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Volunteer Tea Pick
As part of our amazing volunteer programme, we offer volunteers the chance to live the life of a tea picker for half a day.Volunteers visit a local, private and ethical tea estate where they are allocated a tea picking lady as their mentor. They work alongside the tea pickers, developing their skills and understanding just how tough life is on the tea estates.After lining up with the workers to weigh their tea, volunteers are told how much they would have earned – this is, of course, shockingly little. The amount earned is added to their mentor’s pay packet, a lovely bonus.If possible, our friend and the owner of the Kelaniya Tea Estate, Mr Balendran, will then organise a tour around the working tea factory (and maybe even a cup of tea!)Volunteers gain an incredible insight into life on the tea estate and fundraise to support the work of Tea Leaf Vision centre – a massive win/win.This fundraising initiative allows us to cover all costs associated with planning and managing our volunteer programme, whilst enabling volunteers to help and support us without paying through the nose for the opportunity.
Phönikks's general work
Krebs trifft mitten ins Leben. Allein in Hamburg werden jedes Jahr rund 800 Familien mit der schlimmen Diagnose konfrontiert. Von einem Moment auf den anderen stehen die Erkrankten und ihre Angehörige vor einer ungewissen Zukunft. Angst, Verzweiflung und Hilflosigkeit prägen plötzlich den Alltag und werden zum ständigen Begleiter. Neben der körperlichen Erkrankung müssen sich die Betroffenen auch einer enormen psychischen Belastung stellen. Die Stiftung phönikks hilft jungen Familien in dieser belastenden Situation kostenlos mit psychologischer Beratung und psychotherapeutischer Unterstützung. Aus kleinen Anfängen ist in mehr als zwanzig Jahren eine in Deutschland einmalige Anlaufstelle gewachsen, die pro Jahr zwischen 270 - 300 Klienten betreut. Psychotherapeuten aus der Kinder- und Erwachsenenarbeit unterstützen die Betroffenen dabei, mit der Erkrankung umzugehen und begleiten sie auf der Suche nach neuen Perspektiven und dem Weg zurück in die Normalität.
Parkinson's 100 Challenge
Welcome to the Parkinson’s 100 Challenge! For people with Parkinson’s disease, every aspect of their life is affected by this progressive neurological condition, and just going about their daily routine can be the toughest of challenges. And so, over the next few months, the European Parkinson’s Disease Association is looking for at least 100 people across Europe and beyond to take on their own challenge to help raise money to improve the lives of people with Parkinson’s. Whether you get a team of colleagues together, persuade your family and friends to join you or simply want to tick something off from your own bucket list, joining our online team of challengers is easy. Simply spend a few seconds signing up, choose a challenge that excites you, and complete it anywhere and at any time during the next few months. It can be a serious challenge that fulfills a personal ambition (running, cycling, climbing, skydiving or swimming) or just an excuse for fun (hula-hooping, roller-blading or even eating!). For more information on the challenge, visit www.parkinsons100challenge.eu. Why support? Parkinson’s is a complex, progressive and chronic disease that has no cure. One in 500 people are diagnosed and the average age of onset is just 58 years old. It can affect anyone, and everyone’s disease journey is different. But we think that Tommy’s son from Norway can explain the disease’s impact on his dad’s life much better than we can: Dad has a chemical missing inside his head. Some people think it hurts, but he says it only hurts on the inside when he isn't able to do what he wants to do, like go to the park and play football with us. Sometimes he can do anything at all, and other times he cannot even eat or walk or talk. It’s like he’s two people, Clark Kent and Superman. By joining the Parkinson’s 100 Challenge, you will help the EPDA: improve the lives of people with Parkinson’s and their families by removing the hurdles that prevent early and appropriate treatment as well as individualised care champion projects that benefit people with Parkinson’s by working with national disease associations increase political awareness of Parkinson’s as a priority health challenge. Thanks to your generous support, we will be able help thousands of people with Parkinson’s across Europe live a full life. Together, we will unite in the fight against Parkinson’s.