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The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami change -- supermodels like forever.
But in the wake of the tragedy -- and -- that started the happy hearts fund and she joins me now along with bill could put out the executive director of -- happy hearts fund -- Thank you thank you for having -- the trojans' -- me about your experience in and why how what led you to start this.
-- -- Well -- the tsunami.
Was a very hard experience and what and that there was lots of negatives and of these magnificent.
And there was.
Some -- of smoke coming out the experience than the one of the positives this creep into the happy hearts fund.
And the reasoning be why because I've seen tremendous need and -- after the first responders they need.
There's a god created.
Where governments and unable to step and and it seemed in need.
And having great support in new your -- that -- happy hearts fund.
He started to rebuild schools in Thailand now we are rebuilding schools in nine countries around the world.
We have -- -- the eight schools.
Already within four years.
And the schools are.
Disaster prove they have amazing computer they have a sustainable -- -- which -- to sustain them invitation event is special because it empowers the the -- -- -- an independent.
And then we have.
Also very special a moment where.
Everything is under written this for shipping -- -- all of the administration calls is underwritten by our board members.
-- means that every dollar -- support this go straight to children.
While there remains something good come out of -- the bad experience as well and and that's them.
And -- help which the rebuilding of everybody who lives of children around the world.
It's a great.
At charity Phil -- -- telling me in the break that you got to raise and went twelve million dollars.
Tell me where your work is little more detail where you're doing work and how generous -- people -- through the recession.
Sure of course we'll wait we have been very fortunate since 2006 we raised just over twelve million dollars and we've been able to do that through a variety of ways and having gala events is certainly one and we've we've just this past Saturday had a very large calendar event and we.
Had wonderful honorees from Edith what Nick Taylor -- -- each -- all.
The Kingdom of Thailand.
And the counsel general -- them.
Board of tourism from Thailand helped bring authenticity.
To the event it was the magic of Thailand without ever leaving New York City.
Another way we were able to raise so much money in that event was through a tremendous auction people like -- -- donated items and amazing bands like you to another and -- -- tremendous items.
We did amazing.
Auctioneer Patrick toll from PR PR donated his time and have the audience laughing and and happy to support so.
One way to really stimulate giving is through these sorts of events and others through creative partnerships we have amazing corporate sponsors and I NG in Continental Airlines.
The only -- and Hewlett-Packard.
So creative ways for them to support beyond just writing a check its intellectual power human resources -- -- their employees and their customers right.
-- Patrick I I'm really amazed that we've been able to accomplish how do you juggle everything because you're working with this foundation doing so much you know the numbers I was asking.
-- numbers on how much has been raised you're the one -- answered how do you tackle everything in your life partner with the training content.
That the transition.
And away from the beach in the boardrooms that authority many years ago and that -- -- It's at its priorities 80% of my time is devoted to happy hearts fund and 2% is the rest back.
And -- and it's something with them through fashion fun with.
I knew that helping children.
Is my goal in life already ten years ago way before it's not me it's -- it's just the way as -- I'm managing them but if it it takes.
-- -- -- -- But then and that that's -- very with a -- so much in such a short time.
How does it feel to be able to hope that many children -- you personally to have your handed so personally.
It's definitely goes from.
Failing inspection -- -- there with them I spend in July 10 days and in Indonesia teaching children every day.
And it was just that section I can get to be able to be there with them and knowing that without our help.
They would feed and going through a temporary school at the best they would have -- company T.
And no bright future and knowing that the who dedicated back into the -- and held their sanity because I've picked a whole community knowing and how it's gonna -- this generation future generations.
Is just so so amazing but it's it's a really hard work of the whole happy hearts -- team.
We have a great partners and then gone and volunteers just -- this event and something we had fifty volunteers giving our time.
So it's -- it's -- it's a team where it their all parts of the puzzle.
We're renovating -- definitive piece of -- president that these fees is so important we come together he can create so much more and and bring my life.
Well it -- fantastic story if you're interested the web site is happy hearts fund.
Dot org Patrick and Phil thanks so much for coming in today we really appreciate having.
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