first_img 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 Researching massive growth in giving.  15 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Digital Wikinomicscenter_img Howard Lake | 30 June 2008 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Brooklyn’s mum channels grief to help homeless charity

first_img Previous articleMusicLimerick: Irish Music Industry Podcast features Emma LangfordNext articleThe Limerick Post Show turns 1 David Raleigh Sonia Aylmer holds a balloon with a message for her son, Brooklyn Colbert, following her 10km run to raise fund sfor Novas Initiatives. Photo Cian ReinhardtTHE mother of a Limerick schoolboy who died in violent circumstances six months ago organised a “fast walk” in his memory last weekend to raise funds for housing and addiction services charity NOVAS.Sonia Aylmer’s 11-year old son Brooklyn Colbert was found dead in a house in Ballynanty on November 3, after sustaining multiple injuries.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A 26-year old man, known to the victim and his family, is currently before the courts charged with the boy’s murder.Brooklyn and his mother were due to run together in the 10km Great Limerick Run which was postponed because of the Covid-19  lockdown.A photo of Brooklyn Colbert sits outside the Augustinian Church, O’Connell Street Limerick as his mother, Sonia Aylmer, holds balloons to release in Brooklyn’s memory. Photo: Cian ReinhardtMs Aylmer and a small group of friends and family took part in a short walk which raised almost €3,000 for NOVAS.The fundraising drive will continue into October when she plans to take part in the rescheduled Great Limerick Run.NOVAS helped Ms Aylmer and her only son out of a brief period of homelessness shortly before Brooklyn’s death.Along with Brooklyn’s grandmother Terry Colbert, Ms Aylmer released 11 red balloons at the end of Sunday’s walk,in  an emotional tribute to Brooklyn who was a “mad Liverpool fan”.“I kept my promise to Brooklyn. I did the walk I said I was going to do. Myself and Brooklyn do it every year, so I cut the route short and went past his school, and I left off 11 red balloons; ‘forever 11’ on them,” Ms Aylmer said after finishing the event.“I’m emotionally drained from it, it’s a bittersweet day. Today was about showing our love for him. I just wanted to do something to mark his anniversary.”NOVAS has also helped organise grief counselling for Ms Aylmer, who paid tribute to the group as well as her own family and her son’s father and his family.Brooklyn Colbert’s mother, Sonia Aylmer, and grandmother, Terry Colbert stand next to photos of Brooklyn outside the Augustinian Church, Limerick City, following Sonia’s 10km run to raise funds for Novas Initiatives. Photo: Cian Reinhardt“We nearly have €3,000 raised now, and Brooklyn would be delighted with that. He would be really proud and I’m proud to make him proud,” she said.Ms Colbert fought back tears as she described the pain of losing her grandson so young.“I’m very emotional, I just miss him so much. He was everything to me, and we’ll never get over his loss.”Brooklyn’s beloved pet dog “Buddy” also took part in the fundraising walk.Ms Aylmer thanked all those who supported her along the route while observing social distancing measures.“We will be doing the real Great Limerick Run in October, if it goes ahead. Brooklyn loved doing it. I wore his medal today from another year he did it.”Julie McKenna, NOVAS, said: “We’re very thankful to Sonia. It should have been her run with Brooklyn, and we were all geared up to do the run before the Covid-19 lockdown, so and it was great to see people come out today and adhere to the social distancing and still be together.”“It is very difficult for people who have suffered loss or bereavement to try to manage their lives under lockdown and be isolated,” Ms McKenna said.Donations to Ms Aylmer’s fundraising drive for NOVAS can be made at everyday hero. NewsCommunityBrooklyn’s mum channels grief to help homeless charityBy David Raleigh – May 4, 2020 831 Print Twitter Advertisementcenter_img Linkedin WhatsApp Email Facebooklast_img read more

