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Update from Amanda

August 24th, 2016

Hello Everyone!

I hope this finds you all well and happy. I can’t believe that summer is almost over. Where did the time go? We are currently in the midst of our Summer Fair campaign and it’s been so much fun. A big thank you to Jennifer Scheffler for organizing this!! We are also running “The Extra Mile” campaign which has been so successful in the past. As you know, none of this is even remotely possible without you and your support. I once again find myself in a place of deep gratitude and joy. Thank you for filling up my cup with such grace and generosity.

We continue to receive updates from our charities and everyone is doing well. We have posted a very touching letter and some updates under our blog heading that I hope can take the time to read. They are a testament to all that you do for us and truly shows that little ripples are making big waves!!

I am looking forward to seeing some of you in England at the end of October for another rousing GABIT event! AT9! I can hardly believe we have been going this long. This year will be a little bit different with some new and I hope exciting changes. I’ll be doing some original monologues written by Julia Hague. We will be showing Toni Thomson’s incredible documentary “What it Takes to be Extraordinary” about our beloved Nepal Orphans Home. I had the great pleasure and honour of narrating this film. I know you will all love it. It promises to be a great weekend! There will, of course, be the usual (and the unusual) shenanigans and I’m thrilled to be coming back!!! And yes, I will pack waterproof mascara. :)

S4K will have a booth at The Homecoming event in Vancouver September 8-12th!! Sadly, I will miss this event as I will be in Budapest, but if you are attending, please stop by and say hello to our incredible volunteers! It’s been tremendously busy year so far and that, unfortunately, has meant that I haven’t been communicating with you all as often as I should. My apologies. You are always in my heart and it makes each task that much easier knowing that I have fans like you. Here’s to power of geeks and goofballs!!!

Much love always,
Amanda xoxo



December 3rd, 2015

Important message:

Of particular concern right now in Nepal is the dire shortage of fuel and supplies. Our charities report that this is making things extremely difficult.  It is a crushing blow to them despite their strong spirits. But they are banding together to get through it. We remain in close touch with all three charities and needs that may flow from this situation.

Information on the cause of the crisis can be found here - Nepal Blockade


November 23rd, 2015

Hello Everyone:

I apologize for not writing sooner. The last few months have been incredibly busy but eye-opening. Working in Budapest during the influx of Syrian refugees, many of whom were children, was a sobering experience, made even more tragic when the image of the lifeless body of a 3 year old child on a beach in Turkey was circulated world-wide. A child looking for Sanctuary. We cannot help all the World’s children but S4K can and does make a difference to some of them. Without you it would not be possible.

So many good things are happening for our charities and so many great fundraising initiatives have taken place. Please see our blog updates and community pages, but grab a Kleenex first. The news is heart-warming and beautiful. The blog updates always make me cry. Michael Hess of NOH speaks with such eloquence that you feel like you are there with him.

Our winter campaign is starting up and we need your help now more than ever. Although our charities are doing well, winter is looming and it brings with it new and difficult challenges. Our belief in ‘paying it forward’ is something that is done in spades by all of our charities, as they not only help the people in their care but the people in their communities. In Nepal, Haiti and Vancouver, we see how people with so little reach out to help those even less fortunate than themselves. This kind of grace and generosity is incredible and humbling.

We are going back to building villages this year. It appears to resonate with people. I know I love watching the villages grow! This is one of our bigger fund raising efforts of the year and I know it comes at a time when money is stretched thin. That’s why I am always amazed at the end when we have raised so much. I believe it is because you are the BEST SUPPORTERS EVER!

We also have another GABIT event coming October 21-23rd of next year, ‘AT9 Re-Imagined’.

For some reason all AT events have been named starting with an R. So this year I was racking my brain trying to come up with something fun. We will be trying a few new things this year to keep it fresh for our friends who have been before and hopefully to entice some new faces. The AT events are arguably our biggest fundraiser. It’s an incredible weekend of laughter and camaraderie and generosity. Hope you can join us.

I send a huge thank you to our monthly and yearly donors. You are our backbone.

We have had a great year. In spite of the terrible earthquake in Nepal people are doing well and even thriving. In spite of all the turmoil in the world people are still opening their hearts and their minds.

I thank you all for your generosity of spirit when it comes to Sanctuary for Kids. You are our greatest ambassadors. We couldn’t do this without you. Thank you for your continued love and support.

With lots of love, admiration and respect,

Amanda xo