All posts by Bev Moore-Davis

The 1st Miles For Smiles Walk, featuring Yvonne Goss, Be the Voice

With the help of a very talented dear friend, Gerry Carew, we decided to create a video commemorating the first Miles for Smiles.  Along with the production of this video came the challenge of finding the perfect song to accompany.

Bev’s step-daughter, Sarah, decided she wanted to help. She quickly found ‘Be a Voice” by singer/songwriter Yvonne Goss from North Carolina. Yvonne, a victim of childhood abuse, wrote and recorded this heartwarming song to encourage us to be the voice that cuts through the darkness and spreads light on the victims that fall prey to abuse. In an email to Bev, Yvonne expressed gratitude to her for choosing her song and being that voice.

Listen to the video and let her inspirational words move you.

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The Print Shop

Originally the Miles For Smiles walk was scheduled for the Mundy Pond Trails. However with its growing support it was decided that the trail and parking area might not be able to accommodate the expected crowd. The decision was made to move the walk to Bowring Park, this decision was made just 1 week after posters (donated by the Print Shop)  were sent to organizers for distribution. Bev contacted Tony, owner and operator of the Print Shop and requested a second batch with the updated information. This time however,  Bev insisted on paying for the posters.

Tony, a big supporter of the Miles For Smiles project, refused the offer and generously donated the second batch. A big thank you to Tony and his staff at The Print Shop.

Tony continues to support the Miles For Smiles Foundation and we are thrilled to have Tony – and his staff – as part of the Miles For Smiles Team.

2013 – St. John’s declared April Child Abuse Prevention Month, for the first time.

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Mayor O’Keefe welcomed Bev Moore-Davis to the council meeting this evening. Introducing her as a fellow model, as they both walked the “cat-walk” to support a recent charity fashion show. During a lengthy conversation at this event  Bev talked about ASCA, a group she facilitates twice a month for Adult Survivors of Child Abuse. She also mentioned her plans to organize a walk to help bring awareness to child abuse, the walk was scheduled for April,  fittingly,  April being Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Mayor O’Keefe was pleased to see Bev again today,  this time at a St. John’s Council Meeting as she requested a Proclamation declaring April, Child Abuse Prevention Month in St John’s. Mayor O’Keefe was very supportive and thanked Bev for standing up for such a worthwhile cause. Councillors Debbie Hanlon and Sheila O’Leary as well stood to offer support and commended Bev on her dedication to the cause.

April 1, 2013

Blue Balloon Chain

The colour blue has long been recognized as the symbolic colour representing Child Abuse Awareness.

At the Miles For Smiles Event, participants were encouraged to blow up a blue balloon for themselves or in honour of someone else that may have lost or had their childhood stolen by abuse.

As we unconsciously connected to other survivors at the event, the balloons were fastened to a string and attached to the Bungalow deck for a powerful display, symbolizing the support we have for each other and the cause.

A message from the Miles For Smiles Founder

At age 17 I ran away from home. I ran from an environment that can only compare to a Hollywood Horror Film, a life of severe mental, physical and sexual abuse.
I kept secrets of the abuse my entire life and was contented to this, until meeting another survivor (from my past) in 2011. While talking I realized that he too had kept secrets of the abuse, and from the conversation I had 2 life-changing revelations.
1. As survivors we often struggle with shame, guilt, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, eating disorders, PTSD….as survivors we are more susceptible to heart disease, cancer, autoimmune diseases etc, and we struggle with all this as we SILENTLY protect the abusers. How wrong is this?

2. I also realized that I had to accept my past. It IS after all, the past and at this point there’s nothing that I can do or go back and undo, I cannot change or fix what happened…..I have to accept it, AND move forward knowing I can control today, and everyday forward.

With the help of a therapist and a wonderful support system I have been able to turn a very dreadful childhood into a positive. Since 2011 I have founded the Miles For Smiles Foundation and channeled my energies into supporting other survivors, raising awareness and I am now working on an educational tool aimed at protecting children from sexual abuse.

