first_imgA new charity project by fundraising group Christmas Spirit LK is setting out to make a difference this Christmas by highlighting the grief of pregnancy loss.The moving film, titled EverGlow, was filmed locally in Donegal and highlights the universal, but often unspoken, issues of miscarriage and child loss.Watch the film below: ‘The EverGlow Project’ was launched for Christmas 2018 to raise funds for the Gynaecology Unit at Letterkenny University Hospital. A GoFundMe campaign was set up to run alongside the high-impact video which was released on Saturday.The video has gained over 17,000 views in two days, with many people saying they have been moved to tears as the subject resonates with them personally.EverGlow, directed by Charlie Doherty and starring local actors Jason Daly and Eavan Hennessy, charts the raw experience of a young couple who fall pregnant and must tragically deal with a miscarriage.The EverGlow Project @ChristmasSpiritLKPete Rose, founder of Christmas Spirit LK, sings the title song as scenes show the heartache, anger, and grief that many people deal with in silence after losing a baby. Rose said he was motivated to explore this difficult topic in order to spread awareness and raise money for frontline pregnancy loss services locally.An estimated 20% of pregnancies end in miscarriage, according to the HSE.“At the moment in Ireland, there is no aftercare for miscarriage and child loss,” Rose said.“These funds will go directly to the Gynaecology ward, the people on the ground, so that they can make the decisions that best benefit women and couples that come through their doors. And what a team of people they are in there.”This Christmas Spirit LK project will be predominantly led through social media, and the team are counting on the public to share and donate to the cause for it to reach its targets before 31st January. Click here if you would like to support the GoFundMe fundraiser. EverGlow follows the successful Letterkenny Cares Project in 2016, which brought Donegal groups together for a fun festive video and raised €7,500 for Pieta House and Donegal Hospice.Watch: Heart-breaking Donegal charity video goes viral was last modified: December 3rd, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:christmas spirit LKfundraiserthe everglow projectlast_img read more

