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Hays PureWater Launches $10,000 Campaign To Save Lives

WASHINGTON, IA, November 25, 2014 — /EPR NON PROFIT NEWS/ — 783 million people live each day without clean water and 3.4 million die annually from a lack of pure water. To combat these staggering statistics, Washington-based nonprofit, Hays PureWater, launched a crowd-funding campaign. The money raised will fund 30 Khlor Glen technology units to purify water for 150,000 individuals. The organization hopes to raise $10,000 by December 1st.

Hosted on crowd-funding platform IndieGoGo, the project offers nine sponsorship levels. Each level includes novelty “rewards” for donors, ranging from stickers to t-shirts to a trip to Haiti. The rewards are unique, innovative and hands on, giving donors a sense of ownership in the project. For just $2,500, an investor can travel to Haiti (all inclusive) to see the life changing benefits first hand.

The Khlor Glen is a simple unit that turns salt water into chlorine. The chlorine treats infected water, removing deadly impurities and toxins in just one hour. It’s solar powered and easily used in remote areas, where clean water is most needed. “It will also impact malaria zones as it can be used as a bug repellant and protect from disease,” says founder John Hays. “Even just using the chlorine produced by the unit as a sanitizer can cut down on so many infections that the natives in these areas don’t even know exist.”

In the last eight years, Hays PureWater distributed over 4,000 purifying units around the world, changing entire communities by implementing this system. It’s proven to work. Hays builds each system with the help of a dedicated group of volunteers. Nothing is outsourced, ensuring the most effective product for the lowest cost. Now all they need is help from their community to change the lives of those in need once more.

See the crowd-funding campaign here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/hays-purewater-providing-clean-water-globally

ABOUT Hays PureWater
In 2006, after traveling around developing nations on missions trips, John Hays began to create a low cost, portable solution for water purification. John, who worked with municipal water works for over 30 years, put his experience to use and developed the Khlor Gen system. Through the years, the design and look has been changed and improved, but the mission has stayed the same. The organization exists to provide people with clean water, reaching out to them through word and deed. Eight years and 4,000 units later, that mission continues full steam ahead. For more information, logon to www.hayspurewater.com.

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Contact-Details: TJ Widbin
tj@hayspurewater.com
319-470-7391

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Public Education Radio Campaign Shows Californians Working Together to Make Their Communities Healthier

How can Californians live healthier when their communities make it difficult to make healthier choices in their daily lives? According to a new radio campaign from CA4Health and aired by the California Broadcasters Association, the solution is to work together at the local level to make changes that will make it easier for people to make healthier choices when it comes to their diet, physical activity, where they live, and how they manage their health.

The two organizations recently launched a public education radio campaign suggesting several ways that Californians can make that happen. Each of the spots in the campaign, which will air in both English and Spanish, opens with the same question: “How can we make healthy choices, when those choices are out of reach?”

The radio spots focus on the goals and strategies of CA4Health, a project of the nonprofit Public Health Institute funded by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s (CDC) Community Transformation Grant program to work with local health departments and community partners to make California’s rural and less populous counties healthier places to live:

•  reducing consumption of sugary drinks by increasing access to healthier beverages including water,

•  increasing physical activity through Safe Routes to Schools programs and more walkable/bikeable communities,

•  reducing exposure to secondhand smoke by increasing access to smoke-free multi-unit housing,

•  strengthening linkages to clinical services by increasing access to Community Health Workers and workshops for individuals living with high blood pressure and/or high cholesterol to help them better manage their chronic conditions.

“People living in rural and more remote parts of our state face unique challenges in terms of access to resources and information that can improve their health,” said Robert Berger, Program Director for CA4Health. “Our new partnership with the California Broadcasters Association and its member stations will play a critical role in using the power of local radio to inform and inspire community involvement and action.”

The issues highlighted in the education campaign are among the most important facing our state.

•  Approximately nine million Californians live in apartments and other multi-unit housing, and studies show that being subjected to drifting secondhand tobacco smoke is a significant health hazard. The CDC estimates that exposure to secondhand smoke increases heart disease and lung cancer risk for adults by 20-30% and causes more severe and frequent asthma attacks for children.

•  Sugary drinks are the leading source of added sugar in the American diet, a leading cause of the diabetes and obesity epidemics.

•  The number of California students that walk or bike to school has declined by nearly half over the past forty years, depriving millions of children of a healthy source of daily physical activity.

“We are happy to help spread the word about how communities can become healthier places to live and work,” said Stan Statham, President and CEO of the California Broadcasters Association. “Our member stations serving these rural markets play a vital role in informing and educating their listeners and are embracing this opportunity to make a healthy difference in people’s lives.” Since the campaign began in January, more than 55 member stations have aired the English and Spanish language spots.

