#GivingTuesday Charity Spotlight – Sharing the Joy of Flying with FOCUSFish!

Today is #GivingTuesday!  What an awesome campaign with such an important message!

Every day thousands of nonprofit organization provide a myriad of services to men, women and children around the world with much needed services and goods. These organizations address real need where it is found and have a real and direct, often life changing impact on the people they serve.

As I’ve shared before, I support several organizations, some financially, some with my time, some with both.  And no matter how much I give I always receive so much more in return!

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One of the organization I support is FOCUSFish. You might remember how moved I was after participating in an event in partnership with CoachArt, during which we introduced chronically and terminally ill children and their families to the joy of flying.

Last month I had the privilege of sharing yet another magical afternoon with 15 children with autism through a partnership between FOCUSFish and YACHAD. I can not even begin to tell you how awe inspiring those few hours were. I have a couple of autistic children in one of the classes I teach but to be surrounded with these special children all at once was profoundly moving. By the end of the day I was physically spent but elated and fulfilled.

These partnerships are just one of the ways in which FOCUSFish touches the lives of families with their unique approach to fitness, fitness that is available to people of all ages and abilities.  Among other things, they also provide PE classes to several thousands children in Title 1 schools who would otherwise have no physical education whatsoever.

I have been a fan of FOCUSFish since I discovered them 12 years ago. This year I was deeply honored to have been invited to serve on their board of directors, and subsequently elected as board president. Nothing gives me greater joy than furthering the mission of this amazing organization.

Rather than ramble on about the amazing work that FOCUSFish does I’ll let the pictures below from our latest YACHAD event, give you a little glimpse into the magic of this very special world…

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I cannot tell enough how much sunshine FOCUSFish has brought in to my life and how proud I am to serve and support them and their vision to grown and touch even more lives.  If you would like to support FOCUSFish in bringing their unique approach to family fitness to many more deserving families, you may make a donation here;

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I’m sure you too have an organization or two that is near to your heart and I would love to hear more about them.

How do you Celebrate #GivingTuesday?  What is it about giving back that brings you the most joy?

About Valerie 

Valerie Remy-Milora is the mother of 3 amazing girls, an author, public speaker, coach and founder of Scrumptious Moms. She is passionate about empowering moms to embrace self care and live a vibrant, joyful life with their loved ones. A health and fitness nut, she is an advocate for chemical-free living, real food and GMO labeling. She believes in the sanctity of life from conception to natural death.

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Comments

  1. What a fabulous organization! I’m a softie when it comes to any causes that help children. Since 90% of the giving back we do is for kids, I love knowing it’s making them a little happier!

    • Oh me too Kecia! I can’t stand the thoughts of kids hurting in any way and love to do whatever little part I can to bring a little happiness or relief. Truly I am blessed to be able to serve in such a way.

  2. I’m finding out about so many great charities this week. I’m loving FOCUSfish, the kids probably love it too!

    • Oh they do love it Liz! It’s amazing to see the joy that fills them when they accomplish something that seems so challenging.. like climbing on a piece of fabric or hanging upside down from a trapeze… I never get tired of watching the wonder in their eyes when they experience the magic!

  3. How wonderful that you were invited to serve on their board of directors!!! What an amazing cause!

  4. You can tell by the smiles on the faces of the instructors and kids what a meaningful day this was for everyone! I can also tell you’re very passionate about the organization! Thanks for sharing it with me!

  5. Great cause. Looks like they are all having fun too. Thank you for sharing.

  6. What a great cause! I mostly donate with my time – at my kids’ school, our church and other local charities/causes.

  7. Stephanie Keeping says:

    It looks like everyone had a blast!!

  8. How wonderful! It’s so great that you are helping create a lifetime of health for those children by allowing them to incorporate physical activity into their lives. I know that I am forever grateful for the healthy start I was given in life.

    • I wish I could give EVERY child a healthy start Crystal! It is so important and so life transforming! I am so grateful I grew up in France with parents who knew the importance of healthy habits that I can now pass on to my girls.

