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in loving memory of
Oliver Yu-An Nam
Feb 1 - May 20 2014


epic thanks 2012

each Thanksgiving for the past few years, in honor of all we have to be thankful for, some friends and I have been making small investments in projects that aim to transform our world. this year, I've decided to raise $1.000 to buy science lab apparatus and provide students at Shepherds Junior Secondary School in Tanzania with access to hands-on science education.

because I'm most thankful for the people in my life who are always certain of my own strength, who challenge me to be better every day, who give me opportunities to create the life I want for myself, who see what I am doing, and have faith in my ability to learn my lessons, overcome adversity and make a difference in the world. and I know. I wouldn't be where I am today, and I might have stopped a hundred times, if it weren't for each and everyone of them believing in me.

and I believe in those kids.

I hope you'll join me and help make it happen. all you have to do is share what you're most thankful for and visit Epic Thanks 2012 to make a gift in any amount.

so tell me, what are you thankful for?

Reader Comments (10)

I'm thankful to be able to participate in this marvelous project.
I feel blessed!
Nov 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHyo Jung

Thank you so very much for your love and support always. We are blessed to have you on our way.

Much love from everyone at Shepherds Jr. & Secondary Schools
Arusha, Tanzania
Nov 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLucy Kampton
I am thankful for...the many, many kindred creatives in my life who have supported the big and small projects I've undertaken this past year... and for my boys (all three of them), poems, coffee, stories, and the dark, star-filled night sky.

Thank you, dear Irene, for giving me a reason to really pause and feel grateful today. You always are an inspiration.

Nov 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChristina Rosalie
I am thankful for love, health, and kindness. This year has been full of the unexpected and I'm so grateful for these 3 things especially. This is such a beautiful project and I'm honored to donate. Thank you for sharing as you do, Irene.
Nov 21, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteralexandria nagel
We are thankful for being able to stay healthy and happy, and having great loving friends and family around us.
Nov 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCharles & Jane
I am thankful to be part of this remarkable experience. I am thankful to know that children are going to be supported in so many ways by the acknowledgement of the gratefulness of individuals around the world.
Nov 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKathleen Talbot
What an inspiration she is. I'm thankful every single day -- for so many things, too many to list here, but today I'm thankful for you, Irene. For your huge, gorgeous, unfettered heart. I'm thankful to this crazy thing we call the Internet, for without it I don't know we ever would have met. xoM
Nov 22, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermyla
I'm thankful that I'm able to be thankful, if that makes sense. Also, I'm thankful that I know you. xo
Nov 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKat
I am so thankful for so many things...my family especially my daughter who has autism, turned my life upside down in a good way.

Thanks Irene, though I've never met you in person you are such an amazing person for wanting to make a difference and making that difference.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSusan
I am thankful for my family and all the love they give me. This includes my friends from all over the world.
Nov 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAimee

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