Philanthropy awards will honour top donors

first_imgPhilanthropy awards will honour top donors AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  23 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Community Foundation for Ireland (CFI) has announced the inauguration of The Philanthropist of the Year Awards scheme. The awards will be made to individuals in two categories: a national award for philanthropic work undertaken in Ireland and an international philanthropist award. The Taoiseach, Mr. Bertie Ahern, TD welcomed the introduction of the Awards and said: I want to congratulate the Community Foundation for Ireland on their announcement of the Philanthropist of the Year Awards. I believe the awards will highlight the need and opportunities for more philanthropic activity in Ireland and also to encourage more of the affluent beneficiaries of Ireland’s successful economy to give back to the community.Tina Roche, Chief Executive of CFI, said the foundation wanted to shine a light on those special individuals who are engaged in putting their energy, commitment and resources together to make a significant long term contribution, both here in Ireland and throughout the world. Advertisement Tagged with: Irelandcenter_img Howard Lake | 10 April 2007 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. The Philanthropist of the Year Awards will honour individuals with a proven record of exceptional generosity relative to their means who, through their engagement and direct financial support, demonstrate outstanding civic and charitable responsibility. It is hoped that the award winners’ generosity will encourage others to take philanthropic leadership roles on a community, national and/or international level.Nominations will be invited mainly from recipients of philanthropy – including community and voluntary organisations, charities, welfare groups, arts and sports bodies, churches and foundations who work in partnership with philanthropists and have knowledge of the value and impact of the contribution and benefit that a donor has made. Closing date for nominations will be 12 October. An independent panel of adjudicators will announce a shortlist on 1 November and will then select the winners. The awards will be presented at an event in Dublin on 15 November 2007 – International Philanthropy Day.Surveys show that there are now more than 100,000 millionaires in Ireland, and over 5,000 people with assets of ‚€25 million plus and a significant number with assets over ‚€100 million. We want more of these successful people to think strategically about their wealth, to understand that they can make a really positive impact on their communities with that wealth, said Ms Roche. www.communityfoundation.ielast_img read more

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Students abroad in Rome celebrate new pope

