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first_imgIt wasn’t just adults who were asked. The survey included those aged 15 to 24, and their responses confirmed this view. Half of those asked believed young people learn about charity primarily through the media. However, when asked who or what is best placed to teach them about charitable giving, 41% said their school, with parents their second choice at 36%. The survey suggests that information on giving has changed within a generation. Thirty two per cent of adults surveyed said that they had learned about charitable giving from their parents, 10% their places of worship, 9% from school and only 22% from the media.Whichever is the prime source now, nearly two-thirds of all age groups thought that young people are not taught enough about giving to charity. When asked, 48% couldn’t think of a single strong role model for charitable giving. The research was conducted as part of the UK’s first National Giving Week which takes place between 18 – 24 October 2004 and aims to increase the level of all charitable giving in the UK by highlighting the important work of charities. Howard Lake | 20 October 2004 | News  24 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The first national Giving Week is coming Children learn more about charity from the media The media, rather than parents, schools or places of worship, is now the key source of information about charity and giving, according to the latest research from CAF (Charities Aid Foundation).NOP surveyed 1,000 people from across Britain for CAF to see where they thought children learned about giving and charity.NOP found that 38% of those questioned said that youngsters learn most about giving to charity from the media; 23% thought that young people learnt from their parents/carers; and 17% thought that schools taught children about giving to charity. Only 6% of those surveyed thought young people learn about charity from their places of worship. Advertisement Tagged with: Giving/Philanthropy Individual giving Research / statisticslast_img read more

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first_imgAker Solutions has received a contract to provide subsea control systems for Beach Energy’s Otway project Phase 4 and 5, offshore Victoria, Australia.“The award demonstrates Aker Solutions’ leading technology in subsea control systems and the on going drive to meet complex customer requirements in the region,” said country manager of Australia at Aker Solutions, Greg Ross. “It is our first partnership with Beach Energy in Australia and we look forward to more opportunities in future collaborations.”The order includes seven sets of Vectus subsea control modules (SCMs) which will be backward compatible to the existing topside MCS and EPU, along with associated stab plates and testing equipment.Aker Solutions’ Vectus SCMs will be integrated with subsea trees in the Otway field.The deliveries will be from Aker Solutions’ facilities in Reading, United Kingdom, Port Klang, Malaysia, and Curitiba, Brazil.The Otway project consists of Geographe and Thylacine offshore gas fields that tie back to a not normally manned platform in 100 meters water depth and processed 80 kilometers onshore at the Otway Gas Plant near Port Campbell, Victoria, Australia.The Otway field development supplies the state of Victoria households and businesses vital natural gas and will continue to do so for years to come with future wells being developed.The deliveries of the control systems will start in the first quarter of this year. The companies have not disclosed the value of the contract.last_img read more

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first_imgSign up for Little Kickers; Instructional Soccer, ($25) and Youth Soccer League, (Early Bird Registration $35, after 3/14, $45). programs start April 5th. Wellington Swim Team Clinic will hold pre-season training from Mar. 29th-May 17th, (no class 4/19) at the SW College Indoor Aquatic Center. Registration is $27 thru the WRC. Goju-Ryu Karate‘s February session takes place on Tuesdays and Saturdays, thru Feb. 25th. Take advantage of SilverSneaker Yoga, Cardio Class and Circuit Training  now being held at the Memorial Auditorium for Senior citizens. Sessions run 4 weeks, session 2 is Feb. 17th-Mar. 12th. SilverSneaker Classic, an ongoing, free class, also takes place at Mem. Aud. