Thursday, February 25, 2016

Project C.U.R.E.'s First Ladies Luncheon With Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta

First Ladies Luncheon 2016 ~ Friday, March 18

Join The Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta, the First Lady of the Republic of Kenya
Project C.U.R.E., the largest provider of donated medical supplies and equipment to developing nations around the world, invites you to partner with the 2016 Project C.U.R.E. First Ladies Initiative honoring First Lady of the Republic of Kenya, Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta.

Launched in 2006, Project C.U.R.E.’s First Ladies Luncheon is a fundraising event that brings awareness to the humanitarian efforts of First Ladies from around the world.

Each year, thousands of distinguished guests join together to learn about healthcare issues in the First Ladies country and raise funding to deliver life-saving medical supplies and equipment to the most underserved hospitals and clinics throughout her country. To learn more about becoming a Table Host for this exclusive event, please CLICK HERE.

2016 Project C.U.R.E.
First Ladies Luncheon
Friday, March 18, 2016
JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn
Scottsdale, AZ

Since 2006, this event has provided more than $17 million dollars’ worth of medical supplies and equipment to hospitals and clinics throughout El Salvador, Belize, Mexico, Ghana, Panama, Tanzania, Mongolia and Mozambique. By hosting a table, you help further our mission of delivering health and hope to hurting people around the world.

For more information, please contact:
Katie Mabardy |  Executive Director  |   Project C.U.R.E.  |  480.432.7478   |
Allison Eggert |  Events Manager   |   Project C.U.R.E.  |  720.490.4022   |

Monday, January 18, 2016

Durant's Never Closes Movie Premiere

As the Executive Producer and Actor in the movie Durant’s Never Closes, I’m really looking forward to the sold out movie premiere this week!  Don’t forget the movie starring Tom Sizemore, Michelle Stafford, Peter Bogdanovich and Jon Gries is playing at the Harkins Shea 14 January 22-28.  A great movie and a great cast – you’ll regret it if you don’t check it out!

Be sure to look for my scene with Tom Sizemore!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Alas de Amor Medical Mission - Day Three

What a great day serving others! 128 patients came to see us.  We performed lots of extractions, filled cavities and did several cleanings.  Twenty children from a local orphanage were soooo cute and loving! This group of dentists hygienists and volunteers are the best!!!!!!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Alas de Amor Medical Mission - Day Two

Lots of extractions, cleanings and exams completed today. The doctors, hygienists and volunteers are working hard.  Hundreds of needy and grateful patients- the children are so beautiful and happy !!! Thanks to Loly Martinez and the local rotary club for the food and the help in organizing this dental mission.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Alas de Amor Medical Mission

I'm volunteering my time with a new organization called Alas de Amor.  We are headed to Mexico to an LDS church where we will be seeing approx 350 patients for extractions, cleanings, and exams.  I'll be assisting where needed and helping with Spanish translation.  What a blessing these 30 volunteers will be making.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Protect Children in Divorce

I REFER to the report “Aussie actress yet to hand over son to ex-partner, says lawyer” (The Star, Dec 29).
In a bitter divorce, the child’s welfare is often given less consideration while the feuding parties bicker over their rights trying to gain an advantage over the other.

The court hears testimonies from both parties but rarely gives much weight to what the child wants as reported in “Muslim conversion issues exclusively Syariah Court’s jurisdiction” (The Star, Dec 30).
Where the children are of a young age, the mother normally gains custody while the father has visitation rights. In view of the mother becoming a single parent after the annulment of the marriage, the father has the responsibility to provide the ex-wife alimony and child maintenance.

The situation becomes tense when the father washes his hands of all responsibilities over caring for the family by failing to adhere to the alimony payment and child maintenance and brainwashing the child on how bad the other parent is in order to exact revenge over the ex-spouse.

On the hand, the mother too can be faulted for child abuse if she adopts an attitude of “the winner takes it all” conduct by having full custody of the child, getting alimony and child maintenance and then denying the father visitation rights by putting obstacles to make it almost impossible for the father to meet the child.

Children who remain neutral are abused by being bombarded by repeated over-exaggerated untrue stories on how the other parent caused the failed marriage and is totally at fault when in reality, it is both parents failing to salvage the marriage.
Children need to have rights in a bitter divorce, including having a legal voice on what is demanded from each parent.

This should also include the right to be treated properly, the right to stop any parent from constantly telling repeated one-sided stories and the right to ensure both parents conduct and behave themselves properly toward the child.

The provisions of the Child Act need to be strengthened to include jail sentences for the delinquent parent who treats the child badly. This should apply to an adult child who still gets treated badly.
Some parents need to spend time in prison in order to realise and reflect upon their conduct over the child, where child abuse may not necessarily mean physical abuse but include mental abuse, where one parent constantly harasses the child to breaking point when the child does not totally agree with the abuser.

Such abuses must not have a statutory time limit, which means that a child wronged by one of the divorcing parents can still take action against the parent later in life for compensation.
Such child abuses can also happen when the child is already in adulthood, where the divorcing parent not getting custody in the earlier years or bitter over the divorce arrangements continue to mentally abuse the child through scolding, blaming and act detrimentally to the child’s well-being.

Some take advantage of the child’s generosity and forgiveness to gain monetary advantage while there are bad parents who implicate the child in the parent’s personal matters for personal gain.
For example, the divorcing father launching a malicious court case and police reports against other family members on unsubstantiated matters unrelated to the child, but then subjects the child to forced sub-judicial matters in bad faith and influencing the child to commit perjury with malicious intent to benefit the abusive parent, failing which dire consequences would fall upon the child.
Here the child is torn between filial piety and doing the right thing of not getting involved or even reporting criminal conduct to the proper authorities.

Another example is the abusive father not having custody of the child but pretending to have changed for the better, treating the child favourably to seek to temporarily stay at the premises of the child, who is now an adult, only to show his or her true colours once access has been granted.
Children need to be protected even when there is a lack of physical scars evident in a bitter divorce as mental abuse is just as devastating, especially when it continues during adulthood.

Protection such as compensation and jail time for the abusive parent is appropriate to ensure the child is protected in a bitter divorce and that the abusive parent behaves properly around the child.

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