A grand plan to renovate led to a complete rebuild for this Paradise Waters home

first_img8 midshipman court, Paradise Waters.AMANDA and Pieter Koppen purchased 8 Midshipman Court with a grand plan to renovate the existing old house.Two years after first stepping on the 764sq m waterfront land with a hammer and hope, the couple is celebrating the completion of their first residential build.8 Midshipman court, Paradise Waters.“It was just going to be a renovation but because of the steepness of the block and where the old house was positioned, it wasn’t going to be a good family home,” Ms Koppen said.“My husband said: ‘We’ll knock this down, flatten it and start brand new’. The only thing left standing was part of a shell of the garage.”Mr Koppen works in the construction industry and relied on his experience to control every step of the plan, from design to colour selection.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North7 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago8 midshipman court, Paradise Waters.“When you’re watching the process, especially starting with nothing, it feels like it’ll never end,” Ms Koppen said. “It’s about trusting the process.”The project took longer because of the care poured into every detail, according to Ms Koppen.“Our heart is in this whole property,” she said. “We wanted only top quality throughout the whole house and didn’t ever want anything but the best.”8 midshipman court, Paradise Waters.Each of the five bedrooms has its own bathroom, every window and door is double-glazed, Miele appliances feature in the kitchen, while marble and American Oak cover the floors.Ms Koppen said the open-plan living design was ideal for families.“No matter where I am sitting, I can see the kids,” she said.8 Midshipman court, Paradise Waters.Tucked behind Surfers Paradise, the Paradise Waters environment is constantly changing.“We can watch the tide with the fish jumping but the next minute, it’s nice soft sand for the kids to run up and down along.”“It’s so beautiful and I know the house is going to make a family so happy,” Ms Koppen said.last_img read more

Kearns warns of Cork advantage ahead of Semi Final

first_imgAnd Tipp football manager Liam Kearns says Cork have all the advantages Tipp had when playing them last year… Photo © Tipperary GAA Tipp football boss Liam Kearns has warned their Cork opponents have a lot in their favour ahead of their clash this weekend.The Premier get their Munster Senior Championship campaign underway this Saturday when they take on the Rebel county in Páirc Uí Rinn in the semi final of the provincial competition.Cork will be looking to make up for their loss at the hands of the premier at the same stage of the competition last year.last_img read more

SBC Digital Summit: Betting leadership focuses on ‘reopening unknowns’

first_img Share StumbleUpon Related Articles Share SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Submit becomes main club partner of Southampton FC August 25, 2020 Stoiximan/Betano rebrands to Kaizen Gaming July 13, 2020 C-level leaders on the first day of the SBC Digital Summit spoke about the challenges of ‘business continuity in the face of COVID-19’ disruptions and mitigating the unprecedented circumstances that have changed global betting’s operational strategies. The discussion was started by moderator Jordan Levin, CEO of SG Digital, who asked the panellists to detail ‘first responses’ to the COVID-19 outbreak.Leading diverse betting organisations covering all components across retail and digital disciplines, all panel members recognised ‘workforce safety’ as their first response to the crisis.Noting a ‘rapid escalation’, GVC Holdings COO Shay Segev Group detailed that the FTSE firm was forced to implement a ‘crisis task force’ to coordinate group-wide contingency planning covering GVC’s global footprint.Segev stressed that this was no easy task, highlighting the varied response and guidance given by individual governments. He said: “None of us really understood the scale of the virus, so we chose to focus on business continuity.”A month into the lockdown, Segev explained that GVC leadership has chosen to evolve its task force programme to focus on COVID-19’s future response, evaluating dynamics related to ‘cash management, scenario planning and exit preparations’.For Segev, ‘exit preparations’ are now the industry’s great unknown. Leading GVC operations, he said that retail’s “covid’s reopening will be harder than its closure”.Segev continued: “Its been a tough challenge, as we have closed our large retail presence in the UK, Italy and Belgium. However, reopening will be the toughest challenge, as we will face tough procedures on customer social distancing and health and safety equipment to protect our workforce”. George Daskalakis, CEO of Stoiximan, shared Segev’s concerns on retail unknowns, but underlined that leadership must simply accept its COVID mandate in which ‘there is no return to normal’. Daskalakis stated that he has instructed Stoiximan management to study changes in consumer behaviour witnessed during this unprecedented period. Operating in Greece and Cyprus, Stoiximan has seen older die-hard retail consumers ‘change their motivations to adapt to playing online’ – a factor that has led the bookmaker to restructure its customer service to cater for these underserved consumers.  For Daskalakis, COVID-19’s biggest disruption relates to the fundamental changes in the relationship between player and operator.“We are seeing changes right now,” he added. “Especially in communications with our customer service teams. In the past players would be in a rush when talking to our agents, now they really want a discussion and a detailed chat about our long term plans. These are benefits we have to keep.”Mirroring Daskalakis’ positive remarks, Jesper Svensson – CEO of Betsson Group – underlined the need for betting to act on the front foot “responding to its individual community needs”.Svensson stated that leadership should have no surprise at regulators holding closer scrutiny of all high-risk sectors such as gambling during lockdown.Leading Betsson, Svensson has placed a strong focus on developing ‘community bonds’ which should require no regulatory mandate to be implemented.“We have increased our proactive interactions significantly,” he said. “Betsson is part of a local community and we have to contribute. Where we operate, we have given our apartments and resources to frontline workers.”Svensson reaffirmed that this is “no PR practice, it’s just the right thing to do”.The panel focus then shifted towards workforce impacts, in which Tim Heath – CEO and Co-Founder of Coingaming Group – said he has noticed intriguing reactions from his staff working under lockdown.Leading a digital enterprise, whose workforce has transferred seamlessly to working from home, Heath noted that “people have been more productive, but I fear that they are burning the candle at both ends – this could be a dangerous precedent”.Heath added that Coingaming would have no trouble in becoming a ‘remote style business’, but that work from home policies holds limited value for a young company seeking to move forward.“I’m very strong on and insistent in maintaining an office culture,” he said. “I value that we have an office, that we have personal meetings and I believe that those water-cooler moments are important. Employees can like work from home policies, but they can kill a company’s culture.”____________________The SBC Digital Summit runs from 27 April to 1 May 2020, featuring seven conference tracks, a virtual exhibition and virtual networking lounges, attracting an estimated 10,000 delegates from around the world. There is still time to register for the event, with company discounts available HERE.last_img read more