Clouds, by Zach Sobiech

On May 20, 2013, cancer took the life of Zach Sobiech but his legacy will live on through the beacon of love and hope he delivered through infectious lyrics and memorable tunes have imprinted on the minds and hearts of millions around the world.

Help fulfill Zach’s dying wish to help kids with cancer by supporting the charity he set up before his death- the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund at Children’s Cancer Research Fund:http://www.ChildrensCancer.org/Zach.

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Someday we’ll see you again, Zach, up in those clouds where we’ll never see the end..

Check out Zach’s other song – Fix Me Up –http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvSYZH…

“Clouds” is now available on iTunes!

To download go to: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/clo…

All proceeds support the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund.

Zach’s CD – Now Available!

Zach’s family also started the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund-http://ccrf.convio.net/site/TR/Events…, to fund research for the cancer that is taking his life, in hopes that kids diagnosed tomorrow will have a better chance for a cure. For gifts $20 or higher, you will receive a copy of Zach’s album featuring the studio recording of “Clouds”, along with an acoustic version, and a selection of other songs. Click here for more information:http://www.childrenscancer.org/zach/

To read Zach’s story or to donate to the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund, visit ChildrensCancer.org/Zach. Read more about Zach on his personal blog: CaringBridge.org/visit/ZacharySobiech

Special thank you to:
Dan Seeman – VP/General Manager KS95
Karl Demer – Atomic K Records and Production
Merritt Benton – Tracking Engineer
John Lynn – Piano
Zach Miller – Drums
Sean O’Hea – Bass
Matt Vannelli – Guitar
Mike Rominski – Video and Editing – Woolly Rhino Productions

CLOUDS LYRICS

Well I fell down, down, down
Into this dark and lonely hole
There was no one there to care about me anymore
And I needed a way to climb and grab a hold of the edge
You were sitting there holding a rope

And we’ll go up, up, up
But I’ll fly a little higher
We’ll go up in the clouds because the view is a little nicer
Up here my dear
It won’t be long now, it won’t be long now

When I get back on land
Well I’ll never get my chance
Be ready to live and it’ll be ripped right out of my hands
Maybe someday we’ll take a little ride
We’ll go up, up, up and everything will be just fine

And we’ll go up, up, up
But I’ll fly a little higher
We’ll go up in the clouds because the view is a little nicer
Up here my dear

It won’t be long now, it won’t be long now
If only I had a little bit more time
If only I had a little bit more time with you

We could go up, up, up
And take that little ride
And sit there holding hands
And everything would be just right
And maybe someday I’ll see you again
We’ll float up in the clouds and we’ll never see the end

And we’ll go up, up, up
But I’ll fly a little higher
We’ll go up in the clouds because the view is a little nicer
Up here my dear
It won’t be long now, it won’t be long now

The First Annual Miles for Smiles

Bev Moore-Davis organized a walk in Bowring Park, St John’s NL, to help raise awareness of child abuse. Bev then teamed up with fellow survivor, singer/songwriter Yvonne Gosse from North Carolina and videographer Gerry Carew (also from St John’s) to create this momentous video of the special day.  This video marks the beginning of a series of videos being produced in an attempt to help raise awareness of child abuse.

NLOWE – Community Impact Award

Bev Moore-Davis, owner of Morvis Group of Companies, which includes Frontline Action, August & Lotta Stockholm and CGI Entertainment Inc., received the NLOWE Community Impact Award, sponsored by the Hebron Project. Moore-Davis also established a non-profit organization, Miles For Smiles, this year to generate public awareness around the issues associated with child abuse.

“I accept this award on behalf of all Survivors of Childhood Abuse. For those that have had their innocence stolen… for those that grew up hearing, and believing they were not good enough… and as adults today, continue to struggle with these words, as they have negatively been imprinted on our very foundation.
I leave with you… There is no greater Evil than those who willingly hurt an innocent child. And I tell you… OUR VOICES WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Thank you everyone!”

