2010 volunteer drive kicks off

first_imgA group of Fifa Confederations Cupvolunteers. Filled with the excitement andspirit of this year’s tournament, each ofthese candidates will re-apply to volunteerduring the 2010 Fifa World Cup. Percy Maboane, 32, was a mediavolunteer during the Confederations Cup.He says his volunteering experience “willbe glued in my memory forever”. Chris Bussey, 49, partially shut down hisvehicle security business so he could helpin the afternoons during theConfederations Cup. Nannikie Mogwashwa, 23, and CarlosJackson, 31, say they’re hooked on theSouth African World Cup story and bothagree that volunteering during theConfederations Cup was a life-changingexperience.MediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporterApplications have opened for the 15 000 volunteers who will help make the 2010 Fifa World Cup a world-class event.The long-awaited football spectacular kicks off on 11 June 2010 for the first time ever on African soil. For an entire month fans will closely follow the success or misfortune of the 32 teams taking part. There are 10 stadiums in cities all over South Africa. Some venues, such as the Nelson Mandela stadium in Port Elizabeth and the Green Point stadium in Cape Town, have been built from scratch, specifically for next year’s event.Volunteering at such a prestigious event is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and applications will be accepted from 20 July until 31 August 2009.“The volunteer programme is an excellent way to get involved in South Africa and Africa’s hosting of the world’s biggest sporting event,” said Dr Danny Jordaan, head of the World Cup local organising committee (LOC), at the launch of the volunteer drive.“From ushering people to their seats, to assisting the media and foreign language speakers, welcoming people at the airport and driving guests around, it is the volunteers who actually make the tournament happen.”Who qualifies?The 2010 volunteer programme is open to anyone, anywhere in the world, who will be 18 years or older on 1 March 2010. Applicants must have finished school, have a valid passport or a South African identity document and a strong command of English. The LOC has allocated 10% of the places to international applicants, 10% to candidates from Africa, and the remaining 80% to South Africans.Application forms can be downloaded at www.fifa.com/worldcup/organisation/volunteers and submitted online. For those South Africans who don’t have access to the internet, Fifa’s website lists a number of venues around the country where applicants can apply in person. The LOC has also deployed mobile internet-enabled units that will travel around the country to assist would-be volunteers with the application process.For more information on the venues or programme, applicants can call the volunteer hotline on 0800 52 52 52 (toll free in South Africa) or email volunteerprogramme@2010oc.com.The LOC is looking for two types of volunteers: the specialist volunteer will have a specific skill in language, media, information technology or other relevant field, while the general volunteer will serve as Fifa’s representative in areas such as transport, administration, hospitality, or spectator services.Age or social status is no barrier. Fifa and the LOC will select volunteers from all age groups – these will include professionals from different fields, students, unemployed youth, and retirees. Disabled people are also free to apply.Once their forms have been submitted, applicants will receive confirmation that Fifa has received their documentation. After this a pre-selection process takes place, where the LOC or host city representative will phone candidates and ask them to attend an interview.Interviews of foreign pre-selected volunteers will be done over the phone.This pre-selection will take place towards the end of the year and interviews will be done in January and February 2010. If applicants have not received a call by 31 January 2010, they can assume their application was unsuccessful.Overwhelming responseSouth Africa has just hosted a successful Confederations Cup, which saw more than 4 000 South African volunteers selected from 20 000 applications.Applications poured in from all areas of the country and from all levels of society. The youngest volunteer during this tournament was 18 and the oldest was 78.Jordaan was delighted at the overwhelming response. “It really shows that South Africans are very supportive and willing to roll up their sleeves and get involved to ensure the success of the Confederations Cup and the 2010 Fifa World Cup,” he said.He praised those who gave their time, saying that they exceeded all expectations with regard to sacrifice, enthusiasm and commitment.In calling for the new set of volunteers, Jordaan asked applicants to honour the spirit of “the greatest volunteer in the world”, Nelson Mandela. Just recently Mandela appealed to South Africans to donate 67 minutes of their time to a community-based project on his 91st birthday on 18 July 2009. Sixty-seven represents the number of years the former South African president has been involved in serving humanity.“Without dedicated and committed volunteers, who are willing to give of their time to help others, South Africa would not be able to host this tournament, which seeks to entrench the legacy left by Nelson Mandela,” Jordaan added.‘Life-changing experience’Percy Maboane, a 32-year-old freelance television director from Orange Farm in Johannesburg, said a strong sense of patriotism prompted him to become a Confederations Cup volunteer.“Events such as the South Africa-hosted Confederations Cup and World Cup come around once in a lifetime and think it’s so important to be involved in showing the world we can pull them off. As a media volunteer during the Confed Cup I helped to coordinate photographers on the pitch and got to work with camera crews and radio reporters from around the world. By doing this I felt was an asset to the country. It’s not all about the money – as we worked without pay – what matters most to me is the mark that I made. My volunteering experience will be glued in my memory forever.”For 49-year-old Chris Bussey, the desire to become a volunteer during the Confederations Cup was so strong, he partially shut down his vehicle security business so he could help in the afternoons during the tournament.“Overall I volunteered for 17 days of the 21-day tournament. My shifts were from 1pm to 2am. As a transport volunteer I was responsible for driving around Fifa delegates, Organising Committee guests and the media. For me it was a great opportunity to meet and talk to people from all over the world and to be of assistance to them. I’ll never forget the buzz at the stadiums as the fans arrived, the people talking excitedly, the warm reception they got from the stewards and ushers, and the sound of the vuvuzelas.I’m already encouraging people – including my daughter – to volunteer for 2010 as it’s a fantastic experience,” Bussey adds.Twenty-three-year-old accreditation volunteer Nannikie Mogwashwa agrees.“I decided to volunteer after I heard the programme advertised on the radio and thought it was something I’d really like to get involved in.“During the tournament I organised passes and had to make sure that teams had their schedules, that they were fed and that team spirit was high at all times. Now I’m hooked. After the Confederations Cup I volunteered for the British and Irish Lions and the Vodacom Challenge.“Volunteering is an amazing way to meet dynamic, interesting people and a unique opportunity to see South Africa through other people’s eyes.”Do you have any queries or comments about this article? Email Nicky Rehbock at nickyr@mediaclubsouthafrica.comRelated articlesWin sparks US football frenzySecond chance for 2010 ticketsConfed Cup facts and figuresUseful links2010 Fifa World CupFifa – 2010 volunteerslast_img read more

Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – August 10, 2011

first_img SharePrint RelatedThe wheels keep turning – A Moagem (GC4QYFG) – Geocache of the WeekJune 25, 2014In “Community”The Secret Double Lives of Geocaching ContainersJuly 13, 2014In “7 Souvenirs of August”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – March 14, 2012March 14, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter” What to Place in a GeocacheA few of the Groundspeak Lackeys went geocaching this weekend. We went on a long hike to a geocache in the mountains that hadn’t been found for nearly a year. It was in a beautiful spot and the snap closure geocache container was in perfect condition on the outside, but inside was a different story. It contained two empty chewing tobacco containers, a jolly rancher, a pack of ibuprofen, a few miscellaneous pills, a business card and a few other small things.The “other small things” were things you would expect to find in a geocache – a fun key-chain, a small mirror and a plastic horse. But when we retrieved the key-chain, we found that it was covered with blue goo. The culprit was the Jolly Rancher, which had melted and escaped its wrapper. Although a Jolly Rancher may seem like a fun thing to place in a cache, food and other scented items do not make good SWAG. They can mess up the inside of the cache container or attract animals.The tobacco containers and pills were not great cache contents either. Geocaching is a family-friendly activity and the items you place in a cache should reflect that. If you were a 6-year-old geocacher, would you want a pack of ibuprofen in exchange for your toy? Consider what type of SWAG makes sense for an audience of all ages. Please remember, the item that you place in a cache should be of equal or greater value than the item that you are taking.Fun items to trade include small toys, patches, pins, or an item that symbolizes who you are (a signature item).Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

It’s March – Time for TechStars’ Startup Madness Tournament

first_imgTags:#events#start Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… March means March Madness, of course – the time of year when eyes turn to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship, one of the most watched sports events of the year. The startup accelerator TechStars is getting in on the action with its own “bracket-style” tournament to find the next big startup. It’s picking 64 startups to face off in Startup Madness.Rest assured, tech startups, the tournament won’t test your free throw prowess or talent on the basketball court. The startups in Startup Madness will compete for votes from the public via the user-comparison website This or That. The public will be able to vote once per match-up, and the company who gets the most votes advances to the next round.The Tournament winner will receive over $25,000 in valuable prizes, including $12,000 in Rackspace hosting credits, $5,000 in advertising on Seattle 2.0 web site, and an invitation to “TechStars for a Day.” Finalists and semi-finalists will also receive an invitation to that TechStars event.In order to qualify, your startup needs to have a live, usable public website or an accessible demo, and you need to have not raised more than $250,000 in investment or revenue in a single year. TechStars companies or alumni aren’t qualified. The deadline to nominate startups is Wednesday, March 9. You can nominate a startup here or you can tweet “Hey @TechStars, I nominate [the startup’s twitter handle] for the @StartupMadness Tournament.”center_img audrey watters A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