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Note- Spring might be right around the corner, but today, Feb. 4th the WRC is closed and all Fitness classes and the Dutton trip have been cancelled tonight due to wintery weather.Check out the Wellington Recreation Commission Winter-Spring current programs here, see a brochure or view online @ wellingtonrec.com. Click on the guide along the top to view.There are three easy ways to register; walk-in, call-in @ 620-326-3323 or online. The Fitness Center Sweetheart Special runs through Feb. 28th, buy or renew a membership and get a second new single membership for a friend or family for 1/2 price! The adult painting class, ‘Paint Your Art Out’ on Feb. 10th is SOLD OUT, sign-ups still available for a 2nd class that has been added on Feb. 17th. For Middle Schoolers: Redline Night Out will be held this Saturday, Feb. 8th from 8-10 p.m. at the Memorial Auditorium, and a  Valentine’s Dance will be held at the WRC from 8-10 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15th. Calling all dads, uncles, grandads and daughters! Daddy Daughter Date Night’s ‘A Sweet Celebration’ will take place at the WRC on Friday, Feb. 28th from 6:30-8:30 pm. Early bird registration thru Wed., Feb. 26th for $20 a couple. An additional $5 fee will be added Thrus. and fri., 2/27-28. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Coming up in March…A Winter Softball Clinic for 9-14 year will be held at the Armory on Mar. 1st & 2nd with coach T.D. Buck. Purchase Fitness Class Coupons for $4 for a one time visit to any of these classes; Zumba Fitness 1 & 2, Zumba Tone, Gentle Yoga, Sunrise Yoga, Hi/Lo Power Mix and Butz & Gutz.  Also included is SilverSneaker Yoga, Cardio Class and Circuit Training.  Perfect if you would like to try a class or your schedule is too busy for a session! last_img read more

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first_imgAmong major projects, Doha is building or refurbishing eight stadiums, overseeing massive roadworks and the country’s first Metro system.Qatar is also building the $45 billion Lusail city, projected to be home for 250,000 people, which will host the World Cup’s opening and final games.Rumaihi said organisers were working in accordance with the world’s football body FIFA environmental standards.Earlier this week, FIFA president Gianni Infantino made an unannounced stop in Qatar where he inspected some of the stadiums and the metro project.He said the 2022 tournament would have “to be even better” than the hugely successful Russia World Cup held earlier this year.Share on: WhatsApp Doha, Qatar | AFP | Qatar’s football World Cup 2022 will be a “carbon-neutral” tournament with zero harmful emissions, the country’s environment minister told a sustainability conference on Wednesday.Mohammed bin Abdullah al-Rumaihi said strict standards in design and construction would offset the tournament’s carbon footprint, despite the huge number of infrastructure projects underway in the Gulf emirate.“The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy has been working on planning and organising a carbon-neutral 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament,” Rumaihi said.Carbon neutrality is achieved by offsetting the amount of harmful carbon dioxide released to the atmosphere.Hydrocarbon-rich Qatar, which is spending $500 million a week on capital projects for the World Cup, is undergoing a huge transformation for football’s biggest tournament.last_img read more

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first_imgSidney Crosby, right, is congratulated by teammate Patric Hornqvist after scoring against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014 in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)TORONTO (AP) – Sidney Crosby and Pittsburgh Penguins made fast work of the Toronto Maple Leafs.Crosby had a goal and two assists, all on the power play, for his second straight three-point game and the Penguins beat the Maple Leafs 5-2 on Saturday night.“(We) had a long summer, had a lot of time to think about last year,” Crosby said. “We’re all pretty excited to get started. I think everybody’s excited to get started, but it’s nice to see it translate into a couple wins.”Patric Hornqvist, Chris Kunitz, Evgeni Malkin and Brandon Sutter also scored for Pittsburgh, which got a solid showing in goal from Marc-Andre Fleury. Malkin also had a three-point night, with a pair of assists.The line of Crosby, Hornqvist and Kunitz finished with six points and the Penguins went 3-for-5 on the power play. Crosby had two goals and an assist in the Penguins’ season-opening win over Anaheim.Hornqvist was acquired, along with Nick Spaling, from the Nashville Predators for James Neal in June.“(Hornqvist) competes hard, goes to the net hard,” Crosby said. “He’s got a great shot so I think between the three of us we try to dig loose pucks out, go to the net and generate chances.”Joffrey Lupul and Tyler Bozak scored for Toronto. The Maple Leafs lost their home opener 4-3 to Montreal on a late goal Wednesday night.