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Edition No. 173

Date:- 30 October 2004

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Our City is encouraging more people to consider adopting...

LIVERPOOL people are being encouraged to become adopters, as the city looks for new homes for 21 children. 

The city is celebrating National Adoption Week (November 1 to
November 7) at the Harry Potter Halloween event at Central Library this Friday 29 October.

It is hoped the week will increase awareness and encourage more people to consider adopting a child. 

National Adoption Week is an annual campaign organised by the British Association for Adoption and Fostering, which aims to find homes for more than 4,000 children across the UK.

Liverpool City Council's Adoption Service is currently looking for homes for 21 children, after successfully placing 43 youngsters with families over the last twelve months.

Liverpool's Adoption Service will have an information stand at the Harry Potter event at Picton Library, as well as Sainsbury's on Rice Lane, Walton (November 4) and Clayton Square Shopping Centre on the same day.

Councillor Flo Clucas, executive member for social care, said:- "We have an excellent record of placing children with adoptive parents.

However, we are always pleased to hear from people who have the ability to become adopters and foster carers." 

Christine Banim, manager of Liverpool's adoption service, said:- "Many people rule themselves out as they don't think they meet the criteria. 

The truth is that all kinds of people make good adoptive parents and it doesn't matter what your personal circumstances are.

We're appealing to those interested to come forward and find out more." 

Felicity Collier, Chief Executive of British Association for Adoption and Fostering said:- "In the UK, too many children and young people are waiting far too long for a loving family. 

Some of these children may have complex backgrounds and it's imperative that loving and stable home environments can be found for them."


CLIPPER Ventures plc, the AIM-listed marine sports company, has today announced that they have rewarded Fast Track Sailing with a new eight-year partnership to act as their exclusive global commercial and media partner for the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

Fast Track Sailing, a dedicated division of Sports Marketing Agency Fast Track, will continue to raise sponsorship revenues for the Clipper Races and advice on global media strategy.

Having raised in excess of £3.5 million to date for the Clipper Races, Fast Track Sailing have taken sponsorship in the global sailing arena to another level. Today's newly announced partnership specifies Fast Track's objective to raise £27 million in associated sponsorship revenues over the course of four Clipper Races.

"What Fast Track Sailing has created is a sustainable sponsorship platform which builds long term partnerships with cities around the world. We are delighted with the results and, as such, have awarded Fast Track Sailing the contract to work closely with Clipper Ventures,"
said Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Chairman of Clipper Ventures.

A city sponsorship formula has given Fast Track Sailing the platform to work with international cities identifying key commercial and tourism centres and translating their objectives on the global events stage.

Jo Griffiths, Director of Fast Track Sailing, added:- "It is an incredible sense of achievement to bring cities, their communities and their businesses together through an international event. This event will play a central role in strengthening friendly ties with other nations, and allow cities to promote and organise a world class global participation sporting event."

The newly introduced concept of "nation versus nation" for the Clipper 05-06 event and the increase of the fleet size to ten longer and faster yachts strengthens Clipper Ventures' position as the foremost adventure and event management company within the arena of world yachting. Along with the new sponsorship formula, Fast Track will maximise the success of the event via the international media strategy.

Edward Leask, Founder of Fast Track, said:- "We have a successful history spanning 25 years of marketing the global TV rights for the Commonwealth Games. We are therefore confident that the TV strategy in place for the Clipper 05-06 Race will deliver global reach for our cities and their sponsors."

With all ten boats to be sponsored by cities and nations, the Clipper 05-06 Race will provide a unique global marketing platform for sponsors to exploit. Fast Track Sailing is working with Clipper Ventures to ensure that this event will exceed all expectations.

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