In March next year, 2018, it will have been three years since I had that umu on a beach in Tonga which led to the creation of Wellness Pacific (WP). Where has the time gone and more importantly what have we done with it?
From my experience with the Reagan Milstein Foundation, there is nothing easy about running a charity. Certainly the hardest part is to get like minded people to understand what you are doing, why and to contribute to the dream.
The positive of giving to communities at the end of a project make up for all that hard work getting there in the first place, however that proverbial tunnel looks extremely long and that light extremely small while you are trying to get the projects on line.
Thankfully this WP journey has led me to three extraordinary people who not only have bought into the dream but have embellished it far beyond my initial expectations. Of course I refer to Eve, Deedee and Don. The dreamers can keep dreaming but someone has to put the bricks on the ground to start building and that is exactly what these three have done.
Eve, Deedee and Don have honed in on what is the most important aspect of WP - education.
It’s that old story about teaching someone to fish, if we can educate islanders to produce more and better than what they are doing now then we are on the way to showing them a sustainable lifestyle in the 21st century.
At the writing of this blog the first education program had not yet kicked off, we are still applying for funding to get it started, but the plans and drawings are in place and just ready to be launched at a moment’s notice.
Hopefully by the time I write my next blog I will be commenting on that first WP class and its impressions on me. I don’t expect it to be perfect at first, as the idea is to let the students dictate the pathway over time, but we will have made that first step that was dreamed of nearly three years ago.