Aspinall Foundation launches first prepaid card to donate to charity

first_img  60 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 20 March 2008 | News The Aspinall Foundation has launched what it says is “the first prepaid card programme in the UK to reward cardholder loyalty by delivering additional income to a charity”.Launched in partnership with MasterCard and prepaid card provider M-Cube, the Aspinall Foundation Maestro® prepaid card will enable both supporters of the charity and visitors to the Aspinall Foundation’s parks in Kent to support it through the donation of an amount equivalent to 50% of profits generated every time they use the card. Fifty per cent of profits generated by the initial purchase of the card will also be donated.Like other Maestro cards it can be used at more than 6.7 million outlets throughout the UK and Europe.The programme aims to generate £500,000 in additional income per year for the charity.Cardholders will qualify for additional card benefits including:• 10 per cent off all souvenirs, food and drink purchased at the Aspinall Foundation’s parks• free entry to a monthly prize draw offering the opportunity to win a VIP private tour of the Port Lympne Wild Animal Park• other offers and savings with retail partners including SeaFrance, Spicers Hampers, Superbreak and Holiday Extras.Commenting on the launch, John Kerr, Finance Director at M-Cube, said: “This card is not just another piece of plastic. It offers genuine additional benefits including discounts and reward opportunities which will cement the bonds between cardholders and the Aspinall Foundation.”The Aspinall Foundation card costs £9.99 and is available from the Aspinall Foundation’s two wildlife parks at Howletts and Port Lympne, Kent and online.www.savinggorillas.com AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Aspinall Foundation launches first prepaid card to donate to charity 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. Tagged with: corporate Giving/Philanthropylast_img read more

Uganda sends 10 athletes for all Africa paralympic games

first_imgSome team Uganda members take selfies at the departures section at Entebbe Airport.Kampala, Uganda  | THE INDEPENDENT |  Uganda has sent ten athletes to the inaugural All Africa Paralympics Games. The games that started yesterday will climax on February 29th in Rabat, Morocco.  Uganda’s team left on Monday afternoon aboard a, Emirates flight.The 10 athletes are among the 1,200 people expected to compete in the Games that were mooted in 2018.  It is seen as an event that would become an official multi sport event held every four years ahead of the Paralympic Games.The Games will act as a Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games qualifier in some events including athletics, Goalball, blind football and power lifting. Other events are sitting volleyball, wheelchair basketball and Taekwondo.However, Uganda is fielding athletes in only athletics, mainly track and field events including the short races of 100m, 200m, then javelin and long jump.   The team has been accompanied by six government and technical officials including the Coach Jameson Ssenkungu and the Senior Administrative Secretary of National Council of Sports, Ivan Mugowa.The 10 athletes include 8 males and 2 females. They include 2016 Paralympics T46 1,500m silver medalist David Emong who will run T47 1500m alongside team mates Abdul Karim Lubega and Richard Ocira.      Fred Masisa and Sam Mubaje will compete in the T47 100m and 400m events while Wilfred Ocen from Gulu University is eyeing the T37 100m and 200m events.Al Bashir Bwaga will compete in the T47 400m, 100m and long jump events and Alex Wilson Legu will participate in T47 Long jump, 100m and javelin events.   The female athletes, Peace Oroma from Makerere University will compete in the T12 100m and 200m events while Monica Ilalo of Kyambogo University will take on F12T12 100m, 200m and javelin events.    Coach Ssenkungu told Uganda Radio Network that he is optimistic that 5-7 of the athletes will qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Paralympics.  The Paralympics will run from 25 August to 6 September.Mugowa, who is also the Head of delegation says that NCS is hopeful as well that most players will qualify. He added that government has funded 100 percent of the delegation’s budget including purchase of air tickets.The Games come a month after the initial dates of January 26th to 31st were changed. The delay was because Morocco changed its sports minister and informed the Africa Paralympic Committee that it had cancelled the event.However, Ssekungu says that the change in dates affected preparation of the team and therefore the players were summoned last week at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole for a 5 day training.******URNShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Steelers win first, now face mighty Titans

