For the last year, I have been working on two big projects.
The first, raising $1,000,000 for the San Francisco & Marin Food Banks to celebrate 25 years of working to end hunger. This is an every-5 years-event, where we raise money that can be used to invest in the wonderful work we do. This year we wanted to raise enough money for 3 hybrid trucks to pick up and deliver food, increase nutrition education and additionally purchase some food items, such as beans, rice, tuna and peanut butter, which rarely get donated.
A team of us started in 2011. Every time I had two minutes, I would look at my folder of papers and say, “What can I do to make this event better and also reach our goal?” I pushed the team to go for the very large goal of $1,000,000. I knew deep down the team could do it and I wanted to “make it so” (Captain Picard, Star Trek).
Tyler Florence and Tony Marcell were our hosts, with 25 chefs presenting a tantalizing feast. Every two or three tables had their own private chef, who had donated his or her time, food and wine. The food was stunning. The room was full of happy people participating in a wonderful cause for their communities. And we raised $1,300,000!
My family and friends were all there to support me. I was surrounded by 80 people I loved. And it was the best feeling! I feel very accomplished and know that I helped do something that makes the world a better place for many people I will never have the chance to meet.
The other project is my book I have been working for a couple of years on: “Griefprints” — A Practical Guide for Supporting a Grieving Person.
“After Christopher was murdered, I entered that very deep trauma place, where I wondered if I would recover. Once I felt I had recovered, I wanted to share some very practical things people can do to make other people more comfortable when they are in the depths of grieving. Many people have said to me “I didn’t know what to say.” When they read my book, people will get some very practical advice. All of us will experience grief sometime in our lives. My book will be a good road map to help others on the journey.
The book is now 99% done! I have been working with a writing coach for a few years and this year hired a graphic designer; both understand what I am trying to accomplish. The next step is looking for a publisher. I REALLY want this beautiful book to be in people’s hands.
So, getting this to book all of you and others will be my project for a while. I feel good making this transition from thinking about murder to working on the “hopeful” things that can help others along the healing journey. I want people to know they can smile again.
Oh Radha! You never cease to inspire me. I am SO proud that you led the effort to raise $1.3 million for the food bank!!! Amazing.
And I know that your book will help so many … so glad it is taking shape as a physical book in the world.
You truly have found a way to turn trauma and loss into a gift for the world. Thank you!
I have always admired your strength and will to see that all is well with those you know and those you may never meet.
We share a deep bond and I am very grateful.
Thank you for being you.
Still hoping to get together for lunch, but not hopeful,about the day after Thanksgiving! Biggest shopping day of the year…don’t want to be anywhere near Stonestown! Aiming for December holidays! Will keep in touch.
All .I can say is AWSOME. You are the best giving soooo much of yourself.
I am very proud to be a person that you know.
Congratulations on surpassing your goal at the Food Bank event!!
Bravo on all that you are doing! I can’t wait till the book comes out and what a beautiful cover. Raising all that money for such a wonderful cause couldn’t be sweeter.
Radha, My hat is off to you .I have lost three of my brothers. One was murdered also. How they pass is not the point, but how we deal with their loss after is “MOST” important. You are doing a very special thing by telling people how to process and deal with the loss. And all you are doing for the “HUNGRY” is wonderful. You are an inspiration to all of us who have “compassion” for mankind. Smiles to you for the rest of your LIFE…..