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Making a difference

Small effort can make such a big difference. A number of years ago, I heard the story of Lindsey Plumier. She was a former professional women's basketball player drafted from UCLA in the 2008 WNBA draft by the Washington Mystics.

During an off-season trip to Africa, she witnessed the plight of women and children forced into unwanted marriages and genital mutilation and decided to do something about it. She walked away from her a successful basketball career to do something about it. She formed a non-profit organization named "With My Own Two Hands" based in Laguna Beach.

At the time we met, Lindsey was looking for ways to do a water project that would benefit the school she had founded. We met several times and explored the Rotary Global Grant process. That led to a successful project with Irvine Rotary. That was the start. From there With My Own Two Hands Foundation (WMO2H) has taken off! It now provides clean water and nutritious foods to communities in East Africa.

They will be having their 9th Annual Documentary Screening on Saturday, August 27th at the Port Theater in Corona Del Mar from 6-10pm. The night will include a cocktail hour, hosted bar and dinner, film premiere, live auction and stories from their beneficiaries in East Africa.

They will be premiering their newest film "The Women of Kibera" and plan to transform 20,000+ more lives with this inspiring event.

WMO2H is hoping to have volunteer support from 2-3 more community members, specifically as scribes to support their auctioneer in the live auction and fund-a-need.

If you are interested in participating as a volunteer or even attending, you can reach out to Jazzmyn Luna at or 760-622-9444.

If you'd like to help, be prepared to have a great and inspiring evening while meeting some extraordinary people.


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