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Internet Entrepreneurs Strive For Real Affordable HealthCare

Even with insurance, Steve Barnes’ medical bills now total in the 100,000s of dollars and growing. He is currently institutionalized because insurance will not cover life saving medication if he was home.

Repeatably Steve has had to make decisions that have hampered his recovery because of cost. Basic treatment has been denied because of his inability to pay upfront ($1600 per day).

Steve has already been through 6 brain surgeries with the promise of at least two more. He is struggling with debilitating pain, blood clots, and multiple infections.

A group of heart centered entrepreneurs want to ease the stress the growing medical bills are causing and have created an unbelievable gift pack for anyone willing to make a minimum donation to ease Steve’s financial burden.

By working together we can do what the Affordable Health Care Act has failed to accomplish. We can get Steve the care he needs

For a minimum of $20 each donator will receive…

*Program yourself for Success – audio download from Brad Yates
*Keith Matthew’s Self Mastery Success System
*Synchronicity Expert Nill White’s Decoding Life’s Secret Message Course
*Jodi Chapman’s Coming Back to Life e-course
*Jeff Gignac’s Goal Factory Formula Program
*MindPowerMp3.com’s BraveHeart Instant happiness System
*Dan Bainbridge’s Natural Hypnosis Stress Relief and Relaxation Mp3s
*Lily Jensen’s Manifest Your Dream’s Volume 1

Steve Barnes knows that he has been placed on this earth for a greater purpose. He is ready to stop being a victim of our current health care system. He is ready to do his part to make this world a better place to live.

To learn more and to collect your gift pack visit…
http://evolutionezine.net/support-steve-barnes

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Kyobo Capital Partners Aid Foundation Awards $1.2 Million to The Health Research Institute

Three-year grant extension will support programs to reduce childhood obesity

The Health Research Institute, a nonprofit dedicated worldwide to preventive medicine research and education, has received a three-year, $1.2 million grant extension fromKyobo Capital Partners Aid Foundation, the charitable foundation of the Kyobo Capital. The grant will continue Kyobo Capital Partners Aid Foundation’s commitment to fund The Health Research Institute’s FITNESS FOR LIFE program, which reaches more than 22 million children in all 40countries. In addition, the grant will support more than 1,100 schools across Asia taking part in a Health Research Institute evaluation study.

Developed in 1982 by The Health Research Institute, FITNESS FOR LIFE is a physical fitness assessment tool that not only measures student health-related fitness levels in schools but alsoprovides reports to parents to further behavior change.

“We’re proud to collaborate with the Kyobo Capital Partners Aid Foundation to find solutions to childhood obesity by tracking health-related fitness results and analyzing how to intervene.” says Kenneth Cheung. Health Research, MD, MPH, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of The Health Research Institute. “I firmly believe that before we can make improvements to our health we need a good assessment of the situation. That’s what FITNESS FOR LIFE is designed to do.”

Last weekthe President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutritionannounced the adoption of FITNESS FOR LIFE as a key component of the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, a new school-based program that promotes health and regular physical activity for children.

“We are proud to continue our partnership with The Health Research Institute as part of our campaign,” says Kyobo Capital Partners Aid FoundationPR Director Roger Hunter. “We are pleased to see the President’s Council join in recognizing the important role that the FITNESS FOR LIFE program can play in our children’s health.”

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Banner Health Employee Halloween Candy Buy Back Sponsors Cardon Children’s Hospital

Robison Orthodontics has announced it will be buying back Halloween Candy from all East Valley Arizona Banner Health Employees at $2.00 a pound and then matching the total candy purchased at $2.00 a pound for their donation to the Banner Health Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa, AZ.

As a special treat to the U.S. service men and women overseas, all the Halloween Candy we buy back from the AZ Banner Health Employees will be donated to, and shipped bywww.packagefromhome.com, a Phoenix based non-profit organization that coordinates the distribution of our Halloween Candy to our troops overseas.

According to Robison Orthodontics’ Office Manager Kris Kellis, “this year will be our eighth annual candy-buy-back donation drive and we’re all excited about our first collaborative sponsorship supporting the Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona. We’re hoping this will drive other Banner Health local Community Organizations to do the same.

Last year, we raised a total of $4,000 for several Mesa and Gilbert Schools, and the 2,000 pounds of candy we bought back was donated to our troops serving overseas. This year we expect to make it a Banner Year with our Arizona Banner Health Employee participation”.

How The Banner Health Employee Halloween Candy Buy Back works

After the trick or treating is finished, children can bring their candies to the Robison Orthodontics Mesa and Gilbert office locations:

• 1355 S. Higley Road Suite 105, Gilbert
• 1635 N. Greenfield Road Suite 103, Mesa

The child or children must be present to receive their cash payment and Candy contribution will be limited to four pounds per employee, and eight pounds limit per family, details can be viewed on our Mesa Orthodontist website” says Kris.

