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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

Caroline MarshA very busy year
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Motivated and on top of the world!

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A couple of weeks ago I went on a 5-day Brian Klemmer advanced leadership training course in Norway, which was intense but really productive – I’d recommend it to anyone. You are given tools that really allow you to see your own potential, the greatness in others, and to be so much more productive in all areas of life. And then, giving me an extra boost of enthusiasm and motivation, I have just spent an afternoon at an exclusive Platinum Partners Group seminar event led by Brian Tracy, where I had the opportunity to speak to him personally. I can’t stress enough the value in putting yourself in front of these world-leaders and listening to what they have to say – you’ll be amazed at the impact it can have on your life.

Last weekend I did an online radio interview for Zambian listeners from all over the world, which apparently 2500 people tuned in for! I was  honoured to be their guest speaker and hope I inspired them with the story of my journey, encouraging the listeners that they too could be successful in business. You can listen to the interview on the website: http://www.mwape.com/braindrain.html

I’ve also just been to Liverpool and met with DCLP. Seeing how they continue to progress blessed my heart, they have just excelled in the work they are doing for the local community and are moving from strength to strength, planning on making themselves sustainable. My business partners, Steve and Nick, have been heavily involved in the organisation of the refurbishment that is due to start this week & we’re all very excited about the difference it will make to the DCLP team and the work they do.

Following the Kilimanjaro climb with GWR kids, we were invited to join in the celebrations to congratulate the guys and girls that took part in the event. I was so inspired by their commitment, and we had a great evening, with Mike helping me showing off my dancing skills!!

This week I’m having an interview with African Vibes magazine – http://africanvibes.com/wordpressnew/ – for their January issue, which will also form part of their first online broadcast, and then in a week’s time, on 4th December, I will be in Birmingham, speaking over 100 women in business. This is the finale of three Birmingham events facilitated by the National Black Women’s Network http://www.nbwn.org/ , devised to inspire and support local women to join the enterprise journey, and help those entrepreneurs already on their path to become more successful. I hope I can inspire everyone there to truly BE more, DO more, HAVE more and GIVE more.

Stay blessed,

Caroline

Caroline MarshMotivated and on top of the world!
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Still overwhelmed!

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I can’t believe how quickly the time has gone by!

I’m still overwhelmed by the response I’m getting and the number of unsung heroes that are doing great works all over the world. I have even had emails from America – people who have read articles on the internet – how amazing that the programme has touched that many.

The past few weeks have been so busy, trying to run my business and keep up with the media and various organisations and community projects, including the Liverpool projects, which I have to say have made such progress.  Dijuana has now planned another big event for half term and is also raising funds for a pamper weekend to thank the older generation that have been there for them in the local community.  As part of the gift to her I specifically asked her to have a girly weekend, as she deserved it, and she has come back and told me how much she enjoyed herself.  It was something she had never experienced before, and so she wanted to do the same for her role models, most of them aged 55 and above (How good is that?!).

DCLP have now employed a member of staff to help run the office and also free up some time for people like June who can now spare some time to go on holiday and not worry about the running of the projects while she is away.  They may have been able to cope without her for a week or two, but this means it’s one less thing for her to worry about.

Yesterday the Mayor of Swindon invited my family and I to his home for tea, for which we felt honoured as a family – he has been so supportive since we met him formally at our Secret Millionaire screening evening.  The kids were so excited – and so was I!  It is wonderful to know that he is behind the vision we shared with him a few weeks ago about wanting to make a difference in our local communities.

He has put me in touch with a lady in Swindon who is working in the local community with young mothers and teenagers.  They need someone who can spare the time to talk with them, and who they can open up to, and while I’m not sure I’m the right person to do that right now, having teenage children and a young baby myself,  I am certainly going to help organise her events and make contacts.  I am excited about working alongside her as she was so passionate, but what makes it all the more amazing is that she doesn’t even know I was on the Secret Millionaire programme – she just thinks I’m someone who wants to help…..which of course I am.

I have also partnered with 2 other voluntary organisations working in Zambia – The Book Bus and Street Child Africa – giving them more business support and seeing how I can help them best.

Last week I also met with the Zambian High Commissioner, who had called to see if we could meet to discuss how we could work together, both in the UK and Zambia.  We are now sharing details and making plans for when I visit Zambia in December and it’s all looking really good.  I have always believed that Together We Can make a Huge Difference, and now it’s really coming true, in a far bigger way than I could ever have imagined.

Caroline MarshStill overwhelmed!
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One week on…

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I can’t believe it’s been a week since the programme went out – I’ve been so busy and am overwhelmed by the number of people who watched the programme that have been in touch.  It’s a wonderful feeling to know that I’ve been an inspiration to them and that I can share some of what I’ve learned over the past few years.

Last wednesday I caught the train back up to Liverpool with Dijuana and had some more interviews with local radio stations.  It was just so good to see the people again, especially after watching the programme – I was reminded why I chose Dijuana and DCLP, and knew they had been the right choices.

While I was there I had the privilege to meet DCLP’s new employee and also some more of the people in the local communities.  They told me the I inspired them to Be More, but in truth, it was just as much the case that they were an inspiration to me and I am so grateful for the way my eyes have been opened to what I can really do to make the most difference in communities like this.

I will continue to support the two projects in Liverpool and am now working alongside local projects in Swindon too.  Our big vision for establishing a women’s home is attracting a network of local people that want to get involved – the Mayor is on board with the idea and we are meeting with him to discuss how we can work together and make the project happen.  It’s all very exciting!

I’m also getting reading for a number of shows & events in October, giving talks at the HMO Summit at Heathrow on the 11th and at the COC Business Achievers Conference in Reading on the 18th, so have a look at the calendar and come along if you can…..

Caroline MarshOne week on…
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