first_imgThe eyes of the world turned to the Vatican to watch the white smoke billow out from the Sistine Chapel on Wednesday, but Notre Dame students studying abroad in Europe were able to stand in St. Peter’s square below and witness the announcement of the new pope firsthand. A report from the Associated Press said the smoke signal came around 8 p.m. local time or 2 p.m. EST. Approximately an hour later, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, archbishop of Buenos Aires, stepped onto the balcony above the crowd and greeted them as the new pope, adopting the name Francis.  Junior Megan Leicht, an architecture student abroad in Rome, said she and her classmates immediately ran to St. Peter’s square upon hearing about the white smoke, joining the tens of thousands of people gathered there. “We all sprinted down the street, dodging people and umbrellas and honking cars and speeding vespas… while trying not to slip on the cobblestone streets and travertine curbs,” Leicht said. “We finally made it and snuck our way as close to the front as possible, just like everyone else. “The suspense continued as we waited for an hour to see the window open for the mystery cardinal. When he finally came out, everyone was so happy to see him we all began clapping and cheering at the first words of his speech.” Another architecture student in Rome, junior Patrick Riordon, also sprinted more than two kilometers from his classroom to the square at the news of the white smoke. “I threw all shame to the wind, grabbed my camera and ran down Corso Vittorio Emanuele, which leads almost straight from our building to the Vatican,” Riordon said. “I grabbed my rosary out of my pocket and started to pray, but the excitement of the crowd and my friends around me got to be too much. We were speculating about who would be chosen and what name he would take.” Riordon said he was surrounded by flags of all nations and people representing every race, and the entire square was ringing with cheers and chants in all languages. The news was not understood immediately because of the noise and chaos, he said, but once the message was translated and received by all, cheers went up for “Francisco Primo.” “When he finally came out on to the balcony, the look on his face was grave, obviously trying to take in everything that was happening,” Riordon said. “His words were confident and the focus of everything he said was prayer. “The entire congregation joined him in praying the Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be in Italian, and he closed by saying ‘good night and rest well,’” he said. “I think his humility and austere lifestyle are good indicators that he will be an exemplary leader and inspire the world.” Molly Carmona, another junior architecture major, said the evening was “an amazing experience that is irreplaceable.” “No other event in the world would have the driving force to gather hundreds of thousands of people from all different locations and cultures together in one square in a matter of 30 minutes,” Carmona said. “I feel blessed that I had the opportunity to witness history being made in the Catholic Church.” Junior Kelsie Corriston, a participant in the Rome program, made two trips to the Vatican on Wednesday, one to see the black smoke after the morning vote and another for the celebratory moment in the evening. She said there was a “sense of impending history” in the square, and the opportunity to witness it with fellow members of the Notre Dame community was “amazing.” “We cracked open some champagne we had brought for the occasion, toasted to the new pope’s health and waited for the announcement about the identity of the new pope,” Corriston said. “It was pouring rain, cold and pure chaos, but we had an amazing time … we waited and waited, just taking in the amazing, glorious scene. “We broke out our ‘Conclave Like a Champion Today’ banner, [and] the best part was waiting for the announcement, because curtains kept moving on the second floor of St. Peter’s. … [Finally], the crowd erupted into cheers of ‘Francesco, Viva Francesco.” Maria Kosse, a junior in Notre Dame’s London program, made the trip from England to witness the conclave in action. She said “the entire square erupted” at the unexpected sight of white smoke.      “We got to St. Peter’s square around 5 p.m., and stood in the pouring rain for two hours until we saw the smoke,” Kosse said. “Everyone was hugging and cheering ‘Viva Il Papa’… The electricity in the crowd was tangible. “When he came onto the balcony my entire body had chills, and when he addressed the crowd it was silent, all of the thousands of people in unity praying with him. And then the rain stopped right when he came out.” Bergoglio is the first non-European pope elected in the modern era, and junior Nathalia Conte Silvestre, a native of Sao Paolo, Brazil, who is studying in Bologna, Italy, said she believes the historic selection represents “a new phase” in Church history. “I’m really happy to see the Catholic Church branching out and picking someone from a part of the world that is so faithful and that adds so much to the Church,” Silvestre said. “Personally, I’m not Catholic, but his benediction, and especially his humble request for prayers before he himself could offer his blessing, makes me very glad to see the Catholic Church is in great hands.” Junior Claire Spears, abroad this semester through the Rome program, said the moment when Bergoglio stepped out from behind the curtain in the Vatican was “indescribable.” “Being in Rome [during the] conclave, seeing the white smoke and receiving Pope Francis’ first benediction are experiences that can’t be paralleled,” Spears said. “I will remember this night for the rest of my life as one of the best things I’ve been a part of. As a Catholic, this is something that I cannot forget.”last_img read more

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Manchester City wants Kwadwo Asamoah – Agent

first_imgThe agent of Udinese midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah has claimed his client is a target for Manchester City.The 22-year-old Ghana international has attracted the attention of several European clubs with fine performances with Udinese this season.“I cannot deny that there are several clubs interested,” said agent Claudio Vagheggi to Firenzeviola.it.“Manchester City? It’s true but they are not the only ones interested in Asamoah. Fiorentina were among the first to show an interest in the player.“But we have decided not to speak about Udinese’s transfer market right now because it is premature.“Udinese’s strategy is to focus on the season right now. “If the team continues to do so well and perhaps reach an important goal by the end of this season, then, Asamoah is likely to remain.”Asamoah is valued at 30 million euros by Udinese and is under contract with the Serie A outfit until June 2014.Udinese, who hammered Palermo 7-0 in Sicily last weekend, are fifth in Serie A, one point behind Lazio, who hold the last Champions League qualifying spot.Source: Ghanasoccernetlast_img read more

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