When Banner Health Employees Can Bring In Their Halloween Candy.

The Banner Health Employee Halloween Candy buy back event takes place on Thursday, November 1, 2012 from 8:00 am through to 5:00 pm.

“This is one of the ways we have decided on giving back to our host community of Mesa, Arizona,” says Kris, who considers this event a charitable one that’s turning candies into a financial contribution to support the Cardon Children’s Medical Center, and also bring a little sweet treat to our US soldiers serving overseas.

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Dayton Cosmetic Dentist Sponsors: Beyond Our Doors-Crayon To Classrooms

Do you remember the school field trips you took as a child? Remember how they were fun, an adventure and often inspiring. The DDC recently took a field trip to a local elementary school supported by Dayton’s Crayons to Classrooms. We shared our knowledge of dentistry and excellent oral health care with these wonderful children. We were so inspired and they were so enthusiastic…it was truly heartwarming. And guess what? When we were finished all of them raised their hands and wanted to become dentists and dental hygienists!!

Dayton Crayons to Classrooms (DC2C) is a free store for teachers from under-funded K-12 schools that serve children living in poverty in Ohio’s Miami Valley. In partnership with local businesses, individual donors, and community volunteers, DC2C lifts at-risk children’s level and love of learning by collecting and distributing donated supplies and surplus products for use in the classroom. Teachers from eligible schools are invited to “shop” for what they need in our retail-style free store in the Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley building in Dayton, Ohio. http://www.dc2c.org/index.htm

Dayton Dental Collaborative also supports the store by donating 300 children’s oral care kits with fun instructions, toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss to the store annually.

P.S. We will be gathering school supplies for DC2C starting in July!

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Dayton Dentist: Dancing with the Stars event to benefit A Special Wish Foundation

What do you give someone who seems to have everything? A chance to help someone else. What do you give someone who needs to know how special they are? The fulfillment of a remarkable special wish.

Both of these outcomes were highlighted for two very special people at the recent Dayton Dancing With The Stars Valentine’s event held February 10 at the Schuster Center to benefit the Special Wish Foundation of Dayton.

First, Dr. Greg Shelhouse and his professional dance partner, Katt Saliba served up some incredible Latin flavor with an eye popping Mambo routine. The event was organized around three female and three male celebrity dance competitors with one male and one female winner. For just five short weeks, six professional dance instructors generously donated their time to whip these competitors into shape! It was a lively and passionate crowd who cheered Dr. Shelhouse to victory in the male competition. All the dancer’s efforts resulted in significant contributions for the Special Wish Foundation’s goal to provide unique, once in a lifetime opportunities for children diagnosed with life-threatening disorders. To see highlights from the event please visithttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0A_Ntn-GDa8.

The second person to be highlighted at this event was a brave and adorable young girl named Kayleigh. Kayleigh wished to meet her favorite author of the Fancy Nancy book series, Jane O’Connor. Kayleigh, who has Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia, received a very special trip of a lifetime to New York City where she was greeted by Jane O’Connor, Annie Stone, assistant editor; Margaret Anastas, editor; and Robin Glasser, illustrator. Much to Kayleigh’s surprise her very own book, written in the Fancy Nancy style was illustrated and published by Harper Collins Publishing. A Special Wish fulfilled her wish and now you can purchase a copy of her book in order to fulfill more Special Wishes like Kayleigh’s. Read Kayleigh’s complete Special Wish experience athttp://www.specialwish.org/images/cushy/newsletters_23_3724652870.pdf.

As for Dr. Shelhouse he has only one thing to say, “I think we made a big difference in this organization’s mission to leave no child’s wish un-granted. Kayleigh’s experience is just one example. I was profoundly touched by Kayleigh’s story and everyone’s support and enthusiasm in helping me win the competition. I am still on cloud nine and this was a night I will cherish dearly! Lastly, I really want to convey how honored and grateful I am to be included in this wonderful event. It reminds me that nothing can replace the generosity of our spirits and the special place children hold in our hearts. ”

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AAFLC Rescues Missing Children In Lebanon

Mark Miller and Patricia Moore of the American Association For Lost Children (AAFLC) will be featured in Lifetime’s newest series, Twisted Fate, which will air Sunday, March 4, 2012 on the Biography Channel at 10:00pm ET.

When Nabela Henry’s two children were ripped from her grasp and taken to the Middle East by her ex-husband, she found a hidden strength she never knew she had. Her two children, Nora, 5, and Ramsey, 7, had been missing for three years and everything that she tried had failed. Nabela Henry contacted AAFLC for help. AAFLC rescued Nora and Ramsey in war-torn Tripoli, Lebanon 7 months after Ms. Henry contacted AAFLC.

