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Create Your World of Possibilities!

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It’s been a while since my last update, for no other reason than I’ve just been so busy! The summer has come and (almost) gone, with not much time for holiday, but I’m still thoroughly enjoying everything I’m doing.

I’m spending more time now giving talks to groups of young people, helping them see what the possibilities are for them out there and hopefully inspiring and encouraging them to fulfil their potential. One of the messages I’m trying to get across to them is there’s nothing to lose by trying something, and you’ll find that if you just ask people for help and advice, most of them will say yes. I’ve met some very smart, bright and positive youngsters who have just never been shown that there are opportunities for them to take their ideas and passions forward and make a difference to their own lives, while positively affecting those around them.

Things have moved forward with the 4 Children charity and I’m now part of the Family Commission, a campaign chaired by Esther Rantzen, which will run for 18 months, focusing on the real needs of families in the community. I’ve also been travelling around the country with the ‘Make Your Mark’ team, helping judge the Enterprising Britain competition, to find the most enterprising place in the UK. The regional winners will all be at the awards ceremony in London in October, where I’ll be part of the final judging panel. I’m also hoping to work with Vodafone, helping promote their ‘World of Difference’ campaign, which encourages and supports young people in volunteering for various charities. And I’ve recently become an Ambassador for Have A Heart (formerly GWR Kids) in Wiltshire, and will be working for the next few months to encourage local businesses to partner with the charity. I’m sure there will be a good response – I’m already working with Zurich and other organisations in Swindon to promote working with their local communities, and the response has been really positive. It’s good to see that, even in times of recession, so many businesses out there are still keen to operate with a principle of giving back.

On a personal level, I’ve started my own coaching business and so far have helped 3 friends start up their own businesses, using their unique talents and gifts. I am now running sessions in Swindon for small groups and putting together coaching materials, based on my own experiences.

I can’t believe how things have changed for me in the last year and how many wonderful people I’ve been lucky enough to meet, all around the UK. I don’t think we realise how much untapped potential and how many good ideas and good people there are in Britain. It makes me very hopeful for the future.

Finally, please don’t forget that it’s Peace Day on Monday September 21st. If you haven’t already come across the amazing Peace One Day cause, here is an introduction, and I would urge you to visit the website, which has all sorts of educational resources you can download to spread the word and awareness of this global day of peace.

In 1999, filmmaker Jeremy Gilley dreamed that one day all the countries of the world would unite in recognising a specific day in the year as a day of ceasefire and non-violence. In 2002, the 21st September was officially ratified by the U.N. as International Peace Day and adopted by its 192 member states.

Jeremy’s latest film, ‘The Day After Peace’ has been screened in over 90 countries, and the 2008 Peace One Day concert, held at the Albert Hall, has been seen by an estimated 250 million people. The next major objective is to introduce 3 billion people to Peace Day by 2012.

You can help Jeremy achieve his goal simply by making everyone you know aware that the day exists and marking it every year, in even such a small way as lighting a candle.

www.peaceoneday.org

God Bless,

Caroline

Caroline MarshCreate Your World of Possibilities!
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A very busy year

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It’s shaping up to be a very busy year already! Here are a few updates on some of the projects I’m involved with, all of which have come about as a result of the Secret Millionaire programme. I never believed this many opportunities would come up, and am so excited about how I am able to help in all these small ways. My hope is that I am able to inspire the wonderful people who have had the passion to set up charities, foundations and businesses aimed at helping others have a better life, and help them achieve and exceed their goals.

The Zambian High Commissioner came to Swindon recently and met some of the organisations that are raising money to provide support in Zambia. He’s now looking at ways in which the High Commission might be able to help these charities with tax efficiency etc. and facilitate their efforts.

The national charity 4 Children focused primarily on helping teenagers in 2008 and is going to be concentrating on families this year. The annual conference is on the 2nd & 3rd April, at Westminster and I’ve been invited to join their panel, which pitches to government and business representatives in order to secure funding. I’ve never done anything like that before and am so thrilled to have been asked! The charity have also asked if I will be involved in some of the media publicity surrounding the event – of course, I’d be delighted!

Make Your Mark with a Tenner is an incentive to encourage schoolchildren to become entrepreneurs and introduce them to business and making money. They’re loaned £10 for a month and have to find a way to make as much profit and social impact as possible from it in that time. Tomorrow I’m visiting a school in Swindon, along with a representative from the campaign, to help launch its first round of publicity in the area.

GWR Kids did such a great job raising money for children in Wiltshire last year, and I’m going along to a meeting they’re having in London on 27th February to help decide where the money they raised from their last few events can best be used.

In December I spoke at the National Black Womens’ Network Business event in Birmingham and was amazed to find just how great the need is for mentors and inspirational role models for black women – more than 50 women wanted me to be their mentor! I’m going to be keeping in touch with the organisation and try to help them move forward in certain areas.

The Book Bus foundation is a very small UK-based charity that takes a bus filled with books round schools, orphanages and small communities in Zambia, providing a mobile library service and distributing books where they’re most needed. The bus is amazing – it’s been decorated by Quentin Blake, who did all the illustrations for Roald Dahl’s books – and it’s staffed entirely by volunteers. Waterstones have recently said they will donate books to the charity, which is fantastic, and Jo, who runs the UK operation for the Book Bus has organised an event in April, that she’s asked me to speak at. I think this is a wonderful charity, and will certainly be getting involved in their plans to set up links between primary schools here and in Zambia.

And finally, some news from Toxteth, where things are progressing nicely: one of PPP’s associate mentors, who is a great friend of mine, has been up this month to give Dijuana some personal and business mentoring. And DCLP has now had their roof fixed and started the refurbishment of their premises, which I’m really pleased I was able to help them get underway with.

Photographs from various events I’ve been to over the past few months will be uploaded soon…

In these tough times, believe in yourself, stay positive and always greet people with a smile – remember, you attract what you give out.

God bless,

Caroline

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Happy New Year!

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Happy new year to you all – I hope you had a restful and joyful Christmas. I had a very relaxing time at home with the boys (all 4 of them!) and managed to spend some wonderful time with friends.

Already things have got moving this year – I have been asked by ‘4 Children‘, the national children’s charity to give an after-dinner speech at Westminster on 2nd April, which is very exciting, and the Zambian High Commissioner is coming here to Swindon to meet the Zambian community and see how we can all work together to move ourselves and the community forward.

Media-wise, theVINE magazine has featured me in an article in the January issue, and I have some interviews lined up over the next few weeks, plus I’m continuing to be approached by various charities and individuals looking for support and guidance.

I have a very busy couple of weeks coming up, working on my property business and attending lots of meetings, including one encouraging women in franchising, which we’re all hoping may lead to an organisation that the BFA would be happy to support.

I don’t know where all of these opportunities will take me, and what difference I can make, but I am embracing each one, and that is something I wish for all of you:

Embrace the opportunities that come your way each day, and keep smiling – this is a year of possibilities!

God bless,

Caroline

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