10 Incredible ways to get involved with charities this Mandela Day to Play Your Part

first_imgHere’s how you can get involved with different charities this Mandela DaySouth Africa – The idea of Mandela Day (67 minutes) was inspired by Nelson Mandela at his 90th birthday celebrations in London’s Hyde Park in 2008 when he said: “It is time for new hands to lift the burdens. It is in your hands now.”The United Nations officially declared 18 July as Nelson Mandela International Day in November 2009, recognising Mandela’s “values and his dedication to the service of humanity” and acknowledging his contribution “to the struggle for democracy internationally and the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world”.The celebration of this day aims to serve as a global call to action for people to “recognise their individual power to make an imprint and help change the world around them for the better”, says the Nelson Mandela Foundation.“Nelson Mandela has been making an imprint on the world for 67 years, beginning in 1942 when he first started to campaign for the human rights of every South African. His life has been an inspiration to the world,” the foundation said.By playing your part and devoting 67 minutes of your time – one minute for every year of Mandela’s public service – people can make a small gesture of solidarity with humanity and a step towards a global movement for good.We encourage people to do more than just 67 minutes on one day, and we encourage you to support causes that really need it. Last year we shared an opinion piece about Mandela Day and doing more than just one day of good, you can read it here.Here are ten charities that are hosting Mandela Day activities that have long termbenefits for all.Cart Horse Protection AssociationThe Cart Horse Protection Association in Epping, Cape Town, is inviting the public to help them rebuild stable yards of cart horse owners. This is a long term fix for the horses and owners.If you would like to get involved, you can find their event information on Facebook here.Jedi Tedi FoundationThe Jedi Tedi Foundation was formed after Jed was diagnosed with a very rare disease. He now helps other children cope through the creation of little teddies. The foundation has joined the Mensch Network to host a teddy making session at the Gardens Community Centre from 11 am to 1 pm on Sunday 21 July. This event is part of the Mensch Mandela Day – Family & Friends Day of Action!The teddies will be donated to children who need support and hope along their journeys and for them to know that they are not alone.If you would like to get involved, you can find their event information onFacebook here.Support an animal charityThere are thousands of animal charities in need of assistance throughout the year; if you would like to get involved, you can select an animal charity close to your heart.As there are so many, instead of listing each one, we have decided to list ways you can help your chosen animal charity alternatively.Collect food and blankets, old towels, toys and any animal related items to drop off on the day.Go spend the day walking dogs, loving cats or playing with the animals who need love. Help wash kennels, animals or repair items in need of fixing.If you need more ideas, call the charity to see what they need help with.Rare Diseases South Africa (RDSA)Help children battling rare diseases by packing a ‘Be Brave Box’ this Mandela Day. RDSA have started a project that will help the children with rare diseases cope better when they have to go to the hospital. They have created the “Be Brave Box”. A box filled with useful goodies to make life a little more comfortable in the hospital.You can find out more by reading our previous post on the initiative here.Organ and Blood DonationSave lives by registering as an organ donor or go to your local blood donation centre and give blood. Both of these methods are quick and easy and will help save lives.Find out how to be an organ donor here or a blood donor here.Donate your skillsForgood is a platform that links registered charities with people who wish to donate funds, goods or skills. This Mandela Day, you can donate your skills to a charity in need.If you check the Forgood platform, you will see many are in need of business skills, bookkeeping, social media, handyman, and so much more. If you have a valuable skill, you can donate it to a worthy cause. If you cannot find a charity in need of your skills, you can create an offer post and charities can respond to you directly.You can find out more about how to donate your skills here.Feed the hungryThe Angel Network is running a food drive this year. They are collecting non-perishable foods which they will distribute to people in need. They have four drop off zones and have also given their banking details for those who cannot get to the drop off zones.If you would like to get involved, you can find their event information on Facebook here.Help develop the future sporting stars of South AfricaPlay It Forward Jozi uses their platform to collect used sporting goods and deliver them to sporting teams in need. Their goal is that every child has an equal opportunity to achieve greatness on the sporting field.If you have any unwanted sports clothing and equipment, contact the organisation here to arrange a drop off of your items.Protect the oceanSeveral charities will be hosting beach cleanups for Mandela Day. You can join them or just wander along the beach yourself and collect all the plastic and trash you find.The Cape Town Beach Cleanup is doing an event during the evening where participants are required to do 6700 steps on the beach. To get their medal, they need to hand in a minimum of 3 pieces of litter.Find out more about the event on Facebook here.Join the Knit-witsThe Knit-wits are a group who knit blankets and scarves all year around but take special care to spread their creations further on Mandela Day. If you love knitting, this is the group to join.You can find out more about how to get involved in our latest post here.All these charities accept assistance and donations throughout the year. So be sure to help them out every chance you get and not just this one day a year. Let us know what you are doing for Mandela Day this year in the comment section; we would love to see how you plan to spend your 67 minutes.Press Release: GoodThingsGuy.comlast_img read more