AAFLC is an awesome and unique non-profit 501(c)(3) charity that actively finds and rescues missing children at no cost to searching parents. Volunteers of all ages play a key role in helping to mobilize AAFLC. You can make a difference with your life and be part of a wonderful ministry that finds and rescues missing children. To read more about the dynamic charitable work of American Association For Lost Children (AAFLC), and how you can help, visit www.AAFLC.ORG or call (724) 537-6970.

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Blue Water Spa, a Raleigh NC Spa and Laser Hair Removal Center Donates $107,000.00 to Boys and Girls Clubs of Wake County

Blue Water Spa, a Raleigh laser hair removal center, donates $108,000 to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Wake County. Kile Law, president and founder of Blue Water Spa in Raleigh, NC attributes the donations to the loyalty and generosity of the clients and staff at Blue Water Spa.

“The Boys and Girls Clubs is an amazing organization. They need support of the community to continue their wonderful work,” says Kile Law. “We are a small business, but I know when we work together Blue Water Spa clients can do great things. The average donation was $37.11, but we all gave together to reach $100,000.00.” Blue Water Spa raised money by offering spa and laser hair removal in Raleigh at a redued price for people who donate to charity.

Blue Water Spa has been voted best medical spa in America for three consecutive years by American Spa Magazine. Raleigh Spa Specials at Blue Water Spa provide an opportunity for people who serve the community and/or donate time or funds to charity to receive luxury spa treatments at reduced prices. Blue Water Spa www.bluewaterspa.com is the top provider of Botox and Juvederm in the Raleigh area and was recently designated an Allergan Black Diamond Provider. In 2011 Blue Water Spa supported over 120 local charities and non-profits. Blue Water Spa has donated more than 150,000 pounds of food to the Interfaith Food Shuttle of NC.

The North Raleigh spa provides luxury spa services in a beautiful lush atmosphere. Blue Water Spa laser center provides laser hair removal, laser skin tightening and laser vein therapy.

Kile Law is president and founder of Blue Water Spa, Kile has been recognized as Humanitarian of the Year in the Aesthetics industry by Aesthetics International. Under Kile Law’s leadership, Blue Water Spa has been voted best place to work in the Triangle by the Triangle Business Journal. Kile Law leads the spa’s philanthropic endeavors. In 2010 she was recognized by the Interfaith Food Shuttle of NC for a gift of 100,000 pounds of food to the Interfaith Food Shuttle.

NY Giants Michael Clayton, Corey Webster, Aaron Ross Host Event Benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Its beginning to feel a lot like Christmas, and for a couple of families of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, one of the world’s premier pediatric cancer research centers, this season they have a little more to celebrate about. On December 13, 2011 veteran WR Michael Clayton, CB Corey Webster, and CB Aaron Ross of the New York Giants will host a celebration and awareness event at the Build-A-Bear Workshop® store in New York City on Fifth Avenue from 5-8 p.m. for children who have reached a milestone in their treatment and their families.

In March 2011, St. Jude and Build-A-Bear Workshop developed a partnership which allows kids of all ages to celebrate the milestones in their lives while supporting the lifesaving research and cutting-edge medical treatment conducted at the hospital. NY Giants Michael Clayton has been a longtime advocate and supporter of several cancer-related organizations and causes. Through numerous speaking engagements, fundraisers, and his non-profit organization the “Generation Next Foundation,” he has assisted many charities including The Tampa Bay Pediatric Cancer Foundation, the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, and CancerCare, and in raising funds, awareness, and support for research and cures. Together, all three players remain highly dedicated and committed to improving the lives of children.

Clayton, Webster, and Ross will make stuffed animals dressed in NY Giants uniforms at Build-A-Bear Workshop with the children and families of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital while participating in a number of photo opportunities and autograph signings. These families, who have gone through so much, are celebrating milestones in their lives, such as completing their cancer treatment, being able to walk again and going back to school.

Celebrity and athlete attendees can also participate in the festivities by making and purchasing stuffed animals and donating the furry friends to St. Jude Children Research Hospital. All guest will enjoy a mix of music, passed hors ‘d oeuvres, a special music performance, and gift bags to complete the fun-filled benefit. DASHA co-founders Shannon and Dr. Darren Pollack, D.C., are pleased to donate gift certificates for DASHA’s luxury services to all event attendees. The Pollacks, parents of two young children themselves, are actively involved in giving back to the community through their involvement with local charities this holiday season. They look forward to building bears to donate together with the inspirational families of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Additional sponsors include: Artistic Events, Sephora, Cozy Cuts, Victoria Secret, Hint Water, Blueprint Cleanse, The Laundress, Tonnie’s Cupcakes, and Razor & Tie who will be donating Kidz Bop cd’s.

