So just over a year ago, a name came to my mind for a project, and the most important thing was always the “side project”. Dorothy would be the name of the French Creperie, so I could open “Friends of Dorothy” as an organisation to with Social Projects in order to provide support and training for those victims of bullying and prejudice due to their sexual orientation, and focus on the development of their self-steem whilst providing the bases of training and support needed to facilitate their inclusion in society/job market using the Creperie/Restaurant.
I have always been involved in volunteering and will always have that as my target: being able to help people to become the best they can be. Money has never been my motivator. But, yes, I do know my market value.
The truth probably is: I am not capitalist 100% in its essence. Money does not buy me happiness, it doesn’t buy the cure of a disease, and, in my opinion it is also not the answer for the world in which we live in. In fact, the first 4 years of my working life I dedicated them as a volunteer to support the family of people who have just found out someone in their family had died with AIDS. I didn’t work for money, I have worked because I wanted to help them and bring a smile to their faces.
In Scotland, I had a friend, that every time we would spend together, he could see the beauty and the “not so beauty” side of anyone. He never judged the “not so beauty side” as most of the humans would do. It is almost intrinsic in most of us: we point out someone else’s flaws so we distract people from our own. But this friend of mine always tried to understand and respect. He had an opinion, but he didnt force it on anyone. And OMG, he had a strong opinion whenever he wanted (and that’s when I would stay quiet, have an internal laugh and enjoy the moment, as the more the person fought against it, deeper in his opinion he would go). And as I said, he wasnt judging, so there was no reason to “objections” or “explanations”, he was just giving his opinion.
We, prior to his death, also agreed to run Social Projects/Events and eventually open/run a full Charitable organisation, in order to embrace my original plans, but then we decided to expanded a little bit.
So, today, I momentarily bury “Friends of Dorothy” in order to embrace a bigger cause. As, for me, “Friends of Dorothy” is a a cool name, but it almost clashes with my own beliefs that “being gay does not define who you are within the society and your ability, or your pay check, or your morals”.
So we needed a name that would embrace it more. Rai has always been my Sunshine – that was the nickname I have given him as he would always bring light to my life – but I was even laughing with him, as I didnt want to name the non-profitable organisation as “Rai of Sunshine” as it reminded me of someone dead, and I didnt want him to go. But then “RayOfSunshine.org” was already taken. So, with a help of another friend Audrey (who came up with the R.A.I. meaning), today is the first step of R.A.I. Of Sushine, an organisation that in the future, once it is up and running, will provide Mental Health Awareness & Support for those teenagers and young adults victims of bullying, low self steem and sexual abuse, and also a reconnection of them with the society & job market, via ‘Ooh Lah Lah – Manger et Boire’. ‘Ooh Lah Lah’ being the Restaurant we planned back in 2017 and were going to open this year, but now plans has been set aside until I find an investor (and to see if we can open the restaurant as Social Enterprise or as a full LTD company)
Why am I posting this? I need help with support and information about Social Enterprise and how they can work, as we plan to run ‘Ooh Lah Lah’ alongside the “R.A.I. of Sunshine” organisation, in order to support the costs of the training, psychological support and all the other bits that we don’t see, but those people will need: teachers to provide the training, lawyers to fight their cases in court against bullying and sexual harassment, psychiatrists/psychologist to accompany victims of mental abuse etc etc.
And please, remember, every day, every moment:
Respect All Individuals.
We are not here to judge each other. We are here to live together.
“It’s been a long day without you, my friend
And I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again
We’ve come a long way from where we began
Oh, I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again
When I see you again”
R.I.P. Rai DiMattia 05/09/1983 – 20/01/2018, my Sunshine, one of my closest and best friends, my motivational to continue what we had planned to do.
P.S.: Contact details if anyone knows a philanthropist who would want to get involved on the Social Enterprise or a private investor to go in business with a LTD Company for Ooh Lah Lah are as following:
Denny Pereira : email@example.com