Eric Occhipinti, was recently surprised with the 10News Leadership Award and was featured in a news segment highlighting his volunteer work. 10News anchor Kimberly Hunt was on hand to present him with the award.
As far back as I can remember, I had a deep desire to change the world for the better... some way, somehow," says Occhipinti. "As I grew older, my awareness for the lack of knowledge and resources some people and/or communities are faced with gave me the idea for solutions to help others rise above their current circumstances for a happier,healthier quality of life. Those ideas are what sparked my passion, ambition and drive to manifest these goals. Occhipinti was recognized for leading projects to provide healthy foods for mothers and children on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. He organizes a 5K run/walk annually called March for Mothers, to raise funds for his volunteer work. Eric partners with the Rotary Club of Vista and the Flying Samaritans of UCSD to provide nutritional literacy to undernourished communities. His hands-on approach to education is teaching children about vegetable and fruit juicing, organic farming and other life skills and trades. Occhipinti will continue to work with the Flying SAMS and the Rotary Club with their 1,000 Smiles program, providing malnourished children freshly made baby food and juices until they are healthy enough to undergo their cleft palette surgeries.”