Newport Ashley Named UK Volunteer Of The Year 2010

Ashley Pyke, aged 17 from Newport, has been named The Co-operative StreetGames Young Volunteer of the Year 2010. The announcement was made at a special youth conference being held by The Co-operative StreetGames Young Volunteers programme as part of National Volunteers Week.

The awards, now in their second year, recognise the outstanding work being carried out by young people involved in The Co-operative StreetGames Young Volunteers initiative. The programme, which operates throughout Wales and England, was established by The Co-operative and youth sports development charity StreetGames, to help young people from disadvantaged areas gain sports coaching and community leadership skills by volunteering at their local neighbourhood sports project.

The 7 finalists from England & Wales shortlisted for the awards were judged on factors including skills and qualifications gained, general attitude, impact on other young people and their community, as well as their personal journey and achievements.

Ashley, aged 17, volunteers at the Newport Positive Futures project which delivers sport to young people throughout Newport.

Despite having a turbulent family history and arriving in Duffryn without knowing anyone, Ashley has become an integral figure in the community. As well as leading sports session for local young people, Ashley has also mentored other volunteers experiencing troubles, is involved with attracting funding to the project and has pushed himself to gain qualifications which have meant that the project has been able to extend the activities it offers. He has also gone on to use his new found skills and confidence to gain employment with a local ‘Soccer Tots’ programme for under six year olds.

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Opus Energy Sets New £10,000 Charity Challenge For Employees

Opus Energy, one of the UK’s leading business energy suppliers, has pledged to raise £10,000 throughout 2010/11, for one of the UK’s most common, life-threatening, inherited diseases, Cystic Fibrosis.

Opus Energy Sets New £10,000 Charity Challenge For Employees

Over the next year the employees of the Northamptonshire based energy company will embark on a calendar of fundraising and volunteering activities in and around the community. They will organise fun days in the office, take part in individual and team events, make personal donations and take part in some of the challenges organised by the charity.

By pledging to raise £10,000 the energy supplier will be helping sufferers in and around Northamptonshire receive the daily treatment they need.

Charlie Crossley Cooke, founder and Managing Director of Opus Energy comments;

“The Cystic Fibrosis Trust is a charity that is very close to the heart of an Opus employee who has a young child living with the disease. Due to the comparatively low numbers of people suffering from Cystic Fibrosis it is often overlooked but, because of our personal exposure, the need to assist the charity with the invaluable work they do really has really struck a chord. Opus will be donating the money to help provide support and care for those affected in the Northamptonshire area and also to help raise awareness of the disease.”

The Cystic Fibrosis trust is the UK’s only national charity dealing with all aspects of the disease. The fundraisers and Expert Patient Advisors throughout the UK, fund research to treat and cure the disease and aim to ensure appropriate clinical care and support for people suffering.

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José Huizar, Eli Broad, Rick Caruso, Tim Leiweke to co-host ‘Get On Board’ fundraising event September 30, 2010

L.A. Streetcar, Inc. (LASI) today announced a powerhouse roster co-hosting a September 30 fundraiser at L.A. LIVE to benefit the Downtown L.A. Streetcar project. The cocktail reception fundraiser, themed “Get On Board,” is designed to promote efforts to advance a modern and environmentally friendly streetcar transportation system being developed for downtown Los Angeles.

José Huizar, Eli Broad, Rick Caruso, Tim Leiweke to co-host 'Get On Board' fundraising event September 30, 2010

Los Angeles City Councilmember José Huizar will be joined by Eli Broad, founder of The Broad Foundations, Rick Caruso of Caruso Affiliated, and Tim Leiweke of AEG / L.A. LIVE. The co-hosts joined forces to highlight their belief in the economic, cultural, transportation and livability benefits a modern streetcar system will bring to downtown Los Angeles. The proposed streetcar route is approximately 4-miles in length, and would run 7-days a week, about 18 hours a day. It would serve areas including Bunker Hill, Grand Avenue and the Music Center, Historic Broadway and the Historic Core, South Park, L.A. LIVE and the Los Angeles Convention Center.

“The streetcar will help create a better connected, pedestrian-oriented downtown, bringing jobs, economic development and revitalization all around the route. A more efficiently run and successful downtown is good for our entire City and the streetcar will help get us there,” said Huizar, who has championed the streetcar effort within the City and METRO through his Bringing Back Broadway initiative. “By having the streetcar go through areas that have already experienced the downtown renaissance – as well as those that have incredible potential but are still in need of a catalyst for revitalization – the streetcar will help downtown function as a complete, cohesive, neighborhood.”

Huizar is not alone in his convictions that a streetcar will catalyze revitalization downtown, and provide a muchneeded transportation circulation service. More than 40,000 people are estimated to live within the downtown area, with 550,000 people coming into the city each day for work and tourism.

“Downtown Los Angeles has many distinct districts including the sports-entertainment-convention district around L.A. LIVE and the cultural and civic district along Grand Avenue. A streetcar will connect these vibrant areas of our city center and will enable more people to easily visit them,” said Eli Broad. “We have a treasure trove of cultural riches in our region, and a streetcar will help visitors and residents alike enjoy all downtown Los Angeles has to offer.

