From noon Friday until noon Saturday, the cycling studio in the Knute Rockne Memorial Gymnasium will be filled with students, staff and community members cycling and raising money for breast cancer research and treatment as part of the third annual 24 Hour Pink Zone Spin-A-Thon.Jennie Phillips, assistant director of fitness and fitness facilities for RecSports and one of the event’s organizers, said it is a 24-hour fundraising effort for local breast cancer support.“It’s 24 hours of indoor cycling, which takes place over in our cycling studio at the Rock,” Phillips said. “We start at noon on Friday the 7th and end at noon on Saturday. People are simply riding bikes in support of breast cancer patients, survivors or in memory of someone.”The event, which is sponsored by the Notre Dame women’s basketball team and the College of Science, is part of the Pink Zone initiative, a national women’s basketball breast cancer fundraising campaign.“The Pink Zone games are part of a national campaign amongst women’s collegiate basketball teams, and we’ve been doing the Pink Zone on campus for probably five or six years,” Phillips said.Phillips said the past two years’ events raised several thousands of dollars for breast cancer research and gave more than 200 people the chance to participate in the event.“The first year we did [the Spin-A-Thon]… we filled up about 85 percent of our time and raised about $13,000,” Phillips said. “Last year we did the donations a little differently, so we only raised $2,600 and we had 275 riders. So this year we ask that the minimum donation is $10.”Tabbitha Ashford, the fitness and instructional program coordinator for RecSports, also helped organize the Spin-A-Thon. She said 273 riders had registered for the event, and they had raised $1,575, a total that will rise throughout the course of the event.Phillips said they ask for donations from riders in support of local breast cancer treatment initiatives.“Out of the Pink Zone efforts, a lot of the money stays local and helps with local efforts for women to get mammograms, support groups and local research,” Phillips said.Ashford said each hour of the event will feature different themes, ranging from the Winter Olympics to the television show “The Big Bang Theory.”“We do a variety of different themed hours. We’ll have cycling classes, which is a great opportunity to enjoy a cheaper cycling class compared to the ones we offer normally,” Ashford said. “We’ll have music-themed hours, so we’ll do an 80s hour, and we’ll have a Valentine’s hour where we encourage people to wear red gear and play some cheesy love songs and have fun with that.”Phillips said they will give away prizes throughout the event as well to keep the cyclists involved throughout the 24-hour effort.“We’ll have giveaways, too. Everybody who rides gets a t-shirt and a water bottle, and then we’ll do giveaways throughout the night,” Phillips said. “We’ll keep people engaged and entertained while they’re there.”Phillips said in years past, the initiative has received tremendous support from the entire Notre Dame community.“The people that come have fun. It’s really awesome that a lot of our club sports teams come and participate,” Phillips said. “Rugby has been really great because they come from about two to five in the morning. The first year they came, we watched the movie ‘Rudy’ and by the end of the movie, you could hear them all throughout the Rock chanting.”Ashford also said the event will focus on the survivors and patients that the money helps.“We’ll be updating the mileage we’ve gone throughout the event and the money that’s being raised, as well as bringing it back home and showing videos of survivors’ stories,” Ashford said. “We normally put up different pictures and biographies of different survivors from around the community, just to bring it back to why we are having this event.”Phillips said the event is a testament to the Notre Dame community and its willingness to help those in need.“One of things I am always impressed by at Notre Dame is how people step up for a cause. They come out and put forth the effort, and around here you get to have a little fun while you do that, but also really affect people’s lives,” Phillips said.“On Sunday at the basketball game at halftime, we’ll bring current patients and survivors down on the floor, and they are so touched by the reception that the crowd gives them and the fact that we honor them in their fight. It’s a really special thing.”Tags: breast cancer, Cancer research, RecSports, Rockne Memorial, The Rock, women’s basketball
Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Share 27 Views no discussions EducationLocalNewsSecondary Consultation on CARICOM programme to develop skills training capacity by: – October 11, 2011 Share Facilitators of C-EFERoseau, Dominica – October 11, 2011 — Representatives of the CARICOM Education for Employment Programme (C-EFE) on Monday met with officials of the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development, Dominica State College and secondary schools for a consultation on skills training in Dominica. The consultation, which formed Part 3 of an Inception Mission ahead of the programme’s implementation, was held at the national stadium.Also in attendance were representatives of the private sector including members of the Dominica Manufacturing Association.The Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) is partnering with the Caribbean Association of National Training Agencies (CANTA) to develop the Caribbean-wide project to provide support for technical and vocational training.The other regional partners are the Association of Caribbean Tertiary Institutions and the CARICOM Secretariat which is charged with positioning the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system in the region to better support a competitive economy.Linda CookeLinda Cooke of the ACCC said the consultation was intended to help the local TVET Council deliver vocational qualifications to nationals so that they may acquire certification that is “very clear and understood across the region.”