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first_imgThe plea for a ‘children’s summit’, made by Betty Ann Blaine of Hear the Children’s Cry, resonates with me not only because of the consistent and persistent abuse of our children mentally, sexually, physically (‘no ally’), but because I do believe that we are in danger of institutionalising this abuse by believing that children are small adults. In sports, talented (gifted) children are required to perform for medals, points, school, club, or country, regardless of the inherent dangers, ‘to maximise revenue’. The branding of children who are gifted in a particular sport is ‘okay’, because the stipend paid (a) to the child, (b) to the parents, (c) to the school or club, supposedly will benefit other poor and struggling children, and help the selected child to ‘make choices’ that would not be possible without cash. Thus, the child is professionalised, with little or no concern to the long-term holistic needs of a child in transition to adulthood. In school sports, this column has long complained of the unhealthy practice of forcing children (boys) to play three, sometimes more, football games in seven days, not because of scheduling, but because of postponements, etc, to justify the fact that the competition must be completed before the end of the school term. RANKING SCHOOLS Any attempt to tinker with the present format of the Manning and DaCosta Cup competitions by ranking schools based on historical results in the competition, so that schools with a poor record of performance would play against each other in Zone B, for example, would have the ‘better schools’ competing against each other. The top schools from Zone B would be promoted to Zone A, while the worst-performing schools in Zone A would be demoted to Zone B the following year. This would minimise the possibility of multiple games in a week. This idea, however, is pooh poohed by school principals and past student networks as minimising income potential for a school that can barely afford the cost of competition! So play on my child, play on, regardless of the mental and physical strain on your developing mind and body. Is that not a form of abuse? In the past few weeks, stung by the premature deaths of children in their care, the governing body of high-school sports in this country, ISSA, have initiated bold steps to try and minimise “the physical and mental abuse of children in schools” by proposing changes to how school sports are managed. ISSA has demanded that schools under their control mandate a pre-participation evaluation for every child who participates in one of their competitions BEFORE being selected to play. This bold move will not eliminate the possibility of sudden cardiac arrest (death) in children, but would identify those children at risk of this and initiate treatment or rehabilitation. Further, ISSA has recommended changes to the rules of the Boys and Girls’ Athletic Championships (Champs) regarding the number and types of events that our children can participate in during an intensive, and exciting, five days of competition. This bold attempt at minimising the potential physical and mental abuse of children in their care has not met with universal acclamation. Already, we are hearing protests from very influential groups who see the potential for reduction in points, medals and income. Let us all, with one accord, support ISSA and mark this effort as the start of a long and necessary journey in protecting our children from abuse.last_img read more

first_imgMOST READ The top five remained largely intact this week, with Joel Cagulangan of La Salle Greenhills, Will Gozum of Mapua, and CJ Cansino holding fort in their spots.Also making leaps were Ateneo’s Dave Ildefonso at seventh and NU’s Terrence Fortea at 14th.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkHere is the list for the seventh week of Chooks-to-Go NBTC 24, with last week’s rank in the parenthesis:Kai Sotto, center, Ateneo (2)SJ Belangel, guard, Ateneo (1)Joel Cagulangan, guard, La Salle Greenhills (3)Will Gozum, center, Mapua (4)CJ Cansino, forward, UST (5)L-Jay Gonzales, guard, FEU-Diliman (6)Dave Ildefonso, forward, Ateneo (8)Rhayyan Amsali, forward, NU (7)Aaron Fermin, center, Arellano (9)Clint Escamis, guard, Mapua (10)John Galinato, guard, Chiang Kai Shek (11)Inand Fornilos, forward, CSB-LSGH (12)Warren Bonifacio, center, Mapua (13)Terrence Fortea, guard, NU (19)RJ Abarrientos, guard, FEU-Diliman (14)Evan Nelle, guard, San Beda (15)Joem Sabandal, guard, Adamson (16)Beirn Laurente, guard, UV (17)Raven Cortez, center, La Salle Zobel (20)Miguel Oczon, forward, NU (24)Alex Visser, center, SHS-Ateneo de Cebu (18)Mac Guadaña, guard, Lyceum (21)Harvey Pagsanjan, guard, Hope Christian (23)Joshua Yerro, forward, UV (22)Every week, a panel of coaches, sportswriters, and a statistician converge to come up with the weekly rankings to determine the top 24 high school players in the UAAP, CESAFI-NBTC, MMBL, and FCAAF tournaments, together with the recently concluded NCAA competition. UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano The players were ranked based on the following criteria: league stats, impact in team, team record, leadership, defense, offense, and level of competition.The top 24 players still on the board for the power rankings in early March will be picked to play in the SM-National Basketball Training Center (NBTC) High School All-Star Game later that month at Mall of Asia Arena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netKai Sotto is once again on top in the penultimate week of the Chooks-to-Go/National Basketball Training Center 24 power rankings.Towering over his competition in Game 1 of the UAAP Season 80 juniors’ Finals, the “23-for-23” cadet unleashed an awe-inspiring triple-double of 22 points, 16 rebounds, and 11 blocks to reclaim his spot over teammate SJ Belangel.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourscenter_img Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson TNT stays in playoff hunt, routs quarterfinals-bound NLEX Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings View commentslast_img read more

