Life Vest Inside, founded by influential motivator, TED talent search finalist and social charity extraordinaire, Orly Wahba, has announced a partnership with CharityTick.com, an online pay-per-bid auction platform benefitting charities.
A registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Life Vest Inside speaks to every race, creed, color, and
orientation, and targets a demographic that one qualifies for solely by having a heart. It is not just a charity from which people receive, it is a resource for people to realize their potential as givers, bringing out the kindness and generosity within each person, and ensuring those capabilities don’t lay dormant and wasted.
Wahba says that Charity Tick affords her supporters the opportunity to support the efforts of LVI in a fun way, while potentially winning great prizes at the same time. “It’s the perfect win-win situation,” she says.
Founded in September of 2010, just two short years ago, Life Vest Inside has grown to
proportions only a necessary, reputed and loved charity can attain. Wahba’s genuine care is what touches people in such a proactive way. As she says, “Kindness changes lives; it helps us rise after we fall. I’ve made a conscious commitment to spread this message to the world.”
It is for good reason that the movement has attracted renowned personalities
such as hip-hop artist, DeScribe, actors Jason Earles and Josh Segarra, and many more to participate in and promote her projects.
So what is Life Vest Inside’s mission? To EMPOWER the WORLD with KINDNESS! Life Vest Inside runs with precision and passion. Orly and her thousands of volunteers collaborated on a WorldWide Kindness FlashMob in which people from across the globe joined together to Dance for Kindness. Through inspirational films, a customized Kindness Curriculum for schools, and their famed Acts of Kindness cards, Life Vest Inside is proving that it is possible to unite the world, one good deed at a time.
While Orly’s garden of kindness has blossomed since its inception in 2010, the seeds for its birth had already been planted long before.
In January of 2007, when she learned of the untimely passing of a young girl in her community, it reminded her of yet another tragic loss of one of her students’ peers just three years prior.
Devastated, and thrust with the responsibility to comfort her students, she couldn’t imagine any words finding their mark and helping the kids make any sense of the tragedy.
That changed on a flight with her family when she notice a small sign she saw on the wall of the plane. The sign sparked a message that changed her life’s view forever after. It said simply, “Life Vest Inside,” but to Orly, it was a remarkable lesson:
“A life vest has the ability to stay afloat regardless of how much one may push down upon it. Our life vest, our ability to overcome our hardships to make it through, comes from ‘inside.’ Through the kindness we bestow on others, through the kindness others bestow upon us, we help keep each other afloat in the stormy seas of life.”
Ever the opportunist and unwavering realist, Wahba has managed to create a movement that spreads kindness so fast, and so wide, its message has been seen by more than 20 million on the Life Vest Inside’s YouTube Channel, reached more than 18,000 Facebook “fans,” and was proclaimed on Times Square’s building-sized ad forums.
Wahba believes that self-esteem plays the key role in bullying and nurturing successes, and uses this theory in her new Kindness Curriculum, developed by Professor Lydia Criss Mays to be distributed to schools throughout 2013. She also stands firm behind the notion that no good deed is too small to accomplish its desired effect.
Life Vest Inside survives upon the realization of each person, that every small deed creates a domino effect. The effect starts small – it touches a friend, a neighbor, but soon enough, it is felt around the word.
The acts of kindness that LVI encourages have always been unspoken rules of common
courtesies. But Life Vest Inside has revolutionized the “unspoken” aspect. Whereas hearts have always been golden, Life Vest Inside provides the tools with which to channel those intentions into actual deeds.
In order to raise funds to cover her ever increasing costs, Wahba teamed up the popular charity auction site, CharityTick.com. That supporters are able to enjoy the giving process and win prizes at the same time makes it the perfect tool for her organization.
A number of corporations have backed the charity by sponsoring items for auction, including Yaakov Feldman of ThinkPearls.com, a newly launched jewelry site offering genuine pearl jewelry at affordable prices, and Joey Wahba of DGLUSA, a computer and electronics company. “There could not be a better opportunity for us to donate some of our prized products,” said
Yosef Rothman, CEO and Founder RumorDeals.com, also endorsed the charity by donating products and prizes for the site. “We proudly support and stand behind the ideas that carry this great organization,” said Rothman. “We hope that our gifts will create a domino effect of kindness, and help Life Vest Inside continue to make a very real impact on the community.”
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