June 2018 Newsletter

Jun 19, 2018 | Uncategorized

Dear Friends of The Sunny Center,

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Peter and his giant celery stalk.

We have had a glorious string of sunny days and warm temperatures which has fooled everyone into believing they are in Miami, not Ireland. It really feels like summer here. Everything is growing outside and inside, including these giant celery stalks that Peter is holding. Sunny sprouted them from cuttings. Another sure sign of summer is all the tourists that are starting to arrive. And we have had our own share of visitors, as well as doing some traveling. 
 
But, no matter where we are, our friends and supporters are never far from our thoughts and always in our hearts. We know that if it were not for you, we couldn’t do the work we do, we couldn’t help the people we are, we couldn’t achieve what we hope to. You are all part of an important mission to bring health, happiness and healing to those who have suffered the greatest of injustices – a wrongful conviction. We hope you will consider giving to our effort – either by making a donation here at PayPal, spreading the word or volunteering your time. And, we thank you, in advance.


OUR EXONEREE GUESTS AND VISITORS

From left to right, Sunny Peter, Sue Gauger and friends.

This month we had lots of visitors who enjoyed a warm Connemara welcome. Sue Gauger, the wife of Gary Gauger, who was wrongfully convicted of murdering his parents, joined us. Gary’s story is one of the six (including Sunny’s) depicted in the play The Exonerated, so we introduced Sue to the actor who played her part in our production of The Exonerated last November in Galway.
 
We were delighted to welcome Bill Richards back, an exoneree who has stayed with us before. He spent time helping Peter with chores, enjoying our organic vegetables and visiting with friends in Galway.
 
And after Bill left, we welcomed Ina, an exoneree from Holland and the first female exoneree to stay at the Sunny Center. Ina adapted very quickly and learned to work with the dogs and even helped milking the goats! Thanks to her help in the garden, our organic veggies will be abundant this year. 

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From left to right, Medicine Story, Peter, Ellika, Sunny and Ina.

We also visited with Medicine Story and his wife Ellika, and introduced them to our guest Ina. Medicine Story is a practioner of Native American spirituality and leads healing circles around the world. 


OUR VOLUNTEERS 

We have all sorts of volunteers who help keep the Sunny Center running. Some stay for a few weeks or even a few months. Others come in for the day to build fences or help weed our polytunnel garden. If you or someone you know are 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 

Look what Peter found in the dog’s bed!

Our six new hens have settled in nicely. And we have been collecting 5 to 6 eggs every day! Last month we found eggs in the cat bed. This month Peter found eggs in the dog kennel! 

Our magical center.

And our growing goat family seems to be thriving. It is a delight to watch them roam the hills and enjoy the countryside. The little ones are growing quickly And enjoy playing together amongst the rocks. 

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Ina and Rosie share a bond.
 
And Rosie has now made it a habit to use Ina’s leg as a scratching post. Ina will be missed by us all when her stay is over. 
Rodge and Podge.

The newest addition to our feathered and furry friends are two donkeys.  The dark one, Rodge, is 7 years old and the white one, Podge, is 9 years old. They seem to be adjusting very well to their new home. And now we know what to do with all the carrot tops and the celery that is growing in the garden! They even like to eat the weeds. Nothing goes to waste here at the Sunny Center. 


OUR ACTIVISM 

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Peter, Sunny and Joe Murray, the founder of Afri. Photo by Derek Speirs

We took part in the Famine Walk organized by Afri Ireland  and we reconnected with our old friend Joe Murray, who is the founder of Afri. Afri first organized the walk 30 years ago to commemorate the Great Hunger of 1845-50 and specifically the walk retraces a journey of horror which occurred on 30th/31st March 1849 when hundreds of starving people needlessly died. Injustice is nothing new.
Sunny, Peter and a Yellow Submarine in Liverpool. 

We also traveled to Liverpool this month to give a talk at the Writing on the Wall literary festival, also known as WOWfest, where we were very well-received. Our books, Stolen Time by Sunny and About Time by Peter, turned out to be very popular, too! 


STAY CONNECTED 

We feel lucky that technology makes it easy to stay in touch. We love hearing from our friends and supporters via email, Facebook, text, phone, Skype or Facetime. And we also are so glad to keep you up to date with what we’re doing through this newsletter. We feel very blessed to know you’re there.
 
Enjoy these warm and happy days. 

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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