Emmanuella Contopoulou


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Sat 17th Feb at 1:30pm

There is no pleasure without paint

Ealing Report written by Kash

When schools close for half term, thereโ€™s nothing better than escaping with the whole family for a well-deserved holiday! Or is there?

For Cultivate London and GoodGymers half term has different attractions in store: speed painting walls schools while kids are away! Romina from Cultivate has been tasked to gather volunteers who would paint the hall in Berrymede School in Acton. One of the groups she had booked for mid-week has cancelled the arrangement, and another party laid the first coat of paint. It was already Saturday afternoon and the children were going back to school on Monday!

Then eight GoodGymers from Ealing and Hounslow arrived!

Aprons and latex gloves on, white paint poured into trays, rollers and brushes ready. Get, set, go!

In about 75 minutes, the GoodGym team covered the entire bottom part of the wall that needed treatment with the second coat of paint! The last ten minutes they spent perfecting the art and concealing all the visible gaps.

A good quality check was possible thanks to Madhan who found the light switch. When Romina came back from the allotment to see the result, she found that GoodGymers lived up to their reputation.

Well done guys, very impressed but kinda expected it from you ๐Ÿ˜‰

Because the whole hall was ours during the task, we put some music on. Michelle was the sound engineer and played a GoodGym-made, school-themed playlist, featuring classics like Pink Floyd.

Hey, teacher, leave them kids alone!

At the end of the session, Emmanuella, who hates waste, distributed plenty of organic brownies she had baked among the painters ๐Ÿ’š

It was the last GoodGym session before the long holiday for both Michelle and Alan. A big thank you to both of them for making it to Ealing for that one!

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Michelle

Sat 17th Feb at 10:35pm

Super Saturday ๐Ÿ˜

Emmanuella Contopoulou

Sun 18th Feb at 1:50pm

I have to confess that these brownies were not made by me and therefore not organic ๐Ÿซฃ It is true, though, that I hate waste๐Ÿ˜‰

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Sat 17th Feb at 1:30pm

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Fri 16th Feb at 3:00pm

"With a little help from my friends" by Joe Cocker

Ealing Report written by Emmanuella Contopoulou

The song this time focused not on being alone, (because you are never alone at ESK), but rather on all the good people that are present and work hard to make up for those who can't. We are all humans after all and sometimes we need to take care of ourselves and not just the others. So, this Friday, I managed to arrive with a small delay due to work commitments to represented Good Gym, as our good Stephan was a bit under the weather. He was greatly missed, but "with a little help from my friends", we managed for another Friday to complete the task of cleaning and tidying the kitchen and disseminating the left overs so that nothing will go wasted (I really hate wasting food, so now I have so much rice that I can make sushi for a month). If anyone feels like eating some rice, just let me know!

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StephDucat

Fri 16th Feb at 10:05pm

Great singer!! every little thing is gonna be all rice when Emmanuella is around ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ

Emmanuella Contopoulou

Fri 16th Feb at 11:23pm

All Rice when Stephan is coming back (I'll be back!)

Kash

Sat 17th Feb at 4:35pm

Great stuff Emmanuella! And this session is just a tip of the Riceberg ๐Ÿ˜„ of all the amazing things you do with GoodGym and outside of it! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Fri 16th Feb at 3:00pm

Clean-up shift at Ealing Soup Kitchen ๐Ÿงฝ๐Ÿงน๐Ÿงผ

Help run drop-in service on a Friday where homeless can get free clothes and wellbeing services

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Fri 26th Jan at 3:00pm

This time it was "JUST THE TWO OF US"

Ealing Report written by Emmanuella Contopoulou

...and we made it because we tried!

GG Stephan was back in his base at ESK this Friday at full power, completing a variety of tasks, including some rather dangerous ones (see pictures) and we left the place nice and tidy for one more time. I tried to save the leftover soup from going into waste by using some old glass jars, as we run out of containers and managed to persuade even the non soup lovers to make an exception this time. It is not always easy to calculate accurately in advance how many people will visit, but having somewhere to put the leftovers is an act of wisdom. Next time we will come prepared... in the meantime... we will have soup for the whole week (for breakfast, lunch and dinner).

