Shoeboxes stuffed with love in Limerick

first_imgEmail NewsCommunityShoeboxes stuffed with love in LimerickBy Bernie English – October 24, 2017 2305 TAGSCarol HennessyChristmaslimerickOdessaShoebox appealSwazilandteam HopeUkraine Print Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Facebook Twitter Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement Previous articleLimerick seniors avail of personal alarmsNext articleBoomerang boom for the Mid West? Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Linkedin Team Hope shoebox appealLAST year, Limerick people showed the way by sending 9,681 shoeboxes stuffed with love to children who will get no other visit from Santa.The boxes, packed with generous and thoughtful gifts, arrived at the Limerick Enterprise Development Partnership headquarters in Roxboro during the last two weeks of November from where they were quickly dispatched for Africa and the Ukraine by members of Team Hope, who organise the Christmas Shoebox appeal.Team Hope shoebox appealLimerick project co-ordinator Norah Collins said that boxes arrived at their borrowed warehouse from workplaces, schools, individuals and, most touchingly, from Limerick children.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “People were just fantastic. Limerick really responded to this appeal and we filled one container to be shipped to Democratic Republic of Congo and any boxes we couldn’t fit in that container went to Odessa in the Ukraine”.And with Christmas creeping up fast, the volunteers are now asking that schools, businesses, book, clubs, friends and individuals get busy putting a gift-box together again to make this a bumper year for needy children.This simple practical act of kindness, with people all over Ireland wrapping and filling an ordinary shoebox, can mean “the whole of Christmas wrapped up in a shoebox.”, said Carol Hennessey, National Christmas Shoebox Appeal Manager.Appeal leaflets, containing information about what is suitable to pack in the box are available online at www.teamhope.ie/christmas-shoebox-appeal. Remember #everyshoeboxcounts.“We are so pleased when we get to hear and see pictures of stories about some of the children that receive your donated shoebox gifts,” said Carol.“Like little Mancoba and his friends who were so excited when we came in to his playschool in Swaziland. He had never seen so many toys that were all for him.”To date, more than 3.5 million children have received a shoebox gift from Ireland. The boxes go to children living on the margins of society, often on less than a €1 a day, who think they’ve been forgotten. Very often it’s the first time for many of these children to receive a gift, which gives them dignity and hope.The deadline for drop-off is Friday, November 10 and boxes can be sent to AXA; FastFit/FirstStop branches and Toymaster stores.Details of local Drop-Off points will be available online at www.teamhope.ie Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WhatsApp Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

NPPA, NADA app to help athletes identify prohibited medicines

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 29 (PTI) Drug pricing regulator NPPA today joined hands with National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) to help athletes understand medicines that could contain prohibited substances in sports through its app Pharma Jan Samadhan.The two regulators signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the purpose today.Speaking on the occasion, Sports Secretary Injeti Srinivas said: “This MoU is of huge importance as our athletes, like general public do not really understand which medicines they can take or cannot take and which medicines contain prohibited substances”.Through NPPAs app every consumer can know ingredients in a medicine. This will now have an additional feature, which will make it easy for athletes to keep away from medicines that have prohibited substances, he added.This app will bridge the information asymmetry for athletes and help them to keep away from the prohibited substances, Srinivas said.Acknowledging the role of NPPA, he said that drug price regulator has played an immense role in making essential medicines available to common man at affordable rates.NPPA has also taken extraordinary steps in protecting public interest and ensuring that price control is not limited only to medicines but also extends to medical devices, he added.Today is the foundation day of the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority. PTI AKT RKL BALlast_img read more