South Sound YMCA Teaches Madison Elementary Students To Swim

first_imgSubmitted by the South Sound YMCAWhen the third grade students from Madison got off the bus at the Downtown Y on September 24 it was hard to tell who was more excited; the Madison students or the Y staff greeting them.  The Y planned and prepared for this week for months and we wanted to make sure their experience was awesome and that they learned important swimming skills.  This week of free swim lessons counted towards their PE grade and we wanted all 40 of them to do well!The results more than exceeded our expectations.  With drowning as the second leading cause of death for youth (ages 2 to 14), it i important that kids know what to do in an emergency.  We are thrilled that 92 percent of the participants can now return to the edge of the water or pool if they accidentally fall in and 80 percent now have the skills to swim out of a strong, open-water current.  In addition, 68 percent of the kids increased their swimming ability by one full level and 15 percent increased by two levels!  (A full article about the Y’s swimming program can be found here.)The teachers were thrilled by the impact the lessons were having on the kids back in the classroom.  They told us that the kids were more excited to come to school, their self-confidence increased, and that the lessons gave the students something to look forward to.  On swim days, third grade attendance was near perfect.Changes were also evident to the parents of the kids.  One mom told us that her daughter came home excited and full of pride on the days she went to the Y.  The girl insisted that her mom take her to the Y to show off her newly learned swimming ability!We are grateful to our donors and the Olympia School District for their generosity in helping this program succeed.At the Y, we believe that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve.  That’s why, through the Y, thousands of youth in our community are cultivating the values, skills, and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health, and educational achievement.For more information, visit the Y’s website. Facebook2Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Shannon Ritter to Lead Olympia’s Centennial Elementary

