The current outbreak of the Ebola virus now appears to have killed more than all other known Ebola outbreaks combined - so far over 5,000 lives.
Local treatment facilities are now ensuring that more and more people are recovering and able to return to their villages. However for one group of survivors life is not that simple - children orphaned when their parents did not survive and who may themselves have suffered and recovered from the disease are being shunned by their neighbours who fear that they will bring back the disease.
This is why Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) has established an orphans' relief programme and made an immediate grant of $150,000 from its disaster fund to local Lions clubs in the four countries affected by Ebola and now h...
Sporting success and a Sport Legacy Fund
What sometimes go unseen are the years of hard training and parental backing (in terms of both time and money) that underlie sporting success. In recognition of this King James’ school Knaresborough has set up a Sport Legacy Fund to support students who are selected for national and international sporting events.
The Fund was the inspiration of Jan Lake, mother of 6th Form Foundation Learners student William, who has achieved international swimming success.
Here she explains the thinking behind the Fund:
William who was 17 in August has been a Pupil at King James since September 2009, he has Down syndrome and we have encouraged him in mainstream education throughout. At times it is a struggle for him, but he...
A short while ago we decided to support Leeds Autism Services (LAS) by funding two tablet computers of their choice. We recently went to their Vocational and Community services (VACS) premises in Grape Street, Hunslet to see them in action and be shown around their premises.
Pictured above are Lions Jenny Wade, Clive Houghton, LAS’s Karl Wilson, Steve Cooper and Stuart Reid. Karl is demonstrating the Samsung Galaxy Tabs which currently use standard apps but will have bespoke apps added to them.
We also looked around the self-contained premises, which are secure, light, spacious, and divided into smaller rooms for workshops and offices as well as a large areas for communal use. They include a sensory room and a sensory garden.