The fresh crisp autumn air hits my face as I leave my
apartment in New York this morning and I’m reminded that every minute is a chance to start anew….
Since returning from Sri Lanka in June, the summer months have been an interesting study in humanity. Models Doing More hosted 4 fundraisers in order to reach our short-term goal of providing the orphanage with a tuk tuk (rickshaw). In the last 3
months, as I organized, planned, and executed the events I realized the importance of relationships… All relationships… the ones we hold with friends,
colleagues, parents, strangers, past partners, family members, and most importantly the one we hold with ourselves.
I have experienced many emotions as I welcomed the commentary, of the highest officials to the lowest echelons of society, that MDM’s initiative is pointless or a waste. There have also been rewarding moments, when I see an individual's eyes light up as I share the story of our journeys throughout Sri Lanka, the joy the children exude when they are given attention and direction, and as I speak of my dream to teach impoverished children entrepreneurship. I have entered each fundraiser like a voyager in uncharted territory, observing the actions of others and my own intentions. I chant a silent mantra to myself... I am not perfect, we are all souls having a human experience, life is messy, relationships are complex, outcomes are uncertain, promises are meant to be broken, people are irrational… but I believe in myself, in the MDM mission; I believe in the goodness of others, and I love the adventure of being alive.
Being in a state of gratitude and grace, even when being told you cannot, should not, or will not accomplish something is a true gift. I would like to thank my Mother for being the epitome of class, grace, love, and diplomacy… my parents for teaching me the importance of being compassionate and
sensitive to others from a young age… my partner for being a man of true faith, for loving me fully in the present moment, despite my colorful past, sleepless nights, and demanding ways…
Michaela Horvathova, my dear friend, and PR behind MDM, who humbles me with her altruistic outlook on life and accompanies me every step of the way…. Didier, a stranger, who hosted an event at his home even though he hardly knew us… for welcoming MDM into this home and assisting us in raising awareness and donations for the
children… and lastly, sincere appreciation to His Excellency, The Ambassador Dr. Palitha Kohona,
permanent representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations, for his friendship, for hosting a lovely fundraiser at his residence and for advising
& supporting my efforts, no matter how big or how small.
I am thankful for my friends, model ambassadors, and even those who are skeptical and question MDM’s motives. I am a student in the
school of life, and my character is developed not by being at peace everyday or by being praised. True character is defined by challenges and adversity. I look forward to the next test on the MDM journey…
For those who missed our fundraisers, we will be posting albums on our FB and social media from the July Pookie & Sebastian shopping benefit, the French Wine tasting at the home of Didier Rosenfeld, the
Shopping Benefit during NYFW at Pookie & Sebastian, and The Fashion Preview by Sheena Trivedi at the residence of the Ambassador of Sri Lanka on 9/11. All photos of the preview were captured by Moon Baby Photo, so check out their page to see more as well…
MDM plans to return to Sri Lanka in late fall with a team of ‘Model Ambassadors’ consisting of artists, bankers, business women, models, yoga
instructors, and officials to deliver the rickshaw, tuk tuk, and to teach the virtues of entrepreneurship.
September is my birthday month, so if you wish to do something for me, please donate and contribute to the orphans. Thank you!
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