“We have to find our game,” Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf said. “The bottom line is we have to be a lot better. Tonight, we got beat in all aspects of the game. They were harder on pucks, they were better in their special teams than we were.Toronto’s James Van Riemsdyk and Pittsburgh’s Simon Despres had a brief fight with 33 seconds remaining.Pittsburgh, which led 3-0 after the first period, outshot Toronto 41-25.Leafs scoring star Phil Kessel’s sluggish start continued with three trips to the penalty box, although one was a bench minor for too many men on the ice.Hornqvist opened the scoring at 6:44 on Pittsburgh’s second shot, pouncing on Christian Ehrhoff’s shot from the point that bounced back off the end boards and firing a shot through Jonathan Bernier’s legs.There was more of the same at 7:44, 14 seconds into Kessel’s hooking penalty. Kris Letang’s shot from the point flew just wide of the left post and bounced off the boards behind the goal back out past the right post where a cruising Crosby beat Stephane Robidas to the puck and slapped it in.Kunitz, camped in front of goal with two Leafs in the box, made it 3-0 at 17:46 when he redirected a Crosby’s feed from near the side boards.NOTES: The game was first of 18 sets of back-to-back games for the Leafs. They play Sunday in New York against the Rangers. Toronto was 13-18-1 in back-to-back games last season … Pittsburgh defenseman Scott Harrington did not play after being recalled Friday from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL.last_img read more

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first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Saint Martin’s UniversityShannon Porter broke her own school record in the 1,500 meters.The Saint Martin’s University track and field teams broke five school records today at the SMU Last Chance Qualifier at the SMU track and field.The Saint men won the meet with 183 points and the women finish third with 136 points behind Seattle Pacific and Central Washington.Shannon Porter broke her own school record in the 1,500 meters that she set earlier this season. She won the event with a time of 4:35.32 to break the record of 4:35.56.Kirby Neale set an NCAA Provisional Mark and broke the school record in the shot put with a toss of 14.24m (46-08 3/4). Neale broke the school record of 42-6 1/4 set in 2000 by Julie Mattson.Angel Rodgers broke her own school record in the hammer with a toss of 160-0. She broke the record of 159-1 set last season.Kirby Neale set a new Saint Martin’s record in shot put, breaking the record set in 2000. Cody House, Jaysen Yoro, Mikel Smith and David Durden broke their own school record in the 4×100 meter relays with a time of 42.61. They broke the record of 43.50 set earlier this season.Andrew Andrada broke the school record in the pole vault with a mark of 4.68m (15-4 1/4) to win the event. He broke the record of 14-11 set in 2012 by Kevin Johnson.“Saint Martin’s track and field athletes had one of their best days of the entire season as several personal bests and school records were set,” said head coach Jim Brewer. “Kirby had a huge PR in the shot and I am so proud of how well our athletes really put it on the line today in front of their home crowd.”“Our meet would not have been as successful if it wasn’t for the many volunteers and officials,” added Brewer. “A big thank you to them.”Saint Martin’s is back in action May 8-9 in Monmouth, Ore., for the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships. ​last_img read more

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first_imgBy Jay Cook |HIGHLANDS – Still recovering from damages caused by Super Storm Sandy five years ago, the borough is taking steps to possibly upgrade a pair of forlorn properties within town lines: one in the hills and another along the bay.The Highlands Land Use Board announced on July 12 that they received bids for two different requests for proposals (RFP) to look at designating both Captain’s Cove Marina and Shadow Lawn Trailer Park as official “areas in need of redevelopment.”Both sites have been regular agenda items at Borough Council and Land Use Board meetings throughout the past decade, whether it be from plans to change zoning ordinances or for infrastructure upgrades in the post-Sandy era.“Last year, it was one of the priorities of the council to really do something with these two properties,” said Highlands Borough Council President Carolyn Broullon.Mobile homes like these cover nearly 8 acres of the developable land in Shadow Lawn Trailer Park.The council sent a recommendation to the Land Use Board in December 2016 for the committee to look at how the two properties could potentially be redeveloped through the Local Redevelopment and Housing Law.By meeting one of seven associated criteria, the designation is designed to supersede existing municipal zoning laws, a move that potentially greases the skids for cleaning up blighted areas. Per county tax records, the property was valued at over $2.2 million this year.Broullon concurred, saying “if (Shadow Lawn) is deemed to be an area in need of redevelopment, it opens up a wide scope for the property owner, as well as the borough.”The other parcel under discussion is Captain’s Cove Marina, located at 2 Washington Avenue in the downtown section of town.Per Captain’s