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Yoga Reaches Out

Mission: to bring the yoga community together to create seva (selfless service). Through the gift of yoga, Yoga Reaches Out focuses on raising funds for organizations that impact the health, education, and well-being of children.

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Carriage House Longest Day Fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Association

Please join us at Carriage House at Lee’s Farm (134 Boston Post Rd, Wayland) for a fun afternoon of silent auctions, raffles, dunk tanks, music and a cookout..100% of all proceeds will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association! Saturday, June 24, 4-6pm. Everyone is invited!  Event flyer online here

Support Hatun Runa’s Expedition to Peru

On June 21, six Wayland residents will embark on a nearly 3-week expedition with Hatun Runa, a small non-profit working to provide resource development in healthcare, education and the overall quality of life in remote villages accessed through Leymebamba, Amazonas, Peru. Wayland’s Leslie Moloney, one of the founders Hatun Runa, is organizing the expedition which will include her son Collin Moloney, Jih-Ho Donovan, Owen Donovan, Carlos Melero Jr., and Matt Edwards, all from Wayland. We will be joined by archaeologist and solar engineer Ricky Lightfoot, who designs our solar systems for portability and durability in the harsh environments we trek to and install the systems in.

Where the road ends, Hatun Runa’s work begins. For 10 years, Hatun Runa has been working in remote villages in the Northeastern Andes of Peru. These forgotten villages are thousands of miles from the crowds of tourists in Cuzco and Machu Picchu and are accessible only by foot. With limited or no health care, clean water, sanitation, electricity and educational materials, everyday life is a struggle. Hatun Runa’s efforts are focused on providing resources to these communities by providing solar power for their health posts and schoolrooms, as well as basic medical equipment, educational supplies and training. Hatun Runa and Loose Change (also a Wayland-based non-profit) are the only American non-profits working in this area due to the difficulty of simply getting there. The region has transformed in the past ten years that we have been traveling to Peru, but there is always so much more to be done.

In 2010, Hatun Runa started a solar power initiative which changed the delivery of care in the village health posts. These are solar power systems that could be trekked by foot into the mountains, in order to provide light, radio for medical emergencies and power a small fridge for life-saving vaccines and medicines. In 2011, a Hatun Runa container was shipped from Boston to Lima, then trucked 2000 miles to Leymebamba. It held the first surgical suite, dental suite, maternity suite and other medical equipment as well as enough educational resources for 6 schools. Last year, torrential rains caused a flood and landslide in the middle of the night in the village of Chilchos, accessible only by a 26-mile trail. A mother and three children were washed away and search efforts were nearly impossible as the village had no electricity or emergency lighting. The community requested help, and last summer we installed a set of tactical solar powered flashlights in the health post for the future.

This year’s trip will be an intense surgical strike: we will visit all three of the health posts’ solar installations for maintenance and upgrades, and bring medical and educational resources for the health posts and schools. Supplies are trekked in by our group on foot and on horseback. We will visit La Morada, a nearly 40-mile(two-day) trek through altitude, high jungle, and mud. This is a village that lives at poverty level and hardship is 24/7. Four years ago Hatun Runa was the first non-profit (foreign or domestic) to visit this village of shy/cautious people. We installed solar panels in their health post as well as lighting, a vaccine refrigerator and dedicated radio. We brought supplies to the mud-walled, dirt floor school. Our leader warns: “The hike to this village is going to be the hardest hike you will ever do but the most rewarding if the weather is good. The beauty of it is beyond compare.”

Some of us will also visit Chilchos, a 26-mile trek from our base town, Leymebamba. We do this hike in one day, we stay for one day, and we hike back the next. Only a small group will do this hike while the rest of the group spends some time in the schools in Leymebamba. Atuen, the closest village, now has a road!!! So this will be a one day trip.

We humbly ask for your donation to help Hatun Runa fund the installation of improved solar equipment in 3 health posts to ensure durability over time. We will also bring medical resources, books, and educational materials to schools. Please note: All travelers are funding all of their personal travel costs, so all donations will go directly to improving the lives of the people in these villages.

100% of your donation goes to these projects. You can donate by clicking here

If you would like to learn more about Hatun Runa visit: http://www.hatunruna.org/.

Thank you for your consideration

Wayland Man Rides to End Alzheimer’s for 15th Time

Paul Kussell, of Wayland, will bike 100 miles in the Alzheimer’s Association, Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter’s RIDE to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, June 24. Starting and finishing at Odiorne State Park in Rye, NH, the RIDE provides a 2-, 30-, 62- and 100-mile route through the towns of coastal New Hampshire and the north shore of Massachusetts.  To donate in support of Paul Kussell, click here.