first_imgSubmitted by The Olympia School DistrictShannon Ritter has been named principal of Centennial Elementary School in the Olympia School District. The position became open with the announcement that current Centennial principal Alice Drummer is retiring this year. Ritter will assume her new responsibilities July 1 pending school board approval in late June.Since 2010 Ritter has served as Dean of Students and Assistant Principal at Marshall Middle School. She also supports staff and students at Hansen Elementary School. Prior to joining the Olympia School District Ritter taught 2nd, 5th and 6th grades in the North Thurston School District and served as Dean of Students at Aspire Middle School and South Bay Elementary.“I am honored to be given the opportunity to continue working with the students, families and staff of the Olympia School District,” Ritter said. “Although I will miss the Marshall Middle School community greatly, it is a thrill for me to be able to serve as principal at Centennial Elementary and continue the great work being done by that school’s talented and dedicated staff.  I have lived in this community for twenty years and am very familiar with the supportive and dedicated learning community at Centennial. I am looking forward to working collaboratively with staff and parents to continue providing exceptional educational experiences thatsupport students academically, socially and emotionally.”Ritter earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education with a Reading Endorsement from St. Martin’s University in 1993. She earned her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from City University in 1997 and her Administrative Credentials from Seattle Pacific University in 2009.Olympia School District Superintendent Dick Cvitanich said he believed Ritter will serve the students, families and staff at Centennial very well.“Shannon Ritter will be an outstanding leader for Centennial Elementary students, family and staff,” said Cvitanich. “She is student centered and always exploring ways to help them grow as students, leaders and citizens. She is highly respected by parents and staff members for her instructional knowledge, strong interpersonal skills, organization, and enthusiasm. I believe Shannon is an excellent match for the Centennial Elementary community. I look forward to her leadership for many years.”Centennial Elementary, located in southeast Olympia near the intersection of Boulevard Road and Yelm Highway, serves more than 530 students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Facebook61Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week: Brewzer

first_imgFacebook19Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Brewzer!  He is a happy and healthy five-month-old Lab/PitBull puppy, weighing in at 24 pounds.  Brewzer is actively exploring the world and learning new things.  He is beginning to understand what it means to walk on a leash politely and to “come” and “sit”.  He loves to play and looks cute while doing so!Brewzer is an eager 5-month-old puppy looking for a family. Photo courtesy: Adopt-A-PetBrewzer’s coat is black and nicely accented with a white chest and white paws.  When he listens to humans talk, he perks up his ears so that he doesn’t miss a thing.  If you are a nice family with a fenced yard, and the desire to teach an eager puppy how to become a great forever companion, he would like to meet you.  Please schedule an appointment to meet him or if you have further questions, please contact the adoption team at Shelton Adopt-a-Pet.  Emails are the preferred method of communication.Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit the Adopt-A-Pet website, our Facebook page or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email [email protected] or call 360-432-3091.last_img read more

Home Improvement Show To Feature 150 Exhibitors

first_imgBy Mary Ann BourbeauLINCROFT – Area residents can get their home and garden projects off the ground next week when the Jersey Shore Home Show springs into town.The show is a great place to meet area home professionals and gather ideas for future projects. The three-day event will take place Feb. 26-28 at Collins Arena at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft. Homeowners will have the opportunity to meet more than 150 home improvement specialists all under one roof. Builders, contractors, decorators and landscapers will be on hand to talk about their services. Visitors can find valuable information and ideas about kitchen and bath remodeling, flooring, patios, roofing and siding, and many other products and services.“I think for people who are looking to remodel their home, it’s a good place to find answers,” said Stephanie Kucharski, associate producer of expos for Townsquare Media Group, the company running the event. “You could do online research, but it’s nice to meet people face to face. You might also find things you didn’t think you needed for your house. It’s nice to have it all under one roof.”Some area exhibitors include Decorator’s Choice Closets of Shrewsbury, Majestic Exteriors of Colts Neck, Just Landscapes of Freehold, Superior Siding and Roofing of Ocean, Design Line Kitchens of Sea Girt and NJR Clean Energy Ventures of Wall.There will also be vendors offering information on basement waterproofing and remodeling, sunrooms, modular homes, tile, gutters, water conditioning, windows, awnings, home security, fencing and decks, solar panels, roofing and pools. Financial companies will also be on hand to help homeowners find a way to pay for it all.“It’s a pretty wide mix of companies,” said Kucharski.This year’s special guest will be Stephen Fanuka, host of the HGTV show “Million Dollar Contractor.” Fanuka, who has worked with some of the world’s top architects and designers, will host 45-minute workshops along with a meet and greet at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. Sunday.Tom Paolino, owner of Millennium Stone Works of Colts Neck, will be among the exhibitors Paolino, a third-generation mason, has been in the business for 22 years and has taken part in the Jersey Shore Home Show for nine years.“It’s a great way to introduce yourself to people,” he said.Millennium offers landscape design services that can include multilevel patios, fireplaces, firepits, waterfalls, outdoor kitchens, pizza ovens and outdoor entertainment systems.“I love to create,” Paolino said. “It gives me a lot of pleasure.”Tom Klahre of Shrewsbury-based Decorator’s Choice Closets will be on hand to talk about the latest trends, such as building drawers inside the closet so the homeowners don’t need a dresser.“A lot of people want a jewelry safe in their bedroom closet,” he said. “We have one that is tied into the studs and you open it with a fingerprint. Some people want one under the bed so they can reach their pistol in about five seconds. It’s pretty cool.”Klahre said customers these days are looking for garage cabinetry, rich-looking closet doors, or a small desk inside a pantry that can be used for paying household bills or wrapping gifts. He even built a three-level clothing rack in a closet with high ceilings, where the racks are spring-loaded and can be pulled down for use.“We design a 3-D picture on the computer with the exact dimensions of the project so people can see exactly what they’re getting” Klahre said. “Whatever the customer wants is what they get.”Klahre said appearing at the Jersey Shore Home Show has been beneficial to his business in the past, but he is glad that the scheduling for this year’s show was better than last year.“Last year, they had it during the football playoff game,” he said. “Thank God they didn’t do that again.”The Jersey Shore Home Show will take place 1 to 8 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8 for adults; children 17 and under are free. Seniors age 65 and up pay $6 on Friday only. Parking is free.This year, there will be a sweepstakes where one lucky winner will receive $5,000 to be spent at the exhibitor of their choice. For more information, visit and entertainment writer Mary Ann Bourbeau can be reached at [email protected] Find her on Twitter @MaryAnnBourbeau.last_img read more