Cove’s website, the marina has called Highlands home for more than 110 years. It has 92 boat slips for boats up to 38 feet long, six slips on floating docks, and three self-operating boat lifts, as stated on the webpage.According to meeting minutes, Fred Rosiack, the property owner, said at a November 2016 Land Use Board meeting that his marina had been almost 50 percent destroyed after Sandy.Captain’s Cove in HighlandsHe noted that he had two potential buyers for the parcel who backed out when learning the property was zoned in a residential area and not for a marina use. Rosiack also said he has been looking to reinvigorate the café located near the bulkhead, yet would need a variance to do so.Damages from Sandy are still visible today at Captain’s Cove Marina. Pilings along the Washington Avenue side are snarled and deteriorated. Only a few slipholders have steps to reach the ladders in their slips. The café, as Rosiack had said to the Land Use Board, is virtually unusable – much of the siding is ripped off, showing a previous coat of weathered red paint beneath.Rosiack also did not return calls for comment by press time.Broullon said the borough is in its ver y early stages going for ward with the redevelopment area designation, and bringing on planners for each site moves that process forward.Broullon added that Highlands “could do so much more” with the two properties.“If they’re developed in a way that brings in more for our residents, that’s a bigger tax base that can help the whole borough,” she said.This article was first published in the July 20-27, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times. Both the ordinance change and development project led to longstanding litigation spanning over four years. Pauline Jennings, a resident fighting the ordinance change, sued the borough and Highlander Development over the change, and eventually won when her case reached state Superior Court. That decision threw out the zoning update and Highlander Development’s building application.Representatives with Highlander Development did not respond to requests for comment by press time.Recently, borough documents show an impetus to redevelop the Shadow Lawn property. Per a 2016 Master Plan Reexamination Report, the mobile home park “is one of the few tracts of land remaining in the borough.”The report promotes redevelopment of the property through mixed use, considering “its proximity to Route 36 and multifamily home districts and its location at the top of the hill.”center_img The future of Shadow Lawn Trailer Park has bounced around borough meetings for at least the past decade.According to a Housing Element and Fair Share Plan report adopted by Highlands last year, Shadow Lawn is an approximately 120-unit mobile home park on 13 acres of developed and undeveloped land. It sits in the hills along Route 36, between the highway and the Eastpointe Condominium complex, a 14-story residential apartment building.The only ingress to the mobile home park is directly across from the QuickChek rear exit on Ocean Boulevard, near where Route 36 splits westbound, traveling towards Middletown. The main road through the development is Laurel Drive.According to court documents, the Highlands Borough Council looked to change zoning ordinances at Shadow Park in 2007 to allow for uses other than just a mobile home park, its current zoning. There were residents concerned over potential high-rise development at the site, yet the ordinance was ultimately approved in December 2007.Highlander Development Group, the property owner, came to the Land Use Board two years later with a plan to build three high-rise residential buildings with 282 units, a swimming pool, clubhouse, a multistory garage and other associated site improvements. The plan was ultimately approved in October 2010, per Land Use Board documents.last_img read more

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first_imgRossland’s Gnarlies Angels and the Babes of Brutality of Salmo continue to be the talk of the West Kootenay Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby League following the latest stop on the tour Friday in Castlegar.Gnarlies Angels took care of the Dam City Rollers while Babes of Brutality got past a short-staffed Lumber Jackies of Nelson in the second leg of Friday’s twin bill.The Castlegar stop is the fourth of the season in the league.Friday, the Gnarlies, with a few of key players resting, powered past the improving Dam City Rollers. Penalties proved to be the undoing for the Rollers, which continually found players jammers in the box instead of on the floor.In the nightcap, the Lumber Jackies needed to use players from rival Killjoys for the match against the Babes.The League is back in action July 8 at the Nelson and District Community Complex Arena.Game action has the Killjoys meeting the Babes of Brutality and the Lumber Jackies up against Dam City Rollers.This is the final regular season