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Edition No. 222

Date:- 10 October 2005

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OPERATION Christmas Child, the Christian relief project that sends shoeboxes full of Christmas gifts to needy children, particularly in Eastern Europe, is launching its 2005 appeal. One of the UK’s biggest annual charity events, Operation Christmas Child is calling on Liverpool and surrounding area schools, churches, organisations and individuals to build on the help that they gave in 2004, when over 1.1 million shoeboxes were collected in the UK, and make 2005 another record year.

Last year, 29000 shoeboxes were collected from Liverpool and surrounding area, with donations from communities including Liverpool, Bootle, Prescot, Knowsley, Kirkby, Aintree, Crosby, Maghull, Litherland and sent to Mozambique and Kyrgyzstan as well as 12 countries in Eastern Europe. Operation Christmas Child also sent boxes to South Asia in a follow-up to the Tsunami. This year, boxes will also be sent to India, Gambia and Swaziland and Operation Christmas Child’s regional manager Steve Robinson hopes to collect more boxes than ever before:

“Individuals and organisations have demonstrated their kindness over the past few years, and we are very hopeful that they will be even more generous this year. People are becoming more aware of the large numbers of children in countries where natural disasters, war and poverty have left them with nothing. We deal with families living in awful conditions, in old railway trucks and in buildings partly destroyed by shellfire – and even with street kids who live in sewers. It’s impossible to overemphasise the impact that a shoebox full simple gifts can have on a child, and a family, with nothing. The gift box brings toys and small presents to lighten their difficult lives, and bring hope and love from the person packing the box here in Britain. It is very much a direct gift, going from someone here to a child who greatly appreciates what he or she receives. Any school, church, company, organisation or individual that wants to help can contact Operation Christmas Child via our web site or Helpline, and they will receive a simple set of instructions explaining what they need to do.

Ian Taylor said:- “We give guidelines on what to put in the shoebox, how to pack it, and where to send it for collection and onward transportation. All we ask is for a £2 contribution towards promotion, transport, processing and distribution. At the final destination the boxes are distributed to needy children regardless of their nationality, political background or religious beliefs. It’s a simple process, but it means so much to the children. We really hope to collect more shoeboxes than ever before in 2005.”

Anyone wishing to participate in the Operation Christmas Child 2005 appeal should log on to or contact the Helpline on 0870 011 2002.

24 Hour Drinking at Springbok Trekkers!

AS of 24 November Springbok Trekkers in Southport becomes one of the few bars to open 24 hours a day. Yes 24 hours a day! To find out more see our issue next week.

Liverpool Hosts Event to Attract Women in the North West to Construction

55 female A and AS level students in the North West were invited to a 2 day conference highlighting the diverse and exciting careers available to them in the modern construction industry, as part of this year’s National Construction Week (NCW), which ran from 6-13 October.

The ‘Change the Face of Construction’ conference, which was held at the Alicia Hotel in Liverpool, offered the female students a range of practical activities, including the Salford University Rollercoaster Challenge, as well as a selection of high profile guest speakers and site visits to both inspire and inform them.

Included on the first day was the Career Carousel, featuring display stands and representatives from a range of construction disciplines, including civil and structural engineering, design, planning, interiors, estate management, town planning, quantity surveying, architecture, building surveying and construction management. There was a sponsored dinner on the Thursday evening, with representatives from around 30 companies, Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and Professional Bodies, providing the students with an opportunity to network and chat informally with construction employers and industry stakeholders present.

Sharon Mathews, education adviser for Construction Skills in the North West, commented:- “This is an excellent forum for female students to gain a comprehensive understanding of the opportunities available to them in today’s modern construction industry. Recent research by the Equal Opportunities Commission shows that while 1 in 8 girls is keen to work in the industry, just 9% of construction workers are actually female (1% at craft level). An important element of this year’s campaign is attracting new recruits from sections of our society under-represented in construction.”

NCW aims to highlight to young people the range of career opportunities available to them in the construction industry. ConstructionSkills latest Skills Needs Analysis report demonstrates that 10,480 people are needed in the North West each year in craft, technical and management roles. This number rises to 88,000 for the whole of the UK. To find out more about this or other NCW events in your area visit 


LAST week Pronta Print. Southport moved into a new home after more than 22 years on East Bank Street.   The Southport Prontaprint, which is owned by franchisee Julia Gaudie, is moved to Eldon Court at 39-41 Houghton.  Julia told us that  “The other shop was far to small for our client base.   With our new spacious and welcoming reception area and modern in-house design studio, we can offer clients high quality, affordable digital short-run colour and black and white as well as large format printing for posters in an environment that is both welcoming and spacious."

We wish you lots of good luck in your new offices, from all of us at PCBT Photography.

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