May 2018 Newsletter

May 14, 2018 | Uncategorized

Dear Friends of The Sunny Center,

Playtime on the rocks.

Here in Ireland, May 1st is considered the first day of summer, although it’s not exactly been very hot or sunny yet. But, even so, we are still enjoying the longer stretches of days and floral blooms of warmer weather.
 
And since it doesn’t get dark here until 10 or so, those longer days and evenings give us more time to be grateful for all that we have: our freedom, health, friendships, meaningful work and our extensive network of supporters here and in nearly every corner of the world. Of course, we count on that network each and every day to sustain our spirits and our work and, if you haven’t given to The Sunny Center yet this year, perhaps you might consider a donation now. Any gift, large, small or in between is greatly appreciated and valued. And we would also ask you to consider a recurring payment now available via PayPal.


Our visitors, Levi and Paul, from Australia.

We had a visitor Eva, a Reiki practioner from Cloughjordan, an eco community in Tipperary, whom we enjoyed welcoming to our own eco community! Eva has offered to do Reiki healing for our guests, a therapeutic practice we will be  happy to be able to offer our visitors. The Cloughjordan Ecovillage is an educational charity and an internationally recognized destination for learning about sustainable living. Sunny and Peter have been invited to join the discussion when the Cloughjordan book club meets to talk about Sunny’s book Stolen Time.
 

Our visitors from Australia walked the dogs and enjoyed a tour of the Sunny Center. During their visit, one of the hens snuck into the house and the woman asked, “Do they ever lay eggs in the house?” And Sunny replied, “Not yet!” No sooner had the couple left when Peter happened to go upstairs and find two eggs in the cat’s bed!

Hen eggs in the cat bed!

And we also hosted a visitor from the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, based in France. She came to observe and learn from our operation here. Later this month we will welcome the wife of an exoneree as a visitor to the center. And we are expecting our first female exoneree! She is coming from Holland where she was wrongly convicted. They will be informing the global community about our work. We are also expecting the visits of several exonerees in the coming months, which is always exciting and meaningful to us, as that is what we are here to do! 


OUR VOLUNTEERS 

We are expecting our next volunteer from Mayo but if anyone is interested in volunteering their time to spend here at the Sunny Center, we invite you to contact us. Please use this link here on our website

OUR FURRY AND FEATHERED FRIENDS 

Petal standing watch over Billy, one of her twins

Our four new kids are thriving and enjoying their happy life together with their moms. Each have their own unique personality. Easter is cuddly. April is shy. Billy is reserved and Joe, his brother, is bold and curious.
 
Our new hens are getting used to their new home and seem to be settling in well. Aside from finding the way into the house, they have also decided that the dog kennel is a cosy place to lay their eggs! Every day is like an Easter egg hunt here at the Sunny Center


OUR ACTIVISM 

We spent time at St. Michael’s College in Dublin where we saw students from all levels attending St. Michael’s College, Blackrock College, St. Mary College and Willow Park Senior presenting their school projects on human rights. We talked about our human rights work and the student’s showcased their work with exhibition projects. Some students had actually visited Africa, for example. The students were very thoughtful and empathic, asking us questions like, “What did you do with yourself when you were locked up?” Sunny shared stories of how she would do things in her cell to amuse herself and keep her body, mind and spirit healthy. Aside from yoga, meditation and prayer, humor and creativity played an important role in not allowing her circumstances to dictate her state of mind. 

STAY CONNECTED 

We are situated in a very rural part of Ireland with a sparse population. It is a 20-minute drive to the nearest grocery store, but we always feel connected to our supporters through this newsletter, sharing on Facebook, messages and texts, and, of course, through gifts of money and time. We are grateful to you for all of the support and love, and we feel blessed to have you in our lives. 

Peace and love,

Sunny and Peter 

It Takes A Community to Help Exonerees Heal

What an amazing summer this has been. We’ve been at home, raising a litter of kittens in our polytunnel and collecting eggs from our hens. And at the same time we have been able to reach out into the world and continue helping Exonerees.

Have you seen Sunny on YouTube?

Yoga and meditation are so central to our life and work at The Sunny Center. We meditate each morning to help us approach the day with a calm, clear mind (and some extra energy)!

Exonerees are succeeding, thanks to you!

Helping people exonerated of crimes they did not commit, setting them back on the path to a fulfilling life, is a monumental task that we depend on the dedication of volunteers, both near and far, to achieve.

For Exonerees, life’s little legal challenges can be huge

Exonerees face many challenges as they rebuild their lives after a wrongful conviction. One of the things that takes a backseat, as they struggle to access essentials like a place to live, medical care, and work, is thinking about how they will be cared for if they get sick.

Sometimes, it takes a (small) army

Terry Wanzer fought for more than 20 years to have his record cleared, even though he was exonerated in 1996. Our friend and volunteer Carrie is working to stop injustices like this.

How to Avoid Toxicity

At a time when it seems so many people in the world are expressing so much anger and hatred, how do you maintain your balance? Watch my latest video and share with us on social media!

About Our Wish List Program

One of our most impactful programs that arose during, and because of, the Covid-19 pandemic is the Wish List program. Through this, people who want to help an Exoneree directly can do so.

Wishing You a Summer of Healing, Hope and Joy

While the start of summer certainly feels much calmer and more certain than it did last year, plenty of activity is going on at The Sunny Center!

More Than 2,700 Exonerees Need Your Help

The need for resources and change within the system is immense. But together, we can start making a difference right away!

You Can Make A Difference for Exonerees Right Now

We are happy and hopeful that we can soon return to working in person with fellow Exonerees. But you can help us right now, even from far away.

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