game of the season.In Castlegar on July 23 is the first round of the playoffs featuring the fourth-place team in regular season standings meeting the fifth-best squad.Semi Final round goes August 19 in Rossland with the second and third teams playing to see which club advances into the final September 10, also in Rossland.Kannibelles fifth at Best of the WestThe Kootenay Kannibelles — an all-star team of players from the West Kootenay Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby League — made it look easy during the Best of the West Roller Derby Tournament Saturday in the Okanagan.The Kannibelles defeated Saskatchewan 190-76 and Calgary 180-105 to finish fifth in the eight-team event.Rules in a Roller Derby GameFlat Track Roller Derby uses many of the same rules of the older banked track sport seen on television during the 60’s and 70’s.Each heat begins with a pack of blockers lead by two pivots. The two jammers from each team, who score the points, start a 10 meters behind the pack and begin skating when the last blocker crosses the pivot line.The jammers work their way through the pack of blockers to score points. However, only the lead jammer will score points.The season opened in Rossland in [email protected]last_img read more

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first_imgRepresentative Lawrence Morris addresses citizens of his district.30 doctors from Diaspora expected soonThirty (30) Diaspora-based doctors are expected to arrive in the country to address the health needs of residents in District #1, Montserrado County, the district Representative, Lawrence Morris has disclosed.Morris made the disclosure recently following a consultative meeting with residents in four of the townships in the district.He told citizens of his district that the doctors upon their arrival will address most of the health needs of the citizens who cannot afford to go to other health facilities for treatment in the district.According to Mr. Morris, his office has been working closely with partners within the diaspora to see how best to come into the country to render some health services for his people. These professional health practitioners, according to him, will stay in the country for two days. They are expected to conduct eye and dental surgeries, removal of hernias, among other conditions, will be treated.“I am lobbying with my office to ensure that these doctors are taken care of for the two days, “Morris stated.At the same time, he underscored the need for citizens of his district to work together in order to address the many challenges citizens have experienced over the years. “Despite what we have experienced over the years before becoming a lawmaker of this district, within the short period of time we have stayed in office, we are cognizant of the fact that there is more to be done”During the consultative meeting in the township of Louisiana, student D. Morris Flomo from the Elizabeth Tubman Memorial Institute pleaded with the district representative to offer young people scholarships, adding, “if the capacity of the youth of the township is built, they will become a role model for national transformation”.Following the request, honorable Morris pledged 70 scholarships to students based on defined criteria. District #1, which is one of the biggest districts in Montserrado County, has about four townships – Louisiana, Crozierville, Harrisburg and White Plains. Students from surrounding villages  also stand to benefit from the scholarships.Representative Morris, however, noted that there are criteria setup for obtaining the scholarships, saying, “We want transparency in the vetting process, and we are going to work with the various township commissioners to ensure that there is no “pick and choose” and that the process starts next academic school year.”The scholarships which are expected to be awarded for the next academic school year will be offered at the Barshall University, he disclosed.Chris Harris is a resident of White PlainsIn a related development, Chris Harris, a resident of White Plains, told the Daily Observer newspaper that there are lots of challenges that confront citizens of the township, and he named the lack of good health delivery services, lack of electricity and good water systems, bad road networks among others.He further explained that over the years citizens of the Township of White Planes have not been able to benefit from the Mount Coffee Hydro. “We are the direct (source) of the hydro that provides current to other inhabitants in Monrovia but we do not have current.”He further described the situation as a disservice to the citizens of the township, noting that there are times when pregnant women in the township die due to the distances they are from maternity services when they are in labor.Harris, however, lauded Representative Morris for touring various townships to know the conditions of the people. “This is the only lawmaker who has ever visited our township; we believe that he can bring the change that we want.