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first_img10 April 2008The Wisden Cricketer’s Almanack – known as the cricketer’s Bible – has named South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis the Leading Cricketer in the World for 2007 in its 145th edition, which has just been released.Kallis said he felt “greatly honoured and humbled” to be named the top player in the world for 2007.“You feel very humble when you realize what an accolade it is and you look at the names of the other cricketers to be honoured,” he said.“As a cricketer I have always played for enjoyment and the sense of pride and passion one has for representing your country and this award will hopefully inspire me to take my game to a new level.”Previous winnersUntil 2003 Wisden named five cricketers of the year, but since 2004 it has also named the leading cricketer of the year. The four previous winners of the award include Australia’s Shane Warne and Ricky Ponting, England’s Andrew Flintoff, and Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan.Peter Roebuck’s article on Kallis in the Almanack dubs him “the first indisputably great African cricketer of the post-apartheid era”.There can be no doubting the greatness of the year that Kallis produced to win the award; he scored 1 210 test runs at a huge average of 86.42, captured 20 wickets at 25.75, and remained a sure-handed catcher in the slips for the Proteas.His feats included scoring an astounding five centuries in six innings for the second time in his career.In rare companyKallis is South Africa’s all-time leading test run scorer with 9 641 to his name and will soon join the 10 000-run club which features only six other players so far. He is also one of only six players to score 30 or more test centuries.His career average of 57.73 places him in the “great” category, especially when one considers the length of his career and his consistency.With 229 test wickets to his name, Kallis trails only Shaun Pollock, Makhaya Ntini, and Allan Donald for the most wickets taken by a South African. Considering how much the Proteas have relied on his telling contributions with the bat, his additional success with the ball is truly remarkable.He is also the only man in the history of cricket to score more than 9 000 runs and take 200 wickets in both test matches and one-day internationals. Being the only member of that club illustrates what a remarkable talent Kallis is and it also provides a measure of his greatness.‘Well-deserved award’The CEO of Cricket South Africa, Gerald Majola, paid tribute to Kallis after it was learned he had won the Leading Cricketer in the World Award: “This is a most well-deserved award for Jacques Kallis, who has become one of the game’s great cricketers.“There is no doubt that he will go beyond the landmarks set by so many legendary players. But it is not only his milestones that count for so much, but also the exemplary way that he has played the game and been such a fine role model around the cricket world.“Our generation is very blessed to have witnessed his remarkable career at first hand,” he concluded.Cricketers of the YearThe five Cricketers of the Year honoured by Wisden included Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Ottis Gibson, Ryan Sidebotteom, and Zaheer Khan.Chanderpaul was outstanding for the West Indies as a rock-solid performer in the islanders’ underperforming batting lineup; South Africans got to see his consistency first-hand when the West Indians toured the country as he averaged 82.33 in the test series.Ottis Gibson, who was once a star performer for Border in South African domestic competition, captured 80 wickets in first class competition for Durham, including an innings haul 10 for 47 against Hampshire. It was a remarkable final season before he retired.Ryan Sidebottom, whose father Arnold played for Orange Free State in the 1980s, excelled with the new ball for England. The left-arm paceman was exceptional in England’s test series victory over New Zealand, picking up 24 wickets – the next highest return was 11 – at an average of 17.08.Like Sidebottom, Ian Bell stood out for England, becoming a consistent performer with the bat in both tests and one-day internationals. He was among his country’s leading run scorers in tours of Sri Lanka and New Zealand.Zaheer Khan, like Sidebottom, was seen as a bowler who led the revival of the success of left-arm fast bowlers. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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first_imgJust days after their two-year ban for indiscipline was overturned on appeal, Sandeep Singh and Sardar Singh made a comeback into the Indian squad for the tour of Australia.Both players had last month walked out of the national camp in Bangalore without permission, prompting Hockey India to slap the ban.But no sooner was the punishment revoked than the duo reclaimed their spots in the squad.There is also a new captain in Bharat Chetri and it will be the first such honour for the goalkeeper.He will be the third captain in three tournaments after Arjun Halappa and Rajpal Singh, a sign that coach Michael Nobbs wants to develop a leadership core in the side. Veteran Ignace Tirkey will be the vice- captain.The 22-man squad will tour Australia from October 12 till November 5 for a four- nation nine- a- side international Super Series, followed by another international tournament, featuring Pakistan and hosts Australia.The nine-a-side tournament will also feature New Zealand.Interestingly, VR Raghunath and Vikas Sharma, who were drafted into the side after Sandeep and Sardar had walked out, have been retained in recognition of their role in the victorious Asian Champions Trophy campaign.Hockey India selectors BP Govinda, Syed Ali, Thoiba Singh and AB Subbaiah, besides government observer Dilip Tirkey, witnessed the trials in Bangalore where the probables had a go at the new nine- a- side format as well.Roshan Minz is the only player from the Asian Champions Trophy squad to miss the cut. Veterans Tushar Khandker and Arjun Halappa, Bharat Chikara and SV Sunil also return to the squad.advertisementKhandker missed out on two tournaments due to a broken foot while Halappa had a groin injury.SquadGoalkeepers: Bharat Chetri (captain), PR Sreejesh Defenders: Manjit Kullu, Rupinder Pal Singh, VR Raghunath, Sandeep Singh Midfielders: Ignace Tirkey, Gurbaj Singh, Vikas Sharma, Manpreet Singh, Vikram Pillay, Arjun Halappa, Sardar Singh Forwards: Danish Mujtaba, Ravi Pal, Sarvanjit Singh, Rajpal Singh, Yuvraj Valmiki, SV Sunil, Gurvinder Singh Chandi, Tushar Khandker, Bharat Chikara Standbys: Nanak Singh (goalkeeper), Birendra Lakra (midfielder), Mandip Antil (forward), Chinglingsana (forward), Roshan Minz (forward)Saba to lead in AustraliaForward Saba Anjum will lead an 18-member Indian women’s hockey squad on the tour of Australia, which features four tests against the hosts and a nine-a-side tournament also involving Malaysia.SquadGoalkeepers: Yogita Bali, E Rajani; Defenders: Joydeep Kaur, Preety Sunila Kiro, Jaspreet Kaur; Midfielders: Asunta Lakra, Kirandeep Kaur, Ritu Rani, P Sushila Chanu, Mukta Prava Barla, Deepika; Forwards: Saba Anjum (captain), Jasjeet Kaur Handa (vice-captain), Poonam Rani, Vandana Katariya, Rani, Soundarya Yendala, Rosalin Dung Dung.last_img read more