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StephDucat

Fri 26th Jan at 8:55pm

You souped in and saved the day ๐Ÿ™Œ

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Fri 26th Jan at 3:00pm

Clean-up shift at Ealing Soup Kitchen ๐Ÿงฝ๐Ÿงน๐Ÿงผ

Help run drop-in service on a Friday where homeless can get free clothes and wellbeing services

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Sat 20th Jan at 10:30am

The Secret Slaboratory โ˜ข๏ธ

Ealing Report written by Kash

It all started with Cultivate London's belief in recycling. Romina and Auberon from Cultivate found out about Jerome Allotments in South Acton being sentenced to be demolished and forgotten forever. On the ruins, a new cluster of high-rise buildings was supposed to rise. The Cultivate crew was hoping to salvage some of the paving slabs from the site before the builders got to them.

What they didn't know was that there was a good reason for erasing the allotments from the surface of Acton. Surrounded by metal fences covered with billboards to obscure the place from sight, Jerome Allotments hid a secret facility. Gossip had it that it was Ealing's Area 51, either being a confinement for extraterrestrials or a site of experiments on humans.

Romina had her first attempt at collecting the paving slabs last Wednesday night. When she opened the gate, in the dark, she noticed a large group of humanoid creatures throwing the slabs in the air. Several beasts spotted an open gate and broke out of their confinement. Romina backed out, but being a fearless lady, she decided to come back during the day to see what she was dealing with. On Saturday morning, she parked the CultiVan at the corner of Hanbury Road and sneaked into the allotment.

Armed with a spade in each hand, Romina approached a small pack of what she thought were humans. Thinking that she was not within earshot, Romina didn't realise that the individuals had a superhuman sense of hearing and had already noticed her presence. One from the group suddenly took a 10-metre leap and landed just in front of Romina. "I just came here for the slabs," Romina said. "Those slabs are radioactive," replied the group leader, "They turned us into super mutants". After a moment of hesitation, they added: "But help yourself".

Romina proposed a deal to the X-people: they would help her release the slabs from the concrete and move them close to the gate, and she would show them how to escape from Jerome Allotments and get around Acton. The super mutants agreed and tore the heavy slabs off the ground like they were post-it notes on a wall, then moved them towards the allotment exit. Romina was impressed with the strength of her new allies and wondered if she could harness the power of the slabs to become an invincible force of nature.

After hard work, the super mutants dispersed across the area, pretending they were regular citizens. You can try to spot some of them helping out Cultivate London in Dean Gardens next week!

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Fri 19th Jan at 3:00pm

Singing... " A L L B Y M Y S E L F"

Ealing Report written by Emmanuella Contopoulou

It was a bit lonely on the last shift at ESK tonight as I was "All by myself" from my Good Gym mates, so this was the song playing in my head, but I was not really alone, as most of the usual suspects were there washing, tidying, cleaning, packing, sweeping, mopping etc... So, for one more Friday at the end of a long day, the crypt was left sparkling clean ๐Ÿซง The biggest challenge for me actually was to take selfies as I never really do...

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StephDucat

Fri 19th Jan at 9:06pm

Well done ๐Ÿ‘ and love the title of the report. Next week I will be back as today had to be at work. So next week a duo song ๐ŸŽต ๐ŸŽต ๐ŸŽต

Kash

Sat 20th Jan at 9:33pm

Emmanuella, you're a tidying up pro! On the selfies front, I'm sure Steph can give you some tips next time ๐Ÿ˜œ Fingers crossed you'll have some GoodGym mates next week at ESK!

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Sat 20th Jan at 10:30am

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Emmanuella Contopoulou
Emmanuella Contopoulou signed up to a community mission.

Fri 19th Jan at 3:00pm

Clean-up shift at Ealing Soup Kitchen ๐Ÿงฝ๐Ÿงน๐Ÿงผ

Help run drop-in service on a Friday where homeless can get free clothes and wellbeing services

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