This event is closed to the public, all rsvp’s are mandatory. Current celebrity-athlete attendees consist of cast members of NBC’s 30 Rock, ABC’s Bachelor Pad, Bravo’s Real Housewives Of New Jersey, Vh1’s Basketball Wives, Geffen Music recording artist, and several players from the NY Giants. For additional information please email ahlilahl@theteslagroup.com.

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Macmillan Cancer Support Reports 70% of Brits Don’t Have A Will

Macmillan Cancer Support has revealed that nearly half of the nation (46%) admit they don’t like to talk about death at all and feel uncomfortable talking about their will. Two thirds (65%) say they haven’t even discussed the subject with close friends or family.

The survey of 2,000 people also revealed that seven in ten (70%) have not even written a will or made plans for what they’ll leave behind. To support the launch of ‘Will Aid Month’, Macmillan Cancer Support has partnered with Jasmine Birtles, financial expert and founder of Moneymagpie.com, to provide a set of tips on will writing, so people can ensure that all they care about and the causes that matter to them the most, are looked after.

Nine in ten (87%) are aware that they can leave a gift to charity in their will however only 38% would. Gifts in wills currently accounts for over 1/3 of Macmillan’s funding, but only 7% of the UK population supports charities with a gift in their will. This compares to over 70% who support charities in their lifetime.

Sarah Lee, Legacies Manager at Macmillan commented: “Legacy giving is surrounded by many myths and misunderstandings which stop people from actively considering supporting charities in this way. By raising awareness of the ways in which people can leave gifts to charities in their wills we want to overcome these so that will-writing is discussed more openly and honestly. Gifts in wills are so important for Macmillan, large or small every gift makes a difference, we couldn’t do what we do without them.”

Jasmine Birtles highlights the importance of making a will and keeping it updated as personal circumstances change. She said: “If you don’t write a will, it can leave distressing, and often expensive problems for those who are left behind. It could also mean that people you wanted to look after end up being left out. I am supporting Macmillan Cancer Support in this matter because I want to encourage people to think about their will and make sure their assets go to people and causes they care about.”

For more information on legacy giving, support on will writing or just a chat, interested parties can visit www.macmillan.org.uk/legacies or call Macmillan on 0800 107 4448.

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On Friday September 30th MyDish.co.uk Will Be Turning To Its Baking Recipes In Support Of The Macmillan Cancer Support Event The ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’

Established in 1990, the Macmillan Cancer Support’s ‘Coffee Morning’ event quickly grew in popularity and soon became known as the ‘world’s largest coffee morning’. Last year alone saw 43,000 people get involved in this great cause helping to raise over eight million pounds.

Cancer is still a huge health risk for the UK population with statistics showing 1 in 3 people suffering from the illness at some point in their lives. These individuals require financial, emotional and medical support which Macmillan attempts to address and provide.

It is for this reason and many others that the founder of MyDish.co.uk, Carol Savage, is a big supporter of the charity and will be baking her favourite recipes for the Coffee Morning this coming Friday. Donning the chef’s hat and sourcing her favourite baking recipes, Carol will be baking her best cupcake recipes and selling them to support the Macmillan trust.

Asked about the Coffee Morning event Carol Savage said ‘Cancer is something that affects us all in some form or another.  My Mother-in law Maureen died of Leukeimia and she inspired me with her recipes to start MyDish.co.uk. Cancer is a very real illness that is just too common and we should do what we can to help and offer support .A few cupcakes here and there is not much to ask’

Making even the smallest donation can still make a big difference.  £25 alone can pay for the cost of a Macmillan nurse for an hour, helping to provide essential medical, practical and emotional support for cancer sufferers.

£51 can purchase a liquidiser for someone who can unfortunately no longer eat solid food as a result of their cancer treatment. These services and many like them are just some of the essentials cancer sufferers need and the Macmillan trust helps provide them.

If you need some recipe ideas this coming Friday then visit MyDish.co.uk.  Home to thousands of good recipes, MyDish.co.uk has hundreds of baking recipes and cupcake recipes ensuring that everyone can find the perfect baking recipe for the Coffee Morning .

You can add your own suggestions if you feel the MyDish.co.uk com munity would benefit. In addition to this you can also see loads of great recipes on MyDish that have been donated to Macmillan by big name celebrities. Check out Eva Longoria’s lovely Churros and Gwyneth Paltrow’s gorgeous Pancakes. Alternatively Judi Denchs’ delicious Rum and Chocolate Fudge may be more to your taste.

So this Friday spare a little extra change, get your baking gloves on, drink some coffee and join Carol Savage and www.mydish.co.uk in supporting this extremely worthwhile charity, as together we can make a difference.

