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Sylum Charity: Hurricane Ida

As many have heard Hurricane Ida made landfall 16 years years to the date, August 29th, in New Orleans at winds up 140 mph.

If you’re looking for a way to help please check out Charity Navigator that has listed out the top charities that are on the ground helping.

Charity Navigator is a great source to research particular charities to see what their business practices, and where exactly the money goes.  So if you ever have a question about a charity – use Charity Navigator.

Sylum Charity: American Bird Conservancy

In honor of Nico’s birds 🙂

American Bird Conservancy is dedicated to conserving wild birds and their habitats throughout the Americas.

Our Bird Conservation Strategic Framework — summed up in the ABC pyramid at left — shows how we approach bird conservation. It’s simple yet successful.

With an emphasis on achieving results and working in partnership, we take on the greatest problems facing birds today, innovating and building on rapid advancements in science to halt extinctions, protect habitats, eliminate threats and build capacity for bird conservation.

For More Information: American Bird Conservancy

Sylum Charity: Khumbu Climbing Center

As mentioned in the Qumolangama snippet on the last day of Seven Days – this is the Khumbu Climbing School. 

It has a larger part in the finished story, but I did want to highlight it for his month’s charity.


High in the Himalayas of Nepal near the beaten track to Everest, there is a humble pastoral village called Phortse that is perched among the clouds. You may not see it if you trek up the precipitous path more traveled, past Tangboche Monastery and beneath the breathtaking pyramid of Ama Dablam. But look to your left, across the gaping gorge of the Dud Kosi river and you will see a terraced knoll dotted with stone structures. It is there in the shadow of the holy peak, Khumbila, above a quiet birch forest that the Khumbu Climbing Center found a home.

The Khumbu Climbing Center (KCC) was launched in 2003 and over the past fifteen years has become a successful vocational program for indigenous people. Each winter for two weeks, technical climbing skills are taught along with English language, mountain safety, rescue, and wilderness first aid. Dr. Luanne Freer, who oversees the Everest base camp ER, attests that KCC skills and knowledge are saving lives at the roof of the world. Nearly one thousand Nepali men and women have now attended KCC since its inception.

In the beginning, our instructors were qualified western climbers and guides who had experience in the Himalaya. Most of the teachers are now Nepali but we continue to have a small Western team travel to KCC each season. They often include National Park rescue rangers and professional guides who generously offer their time and expertise. They pay their own way or get sponsorship to give of themselves to the Sherpa community. We at KCC are deeply indebted.

For More Information: Khumbu Climbing Center

Sylum Charity: Sheldrick Wildlife


The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust embraces all measures that complement the conservation, preservation and protection of wildlife and habitats.

Working across Kenya, our projects include anti-poaching, safe guarding the natural environment, enhancing community awareness, addressing animal welfare issues, providing veterinary assistance to animals in need, rescuing and hand rearing elephant and rhino orphans, along with other species that can ultimately enjoy a quality of life in wild terms when grown.

For More Information: Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

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Just sending out a quick message that if there is a charity that you would like showcased, let me know!  The more the merrier.  Let’s get as many of them out there for all to see.

Sylum Charity: Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium

The mission for the Aquarium is to inspire conservation of the ocean.

Frolicking sea otters, fast-swimming sharks, pulsating jellies and waddling penguins — our world-class exhibits and breathtaking scenery instill a love of the ocean in our visitors. With over 200 exhibits and 80,000 plants and animals, the Aquarium is a window to the wonders of the ocean.

They have great educational services, and do a lot of work with rehabilitating sea animals, plus studies and conservation of the Pacific Ocean.

For More Information: Monterey Bay Aquarium

And to share the one of their live cams – Bird Cam!  It really is entertaining watching these guys run around!


Sylum Charity: Van Gogh Museum

The Vincent Van Gogh Museum is designed specifically for the artist.  They have a large collection of his paintings, along with his personal letters, and is world known for their research.

And with many museums, has been shut down due to the pandemic.   For this years Charities we’re emphasizing museums, theatres, artists, and culture that has been affected by the pandemic and could use some help to stay open.

For More Information: Van Gogh Museum

PS: All of the charities we have promoted, have been researched and we’ve personally sent donations to over the years.

Sylum Charity: New Adventures

New Adventures is an iconic and ground-breaking British dance-theatre company, famous for telling stories with a unique theatrical twist. For over 30 years Matthew Bourne and New Adventures have delighted, inspired and nurtured people of all ages and backgrounds: audiences, artists and the next generation. We create world class productions and engaging projects, reaching thousands worldwide every year.

Sir Matthew Bourne OBE is widely hailed as the UK’s most popular and successful choreographer and director.

For over 30 years he has been creating and directing dance for musicals, theatre, film as well as his own highly successful, award-winning companies.