first_imgDennis Dixon started off slow but as the game progressed he was given more freedom which led to more confidence as he put the ball in the air more for a very solid first game. He was 18 of 26 for 236 yards with no touchdowns and one interception. He quietly outplayed his much more noted opponent Matt Ryan, who many believe is going to be an NFL star. Ryan was 27 of 44 for 252 yards but was not able to get the ball in the end zone.The defense showed why they were the best in the business in 2008, the Super Bowl year, as they bent but didn’t break, and held an outstanding offense to three field goals. As usual, they shut down the running game, holding Michael Turner to just 42 yards on 19 carries.With Troy Polamalu and Aaron Smith missing 11 games each last season, the defense dropped to fifth, but still was number one against the run. However, both Smith and Polamalu are back, along with cornerback Bryant McFadden and all played major roles in the Steelers victory, with Polamalu picking up a key interception that led to the overtime. They also did something very rare in the NFL. They stopped a team from scoring in overtime which set up Rashard Mendenhall’s winning 50-yard touchdown run.The secondary was the Steelers weakness last season but with the exception of Roddy White’s 13 catches for 111 yards, they pretty much controlled the air attack.The challenge will be much greater against the Titans and Chris Johnson who led the league in rushing last season. He opened the season with 142 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries as the Titans slaughtered the Raiders. Johnson, the NFL’s Offensive Player of the Year in 2010, extended his streak at 12 consecutive 100-yard games to break a tie with Marcus Allen. He trails only Barry Sanders, who had an NFL-best 14. This will be the ultimate test for the Steelers defense to stop or contain Johnson.But Johnson is not the Titans only offensive threat. Vince Young came off the bench last season to lift an 0-6 team into the playoffs. The young Dixon has been compared much to Young because of his ability to run the ball. Young doesn’t pass a lot but is very effective when he does. He was 13 of 17 for 154 yards and two touchdowns against the Raiders.Former Steeler Nate Washington was his leading receiver with just three catches but picked up 88 yards and one touchdown. Expect Young to put the ball in the air far more against the Steelers because it’s not likely Johnson will be able to run as freely as he did against the Raiders. With no true outside threat the Titans must depend on the run for victory, which means the Steelers will gear their defense to stopping the run.Speaking of running, the Steelers looked good with Mendenhall picking up 120 yards on 22 carries and one touchdown, the biggest being the 50-yard run in overtime to win the game.Isaac Redman gained 19 yards on six carries, but was most impressive on short yardage situations when the Steelers needed one or two yards for the first down.Hines Ward once again demonstrated why he’s one of the best wide receivers in the game as he picked up the team in the second half with 108 yards on six catches. Heath Miller had four catches for 40 yards and Mike Wallace was held to just two catches for 62 yards.“It’s like Forrest Gump, I can’t explain it,” said Ward, who is from the Atlanta area and went to the University of Georgia. “I’m 34 years old, and every year regardless of what people say it’s my mindset that I have to go in and prove everybody wrong. That’s my motivation.”Look for a much more aggressive game in the air against the Titans, mostly because Tennessee has probably the third best defensive team in the league behind the Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens. It will be much tougher to run against this team than the Falcons.Of the four games without Roethlisberger, this is the game most pick the Steelers to lose, including myself, but this is not written in stone. If the defense can contain Johnson they can beat the Titans which means they could go 4-0 instead of 3-1. The other two games are at Tampa Bay and at home against the Ravens.The only low point was the kick returns by Antwaan Randle El with just three yards on two returns. Also missing were the two outstanding rookies Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders. Look for more of them in the next three games because Randle El really didn’t look that impressive as the third wide receiver. The Steelers, who survived their first game without Ben Roethlisberger 15-9 over the Atlanta Falcons, now must face their toughest foe of the four game suspension in the Tennessee Titans who ran all over the Oakland Raiders, 38-13. VICTORY CELEBRATION—James Harrison jumps on Rashard Mendenhall to celebrate Mendenhall’s 50 yard touchdown run in overtime that gave the Steelers a 15-9 win over the Atlanta Falcons in the season opener at Heinz Field. last_img read more