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first_img“They are lighter and deliver great mobility and sweat wicking characteristics, and the feedback from players has been overwhelmingly positive. “However, during game play we have seen a small number of athletes experience significant jersey tears. “We are very concerned to see any game day tear and are working quickly to implement a solve that involves standardizing the embellishment process and enhancing the seam strength of game day jerseys.“The quality and performance of our products are of utmost importance and we are working with the NBA and teams to avoid this happening in the future.”ADVERTISEMENT After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Malditas save PH from shutout MOST READ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers plays with a ripped jersey during the second half against the Boston Celtics at Quicken Loans Arena on October 17, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFPNike on Tuesday vowed to fix issues with its NBA jerseys after a string of high-profile incidents which have seen shirts torn to shreds.The opening weeks of the NBA campaign have seen multiple incidents of torn jerseys, creating a public relations headache for Nike in the first season of an eight-year deal as the league’s jersey supplier.ADVERTISEMENT The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Several of the league’s biggest names, including LeBron James and Draymond Green have been seen wearing tattered shirts since the season began.Last week, Sixers star Ben Simmons’ shirt was almost completely torn apart as he tussled for the ball during his team’s game with the Indiana Pacers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingNike said it was working to remedy the situation in a statement on Tuesday.“Nike always puts the athlete at the center of everything we do and we have worked hard to create the most advanced uniforms in the history of the NBA,” the company said. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 LiAngelo Ball, UCLA teammates arrested in China for shoplifting Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgAt one of Network for Good’s recent Nonprofit 911 calls, Alia McKee of Sea Change Strategies and I were asked, how do you convert one-time donors to habitual givers. Thanks Alia for helping me answer this one!Here’s what we said:•Make sure your donation form asks what type of gift the donor wants to make (“Do you want to give us a monthly gift?”). Whenever you’re asking for money, ask for the monthly pledge, not just a one-time gift.•Revisit the language you’re using in your appeals. Frame your ask in such a way that it’s a win-win situation—monthly donations for you, convenience and budgeting for your donors.•Package the appeal in an exciting way. For example, some organizations have an ambassador program or a sponsor-a-child every month program. Put a face on that sustainable gift. This way you’re creating some tangible tie to the idea of giving every month.•Don’t be afraid to ask for a monthly gift of support after someone completes a one-time transaction. It can be ingrained as a nice thank-you message: “Thank you so much for making a one-time gift. This is how you can put your support to work for us each and every month. Would you consider becoming a monthly supporter?” We’ve seen great success in converting first-time online donors into monthly donors by doing that within the first three days of them making their first online gift.last_img read more

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first_imgVisit the PR Toolkit today and receive a waived annual membership ($195 value) and more than $2,000 in discounts and free services. Writing tips for Feature ReleasesIf your news release does not contain breaking news, you may want to consider submitting your release as a feature distribution. Feature releases often get play in the “lifestyles” or “living” section of newspapers and are designed for verbatim pickup. When writing a release as a feature, there are some additional tips you should take into consideration. Writing Style RequirementsWriting a professional and effective news release can be difficult. Here are a few guidelines to consider when crafting your release:Get to the point quickly and back it up with quotes and evidence.Use proper grammar and punctuation. Check for typos, and don’t just rely on spell check!Address who, what, when, where, why and how in the news release.Double check phone numbers and URLs.Read your release aloud to see if it makes sense.Include quotes to convey opinion or affiliation.Don’t forget to put your contact name, release date, dateline, web site URL and phone number in your release. Also make sure you are available for phone calls after sending the release out.Your release should be written objectively, as if the writer has no affiliation with the organization.Do not use pronouns such as I, we, us, our, your, etc. except in direct quotes. Write in third person.Do not use puffery statements or hype (i.e. we make the best widgets East of the Rockies), but do inform the reader of your status in your industry.Always include standard boilerplate information about your company in the last paragraph. The headline for this section should read “About (insert your organizations name here).”Length RequirementsYour release should be concise and to the point. You should be able to convey your message in two pages or less. Releases that are less than 50 words in length tend to be advertisements and cannot be run as a news release. Headline FormatsIn most cases your headline is the first thing an editor sees when reviewing your release. An effective headline can make the difference between an editor covering your story or hitting the delete button. To create an effective headline consider the following points:Limit your headline to no more than one line. Many newsrooms have a limit on how many characters they can receive in a headline and their systems are programmed to reject releases that exceed this limit.The headline should provide an editor with a tantalizing snapshot of what the news release is about. This is critical as many journalists view releases over their wire system by headline only, then pick and choose when they want to view the full text of the release.The headline should include the name of the company issuing the release.Do not use exclamation points or dollar signs.Attribute all potentially critical, controversial, or judgmental statements. Being NewsworthyFor a nonprofit announcement to be considered newsworthy it must have a broad, general interest to the target audience and a strong news angle (e.g. material information, new development, drama, human interest, local angle, consequence, etc.). In addition, your release needs to be written in a journalistic, rather than marketing style. It should be objectively written as though a reporter were writing the story for you. Most importantly, your release needs to “inform” people, NOT just sell them something. Bullet PointsYes, but sparingly. Article provided by PR Newswire’s Non Profit Toolkit, an educational resource devoted to Non Profit public relations. Visit the PR Toolkit today and receive a waived annual membership ($195 value) and more than $2,000 in discounts and free services.last_img read more

