It’s always an honor to bring you the Lela totals every month. This month, Lela in Mazatlan chose Doctor’s Without Borders as their charity. With plenty of Christmas love, our guests collected a loving $474USD and the money was sent directly to DWB. Salsa and Salsa is always finding new causes and trying to give back to the community. We try to find something current in the news, where the help will really make a difference. So far, we have raised an amazing amount of donations from Lela…a whopping $4941USD!!!
2010 was such a fulfilling year for Lela.
She helped Haiti Victims by helping with medical supplies.
Lela donated to the Red Cross which went towards helping the families of the West Virginia Miners.
Chile received a donation to buy construction material to rebuild their school after the devastating earthquake.
Nashville Flood Victims got a helping hand through Hands on Nashville and Lela put smiles over there.
In June, Lela donated to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure campaign, helping millions of woman fight cancer and raise awareness. 2010 marked the 21st running of the series in D.C. The event raised over $4.5 million and it great to think we were a part of that!
Epilepsy was in the spotlight in July, through a charity named “Danny Did Organization“, an amazing group raising awareness and working on a cure for Epilepsy.
In Cozumel, Lela is on a mission to help start the process of getting a Blood Bank on the island. We’ve extended Lela’s cause in Cozumel for January and February to make more of an impact. For December, little Lela raised an amazing $625USD!!
Happy New Year to you all, and to another promising year for little Lela the Famous Donating Pig.
Sister Gabriella Vergara Ríos was kind enough to send us a photo too. In the picture, you see the head nun (centre), Sister Gabriella (holding the receipt from Western Union!) and a few of the students that were overjoyed to hear that a little pig from Mexico donated so much money. In fact, we sent a total of $336,582.39 CLP !! On top of that, the girls and the Sisters wanted to express how very very grateful they are to EVERYONE who donated to Lela for the Chile cause – and religious or not – God bless you (in their words) 😉
The money will go to helping repair the school which was badly damaged in the earthquake back in Feb (see past blog entry)
Again, we send a big big thank you to everyone and hope that Lela continues to help those around the world.
On another warming note – Mazatlan is heating up. Our weather is slowly but surely getting warmer and warmer, with the humidity settling in just nicely. For those planning on visiting soon, be sure to bring shorts, swimsuits and plenty of sunscreen, because Salsa and Salsa is about to get HOT HOT HOT!
Don’t forget to smile today 😉
Right, lets see, if it is unimaginable chances are I wont be able to wrap my mind around it. Why would I want to think about something unattainable, a feeling or thought out of my restricted boundaries, perhaps setting myself up for potential failure or remorse,sadness or grief?
What is unimaginable anyway? Is it that our oceans are dying and filling with oil, global warming that will sooner or later destroy lakes and streams and cover inhabited islands. Is it unimaginable to think that we have lost half of the rain forest in the last 20 years or that in 40 years there wont be any fish left swimming? It is unimaginable to me that people still sleep in gutters by the road side and have no food or families or a hand to the nearest shelter. That floods destroy everything a person has worked for their entire life. That earthquakes can level off the lives of good people minding their own business.
Okay! Then what is equally unimaginable is that a ceramic piggy bank, named Lela, sits with her painted smile and red cross on a chefs table during a cooking tour on a speck of land in the middle of nowhere called Mazatlan, Mexico.
For an unimaginable moment in time, Lela answers prayers for Haitian victims, she re-builds schools in Chile,provides medicine and care, food and shelter for those who have lost everything in West Virginia and Nashville. This little unimaginable piggy sits and waits daily for those who reach deep,to help the less fortunate.
Because she exists help arrives!
A woman stopped me once while I laying food and water next to a sleeping bum. She said,”why bother?” I continued with my service and wondered about that. It would be unimaginable not to help him. We never know where people come from or how they end up the way they do. If we begin to exist like Lela, if we connect rather than disconnect then I am sure about one thing, doing the unimaginable for someone else we can truly begin to let us dream about the unimaginable for ourselves.
Lets take off the armor and gloves and begin to massage love and compassion back into the thread of society. Regardless how little we have, our little is an unimaginable treasure for someone else.
