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Back from Zambia…

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I’ve just got back from a trip to Zambia and can’t believe how cold it is here!!

Just before I went, I helped launch the Make Your Mark With A Tenner Campaign in Swindon, which was really good fun.  Both LTV and BBC local stations covered the launch – you can watch the footage by clicking on the logos below – as well as most of the local papers.  It was absolutely wonderful to be involved and to see so many young people with some really creative, great ideas!  I can’t wait to find out how they’re getting on.

ITV Local

BBC News

As a result of that day, I’ve also now been asked to take part as a judge in ‘Make Your Mark’s flagship competition called The Enterprising Young Brit Awards, which was launched by Alistair Darling during Global Entrepreneurship Week. Anyone aged 13-30 can enter, with finalists pitching their ideas in a sort of ‘X-Factor’ style, and it takes place on the 24th March in London.

And it’s back to television on the 5th March, when I’m going to be a guest on Ben TV’s ‘Bright Talk’ show (Sky184). Viewers can ring in to discuss topical issues live on air – I’m really looking forward to that!

I’ve also got more speaking engagements being confirmed all the time, so keep checking my events calendar and hope to see some of you at one of them!

God bless,

Caroline

Caroline MarshBack from Zambia…
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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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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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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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