first_imgHooray! The Americans are coming and if the driver knows what’s good for himself he should beat it, meaning run for his life. Yes, the Americans are coming, according to media reports, to investigate the case of the missing billions. The Tuesday, October 16, 2018 edition of the Hot Pepper newspaper carried a front-page story claiming that the Americans have already concluded their work and departed the country.In other accounts, the FrontPage Africa newspaper in its October 15, 2018 edition reports that investigators have found only small amounts of local currency in the CBL’s vault instead of the 15.5 billion Liberian dollars which the CBL maintained was in its vault. Whatever the case may be, the public desires and deserves to know the truth. In the interest of fairness and transparency, it is only proper that the Americans release preliminary findings on what has been unearthed so far.But it should not be surprising if the Americans do not make public their findings. There are speculations from some diplomatic sources that Liberians may be in for a rude awakening when findings are disclosed to the public absolving the government of blame. Further, according to diplomatic sources, fears are that revelations of the true findings linking past and current government officials to the disappearance of the money may serve to incite and provoke mass public protest with unforeseen consequences for a government said to be strongly within the orbit of US policy influence. In effect, according to diplomatic sources, it means or suggests that the Americans will act, if needs be, to save the hide of a government which they believe would lend itself to easy manipulation.But such premonitions, as farfetched as they may seem, cannot be dismissed with a wave of the hand. The Americans came not once but several times before. In 1990, they raised the hope of starving, desperate and besieged Liberians when the US Government dispatched a flotilla of ships, planes and troops to the shores of Liberia, raising the hopes of Liberians that their ordeal at the hands of bloodthirsty warlords was over as the Americans had now arrived to intervene. But to their greatest dismay, this was never to be.The Americans instead idled and fiddled while the country went up in flames. But it took the courage and bold ingenuity of West African leaders to intervene and put an end to the madness which had engulfed the country. Again, the nation bore witness to similar circumstances in 2003 when the nation found itself torn apart once again by bloody fratricidal conflict. At the height of the fighting in the besieged city of Monrovia, thousands took to the streets to celebrate what had then been announced as a cease-fire and the arrival of American troops.Again, the joy of the people was short-lived, for within a matter of minutes, euphoria had instantly turned into apprehension, fear and grief as mortar rounds fired by LURD forces began falling on hapless, unarmed civilians. Once more, the West African Community was called into action after the US government had insisted on the presence of “African Boots” on the ground as a precursor to their intervention.Further, in 2016, the nation was shocked by news of the brutal killing of Harry Greaves, a former confidant of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Greaves had allegedly fallen out with the former President and was said to have become a virtual mockingbird singing tales of sleaze allegedly involving former President Sirleaf. Harry, according to accounts, went to the RLJ Kendeja Hotel and was never seen again until his dead body was washed ashore a local beach in Monrovia near the Executive Mansion.With a cloud of suspicion hanging over the Government of Liberia, and in response to public pressure, President Sirleaf invited a team of US forensic experts to Liberia to investigate. The team released its final report, concurring that Harry had indeed drowned. But the key question which remained unanswered to date was, if Harry had indeed drowned, how come his arms were contracted but not instead flexed as would normally be the case when a drowning person lapses into a state of unconsciousness?  Further, had rigor mortis set in before he drowned or after? What accounted therefore for the presence of a stick in his anus can still not be reasonably explained?But the Americans had said it — Harry died by drowning and that was it, although strong suspicions about complicity were never quite laid to rest. In the case of the missing money, this newspaper wonders why ECOWAS was not invited into the fray. The regional body has already established an institution to handle such matters involving money laundering and the like.This institution is styled the Inter-Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering (GIABA). It is a specialized institution of ECOWAS and a FATF Style Regional Body that promotes policies to protect the financial systems of member States against money laundering, terrorist financing and the financing of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Recommendations are recognized as the global anti-money laundering (AML) and counter terrorist financing (CTF) standard.In the face of this, there are questions whether the outcomes of this investigation will be akin to that of the Harry Greaves investigation. There is, however, another twist to this with suggestions from certain diplomatic quarters that the Americans are alarmed by inroads the Chinese are making in Liberia with the construction or planned construction of large infrastructural projects which are without doubt leaving visible imprints that the Americans have been unable to match.They, according to sources, strongly desire to see a “Maada Bio” in George Weah who will cancel at a stroke of a pen, planned Chinese infrastructural projects such as the proposed flyover at the Boulevard junction and the ministerial complex overpass. President Weah needs to awaken to these challenges no matter how outlandish they may appear.For now let us all shout: Hooray, the Americans are coming; so Driver, beat it! Throw your anti-corruption “axe” Mr. President, and let it fall where it may. Who die, da their worry!