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Green is where the Heart Is for August 22, 2012

"Being good is commendable, but only when it is combined with doing good, is it useful." ~ Author unknown

By MO LINQUIST
Contributing Writer

Over the past month you may have noticed many flocks of flamingos gracing our island.  They have migrated to Pleasure Island to raise awareness and money for a project called “Beach Bound” sponsored by the Island Women Organization. 
Kristina “Lacy” Ford is the dynamo behind this project.  Ford, a financial professional with Prudential Insurance Company, approached Nancy Shields, president of the organization.  Because this group of diverse local women desires to use their talents and resources to improve the quality of life on Pleasure Island for residents and guests, the board overwhelmingly approved it.
Lacy, as she is known by her good friends, learned during her Girl Scout career to embrace a civic minded attitude by giving back to her community. 
She joined Island Women and realized that much of the emphasis was directed towards environmental issues, sea turtles and the beautification of our island. 
During a conversation with Alan, a man she had met who has been confined to a wheelchair since he was 18 years old, her heart opened up to a new project for these women to embrace.
She was reminded that her uncle’s leg braces, a result of polio, prohibited him from going to the beach.   She googled “ambulatory difficulties” and found it is the number one disability in the United States.  She contacted KB and CB and found that even though each town has 2 wheel chairs available for use at the beach, each town had to turn away 100-150 requests per year for the use of these chairs.  Hence, “Beach Bound” was born.
It was Ford’s goal to raise awareness of this issue and increase the number of available beach accessible chairs on our island. 
The cost of each chair ranges between $1,800 - $3,000.  The more expensive ones are made of better quality and have wheels that are easier to maneuver.   Enter flocks of flamingos with ransom notes and a fun and unusual way to bring this project to light. 
Flocking ends August 31st   but donations will be accepted after that.  A charity auction with artwork from local artists as Mike Bryand, Nancy Cohen, Bruce Lacy and more is planned for sometime in September. 
The goal is to not only purchase the chairs but to offer money for maintenance of the chairs in the future. ‘Like’ their FaceBook page at Beach Bound Project to keep abreast of their plans. 
Go to www.islandwomen.org and download the order form to send a flock to a friend or business.  The cost is $10, $20 or $30 for residential or $20-$35 for a business. 
Mail or take to Island Chic Boutique on Lake Park Blvd.   Checks can be made out to the Island Women Organization. 
The business pots of flocks were made from recycled tires and painted pink.  Reducing, reusing and recycling has made this project “green heart” worthy.  Or call 910-508-8573 and someone will get back to you within 24 hours.
Ford has done more than raise money for beach accessible wheelchairs.  She has begun a movement that will impact our community by making a difference, which other beach communities will want to emulate.  Already WB and Oak Island are following in her footsteps.  I implore you to donate to this cause this week.  Your actions will not only be commendable, but they will also be useful.  xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products.  Her design studio is located in the Artful Living Group building 112 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.   Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology. Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 20 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success. To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at www.personplace.com FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-458-7822 office or 330-904-3636 cell.