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Inspired by: Charity Water New York


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Charity Water
With Cubby Graham, Community Manager at Charity: Water

This week my spotlight is on an organisation called Charity: Water. Operating from New York, Charity: Water was founded by Scott Harrison in 2006 + aims at providing clean drinking water to people in developing countries.

There are 748 million people on the planet who don’t have clean water. It’s hard to imagine what 748 million people looks like really, but one in nine might be easier. One in nine people in our world doesn’t have access to the most basic of human needs. Something we can’t imagine going 12 hours without.

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St Henry’s Cathedral + Lent


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St Henry's Catholic Church New Jersey

St Henry’s Cathedral in the heart of Bayonne is 125 years old this year. I found it to be such an inspiring church. As a Christian, it’s very important for me to seek out significant churches when in a new area. Their address is 82 West 29th Street Bayonne, New Jersey. At the moment we are going through Lent. Lent is the Christian season of preparation before Easter. In Western Christianity, Ash Wednesday marks the first day of the season of Lent which begins 40 days prior to Easter (Sundays are not included in the count).The traditional purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer through prayer, penance, repentance of sins, almsgiving, atonement and self-denial. Here is an interesting article written about the pope’s suggestions on preparing for confession. The Bible does not mention the custom of Lent, however, the practice of repentance and mourning in ashes is found in 2 Samuel 13:19; Esther 4:1; Job 2:8; Daniel 9:3; and Matthew 11:21. When I was in New York I also took a visit to St Patrick’s Cathedral. Some more articles on Lent:

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Liberty State Park


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I really enjoyed touring Liberty State Park the other day. I was especially moved by the 9/11 Memorial, with the names of the deceased inscribed on the walls. I found this piece very powerful. It’s called “Empty Sky”. I am bundled up in my coat because it was really cold (around 32°F / 0°C)

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Lunch with The Rotary Club of New York


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Rotary Club of New York
Official photo from their Facebook page

I attended a meeting of the Rotary Club of New York recently in 5th avenue New York. Filmmaker Eric Marciano was the guest speaker. He spoke about the power of documentary filmmaking, and gave the club a brief history of some of the great artists in this field. He has various companies which deal with documentary filmmaking here in New York + I found his talk very inspiring. We had delicious skate fish for lunch.

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Ice Skating in Bryant Park


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Ice Rink in Bryant Park

I enjoyed ice skating in Bryant Park the other night! I was pretty good + couldn’t believe how beautiful it was to be in what seemed like the nucleus of the world. The “winter village” is open every day from 7am-10 pm. The number is 212-661-6640 to make reservations or to purchase gift certificates. Skate rental is around $15. They also offer skating lessons for 30 minutes for $60 per student. Heads up – bring your gloves, coat + scarf. It’s freezing on the ice! I had hot apple cider after which was pretty great for $4.

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Brunch at Five Leaves in Brooklyn


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I went for brunch with a couple of friends on Sunday to a restaurant in Brooklyn called Five Leaves. Apparently Heath Ledger designed this bar + it’s funded by his estate. The address is 18 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, New York. You should definitely stop by if you’re in the mood for Bloody Mary’s ($9) or their signature drink, hot buttered rum ($12). Their number is 718.383.5345.

Five Leaves Brooklyn

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