Summer Under the Sea – St. Stephen’s Under the Sea Mosaic Mural

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This summer Apatchworks had the pleasure of collaborating with the St. Stephen’s Summer Youth Program, a program that provides a safe, supportive, educational and fun environment for inner city children and teens while school is out of session.

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The youth had the wonderful opportunity of taking part in the making of a giant mosaic mural, with the theme of Under the Sea. Many of the children did not know what a mosaic mural was, nor had they ever seen mosaic tiles. Their excitement and engagement was amazing at this new experience.

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They wrote beautiful messages of hope and encouragement on the backs of the panel before they began gluing on the colourful tiles.

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We couldn’t have done it without our generous sponsors: Bisazza donated over 20,000 tiles, while UGF Industries France that created the wooden sea creatures that will be placed on top of the mural background.

The mural will be on permanent display at the St. Stephen’s Epiphany Church in the Roxbury area of Boston. We are delighted to say that children undergoing long-term treatments at Boston Children’s Hospital have been invited to make mosaic fish to fill the sea.   

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It is hoped that the Under the Sea mosaic mural of St. Stephen’s Epiphany Church in Boston will be filled with fish by the end of 2016. Many thanks to Kemarah Sika, director of St. Stephen’s Summer Youth Programs, and her team for helping apatchworks bring this opportunity to so many young people in the city of Boston.

Eugenie the Fearless

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Sunday 5th June, Ronald McDonald House (RMH) Annual Spring Clean-up,

with the theme of “Asterix & Obeliix” (ancient Rome, Greece and Egypt).

I walked up to the gates of the Ronald McDonald House late on the Sunday morning and I was surprised to see the normally vacant parking lot occupied by stalls, with many people weaving around them. People were dressed in togas, robes, elegant gowns, and Asterix attire. Kids were running around with prizes and snacks, probably propelled by the sense of excitement in the air. I eagerly made my way inside and upstairs, passing by adult volunteers working like bees to clean the house.

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Out in the back garden, I found the apatchworks Craft Corner, where teen & adult volunteers were setting up crafts. There were 10 different creative activities all revolving around the theme of the day ancient Egypt, Rome and Greece. After lunch provided by McDonalds, all the volunteers waited eagerly for children to arrive. The children were reluctant at first but as each one sat down and started painting or gluing or stamping or whatever it is the activity called for, they were completely captivated. Soon a hum of bubbly chatter could be heard and smiles could be seen all round.

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More excitement came with the surprise appearance of Ronald McDonald himself. He entertained the kids with impressions, posed for photos and even sat down with a few children to do crafts as well. In the afternoon there was a costume competition with prizes given for the best adult costume in male and female category and the best other cool looking costumes all based on the Obelix & Asterix theme. Yet the truly magical part was when our friend Eugenie, who’s wish was to win the best girls costume, got an amazing makeover by teen volunteers; Jade, Jeanne, Fleur and Mia, and went on to win the prize for best girls costume. The crowd burst into applause and she had the smile of a champion on her face!

 

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At the end of the day, the Harley Davidson Club of Paris, France arrived on their beautiful Harley’s ready to give everyone a chance to have a ride on a an genuine Harley around the parking lot of the Institut Gustave Roussy! Young and old alike joined in the fun and hopped on a Harley for a magical ride around the parking lot. Even our teen volunteers got up the courage to take a ride. It was a day that will be remembered by all and I can’t wait till next year.

 

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ISG Students Perform T-Cell Warrior Flashmob in Piazza de Ferrari, Genoa

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The students of the International School of Genoa (ISG), Italy started preparing for the T-Cell Warrior Flash mob in September 2015. A school wide effort was made, students from preK to grade 12 learned the special Apatchworks T-Cell Warrior Haka. On December 10, 2015, 160 students came together on the school field to do their first T-Cell Warrior flash mob. This was all in preparation for the big event on March 17, 2016 where the students performed the flash mob at the Piazza de Ferrari in the center of the city of Genoa, Italy. We commend them for being so brave in the brisk morning air! Both flash mobs were dedicated to the children of the pediatric oncology units of the Giannina Gaslini Children’s Hospital in Genoa, Italy. Way to go Warriors!!

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Milan T-Cell Haka Flash Mob

Milan T-Cell Haka Flash Mob

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Imagine a crowd of people in bright blue and white patterned onesies dancing wildly to loud music in the middle of an Italian square. You’d probably be witnessing a T-Cell Haka Flash Mob.

The atmosphere was buzzed the minute the dancers started to appear in their T-Cell Onesies, drawing more than a few second glances from people in the square. Spirits were high and the energy was contagious.

The T-cell warriors formed a sea of blue and white, their strong, bold moves painting a vivid picture of what apatchworks is really fighting for: raising awareness about the war against childhood cancers.

That’s what a T-Cell Haka Flash Mob is all about. Bright smiles and fun times in the midst of battle.

And this isn’t the first time the T-Cell warriors have put on a Flash Mob like this one. The warriors conquered Disneyland Paris with their Haka as well.

All of this was possible due to the vision and hard work of Director Stacey Wilson-McMahon, in cooperation with event planner Charmaine King, and Simona Spaiardi, who managed public relations, sound and video for the event in Italy.

We Are All T-Cell Warriors

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apatchworks mcs partnershipAlthough the weather is getting warmer, for the past few weeks, you may have noticed people in Paris, Milan, Barcelona and more all bundled up in cosy white and blue onesies.  These young people are T-Cell Warriors, and they’re wearing original T-Cell Onesies created for and in support of apatchworks by MCS Apparel.

This all was the brainchild of apatchworks Founder and Director, Stacey McMahon-Wilson, Charmaine King director of Faubourg & Figueroa and Andy Rigg, MCS Marketing Director, and his amazing team at MCS Apparel. Through the generosity of MCS, our T-Cell Onesies were fabricated, produced and are being sold on MCS Apparel shops online and all around the world.  MCS has orchestrated a publicity campaign that has exceded our wildest Justine Mattera apatchworksdreams-  with film, television, sports and lifestyle icons all proudly sporting our Onesies and spreading the message of support behind them.  Our cause has been written up in  Huffington Post, OGGI and other popular Italian media outlets, all of whom are sharing our vision of bringing smiles into the lives of children fighting cancer and other life-threatening hardships.

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Grazie mille, MCS, we can’t thank you enough for all that you have done!