A personal ‘Thank You’ from Deborah Lee – Director of The Chanel Lee Smile Foundation

Zeina and Dom final

I would like to say a personal ‘Thank you’ to all contributors of Yellow Smile Day 2013, members of the community, family, close friends of Chanel and Birmingham City Council for honouring our request to hold this special event in the city of Birmingham.

Yellow Smile Day was a big success this year. To see Chanel’s vision slowly unfolding has been an amazing experience in my journey of grief. I have to express my heartfelt thanks to the community for all the personal support and commitment given and for embracing the beautiful memories of Chanel and her vision for change in the world through The Chanel Lee Smile Foundation.

A number of Yellow Smile Day celebrations took place across the city of Birmingham and the UK this year, it is lovely to see so many people supporting the vision that Chanel spoke about on the 1st October 2011. We want Yellow Smile Day to be a national day of celebrating the arts across the world and we are still working on plans to put plans in place around this.

This year’s main celebrations took place in the heart of Birmingham. Yellow Smile Day celebrations included celebrations of various artistic expressions from some of Birmingham’s finest and extremely talented artiste’s: Natty Josiah, Naomi Parchment, Smash Entertainz, and Belinda Kae. We were joined by young entrepreneurs & motivational speakers Joel Blake, Talisha Johnson and Chanel Lee Smile Foundation Award Winner 2012 – Ellison Porter. The event was hosted by Chanel’s two cousins – Zeina Russell,Dominee Easy and Smash Entertainz.

Other contributors this year included the very talented young artist Marcel Rodney who was inspired to do a featured drawing of Chanel for Yellow Smile Day and fashion mogul, Shara Johnson highlighting her exclusive fashion Design and sharing her journey of achievement. As part of the Yellow Smile Day celebrations this year we interviewed Birmingham’s very own Errol Lawson who has been actively involved in mentoring young people and leaders across the West Midlands.

I am blown away with the talent in the city of Birmingham and wish to thank all the above contributors for sharing your journey’s, talent and heart to pursue your own dreams. What we sometimes will never know are the lives that are impacted through the experiences, talents and dreams that we share along the way. Thank you all for making collective changes to the lives and hearts of our community.

Other celebrations took place via the social media platforms. I have received countless communications from individuals, schools, colleges and community organisations who were also involved in Yellow Smile Day celebrations. It is meaningful to see such uniformity and love shown for Chanel, her dreams and vision on this special day. Please send your pictures or blog to us at chanelleesmile@gmail.com

The CLSF foundation continues to grow and we are excited to move forward. We have been actively looking at ways to develop the foundation this year and we now have in place an operational plan, guiding us one step closer towards the principles for the Chanel Lee Smile Foundation. We want to take this time to thank all those who have made personal and professional contributions throughout 2012/2013 to the development of the Chanel Lee Smile Foundation. Our plans for growth are steady, but we move forward proactively at each stage.

A QUICK GLANCE:

The Chanel Lee Smile Foundation was founded on 27th October 2011

The CLSF Web site was launched in Jan 2012

The very first ‘Yellow Smile Day’ was held on 22nd May 2012

The Chanel Lee Smile Foundation was officially registered as a charity on 21 May 2012

The Chanel Lee Smile Foundation has established Social media presence ensuring the message and vision of the Chanel Lee Smile Foundation is extended across various platforms. Over 9,000 followers have visited the website nearly 200 Tweeter followers and 562 Facebook followers are receiving updates on the work of the CLSF. We are determined and absolute in our mission to bring about change in the world.

The Chanel Lee Smile Foundation has been reached in over 8 different countries and 15 demographical UK locations

In summary
 The CLSF aims to build positive working partnerships with public, organisations in promoting the work and vision of the foundation.
 The CLSF has listened to the views of young people as part of The Chanel Lee Smile Foundation launch and will use this to inform our practice in moving forward
 The CLSF now has a clear mission statement which will inform our direction in moving forward positivity and proactively.
 The CLSF has established links with organisations with the aim of developing positive partnerships.
• The CLSF has received positive feedback about the foundation from customer feedback testimonials and tweeter update.
• The CLSF is keen to grow the foundation organically ensuring we are sound in our principles. This may take time, but we intend to do our best.
• The Chanel Lee Smile Foundation is 100% committed to meeting its aims and honours the dreams of Chanel Lee.

We ask for your continual support in helping us to change the world that we live in.

Deborah Lee xx