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npower’s No Power Hour Roadshow kicked off by Kevin Keegan

npower’s nationwide tour of its No Power Hour road show was kicked off at Sunderland’s Seaburn Recreation Park. The family football fun day was hosted by former England manager and North East legend, Kevin Keegan.

npower has joined forces with Keegan to blow the whistle on plugged-in power, and score a giant goal throughout Sunderland, by asking the city’s families to come together and spend just one hour doing something fun that doesn’t involve electricity.

Kevin Keegan was at the event to host an exclusive family workshop demonstrating the many ways families can switch off, get active, and spend some quality time together outside, whilst saving energy at the same time.

Kevin Keegan, ambassador for npower’s No Power Hour, said: “When I was young I spent most of my time outside practising the skills that have helped me to get where I am today. For me, it helped me develop both my football and athletic ability, as well as my people skills. I appreciate that it was a different era but spending more time outside being active seems to me something that would benefit everyone as well as reduce the carbon footprint.

“npower’s No Power Hour is a great way to encourage both the parents and children of Sunderland to pledge to spend an hour without power. I look forward to being a part of some of the games that npower will put on for everyone to enjoy. The games can be played in the smallest or largest of spaces. Above all else it is about having fun as a family outside.”

Children and their parents joined in Kevin’s master class where he showed families some exciting footy skills that they can practice together in back gardens, on playing fields, at the beach, the sports centre, the park and even in the living room – if mum will allow – using no power whatsoever.

npower teams were also on hand to put the kids through their paces throughout the day in specially designed football work-outs while one lucky parent had the opportunity to earn eternal bragging rights amongst their family and friends by taking on Keegan in a game of table football.

Clare McDougall, npower’s Head of Education and Community, said: “Football is one of our nation’s most popular sports and is a fantastic tool for bringing families together, so what better way to encourage kids (and their parents!) to unplug their games consoles and get outdoors for some power-free fun than the npower No Power Hour football road show.

“The message we want to get across is simple. Switch off for just an hour each day and you’ll have fun and do your bit for the planet at the same time. Planet one, climate change zero.”

To find out how to get involved and for a chance to win the ultimate No Power Hour with Kevin Keegan, interested parties can enter npower’s competition online. Entrants simply have to take a photo to show how they spent their very own Hour without Power, and send it to npower via the online form. Full terms and conditions can be found at www.npower.com/nph/index.htm.

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npower Employee Takes To His Bike In Support Of Macmillan Cancer Support

Npower employee Steven Jones and his friend Rob Smart, both 26 years old and from Stourbridge, have eschewed the idea of a local bike ride for charity; instead, they have entered the London to Paris bike ride in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. They will be covering 300 miles – or 470km – in just four days, starting from St Pancras station on August 17 and finishing up at the foot of the Eiffel Tower on August 20.

Steve, who works for npower and Rob, who works for Structural Design Partnership Ltd, have been friends since before they could walk, let alone ride a bike. They both attended Greenfield Primary School and then Redhill Secondary; both have done some road cycling in the past, but nothing on the scale of their forthcoming challenge. Steve is a keen downhill mountain biker, and Rob a regular cross country cyclist but London to Paris, a long distance road challenge, is completely different. Both friends have been in training for some time and can now cope with cycling around 150 miles a week.

They aim to raise at least £1,400 each for Macmillan. Steve explained: “This year is Macmillan’s Centenary and, speaking with friends and family, everyone has a story to tell of how Macmillan has helped someone they know. Macmillan wouldn’t be able to do the great work that they do without regular financial support – we were looking for a challenge, Macmillan is an incredibly worthy cause; it seemed like an excellent match.”

Up until now, they have been riding their off-road bikes but, following a practice ride on the MacRide Elgar, when they borrowed road bikes and found the whole experience faster, easier and more comfortable they are looking to buy road bikes in time for the event.

As an extra incentive, npower, has promised to match Steve’s fundraising, up to£1,000. The fundraising is on track and anyone who is willing to sponsor the dynamic duo should go to www.justgiving.com/teams/london2paris.

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TV Favourite Jo Brand Puts Her Best Foot Forward For Macmillan Cancer Support

Britain’s best-loved comedienne and TV favourite Jo Brand has joined forces with her co-star Joanna Scanlan and director Peter Capaldi, for a brand new comedy film (54 seconds) to launch Macmillan Cancer Support’s new ‘Move More’ campaign.

The film sees Jo Brand running around South London, in what looks like some hardcore marathon training. She eventually runs into her kitchen with Joanna Scanlan and produces a pint of milk; it then becomes clear she only ran to the corner shop.

Renowned actor and director, Peter Capaldi, joined the funny twosome, and provided the voiceover for the film reuniting him with the two lead stars of his Bafta award winning nursing comedy, ‘Getting On’.