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first_imgDonation Buttons The Donate Now donation button is available in a variety of sizes and colors to coordinate with your website design, email campaign templates, etc.Right click on the button and save it to your desktop, or scroll down below to download a ZIP file of all the buttons.last_img

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first_imgAs the Internet’s largest nonprofit giving portal, Network for Good has examined our data about how donors turn to the Internet for year-end giving. Our observations and recommendations below are based on donations through Network for Good’s giving system from mid-November through December 31 in the last five years (2003 through 2007).December’s Spike in DonationsThere isn’t a long ramp up to online giving. Rather, there is a fast spike of donations concentrated in the last few days of the year.In December, nearly 50% of the donations for the month usually come in the last 6 days when Network for Good processes nearly $1 million or more in donations each day.More than 45% of annual giving via Network for Good’s donation processing system is during December; this percentage of annual giving has remained consistent within 5% since 2003.Regardless of when the days of the week vs. weekends fall during the holidays the pattern of the spike in giving remains constant.The average donation amount is higher in December: In 2007 it was $189 versus during other months when the average donation was $135. Year-end Giving Outlook December 2008While the state of the economy is grim, most research states that people are still planning to give to charity this year and more than half of them in the same amount online as last year.Network for Good expects to see a healthy spike in giving in December as in years past and more donors will be doing their giving online instead of writing checks.Charities should expect to see more donations as holiday gifts (donations in honor of someone or through gifts like Network for Good’s Good Cards) in response to the trend toward giving the gift of charity. What Nonprofits Should Do to Support DonorsIn addition to your core mailings you have planned in December, be sure to send out an extra appeal between the December 26 and 31.The last week in the year is always hectic which means your message should be short and simple, reminding people how easy it is to make their year-end gift online in the last few days of the month.Network for Good’s top-performing mailing is the one sent on December 30 with a short and simple reminder, “Still Time to Donate in 2008!”This year especially, when people may have less money, remember to highlight monthly donations as a way to afford the same level of giving spread out over time.Thanking your donors is always important this time of year. Be sure to acknowledge their past support and let them know what their money has done for your organization.last_img read more

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first_imgI get asked to cover different initiatives all the time here on the blog. Most of the pitches stink. They are self-aggrandizing and really hard to follow. Worse, people attach press releases and expect me to comb through a release to determine how the story is relevant to my blog — and if it is, to start from scratch writing it up. If I like the content — for example it’s a great study — I write back and ask for five bullets summarizing it. Why? Because while I used to be a journalist, now I have a full-time day job. I don’t have much time for reporting. And a blog entry is not a news article anyway. So I’m not willing to spend an hour putting together a post. Here’s how you pitch a blogger:1. You actually read their blog2. You explain in the first sentence how your idea is relevant to their blog3. You write a short, pithy summary of your idea in bullets that can be cut and pasted into a blog if the blogger likes it4. You even embed links for themThese simple steps will greatly increase your chances of getting covered.Last night, I got pitched by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids to blog their campaign. They did a good job. I’ll tell you why: they did all of the above to promote their new report, Deadly in Pink, which takes the tobacco industry to task for targeting girls and young women in their marketing. Better yet, they gave me a cool widget that summarizes everything they’re doing. All I had to do was plop it in and add my commentary. Here it is:My only improvement on this widget would have been a big call to action with a one-click way to join their crusade. The end of the video and the buttons below it don’t exacty nail that, but it’s close. I’m disgusted by the tobacco industry when I watch this, but i’m not really sure what to do about it.If you don’t have the money for a widget, don’t worry. Even a bulleted list is nice for a blogger.By the way, if you watch the video, take note: tobacco companies are really good at marketing. After all, they’ve managed to sell something deadly. Check out the values they play to: empowerment, stylishness, self esteem.Your organization can tap into those same values for good. CARE does it all the time. Steal tobacco’s marketing savvy and use it for good!last_img read more

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first_imgOde Magazine has published a list of “25 intelligent optimists” and my hero Seth Godin (3,000 posts!) was kind enough to name me as one. You can read the article here.But more importantly, read about the other inspiring folks here. (PS – in the article my story is portrayed a little out of order – if only my life were that linear or logical. CARE was one of my first jobs and the need that really got me was what I saw in Cambodia and Madagascar. But I’m still an optimist and try to be intelligent on my good days.)last_img read more

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