Hello, my name is Moonyeen, people call me Moony for short. I am asking for some support for our charity. But first I would like to share my journey so far as it may give you a better understanding of why I am asking for help.
Some of you may remember me when I was inspired to open an evening where people could come along for support, upliftment, meditation, and healing. It was named “The Sanctuary of love and healing” and it really was a lovely Sanctuary where people felt that support. I started it the day my grandson was born on 24th June 1990 at the Village hall in Bredhurst Kent for 2 hours every Sunday evening. This wonderful sanctuary ran for 15 years.
I asked a lady called June who I knew at the time if she would help me, she was really happy to support me and I couldn’t have done it without her. June was so dedicated and loyal, she did a wonderful job of chairing and welcoming everyone in and helping set up and put everything away; we had some great times with lots of laughter.
People came from all over but we never advertised it. It just grew organically with our love and care. It became very successful, and we would seat around 70 people every Sunday evening, all for free even the tea and biscuits. I wanted people to be able to come along without worrying how much it would cost. We sang pop songs that really had meaning which everyone found so uplifting. Also, we didn’t have a committee, just people that wanted to support and help us run the evening. We ended up with a good team of people who mostly came from the self-awareness groups that I was running at the time.
So, it was around 2003 that I was inspired to explore a different direction. My journey was always about finding ways to empower ourselves by being aware of what we needed to change within in order to help us reach our full potential. Also, what was very important was being aware of how to manage the stress, anxiety, fear, grief, and depression within our lives that so often can make us ill and can disable us in so many ways.
With this in mind, I decided with all my learning and knowledge over the past 25/30 years, I needed to get some qualifications for the work I wanted to do. So, with a lot of fear, I decided I wanted to become a counsellor and I managed to get a place at college and am pleased to say I passed with qualifications. I also found out while at college that I was dyslexic which made sense why most of my life I thought I wasn’t very clever or good enough.
While at college I was working for Cruse Bereavement Care however, after 10 years, I decided to leave Cruse because I was inspired once again to find somewhere where I could help more people but with a holistic approach with my counselling and other therapies.
The name came first for this new adventure. I saw a flock of geese flying over mote park when I was sitting with my cousin discussing my plans. I remembered the story about the geese (I will share that with you later) I said to my cousin that’s what I am going to call it, “The Geese Project”
And once again I asked my very loyal friend, Wendy who had qualified as a massage therapist, if she would come on board and support the project with me. Wendy was part of everything that I ran at the Sanctuary of Love and Healing and my group work all those years ago, and said she would always support anything I did, and she has. Wendy is very loyal, giving and caring and I wouldn’t have been able to achieve this without her. She has been a great support to me personally and is a great, caring therapist.
In no time, I was directed to The Healthy Living Centre where I met a lovely lady called Heather who was part of the Sheppey Matters team. Heather gave us the opportunity to run The Geese Project (which was non-profit) with a room at the Centre in Sheerness and we have been supported by Sheppey Matters now for 5 years. We wouldn’t have been able to do without their support and are so grateful to them.
So why am I telling you my story? Well, just under 2 years ago we became a charity and I now feel inspired to extend our service and hopefully find somewhere in Sittingbourne or Medway to open a Health and Well-being Centre for our therapies and support groups. I have now come full circle. The inspiration once again is leading me to create another special place where people can find support in many ways and on many levels. I feel after all these years of learning, I feel there is an even greater understanding of the help we can offer for our health and well-being and I feel The Geese Project can support so many more that are seeking help.
So, on my journey, all those years ago I asked two special ladies to help me.
Now I am reaching out to you lovely people and asking is there anyone reading my story that feels the love and passion that The Geese Project has to offer, that may be able to help us find a building or permanent space/room where we can provide more support and care for the community or know of someone that could help. Please get in touch, we really do appreciate any help you can give. I know this has been a long piece to read, but I needed for you to feel the journey and hopefully feel the passion and love we have for the work we do.
Thank you for taking the time to read my story
With warm wishes, Moony
The Story of The Geese
- Fact 1: As each goose flaps its wings, it creates an “uplift” for the birds that follow.
By flying in a “V” formation, the whole flock adds 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew alone. Lesson: People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier because they are traveling on the thrust of each other.
- Fact 2: When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of flying alone.
It quickly moves back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front of it. Lesson: If we have as much sense as a goose, we stay in formation with those headed where we want to go. We are willing to accept their help and give our help to others.
- Fact 3: When the lead bird tires, it rotates back into the formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front of it.
Lesson: It pays to take turns doing the hard tasks and sharing leadership. As with geese, people are interdependent on each other’s skills, capabilities, and unique arrangements of gifts, talents, or resources.
- Fact 4: The geese flying in formation honk to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
Lesson: We need to make sure our honking is encouraging. In groups where there is encouragement, the production is much greater. The power of encouragement (to stand by one’s heart or core values and to encourage the heart and core values of others) is the quality of honking we seek.
- Fact 5: When a goose gets sick, wounded, or shot down, two geese drop out of formation and follow it down to help and protect it.
They stay with it until it dies or is able to fly again. Then, they launch out with another formation or catch up with the flock. Lesson: If we have as much sense of geese, we will stand by each other in difficult times as well as when we’re strong.
I thought this was a great metaphor for us, as our aim is to always try and support those going through any of life’s difficulties.