This is the 15th year Kussell will join the RIDE. Kussell will be joined by six other cyclists on his team as he prepares to take on the 100-mile route, “both my mother and father had dementia. My father at a relatively early age and my mother later in life. As a caregiver and son, I am committed to working toward a cure.”

Started by the Noonan family, the RIDE to End Alzheimer’s formerly called Memory Ride, grew from a small, family-inspired event to a cycling challenge attracting riders throughout New England and beyond. Each year, 90 percent of the funds raised are given to research restricted grants for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. The remaining 10 percent of the proceeds fund programs and services in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Since the event began 21 years ago, the RIDE to End Alzheimer’s has raised over $4,000,000.

“We know that five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, by 2050 this number could rise as high as sixteen million,” said Autumn Hotaling, Development Officer for the Alzheimer’s Association, MA/NH Chapter. “We must find meaningful treatment and a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. With the awareness and funds raised by our RIDE to End Alzheimer’s cyclists, we will move closer to our vision of a world without Alzheimer’s.”

To register or volunteer at the RIDE to End Alzheimer’s event, visit alzmass.org/ride.

About the Alzheimer’s Association: The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s®. Visit www.alz.org/MANH or call 800.272.3900.

Jazz and Comedy Club, September 23

♫ What are you doing New Year’s, New Year’s Eve?  No, no, that isn’t right.  What are you doing on Saturday evening, September 23?  You don’t know?  Well, do we have something special for you!

Nationally known social and political comedian Jimmy Tingle and the Shane Wood Jazz Trio will be playing at Sandy Burr Country Club on September 23rd at 7:30pm, sponsored by the Friends of the Wayland Council on Aging.  No, there won’t be lobster but there will be fun and laughter, good times with friends, smooth music to get you moving, a live auction, and hors d’oeuvres and dessert.

Tickets for this festive fundraiser are $75 per person and will be available at the Village Bank, the Council on Aging, and soon online.  So put the date into your calendar and then have a nice summer

A Family Takes on ALS

Massachusetts General Hospital 5/26/17: A Family Takes on ALS. He is an analytical thinker. She is an energetic force. Together, Stephen Winthrop and M. Jane Williamson of Wayland, Massachusetts, make a formidable husband-and-wife team in the fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the progressive, neuromuscular disease that is slowly robbing Stephen of the use of his muscles. In collaboration with the clinicians and scientists at the Massachusetts General Hospital ALS Multidisciplinary Clinic, and local and national advocacy groups, Stephen and Jane have created a current of hope for their own family and for the estimated 30,000 people in the United States with ALS.

WPSF “HATS Off” End-of-Year Campaign Runs Through June 16

Making a donation to the Wayland Public Schools Foundation is a perfect way to say “Thank You!” to that special teacher or staff member. For over 30 years, the Wayland Public Schools Foundation (WPSF) has supported teachers by funding classroom innovations and creative units of study not covered by the regular school budget. Make a donation to the HATS Off campaign and a personalized certificate will be sent to the faculty member(s) of your choice. The donation amount will not be disclosed. Visit the WPSF website to order your HATS Off certificate online at http://www.waylandpublicschoolsfoundation.org/hats-off. Donations are tax deductible and may qualify for matching gifts at participating companies. Questions? Contact Jane Chitkara (jchitkara@comcast.net) or Amy Sullivan (amy_sul@comcast.net).

Wheels for the World wheelchair collection

On Saturday, June 17, Wheels for the World will be collecting wheelchairs, parts; and other mobility aides at Trinitarian Congregational Church; 53 Cochituate Rd from 10am-2pm. If you or someone you know has no longer used wheelchairs or canes, crutches, etc. Please bring them to Trinitarian and they will be taken and restored to new condition and brought to disabled children and adults around the world who cannot have access to “the gift of mobility” due to conditions in their countries. Donated wheelchairs will be receipted and are tax deductible.

Come help us give others around the world the freedoms we sometimes take for granted and give The Gift of Mobility. For more information call Cindy Leonard at 508-653-3743 or go to www.joniandfriends.org.

Volunteers are also needed in this area for ongoing help picking up donated wheelchairs and mobility aids and bringing them to our storage facility in Framingham. If you can help please contact Cindy Leonard.