This little piggy went to the market…this little piggy…
Our little Lela has come a very long way! For the month of April, we have collected a whopping $754.47USD!!
We really are amazed at the generosity that everyone has shown for our little pig. As Leonique says, it’s truly amazing that a little pig, in a little tour, in the middle of Mexico, can help and reach so many people…
April donations will be heading to victims of the earthquake in Chile, which occurred a little while ago. As most of you know, I was born in Chile and have most of my relatives there. I have seen first hand the devastation through the eyes of my family, and the internet, I have seen photos, news footage and youtube clips of horrific damage, homelessness, destruction and looting.
It will always touch my heart to see people pulling together in times of desperation. And the support came from all over the world. Not only did we have people donate at the show, we had people donating online, from as far as India and as close as the USA. So thank you to everyone for their donations. Lela will continue helping those who need her help!
We recently sent off the donations to the West Virginia Red Cross Chapter, to help the wives and families of the 27 men who lost their lives. Our prayers go out to all those involved. A total of $118USD was sent and collected in less than 1 week.
It’s always fun to be able to come up with a new and innovative way to help others. LELA really has been fun, with our Facebook Album #2, LELA has had her photo taken with more than 400 people, making her one of the most charitable pigs in Mazatlan!
GO LELA GO!
Changing subjects, we are now in May – Happy May Day to you all! We have finally got our Newsletter up and running, so expect us in your inbox within the next 24hrs, with lots of fun new stuff for you to remember us by!
Haven’t joined the newsletter yet? It’s easy, just go onto our website and on the top right, there is a box for Newsletter Sign Up. Takes 5 seconds 🙂
We have a fun and exciting giveaway, so be sure to check it out! Again, we thank everyone for their charitable donations and we hope the end of one month, brings change and a new sense of well being into the new month!
Hooray for May!
lots of love
(aka dancing chef!)
For those who have yet to visit our new website, we have a section on there about LELA, our donation Pig. Her mission is to collect 250,000 paracetamol tablets and send them to where they are needed most. Every time we have ships docked in port, we bring her out and people give what they can to help her reach her goal. If you haven’t seen her in action, take a quick peek at our Facebook Lela Album, where we have over 150 photos of people donating and holding (and recently kissing!) little Lela.
Lela is an integral part of our tour. It’s our way of “giving back”…
Since January 2010, we have collected nearly $1000USD from guests who have donated to each worthy cause.
Jan 14 – Feb 27 donations went to Haiti (after the devastating earthquake there)
Feb 28 – April 6 donations going to Chile (a personal cause, as I was born there and have most of my family there…)
April 7 donations going to West Virginia (a horrible mining accident killed a total of 29 miners)
April 8 – present donations going to Chile (so much work and help is still needed there…we just don’t hear about it anymore)
We have been lucky enough to find a contact for each cause. For Haiti, we had a lovely young lady named Kara Telesmanick join the tour back in March and found out she had been working in Haiti with children when the earthquake happened. Kara was on a mission of her own, to help undernourished children with the CNP (Children’s Nutrition Program of Haiti). Have a quick look at the You Tube video for what they are about 😉 (**a special thanks to Laura Lindroth for her help and attention**)
We are proud to say we raised a total of $413USD for Haiti and look forward to sharing photos with you in relation to the kids in Haiti.
Here are Salsa and Salsa, we try our hardest to give back and ask that if you have friends or relatives that are able to donate, that you send them the link to this blog post 🙂 The more people that are aware of these disasters, the more help each cause will receive.
Leonique reminded me the day the Haiti donation was made, that we should take a moment out of our busy schedules to remember those who had passed on from each disaster. I had plans to go out for my friends birthday, and as I sat there in a nice fancy restaurant, looking at my fancy food and drinking my fancy wine, Leonique’s words echoed in my head and I took a moment to be grateful for what I had…sometimes we take for granted the simple things.
Thanks to all those who have helped make Lela the Pig such a great success. Donations online are always welcome and appreciated. We will keep you always informed as to her paracetamol count, available on the bottom left hand corner of our website!