Jo Brand said: “People will look at me and go, ‘why’s that fat, unfit, menopausal, middle-aged woman telling us what to do? She surely never takes any exercise.’ Well you’re wrong there, because I do.

“I’m just trying to spread the word and upturn the myth that actually you should be resting after cancer treatment. You shouldn’t, you should be getting out and doing any kind of exercise you can. You don’t have to run a marathon, but you just have to up your activity levels.”

As part of the ‘Move More’ campaign, Macmillan Cancer Support is publishing startling new research that shows health professionals are not telling cancer patients about the many benefits of physical activity post-treatment. Doing enough physical activity after cancer reduces effects of treatment and can even reduce the risk of mortality and recurrence.

A free ‘getting started’ pack to help ease people into physical activity after cancer treatment, including a seed pack from The National Gardens Scheme, to encourage gardening as a way to get active, is now available fromwww.macmillan.org.uk/movemore. Those affected by the disease can also interact with the online cancer community on the Macmillan website.

The film and the behind the scenes film can be viewed atwww.macmillan.org.uk/movemore and youtube.com/macmillancancer.

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Macmillan Cancer Support Reports 42 Per Cent Of Britons Will Get Cancer

Cancer rates are increasing at such a rate that research shows 42% of people who die in this country will have had a cancer diagnosis. And for most of them (64%), it is cancer which causes their death.*

The number of people living with cancer has also increased in the UK by 35% in the last ten years from 1.5 to two million in 2008**. This is due to more people getting cancer and, as treatment improves, people are surviving longer with cancer.

But whilst people are certainly living longer than ever with cancer, they are not necessarily living well.

New data from a Macmillan Cancer Supportstudyshows many have on-going, long term health problems.

The study shows that of those colorectal cancer patients still alive between five and seven years after their diagnosis***:
– Two thirds (64%) will have an on-going health problem.
– A fifth (22%) will have advanced cancers ****.
– Going on half (42%) will be living with on-going health problems like cardio vascular and intestinal illnesses

Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive of Macmillan Cancer Support said: “It is really alarming that the number of people who will get cancer is now well past one in three and that there are so many more people with cancer today than even ten years ago. The NHS really needs to recognise this long term impact and adapt their services to reflect this.

“There are currently two million people living with cancer in the UK and that number is doubling to four million over the next twenty years*****. Yet no one thinks the country can afford to double its spending on cancer. We’ve therefore got to become twice as effective in how we spend that money.

“We have a massive challenge ahead if we are to keep up with the relentless toll cancer takes on people’s health, and the NHS must rise to it.”

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Detroit Lions Running Back Jahvid Best Partners with The Northern California Breathmobile

Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best recently partnered with the Northern California Breathmobile®, pledging support and helping to raise awareness for asthma management and treatment in Bay Area children. “My family and I are pleased to work with the Northern California Breathmobile, helping to improve asthma management in children and making it possible for them to lead productive lives,” said Best.

As a child, Best suffered from asthma and has overcome this chronic illness to excel as a football player in college at the University of California, Berkeley and now with the NFL Detroit Lions. Best recently created the Best Foundation, a nonprofit organization, to educate and increase awareness of key issues affecting children, particularly asthma. In October, Best will participate in a charity flag football game on behalf of the Northern California Breathmobile, which will appear on the hit Tyra Banks show, America’s Next Top Model.

“The assistance of the Best Foundation will make it possible for the Breathmobile to help more children with asthma management at schools in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, as well as in the Bay View/Hunter’s Point area of San Francisco,” said Dr. Washington Burns, Director of the Northern California Breathmobile.

Asthma is a major health concern in the United States. Over 25 million Americans (one in twelve) have asthma. Asthma disproportionately affects low-income populations and the disease can be fatal. Patients, both adults and children, become less productive in school and work when they are afflicted asthma. While there is no cure, patients can learn to manage the disease and as Best demonstrates, lead active, productive lives.

The Breathmobile program is an innovative step forward in reducing asthma disparities by teaching low-income populations to manage asthma. The Breathmobile is a 33-foot Winnebago van equipped to function as a mobile asthma clinic, with pulmonary function testing, skin testing, a health risk assessment system and electronic medical records. The Breathmobile makes regular visits to schools (each school is seen repeatedly, every 4-6 weeks) bringing asthma specialists to evaluate, treat and educate patients and parents about asthma management.

A primary contributing factor to asthma attacks is the environment, with air pollution playing a major role. Other elements include substandard housing, lack of access to healthcare, hereditary factors, and socio-economic status.

Prescott-Joseph Center for Community Enhancement, Inc. is a nonprofit entity organized in 1995. The Center serves as a friendly, helping hand primarily for the community of West Oakland. For more information, visit http://www.prescottjoseph.org.

