LIVERPOOL AND SURROUNDING AREA AIMS TO SEND MORE AID TO NEEDY
CHILDREN THIS CHRISTMAS
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
Anyone wishing to participate in the Operation Christmas Child 2005
appeal should log on to www.samaritanspurse.uk.com or contact the
Helpline on 0870 011 2002.
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
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
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 www.ncw.org.uk.
PRINT SHOP GETS A NEW HOME!!!
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.