“With the start of construction on the Grand Avenue Park this summer, there will even be more reasons for people to come downtown,” Broad said. “I’ve always said that no city is great without a vibrant center, and downtown is truly becoming an exciting core that will draw people from all over this region. The streetcar is a critical transportation option so families can get around downtown safely and easily.”

Downtown property owners, civic and business leaders agree, and formed L.A. Streetcar, Inc., a non-profit partnership dedicated to planning, designing and building the Downtown L.A. Streetcar system. The organization is based on models used by streetcar cities such as Seattle and Portland. In Portland, a $100-million public-private investment in their modern streetcar system is credited with catalyzing $2.3 billion in economic development and turning blighted areas into thriving urban centers, connected by the streetcar.

“The L.A. Streetcar would be another important enhancement to support our ever-increasing downtown community and infrastructure,” said Timothy J. Leiweke, President & CEO, AEG / L.A. LIVE “Downtown businesses and attractions rely more and more each day on our public transportation system to bring residents and tourists to these popular destinations.”

To learn more about the Downtown L.A. Streetcar, visit become a fan of L.A. Streetcar on Facebook and follow the project on Twitter.

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United Soybean Board New Site Features Farmers’, Ranchers’ Animal Care

The United Soybean Board highlights all the various ways farmers and ranchers care for animals on the group’s new Web pages, which feature, among other things, farmers utilizing modern animal agriculture practices – such as specialized housing that protects animals from predators, disease and bad weather – to ensure quality animal care.

United Soybean Board New Site Features Farmers', Ranchers' Animal Care

“At a time when consumers can read all sorts of misleading and false claims regarding concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFO) and so-called ‘factory farms,’ it is important that accurate and comprehensive information is available on how farmers and ranchers really care for their animals,” says Vanessa Kummer, a farmer from Colfax, N.D.

Recent data reveal that the average person consumes 584 pounds of dairy products every year, and families expect every single glass of milk, steak and omelet to be healthy, affordable and, most importantly, safe. America’s farmers and ranchers expect the same for their families, too.

Additional information on animal agriculture in America available:

On the Web:

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Charity Golf Outing Planned To Help Fight Child Abuse

The Starfish Alliance will hold its annual golf outing on Saturday, July 10 at Bent Tree Golf Club, 350 Bent Tree Road in Sunbury. This event will help continue its support of Royal Family Kids’ Camps of Dublin (RFKC). RFKC provides a free one-week residential summer camp to hurting children, ages 7 to 11, from the Franklin County foster care system.

Charity Golf Outing Planned To Help Fight Child Abuse

The golf match is open to the public.

Registration begins with lunch at noon followed by a modified shotgun start at 1:30 p.m.

Registration is $75 per golfer and includes 18 holes of golf, riding cart, lunch, dinner, and various awards. Additional tickets for drinks, mulligans, and a chance at the MILLION DOLLAR SHOT will be available for purchase the day of the event.

“This event is, of course, lots of fun,” said Steve Fox, Executive Director of The Starfish Alliance. “But more importantly, it helps RFKC create a week of positive memories for abused, abandoned, and neglected kids who otherwise might not have the opportunity to attend a summer camp.”

Business sponsorships are also available for holes, events, and trophies.

Though players may register at the golf course on the day of the event, early registration is recommended as there is a limit on the number of players.

Reservations may be made by calling Brian Osborne at 614.305.5170 or via The Starfish Alliance website,

About The Starfish Alliance :

The Starfish Alliance is a 501(c)(3) public charity whose goal is to financially support services for children who have been left behind. Children who many people have simply abandoned. Children who need to know that someone really does care about them.

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First Nations Announces Historic Opportunity for Tribal Philanthropy

First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) is proud to announce that tribal philanthropy, the oldest form of philanthropy in the United States, has gained an equal voice in mainstream philanthropy by being welcomed as full, voting members of the Council on Foundations. It is a crucial moment for Indian Country to be awarded full membership to the Council. It will allow Native communities and grantmaking organizations to help steward the strategic direction of mainstream philanthropic efforts, including directing how funding reaches and impacts American Indian people.

First Nations Announces Historic Opportunity for Tribal Philanthropy

As sovereign nations, many tribal governments operate charitable giving programs that benefit not only Native communities, but also local, regional and national organizations. Since less than one-half of one percent of private foundation grants are given to address American Indian issues, tribes and Native organizations have stepped forward to design their own philanthropic models to address vast needs in Indian Country. First Nations alone has provided more than $25 million in grants to protect assets in Native communities, while honoring the sovereignty of tribal governments.

“At First Nations, we believe that tribal philanthropy operates from a culturally-based voice of strength, assuredness and accomplishment. We believe that this is where American Indians must and will exist in America’s philanthropic reality,” said Michael E. Roberts, president of First Nations. Roberts also shared, “American Indian people deserve an equal seat and vote at the philanthropy table with mainstream grantmakers. We are grateful to the Council on Foundations for partnering with us to make this a reality.”

The Council on Foundations also shared their response to welcoming tribal philanthropy as full members, “We are grateful to our partners, including the First Nations Development Institute, who devoted much of their time and energy in making this possible, and to our board for ensuring that the Council’s policies addressed the unique aspects of tribal philanthropies,” said Steve Gunderson, president and CEO of the Council on Foundations. “This policy change reflects our commitment to supporting diverse and inclusive philanthropy in all of its forms.”

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