July Newsletter

Jul 20, 2017 | Uncategorized

Dear Friends of The Sunny Center,
Wild thistle.

With summer under way, we are enjoying the fields of purple thistle, pink rhododendron and yellow buttercups that flower wildly in Connemara. We hope you are delighting in these beautiful summer months, wherever you are.
We so enjoy reaching out to our many friends and supporters around the world through this newsletter. And we are so very grateful for your continued support. You are truly making a difference in the lives and well-being of Exonerees. 


Sometimes our guests and visitors arrive on our doorstep and sometimes they are virtual guests who “meet” us and connect with us via a podcast, video, radio interview, television show or news story.
We “visited” with another woman via a recent radio program and here’s what she had to say:
I listened to Sunny leading breathing at the Sunny center on the programme (BBCRadio4 Seriously) and breathed along with you.  I’ve suffered from IBS for about 25 years, and had gotten to the point that I had to either lie down on my side or be in a bath to get any relief from pain. It felt hopeless and was depressing, and getting worse. Something shifted physically inside of me while I was doing emergency breathing. IBS has a stress and depression component. Anyway, I have enjoyed almost complete remission and a great relief of physical pain. Thank you Sunny and Peter, I think through your compassion and intervention for the lives of others you have helped me in a profound may.  Being in pain, while not incarceration is a kind of prison, living 24/7 in pain takes away most of the joy of life.  You are on my map and in my thoughts and I will donate when I can. Thanks. Karen
We are expecting a group of young people from Galway who expressed curiosity that two people who had been wrongfully convicted could be happy. They want to come and see for themselves and will be visiting in the coming weeks with their group leader. 


Sunny and our volunteer Tress.

We were sad to see our volunteer Tress leave as she so quickly became part of our family, but we are glad she has promised to return! And on the same day that Tress left, we happily opened our home to our newest volunteer Georgie who arrived from the UK. She is wonderful with our cats and has been helping out with everything from walking the dogs to securing fences. 


Photo copyright Matt Cetti-Roberts/Frontline Pictures

We are now working with an organization in the US that is helping us to provide services to our exonerees once they have gone back home. This development also helps to create more networking and a wider community among exonerees. We are so pleased to be able to offer enhanced support services to people who need it so dearly and who, often otherwise, have little assistance.
We’ve also set the date for a production of The Exonerated as a fundraiser to benefit the Sunny Center! It will be staged on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 3pm at the Town Hall Theatre in Galway. To help defray the production costs, we’ve also launched a crowd-funding campaign on Go Fund Me. We invite you to contribute to this really important campaign and we appreciate your support in getting this production off the ground! 


Bogie at rest.

Bogie, our feral cat, has graced us with his presence and moved indoors! He’s nine years old and it’s only been in recent weeks that he’s really started to feel comfortable indoors. We expect that he will always be partly wild, but he seems to be thriving here in our busy household.

Our volunteer Georgie with Louie and Lama.

Our Lama gave birth to little Louie and Lama is a truly loving mama! She is also giving us lots of milk and we are making cheese again! Last night, our volunteer Georgie made ricotta cheese that we ate for dinner. It doesn’t get better than that. 
And here is a Louie update. His horns are already 1 inch long and he is a funny, playful  boy!


Please know that wherever we are, we hold you, our dear friends and supporters, in our hearts. We are blessed. Thank you for being there for us. And thank you for being there for the Sunny Center. 

Peace and Love,

Sunny and Peter 

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