A Collage of Good News

This article was published in the Escape Artist Weekly Newsletter on May 15, 2018. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, please click here.

With the nonsense news overpopulating the major social media platforms and news channels these days, it takes hard work and commitment to finding the good deeds occurring in the world today. As a result, to shed some light into the darkness that our media exudes, a handful of mainstream outlets have created positive, uplifting sub-pages, such as the “Pets” section of Today.com – and social media influencers have dedicated new accounts for posting and sharing the positivity in society, such as @TanksGoodNews. And yes, many times, there are often puppies involved.

A Collage of Good News

A Collage of Good News

To remind you that there are still happy moments and good people in the world, I have put together a few inspiring stories for you about everyday folks who have committed, in some regard, to help others along the way. You may recognize a few of the names in the anecdotes below as other Escape Artist contributors, while others may be new to you. Their contributions in corporate social responsibility have been tremendous in encouraging sustainability and promoting growth.

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My first trip down to Nicaragua on a medical mission immersion.

If, after reading and watching some of these amazing moments, you’re inspired to do something great in your future, please contact me to learn about opportunities available. We’d love to help you positively impact a life forever.

Teaching Skills to the Ambergris Caye Young Adults

In April of 2018, Michael K. Cobb, CEO and Chairman of ECI Development, volunteered to host a complimentary public speaking course for the young adults of San Pedro, Belize. Over his 20+ year career in real estate development, Cobb has been invited to speak at many global events, including the National Association of Realtors (NAR) annual conferences, and living and investing overseas symposiums.

Hosted by the Rotaract Club of Ambergris Caye, Rotaract Director of Professional Development, Rachel Jensen, mentioned, “Public speaking is one of the most common phobias after death, and we [Rotaract] wanted to combat this fear within our young adult community members. As a club, we are hosting monthly courses for the young adults in Belize which are designed to offer practical training in developing lifelong skills that we need for successful futures.”

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Michael K Cobb and a few of the Rotaract members.

FULL ARTICLE HERE

The Private Sector Raises Nearly $20,000 USD for the Town’s Greatest Needs

At the 20th Annual Presidents’ Week conference, hosted by Nagel & Associates, attendees and invited speakers raised an astounding $18,755 USD through an exciting silent auction. It was a lively evening, and there was a healthy dose of competition in the air as guests bid sheets throughout the evening. As the night went on, many donors upped the ante by adding on some last-minute bonuses to auction items.

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Conference attendees and presenters.

Among the most sought-after items was a 5-night stay at a luxury condominium in Medellin, Colombia, with 5 days of golf or tennis and daily massages generously donated by the Gutierrez Group of Medellin. Another big-ticket item was a 5-night stay at a luxury mountain-top condo in North Carolina donated by Glen Mather, President & CEO of NuView IRA. After a friendly bidding war on both items, the donors both agreed to give away two prizes if the second-place bidder matched the first-place bid – a win for all involved! Other items generously donated included a day tour of Texas wine country, whitewater rafting on the American River, conference registrations to G. Edward Griffin’s “Red Pill Expo,” EscapeArtist.com’s fall conference, tickets to Universal Studios in Orlando, a 0.999 gold coin, a tour of Austin, TX, fishing in Ontario, Canada, a gold vault tour in Zurich, lodging and golf in Doonbeg, Ireland, celebrity hair care products, horseback riding in Florida, and stays at both Grand Baymen and Gran Pacifica.

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The Silent Auction in action!

FULL ARTICLE HERE.

Wheelchair Foundation

It is incredible how all you need is 30 seconds to watch a life change forever and for the better. Tingly goosebumps go up Consumer Resource Guideyour spine and perhaps even lead to tears of joy. When witnessing the distribution of wheelchairs to the physically impaired in a developing country, your heart simply melts. Individuals who had previously lost mobility are able to get around on their own again.  

The Wheelchair Foundation contributes to distributions throughout the world. Last year, ECI partnered with NuView IRA and the Rotary Club of Nicaragua to distribute wheelchairs to hundreds throughout Nicaragua. With another trip slated in the upcoming year for Belize, ECI is currently raising funds to donate an entire storage container full of wheelchairs for the people of Belize.

The Wheelchair Foundation is a nonprofit organization leading an international effort to create awareness of the needs and abilities of people with physical disabilities, to promote the joy of giving, create global friendship, and to deliver a wheelchair to every child, teen, and adult in the world who needs one, but cannot afford one. For these people, the Wheelchair Foundation delivers Hope, Mobility, and Independence.”  

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Watch the video above to see how impactful a distribution can be for families in Nicaragua.

FULL ARTICLE HERE.

Celebrating 100 Medical Missions to Nicaragua

For over 22 years, Dr. Carl Ross and teams of nursing students from Duquesne University and Robert Morris University School of Nursing and Health Sciences, based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, have had a major impact on many of the communities in Nicaragua. Dr. Ross was recently honored by Universidad de Politecnica (UPOLI) in Managua, Nicaragua. During his 100th trip, UPOLI honored Dr. Ross during a celebratory program and he was awarded with the highest honors. Dr. Ross stated, “The U.S. is the country of my birth, but Nicaragua is the country that God gave me to love.”

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Dr. Ross’s students in Nicaragua.

FULL ARTICLE HERE

Giving back to others is simple. It doesn’t cost anything to be a good person. If you’re fortunate enough to have something to give, whether it’s your time, monetary means, or ideas, consider assisting our team in contributing to the greater good.  Contact me for opportunities.

This article was published in the Escape Artist Weekly Newsletter on May 15, 2018. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, please click here.