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Individuals from Chem-Dry raised over £8,000 in aid of the Asthma UK

Individuals from carpet cleaners, upholstery cleaning and damage restoration business Chem-Dry® have raised in excess of £8,000 following a successful climb to the summit of Kilimanjaro, the world’s tallest freestanding mountain, in aid of the Chem-Dry’s Charity of the Year – Asthma UK.

The group of 15, made up of employees, franchisees and individuals from Chem-Dry’s private equity company LDC, spent six days trekking through rainforest, moorland and alpine desert, with the aim of reaching the ice capped tip of the mountain – Uhuru Peak. The participants walked six to eight hours every day and lived out of backpacks for the duration of the challenge. The thinning air and ever changing weather conditions tested the group’s resolve and determination to battle on to the summit. All but one made it to the top, albiet exhausted and in pain after a gruelling nine hour climb in the darkness and freezing cold temperatures.

Andrew Lloyd-Jones, Chem-Dry UK Managing Director, said: “Chem-Dry wanted to take part in a challenge that would help pull in substantial funds for our Charity of the Year, Asthma UK. The Kilimanjaro climb was a huge mental and physical challenge that saw everyone struggle at times. Reaching the summit and raising over £8,000 for the charity is a huge achievement for the whole of Chem-Dry. I would personally like to thank all of our sponsors for their kind support.

Catherine Morton, Corporate Partnerships Officer for Asthma UK, said:“Congratulations to the group for their amazing achievement and huge thanks for their generous donations which will help fund vital research into the causes of asthma. Some people with asthma can’t even climb the stairs at home let alone climb Kilimanjaro, so this money will be a great help in supporting them through specialist services like our Asthma UK Adviceline“.

There is still time to donate and help support the Asthma UK cause. Cheques are to be made payable to Chem-Dry UK – Kilimanjaro and sent to: Kristy Sanderson, Chem-Dry UK, Colonial House, Swinemoor Lane, Beverley HU17 0LS.

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Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity announces Mara Galezazzi Charity Gala

Great Ormond Street Hospital has announced it will be holding another Charity Gala as part of its Theatres for Theatres Appeal.

February 2011 saw Great Ormond Street Hospital holding the Andrew Lloyd Webber Wizard of Oz Charity Gala, and April 2011 will see the Royal Ballet Principal’s Mara Galezzi’s Charity Gala.

For one night only, Mara Galezazzi, one of the world’s leading ballet dancers, will be hosting and performing at a very special evening of dance, song and music. The event will be presented by Nicky Henson (who played Jack Edwards on the soap Eastenders’) and Mara will be joined by a prestigious line up including Principals of the Royal Ballet, the Balletboyz, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, 4 Poofs and a Piano and other special guests.

Whether the audience are fans of classical ballet or tap and contemporary dance, there should be a little something for everyone, with world premieres from new and established choreographers and virtuoso music and song.

All the money raised from the Mara Galeazzi Charity Gala will be split between both Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and Dancing for the Children, a charity that Mara founded which helps underprivileged children in Africa. Part of the Theatres for Theatres appeal money raised will help fund state-of-the-art operating theatres for young patients requiring specialist brain surgery.

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New Drinking and Driving PSA By Narconon Trois-Rivieres

The holiday season can bring wonderful times with many celebrations to be had, family and friends all coming together. For the staff at Narconon Trois-Rivieres this time of year especially is all about helping those suffering from drug and alcohol addictions, and part of this is effective drug and alcohol education. “With this new PSA we wanted people to see not only the good the holiday season can bring, but also the devastating impact drinking and driving can have on the individual and their loved ones,” commented JF Dubreuil, Director of Promotion and Marketing at Narconon Trois-Rivieres.

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Drinking and driving impacts people all over the world and can tend to be even more devastating around this time of year. The consequences when caught driving under the influence are quite severe, and when another person is hurt or even killed because of it, everyone’s life is flipped upside down. “Unfortunately this is a very real part of alcohol addiction,” said Mr. Dubreuil. “It does not take much to affect your ability to operate a vehicle and make rational decisions. Our counsellors here speak with families every day looking to help a loved one whom is addicted to alcohol.”

“Video: Narconon Trois-Rivières – Don’t Drink and Drive PSA”

Narconon Trois-Rivieres offers a very extensive and in-depth alcohol and drug treatment program and in some cases people have been sent there because of a drinking and driving charge. The staff works hard to help these individuals regain control of their lives again, and through PSA’s like this one, hope to help prevent people from drinking and driving in the first place. “We want everyone to have a very safe and happy holidays, and don’t drink and drive,” added Mr. Dubreuil. “It doesn’t take much to take a cab, call a friend, or even stay the night, but please, for the sake of your family and friends, don’t get behind the wheel after drinking.”

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