The Last Transition…or Not

first_imgReflections on Todd & Peggy Podcast #3By Karen Shirer, Associate Dean The audio recording below is the third part of a conversation with Todd, a lieutenant commander in the United States Navy Nurse Corps, and his wife Peggy, an elementary school teacher. Peggy and Todd generously shared some of their experiences as a military family, to help those of us serving military families have a better understanding of what they go through. Below the recording you’ll find a blog post reflecting on this part of Todd and Peggy’s story. This is part 3 – The Last Transition…or Not Audio Player/files/2016/03/MFLN-FT-Todd-and-Peggy-3-2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Listen to Todd & Peggy Podcast #2 Listen to Todd & Peggy Podcast #1 The Last Transition … or Not“When one parent in a family serves in the military, the whole family serves. Military life requires great commitment and sacrifice not only for the service member but also the spouse, children and other family members.”The above thought occurred to me as I listened to podcast #3 where Todd and Peggy reflect back on their experiences as a couple and a family with children as he pursued his military career. Military service with its deployments, weekend trainings and other demands impact the whole family and not just the service member.In this podcast, Todd and Peggy discuss their next transition – retirement from the military. Their experience shows how important it is for couples to discuss not only the timing of this transition but also what it means for their relationship and their family.As a couple, Todd and Peggy agreed that he will retire from the military either in 5 years or if he is deployed again. They decided that as a family they did not want to go through the experience of another deployment.  However, both Todd and Peggy recognized that after retirement, the military will remain an important part of their everyday lives.Military service itself is not so difficult – military members train for it – but separation from family can be very difficult. It takes a toll on the children who tend to become more connected with the stay-at-home parent. Peggy talks about being a single parent during deployments and Todd described feeling that his relationship with his children at times was not as “tight” as Peggy’s.Long deployments also can negatively impact a couple’s marriage. Todd notes that many marriages do not survive the separations of military service. Couples not only need to spend time preparing for the financial aspects of deployment but also for the relational and emotional aspects.  Todd believes that the military could do more to prepare service members for these latter challenges.Todd and Peggy were the fortunate ones; the podcast interview shows that they weathered those difficult transitions and developed an even stronger marriage. However, significant numbers of military marriages do not survive.When asked to give one word to describe his military service, Todd said “service” to country and that he dedicated his life to the military. Peggy responded with the word “pride,” saying that she was proud of everything Todd has done. Despite the hardships, both Todd and Peggy were proud of his accomplishments and felt that the sacrifice was more than worth it.In your work with military members and their families, consider how you might help young service members who are just marrying and beginning their families to prepare for the impacts of military service. What steps can they take now to ensure that they are like Todd and Peggy as they approach retirement with pride and meaning?Karen Shirer is a member of the Military Families Learning Network Family Transitions Team and the Associate Dean with the University of Minnesota, Extension Center for Family Development. Karen is also the parent of two adult daughters, a grandmother, a spouse, and a cancer survivor.last_img read more

One killed in West Bengal during panchayat poll nomination filing

first_imgSporadic violence was reported from several districts of West Bengal on Monday during filing of nominations for the Panchayat elections.One person was shot dead in Suri block of Birbhum district. Police is yet to confirm the person’s political affiliation.Apart from incidents of alleged assault on Opposition party workers by Trinamool Congress (TMC) cadres in the districts of Murshidabad and Paschim Medinipur, two photojournalists and a reporter were assaulted in Murshidabad. One photojournalist was assaulted in Birhum.Meanwhile, Bengal’s Congress leadership said that they would approach the Calcutta High Court regarding the outbreak of violence during filing of nominations.The West Bengal State Election Commission on Saturday night announced that filing of nominations will take place from 11 am to 3 pm on Monday.last_img read more