Thursday, December 31, 2009

The End of A Decade

Lessons Learned
2009 was significant because after visit to
Barbados I was introduced to the principals and works of the Global
Heritage Fund
. Tina, you will love this & sorry, I haven't had
chance to catch-up yet but as you can tell, I'm running a little behind.
I am so excited at having encountered this charity.
Now I am thinking about philanthropy on a completely different level - globally. What a fabulous way to start the decade!

Their tagline is Preserving Heritage Globally. i like that.
Changing lives locally. Who can argue with that?

They're re-built walled cities. Contributed Archaeological conservation expertise as well as keeping the next generation off the streets by investing and donating computers and contributing
to U.N. certified Heritage sites. On 4 continents they're working on 13 project currently and completed 6.

The foundation was founded in 2002 and they have accomplished so much results with the influence, money and relationships they have harnessed. My introduction and host at recent gathering in
Sausalito, California was through fellow Barbados guest, The Lynfords. Tondra has become a good friend. I am blessed, i know, to have wise counsel in my somewhat unorthodox life.

Here is recent article from November 2009 Viewpoints Magazine (p. 18 & 19) chaired by another new friend, Dr. Frieda Granot of the Sauder School of Business. She is the first to publish the story of the
fourth-generation Lalji Family written by a former Crofton House School Head Girl, Faaiza Lalji. Her father Amin is one of my mentors in business and his brother Shiraz Lalji in London has been a generous host. This family contributes significantly to society, around the world and has a social conscience.

I love success stories like these.

That's it for 2009. The year has been an incredible education in Life. Here's to another successful decade. I keep learning. Thank you to my teachers and guides. - 太太

PS - By the way, anyone looking to let beautiful home in the French Quarters of Shanghai?