Matthew is the creator of the world’s longest running ballet production, and has been recognised by numerous international awards. He was knighted in the Queen’s New Year Honours 2016 for services to dance, and awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Award – one of the most coveted honours in the world of dance – in recognition of his outstanding services to the art of ballet.

On a personal level – Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake has been a major inspiration.   Just recently had the honor to watch Car Man and was blown away.

The theatre, actors/dancers, and New Adventures productions has been hit hard during the Pandemic, as have many theatres and museums.

I’ve personally donated to their Dance School to help these ‘kids’ be able to keep learning dance.  Also because it’s fun they call their Dance School – Swan School!

For more information and how to donate: New Adventures

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As we wind up this year (thank god) please take a moment to look back at the charities that have been posted and remember them into the next.

Also if you have any charities you would like me to showcase in the next year, leave a message on this post or email me at (

Sylum Charity: Music for Relief

The Western United States and Canada typically see wildfires each year, especially between August and  November. In 2020 “Above Normal significant fire potential is expected across much of the Great Basin, northern California, Pacific Northwest, and northern Rockies.” According to the National Interagency Fire Center’s (NIFC) National Interagency Coordination Center (NICC) – the body that coordinates wildfire resources across the U.S in their August 1 update.

And we’re already seeing that prediction come to be. There are several major fires burning across North America and as of the morning of August 19, there were 75 large uncontained fires identified by the NICC with the goal of full suppression and another 18 major wildfires being managed under another strategy such as controlled burn.

In California, as of Aug. 19, there have been at least 5,762 fire incidents so far in 2020. Compared with 5,800 incidents by the end of October in 2019. California Governor Gavin Newsome declared a state of emergency for the entire state of California on August 18th as a result of the significant fires and the critical fire weather conditions.

Immediate needs include shelter, evacuation support, family reconnection, food, health care (especially due to the excessive smoke and poor air quality during the COVID-19 pandemic) and case management. Due to COVID-19, additional resources will be required to evacuate safely into non-communal facilities.

Long-term support will be needed for the rebuilding of homes, income recovery, agricultural needs and additional preparedness support to vulnerable populations and mental health and psychosocial support. The combined threat of COVID-19 and wildfires are causing extraordinary anxiety and trauma in affected populations.

For a complete list of all active wildfire incidents across the United States, please visit the National Interagency Fire Center or the National Wildfire Coordination Group’s InciWeb.

For More Information: Music for Relief

Sylum Charity: Monuments Men Foundation

The Monuments Men Foundation is a not-for-profit organization created to raise worldwide awareness about the service of the Monuments Men and Women, honor them for their achievements, and complete their unfinished mission of returning missing art to the rightful owners.

The Monuments Men were a group of American and British men and women—museum curators, art historians, librarians, architects, even artists—responsible for preserving the artistic and cultural achievements of western civilization from the destruction of war and theft by the Nazis.

The Foundation created 345 individual biographies of the Monuments Men and Women, detailing their lives, military service, and achievements. In time the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives Section, known as The Monuments Men, would include volunteers from fourteen nations. 

For More Information: Monuments Men Foundation

Sylum Charity: Food Banks

Hunger is a major issue around the world.   Food Banks are a blessing for many communities, especially during hard times.

Feeding America is a organization with Food Banks across the US.   These Food Banks always need support whether it’s food, volunteers, or donations.   If you can donate to your local Food Bank – I’ve done both volunteer work and gave goods.  I’m amazed at how many they can feed with just a few dollars and a box of dry goods.

Feeding America

If you know any other good Food Banks in the US or International let me know I’ll add to the Sylum Charity list.

As today is actually National Day of Charity – I though I would ask … would anyone be interested if I kept a link list on the blog of variety of Charities so they can be found later?


Sylum Charity: Beanie for Brain Cancer


This Foundation – The Mark Hughes Foundation (MHF) – is a Non-Profit, Health Promotion Charity that my wife Kirralee and I began in 2014, after I was diagnosed with brain cancer. We began the Foundation when we realised how underfunded brain cancer was in Australia in comparison to other cancers. The lack of funding meant very little research into treatments or cures for brain cancer and, as a result, not much has changed in the shocking brain cancer mortality rates over the past 30 years.

We had no idea when we started our Foundation and set about raising funds for some much needed research, the incredible amount of support we would receive from people everywhere.
To date the Foundation has raised over $17 million and funded; a Brain Cancer Biobank, Travel Grants, multiple research projects around Australia including three Fellowships and multiple Brain Cancer Care Coordinators. Amazing! And all thanks to our supporters and our tireless volunteers.

Ultimately research means better outcomes for brain cancer patients but research is expensive – so we will continue to make it our priority to raise funds and ensure those funds get to where they are needed most. Our Foundation is a very small organisation that runs mostly on the generosity of our supporters and some community grants which allows us to keep the running costs to a bare minimum so that one day, maybe in my lifetime, together, we will find a cure for brain cancer.

Join our tribe… we believe anything is possible!

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