  9. The expressions on the faces of the children is mind-blowingly awesome! You must get so much out of seeing that. I think this is an awesome organization to be part of and I’m so glad you shared it.

    We try to switch things up every few months when it comes to our giving habits, and we really encourage our daughter to develop her own ideas about ways she can give and pay it forward.

    • It is such a gift to be a part of FOCUSFish Audrey! I am blessed beyond compare! And I love that you are getting your daughter involved in your giving. I was raised that way with my parents and my girls are a part of most of our giving activities as well. My oldest and youngest were with me that day, my oldest took all the beautiful pictures while my youngest shared her love of flying! It is so rewarding to do this as a family!!

  10. What a great activity! Is this at a set location? Or do they ever travel? I attend a Family Camp for children and their families with Metabolic Conditions like PKU. This would be a pretty amazing activity to take to them.

  11. What a fantastic program! The kids look like they are elated with joy!

  12. Yesterday, was my first time hearing about this. I’m sad I’m late to the party but plan on making it up.

  13. My daughter is autistic and these are just the sorts of things she loves to do. What a great program.

  14. My best friend’s son is Autistic. This sounds like a really great program and something he’d love to do!

    • I have gained such an awareness of these special children Emily and I LOVE sharing this special art and fitness with them. Where is your friend? FOCUSFish has programs throughout the LA area and we are trying to expand into new areas as well.

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  1. […]   Thanks to the generosity of our Angels and Student Families, FOCUSfish is growing into a viable, sustainable non-profit.  With new expansion into the East Side of Los Angeles, and talks with Children’s Hospital about bringing our aerial program to children in need of HOPE, Year 8 is looking UP.     FOCUSfish was able to continue its partnerships with YACHAD (families of children with Autism and other special needs) and COACHART (families of children with terminal illness).  Because of these long-term, successful partnerships, we are able to more frequently serve these families, taking both programs to a monthly schedule.       FOCUSfish is adding yet another Title I school to its roster mid-year, keeping student bodies MOVING in their school day.     This Winter-Spring, FOCUSFish continues to bring its performance fitness culture to our local youth.  Kristy Beauvais, Executive Director, will be choreographing aerial feats for Pippin with the Topanga Youth Services, and Aladdin for Class Act and Topanga Elementary School.  Kristy will also be directing and producing the Oakwood and St. James Circus Intensives, again this year.     Our exciting star-studded fundraising gala is in the planning stages for a September debut.  Look out for more exciting news about the musical line-up set to ROCK THE TOWER!     FOCUSfish is so grateful to touch the lives of over 5000 families in the Greater Los Angeles area.  But, there is still so much to do and so many more people in need of inspiring, healthy programming.     We know you have so many options for charitable giving, as there are people in need all over the world.  But if our growing, little charity has flown into your world and changed the lives of your family, think of what we could do to change the world for the better… TOGETHER.   Please help us buy more equipment to outfit our school programs, purchase quality mats for our circus tent and camps, bring our circus tent out of storage and drop into a community in need, and reach 2000 more families in 2015!   If your company does matching grants, just let Kristy know and she will provide the necessary paperwork for your end-of-year giving.     Click on the options below or write a check to FOCUSfish before the end of the year to get your tax-deductible donation in for 2014.   DONATE HERE   Thank you for all that you do and for believing in the FLYING FISH!   With Love and Gratitude,   Valerie Remy-Milora Board President, FOCUSFish …a performance fitness culture and 501c3 for public benefit #26-0530647   Contact Kristy Beauvais at info@focusfish.com   Mail checks to:  FOCUSFish  1107 Cherokee, Topanga CA 90290   CHECKOUT THIS FEATURE ARTICLE AT SCRUMPTIOUS MOMS:  http://scrumptiousmoms.com/givingtuesday-charity-spotlight-sharing-the-joy-of-flying-with-focusfish/ […]

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