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgIn a series of five articles, we share stories from Gift of the Givers volunteers in their own words as the organisation marks its 25th year of serving humanity. We find out more from beekeeper, Owen Williams.Being involved with Gift of the Givers gives Owen Williams a sense of purpose. (Image: Owen Williams)Sulaiman PhilipSouth African humanitarian organisation Gift of the Givers, the largest African organisation of its kind, has brought aid and comfort to people in need in 43 countries.It has ongoing feeding programmes in South Africa, humanitarian missions in war-torn Syria and has helped to free South African hostages in Yemen and Mali. The group, founded and led by Dr Imtiaaz Sooliman, has helped to deliver water to drought stricken areas of South Africa and fed refugees in Somalia.William’s met Dr Sooliman while trying to rescue bee colonies that had survived the Knysna fires. (Image: Honeywood Farms)Owen Williams: BeekeeperI met Dr Sooliman for the first time on 15 June 2017 as Knysna was dealing with the fires that devastated the area. In hindsight it seemed that our paths were destined to cross.The day before, I got a phone call from Grant [Liversay, one of my partners in Honeychild Honey] asking how he coud help with protecting our hives. We had saved a few hives but the bees were starving; we needed to get sugar to make syrup to feed the surviving bees. We abhor artificial feeding, but it was either that or lose the colonies we had rescued.Despite his efforts – and Grant is not a man who understands the word no – we were only able to find a few broken bags of sugar from local supermarkets. Remember, the region had gone from extreme drought to a fire storm and back again. We were not the only beekeepers in dire straits.Grant had heard of this humanitarian organisation whose station was located in the mall. So he went up to them to ask if there was any chance they could spare a few bags of sugar. I can only imagine their thinking when faced with this manic, slightly built redhead asking for sugar. After explaining his need, Emily [Thomas], felt it was important enough to speak to Doc.I feel I should point out that Gift of the Givers was working around the clock but Doc wanted to know more about, as Grant said, “this bee story”. I don’t believe in co-incidence, but when the call came Meagan [Vermaas, William’s partner] was giving free therapeutic massages and I was delivering basic goods donated by the community.We met Doc, explained the need and how unique the Cape Honey bee was. Immediatley he wanted to know how Gift of the Givers could help, but he also wanted to see the bees. Back at Honeychild me, Meagan and Doc were all kitted out in beekeeping gear inspecting a colony I had rescued from the side of the N2.We pulled a frame from the hive, and right there in the middle of the comb was the queen. The sun was just beyond the apex and Doc’s face was lit up by the sun. I could see through the veil as he watched the queen and bees working. He looked so amazed and serene.Doc wanted to know how his organisation could help; he wanted to know our objectives. He suggested we set up an NPO – Hope for the Honeybee – and then Gift of the Givers donated R250,000. We ordered pollen substitute, bought sugar for syrup, collected data on losses, designed a strategy for feeding stations and contacted renowned bee scientists.From what I can tell, Hope for the Honeybee and the support from Gift of the Givers is a world first. In the middle of the kind of human suffering that we saw in Knysna, that they took the time to consider the plight of honey bees speaks to the aura of love and caring that surrounds them. I remember that look on Doc’s face when he was inspecting the hive, and my vision became clear. What we are doing is about the survival of the honeybee and benefits humankind as a whole. There are no personal agendas, just this aura that comes from giving.Through Hope for the Honeybee we are tools that spread the help that springs from Gift of the Givers. I read about the landslides in Freetown; hundreds have died. In the past I would have said a silent prayer. This time I found myself wondering if Gift of the Givers might be headed there and if there was a way I could go along.Williams joined the Gift of the Givers humanitarian mission in Knysna after meeting the team. (Image: Gift of the Givers)Read the next profile on Emily Thomas, who works in logitistics at Gift of the Givers.Our first profile was on medical co-ordinator, Dr YM Essack. Click here to read more.Ahmed Bham is the head of search and rescue. Read his story here.Orthopaedic surgeon, Dr Livan Meneses-Turino, shares his experience in Nepal, Haiti, and Palestine.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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