to a summer of productivity and transformation to the furniture, community, and ourselves!
Claudette Redic, Owner