Cavaliers’ coaching situation unclear after Lue’s firing

first_imgINDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — After an emotional day and restless night, Larry Drew went back to work.He organized practice, met with stunned players still reeling from Tyronn Lue’s firing and put the Cleveland Cavaliers through drills as they prepared for Tuesday’s game.But after walking off the floor, Drew, the team’s top assistant coach under Lue for the past two years, wanted to make something clear.“I’m not the interim coach,” he said emphatically. “I’m the voice right now.”So much for Cleveland’s transition game.Drew added a surprising wrinkle to Lue’s dismissal on Monday by saying he’s not ready to commit to the Cavaliers in the long term until he gets a new contract. Drew said his agent, Andy Miller, has been with talks with the team about restructuring his deal. Drew is under contract through this season.“I’m sure you guys are aware that there are some talks that are going on,” Drew told reporters. “I don’t know if any type of agreement or settlement will be made. I am prepared either way. I’ll continue to do my job, but right now there’s not been any type of agreement.”Drew said he plans to coach the team Tuesday night against Atlanta, but after that, nothing is definitive.He was asked if “acting” coach was a more fitting title.“I guess that would be more accurate, more consistent,” he said.General manager Koby Altman fired Lue, who in 2016 became the only coach to win a pro sports championship in Cleveland since 1964, on Sunday because he felt the team was underachieving. The Cavaliers are 0-6 in their first season since three-time champion LeBron James left them for the second time as a free agent.They had hoped to remain competitive while developing young players like rookie guard Collin Sexton. But the plan wasn’t working with Lue, forcing Altman to make a difficult decision.“The challenge of this year was we had a mix of veterans and young guys and that’s a complex situation that’s difficult,” Altman said. “It didn’t come together the way we envisioned and we just didn’t think coach Lue was the right fit for this group. We wanted to go in a different direction, a different coach and a different voice.”Enter Drew, who went 8-1 while filling in last season when Lue was dealing with health issues.Drew understands what the Cavs are up against and he’s prepared to take it on.“It’s not a very complicated situation,” he said. “It’s obvious this team is going in a different direction with the group that we do have and with the decisions that have been made with the organization. I would like to be part of it long term, to be perfectly honest. I’ve been through the rebuilding process as a player and as a coach and I feel I know what it takes. Certainly when you talk about rebuilding, it’s not an easy thing to do. It’s usually something that takes a little time.“If it’s going to take some time, I’d like to be part of that. I made the organization pretty aware of that, that this is something that’s not going to happen overnight. In order to be a part of that, I feel that it’s going to have to be something done with a little bit more security.”Altman said the Cavaliers feel fortunate to have someone with Drew’s experience as a possibility to lead the team through the remainder of a challenging season. Altman thought the players responded well to Drew during their first practice together.Drew went 143-169 in four seasons as an NBA coach. He was fired after going 15-67 with Milwaukee in 2013-14.Lue, who played for Drew, was the first one to call his former coach after he was let go by the Bucks. Drew has never forgotten that gesture and they formed a tight friendship.Drew spent part of Sunday at Lue’s home.“I mean the job that he did here has been unbelievable,” Drew said. “I don’t think he gets enough credit for what he’s done. But before I left yesterday I told him how much I appreciated him, and I know he’s going to be OK. He’s still going to be Ty, though. Ty’s going to be Ty. But I’m going to miss him.”___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports In this April 1, 2018 file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers interim coach Larry Drew gestures to his team during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Phil Long, File)last_img read more