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Kenyan veteran referee Adan  Marwa. Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, June 7 – Kenyan referee Aden Marwa will not officiate at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia after he was caught receiving a Sh60,000 bribe from undercover reporters during the African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Morocco.In an investigative piece aired by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)  done by Ghanaian journalist Anas Anas, Marwa is filmed receiving the Sh60,000 (USD 600) ‘gift’ at his hotel room. “The most important thing is not even this. It’s the friendship,” Marwa is filmed saying in the earth shattering investigative piece.The piece also caught a Gambian referee in the same web receiving Sh50,000 from journalists posing as fans.According to the Anas report, Marwa withdrew from the World Cup roaster of referees immediately he was informed of the report.Anas’ findings also netted current Ghana Football Association boss Kwesi Nyantakyi receiving a ‘gift’ of Sh6.5mn (USD 65,000).Marwa has been on of Kenya’s biggest referees and made history by being the first ever official from the country to be listed for the World Cup in 2014.He has officiated in several high profile games and tournaments in Africa and around the world.The latest setback is expected to dent his illustrious career even as the wait starts for CAF and FIFA investigations.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgSunderland have ended takeover talks and are set to appoint Simon Grayson as their new manager.A German consortium have been in discussions over buying the Black Cats but owner Ellis Short has decided a proposed sale would “not be in the best interests” of the club.The Championship side are now planning to make Grayson their new boss after Preston granted their Championship rivals permission to open negotiations.A statement from Sunderland read: “Recently, we informed supporters that discussions were taking place with parties who had expressed an interest in acquiring ownership of Sunderland AFC.“Subsequently, more detailed talks were held over the last week with one of these groups.“Ellis Short and the board were committed to ascertain if this group was better placed to take the club forward in the right way and to improve it, both on and off the pitch.“A defined timeframe was placed on discussions to ensure that the club could move forward quickly and decisively with its plans for the new season should they not come to fruition.“We have concluded these talks and have determined that this proposed sale would not be in the best interests of Sunderland AFC.“Ellis Short will continue his commitment to the club, both financially and personally, moving forward.“We would like to thank our supporters for their patience during what we know has been a period of uncertainty and frustration for them.“Preston North End have granted us permission to speak with Simon Grayson regarding the manager’s position.” 1 Preston boss Simon Grayson last_img read more

first_imgRed Hughs GAA NotesSenior LadiesThe ladies had a disappointing result in the championship semi final v Urris in Burt on Saturday morning. The Clonmany girls started brightly and raced into an early lead. The Reds ladies struggled to get a grip of the game in the first half and went in at the break having not registered a single score. Half Time Red Hughs 0-0 Urris 4-5The second half was a different story with the Cross girls springing into life and managed to close the gap to just 6 points with ten minutes to go.But unfortunately the gap was just too much to overcome.The girls were left disappointed by their first half performance that surely cost them a final spot. The Final Score was Red Hughs 4-5 Urris 7-9 Next up for the ladies is a play off Match with Malin for a place in the league final. Hopefully the girls can bounce back and learn from their semi final defeat and come out stronger for this match. Date & Time of game T.B.C. Keep an eye on facebook for details.Senior MenTraining for men continues on Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm.Minor Board​Under 13 Girls The girls play Naomh Mhuire this Saturday in the quarter final of the league in Newtowncunningham. Throw in 3.30pm Good luck to Maura, Sabrina and the girls. Parents please make an effort to go and support your kids in this big game.Minor BoysTraining this week is on Wednesday and Friday at 7.30pm Anyone on senior or reserve panels must train on Tuesdays with senior men.Ceili Dancing Ceili Dancing classes starting this and every Tuesday from 8-10 pm beginners always welcome any age. Contact Gleanoir Kelly on 0861506720 for more info. Refreshments served.Lotto & 100+ Club Results​Rose Doherty Gleneely was this weeks lucky lotto winner receiving €50Next weeks Jackpot is €4,475100+ Club Winner this week was Bernadette O Brien & Margaret Bradley receiving €100 Thanks to everyone for your continued support.GAA NEWS: HEARTBREAK FOR RED HUGHS LADIES IN CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINAL was last modified: October 7th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAANoticesRED HUGHS.Sportlast_img read more