Leafs get top marks halfway through KIJHL regular season

first_imgThe Nelson Daily: Is this team back on track after its recent three-game slide?Frank Maida: I don’t think we were really in a slide. We really only lost in those three games, once in regulation. I don’t really call  that a slide.TND: Your last game you had only 14 skaters against Grand Forks. Are you concerned about injuries playing with a short bench?F.M. We are getting our numbers back to where we need to be (defenceman J.J. Beitel and forward Bryce Nielsen are day to day while sniper Travis Wellman is scheduled to be back in the lineup after missing both games against Spokane and Grand Forks). We’ve been playing short staffed for the last 15 games and now were getting healthier and that’s helping.TND: Are you at all worried about players playing too much and getting hurt?F.M: I’m always worried about injuries and when rest is needed the boys get some time off. After the weekend, we take Sunday and Monday off, and Tuesday we’re right back at it.TND: This team has proven it’s never out of games. As evident last weekend needing to rally past Grand ForksF.M: Going back to the beginning of the season, we’ve proven this team is never out of it. We all understand it’s a 60-minute game and you have to play 60 minutes in order to win and that’s our focus going into every game and if we do fall behind we stick to the game plan.TND: Nice to be back home for two games this weekend?F.M: These are two really good teams coming to town in Kelowna (18-6-0-2) and North Okanagan (12-11-0-1). The boys are excited to play at home after a stint away so we’re expecting two real good games. . . .Two very strong teams that play their systems very well so we’ll have to bring our A-game. Half way through the Kootenay International season, the Nelson Leafs own the best record in the league at 20-1-1-3.Ironically, the Green and White suffered through a three-game losing streak earlier in November before reeling off five straight wins to take a 10-point lead over the Beaver Valley Nitehawks in Murdoch Division standings.Much of the success for Nelson has been in the offensive zone as Nelson has racked up 130 goals en route to the best goal differential in the league.The Leafs also sport the top goal scorer in the entire KIJHL in Travis Wellman, tied with Nick Josephs of Kelowna Chiefs with 31 markers.And the Leafs are also getting it done at the defensive end with a league low 73 goals against.Nelson, host club for the 2014 Cyclone Taylor Cup in April, is back on home ice after playing five of six the previous games away from the friendly confines of the NDCC Arena.The Nelson Daily talked with head coach Frank Maida on the team’s recent success.last_img read more