SA golfers out to defend Zone VI title

first_img15 April 2014 The South African national amateur golf team begins its defence of the Africa Zone VI Golf title on Tuesday at the Devonvale Golf and Wine Estate in the Western Cape on Tuesday, facing 11 other African nations in the continent’s premier team competition. The three-day event will include four rounds of golf, with South Africa seeking a 19th victory since 1995. There was a lot of cheerful banter and playful teasing between the teams on the weekend, but once the South African squad took to the Ken Alkin-designed layout for an official practice round on Monday morning, the players were all business.Optimistic South African number one Christiaan Bezuidenhout was optimistic about the team’s chances, but warned against complacency. “We have a long and proud history in this tournament,” the 2013 South African Golf Association Player of the Year said. “The next three days will be intense, because we take the title defence very seriously. “We are well prepared, but just because South Africa has dominated this tournament for many years, we can’t afford to let our guard down. “The 2010 team were beaten by Kenya and that could happen to us. A good record is no guarantee.”2013 Last year, the victorious SA team lost just one point over two rounds of singles, a round of foursomes and a round of fourballs at the Windhoek Country Club in Namibia. Zimbabwe finished four points behind South Africa, in second on 19 points, and Namibia took third on 15 points, and Bezuidenhout believes this year the result could be even tighter.‘Shoot for a perfect score’ “Our coach, Llewellyn van Leeuwen, told us to shoot for a perfect score this year, and he wasn’t joking,” the 19-year-old Ernie Els and Fancourt Foundation member said. “In recent years, players from the neighbouring countries have started to attend academies in South Africa. We play against them regularly on the Open Amateur circuit and these players are as good and as competitive as we are. “Each year, they come at us harder; the winning margin seems to get smaller. That is why we cannot afford complacency.”Team Reigning Sanlam SA Amateur champion Thriston Lawrence, reigning SA Stroke Play champion Jason Smith, Zander Lombard, NJ Arnoldi, Gerlou Roux, Louis Taylor and Stefan Cronje complete the side. “This is Zander’s third tour of duty for South Africa in this event, while Thriston, Gerlou and Louis return for a second successive year, and Jason and Stefan are our new caps,” said Van Leeuwen. “The team is well prepared and geared for action, but the weather could throw us a curve ball.”Weather After the Boland region enjoyed a glorious spell of warm and sunny weather, a brutal South-easterly greeted the 12 nations on Monday. “The wind was blowing at 40km/h and the forecast calls for the blustery conditions to continue,” the national coach said. “The course is in immaculate condition and the greens are running true and pretty fast. There are great scoring opportunities out there, but it was tough to get aggressive and go for the pins in the wind. “If it continues to blow like this, it will certainly stir things up.”Contending countries The countries hoping to head off South Africa’s title defence include Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Zambia. The Africa Zone VI Golf Tournament is sponsored by the Department of Sport and Recreation and The Royal and Ancient Golf Club. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Tinksky Wedding Bridal Prom Shining Crystal Rhinestones Crown Tiara – you need it when you want to look like The Queen

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Ohio Pork Council names Emily Bir director of communications

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Pork Council announced Emily Bir as the director of communications, effective immediately. Bir will serve as the media relations contact and manage all internal and external communications efforts on behalf of the Ohio Pork Council.“We are pleased to have Emily join the Ohio Pork Council as the communications director and are confident her professional abilities will benefit the Council, and its members,” said Bill Knapke, Ohio Pork Council president. “We look forward to what Emily’s knowledge and experience will bring to the Ohio Pork Council and working with her in this position.”Prior to joining the Ohio Pork Council, Bir served in numerous communications roles in Ohio, Michigan and New Hampshire. Most recently, she worked for Strategic Public Partners, a Columbus-based public relations firm, where she managed media relations and grassroots engagement for clients in Ohio, and across the country.Bir began her career in Michigan where she led communications efforts for several political campaigns and offices, including the Michigan Senate Majority Leader’s office.Bir is a graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications.last_img read more