“The ultimate goal is economic development for the Caribbean by training skilled workers for sectors where there is going to be employment,” said Cooke.“TVET isn’t just auto-mechanics or plumbing. It’s actually a skills based training programme. Where are the emerging skills? They may be in agriculture, in music production or in graphic design.“So let’s broaden people’s understanding of what skills training is and show that it leads to really good jobs usually and is a way to support families and economies,” she added.After two previous consultations in the region, the ACCC has already identified priority areas for technical training in Dominica including Agriculture, ICT Hardware and Software, Construction, Early Childhood Education and Hospitality and Tourism.Participants in the C-EFEParticipants at Monday’s consultation also advised the visiting delegation of the need for training in high demand areas such a Cosmetology, Craft Production, Plumbing and Music Management and Production.The TVET programme is designed to provide graduates with relevant technical knowledge and skills and industry recognized credentials to compete in a demand-driven labour market.The C-EFE will provide support to the local TVET initiative by strengthening capacity to coordinate, promote and conduct quality assurance and in the long run, increase employment of TVET graduates in targeted career areas. The C-EFE is undertaken with a $20M grant from the Government of Canada through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).The project will be fully implemented by the ACCC in January, 2012. By: Dionne Durand
Hazel I. Cunningham, 88 of Milan passed away Saturday April 30, 2016 at Ripley Crossing in Milan. Hazel was born Friday April 27, 1928 in Warsaw, Kentucky the daughter of Stanley and Laura (Courtney) Jackson. She married Harry Cunningham who preceded her in death in 2008. Hazel was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening, flowers, watching the birds and family time.Hazel is survived by son Harry Allen Cunningham of Casselberry, Fla; daughters Debbie (Arthur) Thomas of Cross Plains; Sheila (Jeff) Jackson of Lafayette; Barbara J. Bowling of Harrison, Ohio; and Treva Cunningham of Shelbyville; sister-in-law Betty Cunningham, brother-in-law Evan (Georgia) Cunningham, Grandchildren Kevin (Sarah) Thomas; Amy (Scott) Linkel; Jeffery Cunningham; Brett (Jill) Cunningham; Great grandchildren Brady and Brionna Linkel; Katie Thomas, Jackson Cunningham, and 2 step grandchildren. Hazel was preceded in death by her husband and Grandaughter Lisa Simpson, 3 brothers and 4 sisters.Funeral services will be Thursday May, 5, 2016; 11AM at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home with Pastor Charlie Miller officiating. Burial will follow in New Craven Cemetery at Milan. Visitation will be Wednesday 4-7PM at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Ripley Crossing Activity Fund or Margaret Mary Hospice. Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, Milan entrusted with arrangements,707 S. Main St; Box 243, 47031, (812)654-2141. Go to www.lawscarrmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.
RelatedPosts Lagos CP declares war on cultists, traffic offenders Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Sanwo-Olu celebrates Sen. Tinubu at 60 Newly-elected 2nd vice President of Nigeria Archery Federation, Mike Egbayelo, has pledged his commitment to ensuring Nigeria becomes a force in the sport in Africa, while also aiming for the country to rub shoulders with the best in the world by way of debuting at the 2024 Olympics Olympics in Paris, France. Egbayelo, who defeated incumbent Ayo Phillips to also emerge as the South West representative on the board in Wednesday’s poll in Abuja, said various plans have been tailored for the phenomenal rise of the sport in Nigeria. He stated: “Last year, we launched the Strategic Action Plan for Archery in Lagos in line with the THEMES agenda of Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu to make the sports a driving force of development and empowerment of the grassroots and there has been rise in the popularity and growth of the sport. “As it stands, Archery is the fastest growing sport in Lagos with the establishment of 25 clubs in just one year. “The same template would be used to develop the sport across Nigeria and we are sure that it will help us achieve our ultimate goal, which is to be a leading force in Africa and also to compete with the best at major international tournaments, particularly at the 2024 Olympics.” As at the start of March, there are 33 more places to be filled for Archery at the forthcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympics, but Egbayelo, the Vice Chairman of Lagos Archery, said it would be wise to plan for the one in four year’s time. Archery is also a Paralympics sport and Egbayelo pledged that the physically-challenged athletes won’t be left out of the development programme.Tags: 2024 OlympicsAyo PhillipsBabajide Sanwo-OluLagos StateMike EgbayaloNigeria Archery FederationTHEMES