Au­thor to prove he’s a real gem

The Chronicle - - News - By KATIE COLLINGS Re­porter katie.collings@ncj­me­

A SELF-HELP au­thor is show­ing his gen­er­ous side by do­nat­ing some pro­ceeds from his new book to a New­cas­tle char­ity.

Tolu A Akinyemi, the au­thor of Dead Lions Don’t Roar, has cho­sen to sup­port The Sun­shine Fund with the re­lease of his new book Un­ravel Your Hid­den Gems.

The fund ded­i­cates time to rais­ing money to buy spe­cial­ist equip­ment for lo­cal dis­abled chil­dren and rely on do­na­tions from or­gan­i­sa­tions and in­di­vid­u­als.

Un­ravel Your Hid­den Gems is Tolu’s sec­ond book, and it is a col­lec­tion of in­spi­ra­tional and mo­ti­va­tional short es­says from the heart writ­ten by the ac­claimed au­thor.

It is a study on life, en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to suc­ceed at what they feel is im­por­tant to their own hap­pi­ness. Be it pri­vate life, busi­ness, re­li­gion, friend­ship, love, each part of life is dis­cov­ered.

As well as mak­ing a do­na­tion, Tolu has also pledged time to work with the fam­i­lies, en­cour­ag­ing them to re­alise their own cre­ative side in a fundrais­ing work­shop.

He will also be sup­port­ing Amy Whyte of Gor­don Brown Law, who is also trustee of the char­ity, at events she is hold­ing in the com­ing months, as part of her bid to raise funds by trekking through Ker­ala, In­dia.

Tolu do­nated £1,000 from the pro­ceeds of his last book to Age UK Northum­ber­land’s friend­ship line cam­paign, and he is hope­ful this ven­ture will be even more suc­cess­ful.

He said: “Fam­ily is all im­por­tant to me and chil­dren need nur­tur­ing and sup­port­ing. The Sun­shine Fund does an amazing job of that with their spe­cial fam­i­lies and lit­tle ones, so I was keen to be in­volved.

“The theme of the book fits so well with their ev­ery­day strug­gles and how brave they are not to lose sight of what is im­por­tant.

“Love, fam­ily and be­ing your­self and re­leas­ing your own abil­i­ties what­ever they may be and en­joy­ing life.”

Tolu launched his book at an event at BonBar in New­cas­tle where rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the fund got to thank him.

Lau­ren Thomp­son, com­mu­nity fundraiser for The Sun­shine Fund, said: “Work­ing with Tolu has been a breath of fresh air and we’re ex­cited to see where this part­ner­ship takes us.

“Un­ravel Your Hid­den Gems is a great book that has so much mean­ing, most of which is so re­lat­able to our chil­dren and fam­i­lies.

“Its mes­sage is so in­spir­ing.”

Au­thor Tolu A Akinyemi and Sun­shine Fund Com­mu­nity Fundraiser Lau­ren Thomp­son at his book launch

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