Thursday, October 30, 2008

Don't judge us, says Scientologist


US actress and high-profile Scientologist Jenna Elfman has no time for people who criticise her religion and urges people to get their facts straight before judging.

US actor and high profile Scientologist Jenna Elfman has no time for people who criticise the controversial religion and urges people to get their facts straight before judging.

Elfman, best known for her role in the sitcom Dharma and Greg, says people are too quick to judge the church, which boasts members including Tom Cruise and John Travolta.

"If someone starts talking to me negatively about something they've never actually studied that actual text of, I don't really admire them very much because it shows they don't have much integrity so I just kind of ignore them," Elfman told AAP in Sydney.

"I'm not going to listen to gossip and hearsay about something that's affected my life so tremendously in such a tremendously positive way."

Founded by American science fiction author L Ron Hubbard in the 1950s, Scientology takes a firm stance against modern psychiatry.

Elfman compared its treatment to the way other religions had been persecuted through the ages.

"It's a new religion, historically every new religion has been (dismissed)," she said.

"People were hanged, fed to the lions for their beliefs so this is just a modern day evolution of what happens when something new comes into our culture.

"It is not fully understood yet and it happens."

Elfman, who is in Australia with her husband Bodhi and 15-month old son Story to help launch a new pay TV channel, urged people to find out for themselves about it.

"I've seen drug addicts completely rehabilitated, I've seen the illiterate become literate, I've seen people that were so depressed and hopeless completely rehabilitate their goals in life, become happier find partners," she said.

"It's beautiful."

While in Australia, Elfman will appear on a Countdown revival special hosted by music guru Molly Meldrum on pay TV's Chanel 111 Hits - where Dharma and Greg will feature.

She said she was looking forward to working with Meldrum.

"I've seen him on YouTube, I've seen him interview various people, he seems very gentle, mild-mannered, sweet," Elfman said.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Kelly Preston Hosts Sussex Charity Concert

£50,000 presented to Sussex Air Ambulance on behalf of the L. Ron Hubbard Foundation and the Church of Scientology

Fred Van Damme, Nigel Raghunath, John Battersby, Cllr Christine Mainstone
(East Grinstead), Delaine Shearman, David Philpott, Kelly Preston, Bob Keenan


East Grinstead: Hollywood actress Kelly Preston presented a cheque for £50,000 to Sussex Air Ambulance on behalf of the L. Ron Hubbard Foundation and the Church of Scientology at the 12th annual Gala Charity Concert at Saint Hill, East Grinstead.

More than 1,500 were in attendance to enjoy the concert and give their support, including Mayors, District Council Chairmen, Town Councillors, and community leaders from all over the South of England. Representatives from a wide variety of embassies attended, including from Cameroon, Bulgaria, Vietnam, Fiji, South Africa, and Liberia. Other guests flew in especially from all over Europe and as far away as the United States and Canada.

The event covered a wide spectrum of music – from rock legend Edgar Winter, Academy Award nominated film composer Mark Isham and Australian pop superstar Kate Ceberano, to “Italian Queen of Jazz” Elena Roggero, drummer Woody Woodmansey (best known for his years with David Bowie and the Spiders from Mars), and the UK’s top jive band – the Jive Aces. Ms. Preston was the Master of Ceremonies.

Edgar Winter with the Golden Era Musicians

The Sussex Air Ambulance Service is a registered charity which provides Helicopter Emergency Medical Service and air ambulance service to Sussex, Kent and Surrey counties. Attending an average of four incidents every day, Sussex Air Ambulance is funded entirely by voluntary donations and provides a team of highly skilled doctors, paramedics and nurses. Responding swiftly to 999 calls and flying at over 150 miles per hour, the Ambulance can reach any part of Sussex within 15 minutes and can transport patients to the nearest major hospital or specialist unit in a fraction of the time taken by land ambulance.

The Chief Executive Mr. Dave Philpott and Sussex Air Ambulance staff and crew, were invited up on to the stage to accept the cheque from Ms Preston and Mr. Bob Keenan, Director of the L. Ron Hubbard Foundation. The money raised will go towards the many hundreds of life-saving missions carried out by the Sussex Air Ambulance team every year. "That will enable us to save 50 lives, so you should all be proud of yourselves," said Delaine Shearman, Sussex County Fundraiser for the charity. David Philpott, Chief Executive, on accepting the cheque, told the audience what a vital service Sussex Air Ambulance offers in that they can reach any part of Sussex within 15 minutes.

Grand finale: Sussex Air Ambulance crew, Mark Isham, Jive Aces,
Edgar Winter, Elena Roggero, Kate Ceberano, Woody Woodmansey,
Swing Xtreme dancers and the Golden Era Musicians


Over the years, the Saint Hill Gala Charity Concert has supported numerous charities, from the Royal National Lifeboat Institute and the RSPCA to the National Drug Prevention Alliance and the Bluebell Railway Trust. The concert follows the tradition that was started by L. Ron Hubbard in the 1960’s when he resided at Saint Hill Manor and supported many of the local charities.

The Gala Concert concluded a three-day jam-packed weekend of activities at the Church of Scientology with over 7,000 people from around the world, with conferences and seminars for parishioners and community leaders alike, encompassing the Church of Scientology’s social betterment programmes in the areas of human rights, drug education, common sense morals, and its volunteer ministry.

For more information, please contact:

Graeme Wilson
Public Affairs Director
Church of Scientology
Saint Hill Manor
East Grinstead
West Sussex
RH19 4JY

01342 318229
g.wilson@scientology.org.uk
http://www.scientology.org.uk

Monday, October 27, 2008

Saint Hill Gala Charity Concert 2008


L. Ron Hubbard Foundation Donates £50,000 to Sussex Air Ambulance

This year's Saint Hill Gala Charity Concert 2008, held yesterday (26 Oct 08) at Saint Hill, East Grinstead, West Sussex in the biggest marquee known to man, was outstanding (as it is always is) with every act demonstrating pure, full-on professionalism.



Click on the link below for 2 pages of video clips and photos of the concert (including shots of the cheque presentation to Sussex Air Ambulance):
http://www.sharenow.com/relations/folders/1735/

Biggest marquee known to man!

The main purpose of the concert was to continue the tradition of supporting local charities, as started by L. Ron Hubbard when he lived at Saint Hill Manor in the 1960s. This year, the L. Ron Hubbard Foundation made a cheque presentation of £50,000, on stage mid-concert, to Sussex Air Ambulance. "That will enable us to save 50 lives, so you should all be proud of yourselves," said Delaine Shearman, Sussex County Fundraiser. David Philpott, Chief Executive, on accepting the cheque, told the audience what a vital service Sussex Air Ambulance offers in that they can reach any part of Sussex within 15 minutes.

The performers: Kelly Preston (master of ceremonies), Edgar Winter, Kate Ceberano, Woody Woodmansey, Mark Isham, Elena Roggero and The Jive Aces.

3D: Woody Woodmansey, former member of David Bowie's Spiders from Mars, with his son Danny

Short clip of the final Act, Edgar Winter


Click on the link below for 2 pages of video clips and photos of the concert (including shots of the cheque presentation to Sussex Air Ambulance):
http://www.sharenow.com/relations/folders/1735/

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