Sunday, 31 March 2019

Rebekah's SMILE

SUNSHINE SMILE DAY is happening on 19th May at Milton Keynes Irish Centre - just SEVEN weeks to go.

Sunshine Smile Day celebrates Rebekah's smile, two years since she left us.

Let's take a moment to see just how much Rebekah's smile has inspired people over the past two years.

£4,199 has been given to Ronald McDonald House Charities to help care for families who have a child sick in hospital.

Our work now focuses on Ronald McDonald House Birmingham. On Monday David and Lisa, who is organising Sunshine Smile day 2019 will be driving to Birmingham for a meeting with House Manager Libby.

Secret Santa 2017 sent gifts of love to Ronald McDonald for families with a child sick in Birmingham's Childrens' Hospital. Gifts were sent again in 2018 along with gifts to the childrens ward in Milton Keynes Hospital.

On Christmas Morning 2018 Josh and Jelena joined David in the studio of Radio CRMK to broadcast a show of love for families staying in Ronald McDonald House Birmingham.

Throughout Advent 2017 and 2018 we published a YouTube music Advent Calendar.

Beck's smile and our music held a Rock and Roll party at Bletchley Bandstand as a warm up for the town's Christmas Lights Switch on.

We promoted the National Trust's Carols In The Courtyard at Stow both on YouTube and on the radio.

Shearings Holidays named one of their coaches after Rebekah - COACH REBEKAH. The company sent out a press relase which was picked up by international internet radio station CRMK which invited David to appear on a programme to tell everyone about this loving gesture.

This brought David to present a weekly show on the radio. That quickly developed to five shows - every morning Monday to Friday 6am to 8am

With the support of Radio CRMK and the love from our music fan club THE SUNSHINE SMILE CREW  David aka The Geriatric DJ has now presented 112 shows including two overnight radio parties. A total of two hundred and seventy nine hours and thirty minutes live broadcasting. That's about 4,000 music tracks. His first show was broadcast seven months ago on 29th August 2018.

In that video clip The Geriatric DJ speaks about The Mini Libs.  Here are the Mini Libs.

The Mini Libs are the children of one of David's former 
students Joe.  This video was produced to support a cause very close to our music's heart - The Milton Keynes Winter Night Shelter and the plight of our homeless and rough-sleeping friends.

In January 2018 our music rescued a young couple from rough-sleeping. Josh and Jelena have been central to our music ever since. Josh is a part of Radio CRMK and co-presents with David on an occasional basis.

Josh and Jelena found Ben thrown out with the rubbish bins, rescued him them made this teddy bear our music's mascot.

A note is never played without Ben being there.

Over the past two years we have taken our music and Rebekah's smile to some iconic places.

YES, we played music and smiled at Hillsborough Stadium, home of Sheffield Wednesday FC.

We took smiles to San Francisco for a sponsored walk across The Golden Gate Bridge in support of Ronald McDonald House Birmingham.

David grew his hair and
posed on Hippie Mount in Golden Gate Park.

Returning to England on Sunshine Smile Day 2018 David had his hair cut by Milton Keynes Mayor Martin Petchey.

Mayor Petchey joined the music for an overnight New Year celebration. That New Year overnight radio party was to celebrate our toilet.

YES, our toilet.  Fellow presenters at CRMK got behind the music to provide not
one but TWO families in Uganda who did not have this basic sanitation a toilet in their home.

No doubt Rebekah's smile is very wide as she reads this part of the report.

We have funded our work NOT by dipping into the support generated by our music for the good causes but by attending car boot sales at Milton Keynes Irish Centre and Milton Keynes Bowl.

The very first event organised as a FROG CHALLENGE.

That event was incredibly well supported including Mayor David and Mayoress Susan.

The picture below is the most viewed EVER photograph from Milton Keynes on Google.

Many of us took part in The Big Fun Run to support Ronald McDonald House Charities.

We were proud to support a great team of people who organised a 24 hour football match and raised way over £12,000 for Milton Keynes Winter Night Shelter.

Following the game we broadcast an overnight disco party. Eddie The Eagle helped us with the overnight radio disco. What a fantastic man he is.

We were there when West Bletchley Community Centre celebrated it's 50th anniversary. We did not play the music at that event but were there to take photographs and promote the smiles.

We also provided the music at Bletchley Youth Centre's 50th birthday party.

We took CDs and DVDs from our car boot sales and gave them as gifts of love to patients attending a rehabilitation clinic.

We have used our music to show love to our wonderful National Health Service, to organ and blood donations.

We have used music to support breast cancer patients.

Our music has set up two small collection points for Milton Keynes Food Bank.

At the end of radio show David reads a poem inviting people to smile. It ends with the words..........


Our music hosted a Leon School Reunion - David was Head of Year
At Leon School. Although it is more than twenty years since he retired so many LEONITES are involved in our music.

When we heard of a little girl in Wisconsin USA who was terminally ill, he family had asked for people to e-mail pictures of their dogs - she loves doggies - we played music and encouraged hundreds of people to send their doggie love to this little girl

The Max Robinson book The Bridge House was finished and published with royalties donated to Ronald McDonald House Birmingham.
With the publication of this page our daily blog has reached 784 editions with 89,585 readers.

David was nominated in two categories for the 2018 Milton Keynes Inspirational awards.  

To quote Freddie Mercury in the film Bohemian Rhapsody: I am NOT the leader of Queen, I am the lead singer - We are FAMILY.

David, The Geriatric DJ, is not the leader - Rebekah's smile is the leader and everyone involved in our music is FAMILY.

We play music top make people smile and be happy, to inspire love for good causes.

We have a music fan club THE SUNSHINE SMILE CREW.

Our music has now put a loving smile on ALFIE at Curly Tails Pig Rescue Centre.

Alfie is now a part of our team, a part of our music and a part of our loving smile.

Sunshine Smile Day 2018 was a fantastic success. We now look forward to SUNSHINE SMILE DAY 2019 and invite you
to get involved.

We are very, very proud of all Rebekah's smile has achieved over the past two years.

Sunshine Smile Day on 19th May 2019 will widen the smile. We invite you to come and be a part of the love.

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