first_img Harry Kane doubled Spurs’ lead Dele Alli headed home the opener Latest Chelsea News OFF Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea 4 targets Tottenham unceremoniously ended Chelsea’s unbeaten start to the Premier League season with a scintillating 3-1 win at Wembley on Saturday.Spurs climbed above Maurizio Sarri’s men in the league with a performance that showcases their own potential to challenge Manchester City and Liverpool for the title. REVEALED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars 4 REAL DEAL Alli and Eriksen worked the ball superbly to the South Korean whose low shot was brilliantly palmed around a post.Son eventually got his goal nine minutes after the restart and it was a beauty.Set free down the right by Alli, Son out-sprinted Jorginho then made a fool of David Luiz before coolly slotting home.As Chelsea pushed forward, even more gaps opened up for Spurs on the break and they should have racked up a rout.Kane inexplicably missed from close range as Serge Aurier put it on a plate for him and then Alli curled an effort just wide from a fine position.Giroud gave Chelsea something to cheer about in the 85th minute as he headed home Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross, but the damage had been done. 4 REVEALED tense Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Olivier Giroud bagged a consolation center_img shining Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ gameday cracker Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT JIBE Heung-min Son scored at the end of a sensational solo run 4 Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa The England captain sent a low shot into the bottom corner from 25 yards, with Arrizabalaga, who can only have had his view blocked, statuesque as he watched it fly past.The Spaniard soon showed why he is the world’s most expensive goalkeeper, though, as he produced an instinctive stop to keep out Toby Alderweireld’s point-blank effort, with Juan Foyth’s audacious flick from the rebound drifting just wide.After Chelsea briefly threatened with Eden Hazard testing Hugo Lloris from the edge of the area, Arrizabalaga was at it again with another superb stop to again deny Son. Spurs have often been accused of struggling against the top teams, losing to City and Liverpool, but that could not be levelled at them here as they made a rampant start that left Chelsea shell-shocked.Alli’s love affair with scoring against the Blues continued as he headed his side in front from Eriksen’s wicked free-kick at the near post for his sixth goal in five appearances against them.Son had two chances to double the lead but blazed over from a brilliant position and then saw a low shot blocked by Arrizabalaga after the South Korean had skinned his marker.The Chelsea goalkeeper was a spectator soon after as Spurs did make it two, with Kane thrashing in his sixth Premier League goal of the season in the 16th minute. Goals from Dele Alli and Harry Kane put them two up inside 16 minutes and Son Heung-min made it three after the break with a brilliant solo goal.It was a 10th win from 13 games this season for Mauricio Pochettino’s men and the rampant showings of Kane, Alli, Son and Christian Eriksen will have the Argentinian licking his lips at the prospect of what might be to come.They could have won by a far bigger margin had it not been for some wayward finishing and impressive saves from Kepa Arrizabalaga.Chelsea were a shadow of the side that had not tasted defeat in their opening 12 league games, though did bag a late consolation through Olivier Giroud, and Sarri will now have to contemplate his first loss in the Blues dugout, having only previously lost in the Community Shield against Manchester City. Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won punished last_img read more

first_img Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will have 14 days to set a date for an election to replace Cunningham, the Governor’s Office said. The case began when authorities started investigating whether Cunningham inflated the price of his home in Del Mar when he sold it to defense contractor Mitchell Wade for $1,675,000 in 2003. Wade later put the Del Mar house back on the market and sold it after nearly a year for $975,000 – a loss of $700,000. Though the plea documents do not name the alleged co-conspirators, details such as business addresses and occupations make some of their identities apparent. One was Wade, who served as president of MZM Inc., a Washington, D.C., firm that does classified intelligence work for the military. The documents also suggest that another conspirator was Brent Wilkes, an associate of Wade’s who headed a defense contracting company called ADCS Inc. that also provided campaign cash and favors to Cunningham while reaping valuable contracts. ADCS specializes in turning paper records into digital files. Wilkes also owned a small private air carrier, Group W Transport, that flew Cunningham and other lawmakers – including former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas – to fundraisers and other events in a Lear jet, The San Diego Union-Tribune has reported. Another co-conspirator appears to be New York developer Thomas Kontogiannis. Cunningham wrote to prosecutors in 2000 on Kontogiannis’ behalf when the developer was under investigation in a bribery and kickback scheme involving school computer contracts. Kontogiannis ultimately pleaded guilty to fraud charges. Cunningham later made $400,000 selling his 65-foot flat-bottom riverboat to Kontogiannis. Meanwhile, a mortgage company run by Kontogiannis’ nephew and daughter helped Cunningham finance the condominium in Virginia and his house in Rancho Santa Fe. Attorneys for Wilkes and Wade declined comment Monday and an attorney for Kontogiannis did not immediately return a call for comment. The plea said checks from conspirators to Cunningham were often made out to his company, Top Gun Enterprises Inc., which sold his book “Fox Two,” $595 Buck knives emblazoned with the congressional seal and other memorabilia over the Internet. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN DIEGO – Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham, a Vietnam War ace and eight-term congressman, resigned Monday after pleading guilty to taking $2.4 million in bribes from defense contractors and others that went to pay for a condominium in Virginia, a Rolls-Royce and other luxury items. Prosecutors said Cunningham, a Republican, used his influential position as a member of a House Appropriations subcommittee to secure defense contracts worth tens of millions of dollars for people who bribed him. “In my life, I have had great joy and great sorrow. And now I know great shame,” Cunningham said, choking up as he announced his resignation outside federal court. Until entering his pleas, Cunningham had insisted he had done nothing wrong. The case grew from an investigation into the sale of Cunningham’s home in wealthy Del Mar to a wide-ranging conspiracy involving payments in checks totaling more than $1 million, cash, vacations and antiques from four alleged co-conspirators whom prosecutors did not identify by name. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Among other things, Cunningham admitted in his plea agreement that he was given $1.025 million to pay down the mortgage of a five-bedroom, eight-bathroom Spanish colonial estate he bought with money from the Del Mar home sale; $200,000 as a down payment for an Arlington, Va., condo; $13,500 to buy a Rolls-Royce; and $2,081 for his daughter’s graduation party. Just before resigning, Cunningham entered pleas in U.S. District Court to charges of conspiracy to commit bribery, mail fraud and wire fraud, and tax evasion for underreporting his income in 2004. The tax evasion charge came after Cunningham reported joint income with his wife of $121,079 and claimed he was due a refund of $8,504. Prosecutors said his income was $1,215,458 and that he owed $385,077 in taxes. “He did the worst thing an elected official can do – he enriched himself through his position and violated the trust of those who put him there,” U.S. Attorney Carol Lam said in a prepared statement. Cunningham, 63, was released on his own recognizance until a Feb. 27 sentencing. He could receive a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. In his statement, Cunningham said he will cooperate with authorities in the investigation and would like to begin serving a prison term. last_img read more

first_imgThe Rally to Read organisation hopes to nurture a strong reading culture among the country’s youth living in remote locations. (Image: Rally to Read)In response to the outcry for better educational facilities following the student uprising in 1976, a small group of volunteers gathered at St John’s College to start a movement that would soon spread across the whole of South Africa: the READ Education Trust.The movement gathered huge support both locally and internationally and soon began building libraries and providing books to underprivileged communities, creating a culture of supporting the less fortunate, which continues to this day in the Rally to Read non-profit organisaton.Today, 40 years after the student uprising, the organisation continues to support teachers and learners in some of the country’s most remote locations, allowing them to discover and feed their passion for reading and education.The organisation visits some of the most remote areas in the country to deliver educational material to schools and caregivers who need it most.“Almost all rural schools have one lack in common – educational resources,” said South Africa’s deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, who touched on the impact that Rally to Read has made on the lives of the learners. “It is in this need that the Rally to Read provides.“Sponsors, organisers and participants of the Rally have visited the most remote and needy schools in rural areas to deliver books, teaching aids, science kits, sports equipment, educational toys and other material – all of which are taken for granted at urban schools,” said Ramaphosa.“But most of all, the Rally delivers hope to rural learners, their teachers and their parents for a better future.”HOW IT WORKSThe organisation calls on corporations and members of the public to sponsor teacher training, library boxes meals for the children on rally days.The library boxes delivered are packed with reading materials and educational aides that are relevant to the level of education of the learners. It covers a wide range of topics to help broaden their understanding of the world.Members travel in convoys consisting of high clearance vehicles meant for gravel roads. This is where the rally element in the organisation’s name comes from.According to the Rally to Read website, more than R86-million has been raised for education in rural areas for more than 1 000 schools since 1979.GET INVOLVEDAny individuals or corporations who want to get involved with Rally to Read can have a look at the organisation’s get involved page for more details.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part to help improve the lives of those around you or the environment? Do you know of anyone who has gone out of their way to help improve South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more