BuildingEnergy Conference in Boston This March

first_imgThe Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) opens BuildingEnergy 14, the largest conference of its kind in the region, for a three-day run on March 4 at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston.Last year’s conference attracted 3,000 professionals in the sustainable building industry. They represented 32 states and eight countries, according to NESEA, and included architects, builders, developers, building managers, installers and “anyone else who’s working toward a sustainable built environment.”Organizers also expect 150 exhibitors at the BE14 trade show on Wednesday and Thursday, March 5 and 6.Fine Homebuilding magazine and Green Building Advisor will have a booth and demonstration stage at the conference.On Tuesday, March 4, BE14 presents full- and half-day workshops on such topics as multi-family construction, the Living Building Challenge, Passivhaus design and construction, and the science behind high-performance buildings. Speakers include a number of familiar names, among them: Joseph Lstiburek of the Building Science Corp., architect Bruce Coldham, Peter Yost of BuildingGreen, Thomas O’Leary of the Passive House Academy, Marc Rosenbaum and John Abrams of the South Mountain Co. and Andy Shaprio of Energy Balance, Inc.Wednesday and Thursday are devoted to what NSEA calls “tracks,” which are presentations on particular topics related to renewable energy and high-performance buildings. Tracks cover broad topics such as “Homes,” “Multifamily” and “Awesome Mechanical Systems,” and are divided into a number of morning and afternoon sessions with different speakers. Most tracks span two days.The keynote speaker for the opening session on March 5 is Amanda Sturgeon, vice president and Living Building Challenge program director, from Seattle, Washington.On one of the trade show demo stages, Fine Homebuilding associate editor Patrick McCombe and GBA senior edtior Martin Holladay will once again match wits with the audience in a round of “Stump the Energy Nerd.”A full listing of workshops and tracks is available at the BE14 website. Win free tickets to the conferenceBoth Fine Homebuilding and Green Building Advisor are giving away tickets to the conference — two tickets at GBA’s website and two at FHB’s website.To enter, leave a comment at the end of this post (FHB readers will find a similar post at the magazine’s web site). Winners will be chosen at random.In order to be in the running, you’ll have to leave a comment no later than February 20. Student design competition and zero-net energy building awardTwo other highlights of the event are NESEA’s first-ever design competition for university and college students and the annual zero net energy building award.The design competition seeks student proposals for developing four different properties in Holyoke, Mass., an early industrial city on the Connecticut River. The competition covers new construction and renovation for both residential and commercial projects. NESEA said it expected between 10 and 25 submissions in each of the four divisions.The net-zero award winner, which is announced at the conference, takes home a $10,000 cash prize. There were 13 submissions for last year’s competition, won by the Borsarge Family Education Center at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, Maine.Admission fees depend on how much of the conference you plan on attending. NESEA has posted BE14 pricing at its website.last_img read more

James Harden scores 41 points, Rockets beat Heat

first_img2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) goes up for a shot against Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside (21) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, February 7, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)MIAMI — James Harden scored 41 points and the Houston Rockets beat the Miami Heat 109-101 on Wednesday night for their sixth straight victory and 10th in 11 games.Chris Paul added 24 points, seven assists, and seven rebounds for the Rockets.ADVERTISEMENT Harden scored 16 points in the opening quarter to help  the Rockets take a 35-24 lead.The Rockets led by as many as 17 points in the first half at 53-36, but Dragic scored Miami’s final 10 points of the half to help cut it to 61-57 lead at the break.        /kga Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Goran Dragic and Josh Richardson each had 30 points for Miami. The Heat have a five-game losing streak, their longest slide of the season.Harden eclipsed the 40-point mark for the eighth time this season. He was 13 of 25 shots from the field, going 5 of 12 from 3-point, and hit 10 of 12 free frees. He also had six assists and rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHarden scored 13 points in the fourth quarter and the Heat were unable to get any closer than 94-90 with five minutes left.Clint Capela added 13 points for the Rockets, who are 24-1 when Harden, Paul, and Capela play. Read Next MOST READcenter_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Knicks trade center Willy Hernangomez to Hornets Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View commentslast_img read more