NLOWE – Newfoundland & Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs

Soft-spoken Bev Moore-Davis sends loud message about child abuse

At 17 years old, Bev Moore-Davis ran away from home.

This soft-spoken Georgetown, Conception Bay native hid some dark secrets from her past for many years. It wasn’t until 2011 she began to tell the story of why she had to leave her home and family behind. Bev was a victim of child abuse.  Although she is not specific on the type of child abuse she experienced as she talks with The Compass Nov. 1, she acknowledges that she speaks on all types, including sexual, physical and emotional abuse.

Advocate

Bev is an entrepreneur and owns four businesses — three in St. Johns and one in Ottawa — under the Morvis Group of Companies banner. She also worked and lived for a period in Bay Roberts. She has also made a name for herself because of her involvement with introducing the issue of child abuse to the City of St. John’s and also around the province. As a survivor of child abuse, Bev tells The Compass, she decided enough was enough. “A light bulb went off,” she says. “People keep secrets (of child abuse) their whole lives. We are just hurting ourselves by not speaking out.” It was that moment Bev began her three-year journey of advocacy on behalf of child abuse victims, and sharing her story so those affected would know they were not alone. “It’s a life sentence,” she explains. “We suffer as our perpetrators are free. By showing others affected that I can do it, I can help them (realize) they can too.” The RCMP classifies child abuse as, “any form of physical, psychological, social, emotional or sexual maltreatment of a child whereby the survival, safety, self-esteem, growth and development of the child are endangered.” Bev is getting more comfortable with sharing her story, but says it will never be easy. As an advocate for child abuse, Bev has networked with people all over the world to share the message because she is passionate that someday the word can be widespread. She explains people do not speak out — even in today’s society — because of the repercussions it could cause, including being ousted to other family members, friends and members of the public. Other entrepreneurs, Bev continues, have confided in her about being victims of child abuse, but will not come forward because of the professional positions they hold, and the fear of how they would be viewed. She doesn’t see it that way. Rather, she believes sharing her story and going public will help the cause, not hinder it.

Miles for smiles

This past April, an event called Miles for Smiles kicked off at Bowring Park in St. John’s. Bev organized it. The event was not to raise money, she says, but rather to raise awareness. In fact, the entire event was run solely off company donations and contributions from Bev’s companies. With the co-operation of the City of St. John’s and the VOCM Cares foundation, the month of April was promoted as child abuse prevention month to coincide with the national awareness campaign of the same name. Hundreds of people showed up to the Miles for Smiles event in support of loved ones, and some even survivors themselves.

NLOWE Acknowledgment

Newfoundland and Labrador Organization for Women Entrepreneurs (NLOWE) held a gala at the Sheraton Hotel in St. John’s Oct. 30. The event was to present female entrepreneurs with awards recognizing their success in business. Bev was one of the recipients. The NLOWE Community Impact award was awarded to Bev for her dedication to raising awareness of child abuse prevention and her self-motivated involvement to the cause. After seeing a short video of the winner — which can be seen herehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M00MSSGDBVc — the audience at the gala heard a heartfelt speech from Bev. “This award, I accept for all survivors,” she told the audience during the gala. “For all those that had their innocence stolen, for those who were raised being told —  and you believing — you are not good enough (and) for those adults still struggling with those negative words as they have been cemented in our very foundation. I accept this for you.” A standing ovation followed her address.

Continuous Support

Bev is currently transcribing her thoughts and experiences into a book. “I’m really putting myself out there,” she says. She even wrote a chapter on emotional abuse, which is something many people she has encountered brush off as a less important form of abuse. On top of the Miles for Smiles and her book, Bev also organized a support group for those who have lived through child abuse. The group is called Adult Survivors of Child Abuse (ASCA) where members meet to discuss their former experiences. Bev is very positive, and strives to one-day see a world with no child abuse. “Our society has come so far, but we still have a long way to go.”

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