The 8th Annual UTW DAY
CELEBRATING POSITIVE LOCAL ACTIONS WORLDWIDE
The 8th Annual UTW Day will take place on Saturday, September 19, 2020, and as in previous years we have participants in countries around the globe: Australia, the Philippines, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Canada and the USA.
This year, second time UTW Day organizer Augustine Ang in Melbourne, VIC is organizing a nature walk in Brimbam National Park. The walk will be guided by an aboriginal elder, giving the participants an amazing opportunity not only to connect with the land, but to learn about its rich cultural history, much of which is not being taught in schools. UPDATE: Due to recently enforced Covid regulations, Augustine will not be allowed to gather a large group of people. Instead, he is going to organize a global, online Meditation Circle. ================================================================
Longtime UTW Day organizer Melissa Flores Pertacorta and her partner Villy Jason Baybayan are joined this year by their friends Yshmaela Villaruz Abrera aka Smile and Carlos Cueva Sanchez aka Prolet. Together, the four are organizing a big, all day event at the Apo Family Resort in Subic, Philippines. There will be guest speakers talking about a variety of topics, from the beautiful culture of the indigenous Aeta people to composting and recycling. They are also going to offer free classes in soap and wine making, and mushroom growing, and – leading up to the event – there will be a skim competition for the local kids! For more info, please visit their Event Page on Facebook!
Emilie Sparacca is joining us for the second time as a UTW Day event organizer; the first time was in 2015, when Emilie lived in Dublin, Ireland.
This time, her event will be in the South of France, in the small town of Marseillan. Emilie just became our official Ambassador in France, and we are very excited to have her on the team!
Emilie is organizing a big, all-day festival including an organic farmers market offering products from the region, booths introducing local, alternative organizations and charities, and in the evening food trucks and live music by local bands and DJs.
Any money raised from the event in Marseillan will benefit Project Rescue Ocean Marseille.
UPDATE: UNFORTUNATELY, DUE TO COVID-19 RESTRICTION, EMILIE HAD TO CANCEL HER EVENT FOR THIS YEAR. SHE WILL BE BACK IN 2021.
Only two days ago, Mike, a beekeeper from Wöllstadt, a small town near Frankfurt, Germany, sent us his application that we gladly accepted. He wrote: “Owners of dogs are having a walk with their dog at least three times a day. We have a lot of nature around our town. During the walks, you see a lot of trash (bottles, plastic bags etc). My idea for the UTW Day 2020 is that dog owners (and also others who do a walk on that day) take a bucket to collect trash during their walks. Especially dog owners are everywhere with their dogs. Against that background I am positive that the UTW Day 2020 will help to clean up the nature in which we live. I plan to reach dog owners and others via the facebook group of our town. I will also try to share that event via “dogorama” – a German app for dog owners. It connects dog owners all other the country. Maybe that helps to clean up further parts.”
Our official UTW Day Co-Producer Valentijn Vogel and his wife Janneke in Rotterdam, The Netherlands are working on creating a video with live music and calls-to-action by local bands, and explaining what UTW Day is about.
The video will be playing all day in their restaurant, Allegaartje. There will be an online fundraiser, any money donated as well as a portion of the sales at the restaurant on UTW Day will go to the local charity, Stichting Isaak & de Schittering.
Karen Begg in Calgary, AB, Canada came on board just a week ago. Here is the positive local action that she is organizing for UTW Day in her hometown: “With a cold Canadian winter around the corner, our gardens will be harvested. I will be encouraging my friends, neighbors and community members to donate to our free pantry. We have four free pantries in the area, a low income neighborhood. I encourage all our locals to donate their extra harvest to our pantries. We will set up a donation centre on 30Ave & 34St SE. All food, fresh vegetables, fruits and berries and dry goods will be donated to the free pantries. We are also hosting a sock and mitten drive, in preparation for our cold winters.”
Our supporter of many years and UTW Day 2013 event organizer, Corinne Gottlieb and her daughter in Charleston, SC are busy painting small river rocks.
On UTW Day 2020, they are going to hide the little gems in plain sight on local walking trails around town, so that some lucky people can find and take them home!
Our awesome UTW Day organizer Zakiyyah ‘Kia’ Shahid in Atlanta, Georgia is back! This year, Kia is teaming up with the local charity Change To Humanity.
Together, they will deliver fresh produce and organic items to over one hundred local refugee families and hand out goodie bags to the children.
For more info, please visit Kia’s Event on Facebook!
Here at the UTW Headquarters in Los Angeles, we are going to bring together a group of volunteers to give some love to the dirt lot behind Clear Skies Ranch, a recovery and re-entry home for men who were recently released from prison after spending many years behind bars.
Together with the residents, we are going to build a chicken coop and a fence, plant trees, as well as veggies and herbs.
If social distancing allows, we will celebrate our accomplishments of the day with a bbq and live music performed by some of the residents, and a special live stream appearance by MC Radioactive!
LOVING KINDNESS AND COMPASSION ATTUNEMENT MEDITATION Nigel Lott, founder of Tea and Zen in Seattle, WA, USA, is going to offer a guided meditation that anyone interested can join via Zoom.
Nigel is a specialist in the fields of addiction, emotional and somatic healing, energetics, breath-work, relationship and communication practice and, the teaching of meditation practices.
Join us and host your own Event, Party or Positive Local Action. You could do all sorts of things like • organize a street, forest or beach cleanup • help an elderly neighbor with grocery shopping or lawn mowing • distribute food, water, toiletries or clothes to people experiencing homelessness • create a music event, game night or auction to raise money for a local cause. The choice is yours, as long as it benefits your community or a local charity.
If you are interested in organizing an event, a party or a positive local action in your hometown, no matter how big or small, please contact us! We’d love to hear your ideas and have you on board for a little unfuckery!
The UTW Team