Widows across the globe remembered at International Widows Day Concert

first_img“The struggles attached to widowhood are universal, and something of which I have personal experience, seeing my own mother struggling to raise myself and my siblings in the harshest of conditions. Into adulthood, I decided that I would do my utmost to eradicate the sufferings of widow communities across the globe, in whatever capacity I can, and I hope to rally support and recognition from nations, rganizations and people across the globe.” Mr Loomba, Founder and Chairman, The Loomba Trust comments, “It’s a travesty that the developed world has overlooked for so long the sufferings of widows and their children in many parts of the world. The injustices and hardships that they face go beyond belief and, rather than receiving the aid and support they need, they are subjected to lives of social rejection, alienation and misery. – Ends – The Loomba Trust, which was founded in 1997, supports practical projects to help thousands of widows and their children in Asia and Africa as well as campaigning to push the plight of widows up the international agenda. It is largely because of the efforts of The Loomba Trust that 23rd June is now celebrated in 17 countries around the world as International Widows Day. Trafalgar Square, London played host to one of the capital’s most colourful free concerts on Monday 23rd June 2008, to mark the occasion of International Widows Day and help raise awareness of a cause that is gaining global momentum. Over 300 celebrities, VIP’s and high profile dignitaries from the UK and abroad joined in unison with members of the public, to remember the plight that widows face across the world.Staged by the Loomba Trust, a UK-based charity which fights to improve the position of widows in the developing world, the concert featured an international line up of entertainment, including critically acclaimed Icelandic opera singer Cortes; Bhangra music legends, Malkit Singh and Channi Singh; Bollywood dancing sensation, Honey Kalaria; female Bhangra vocalist, Mona Singh; and an array of vibrant dancers from the Indian Subcontinent and the UK. Hosted by GMTV presenter, Clare Nasir, the concert was opened by The Loomba Trust’s Founder and Chairman, Raj Loomba, and President, Cherie Blair, with a ceremonial release of white doves from the stage, accompanied by other key public figures and patrons of The Loomba Trust, including respected broadcaster and journalist, Sir Mark Tully. Sterling Media Ltd,Sterling House,11 Calico Row,Plantation Wharf,London, SW11 3YH This is helping to remedy a position where the plight of widows in many developing countries is often forgotten. It is estimated that there are over 100 million widows worldwide who suffer dreadful prejudice and discrimination – denied their right to inheritance, abused, shunned and pushed to the very fringes of society. And, of course, it is their children who also suffer, often being brought up in such poverty that they can’t afford schooling. This cycle of deprivation is a major obstacle to tackling global poverty and meeting the UN’s Millennium Development Goals. For further information please contact: _________________________________________________________________ 020 7801 0077020 7801 [email protected] 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. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Notes to Editors: The Loomba Trust, whose patrons include Sir Mark Tully, Alastair Stewart, Yoko Ono and Joanna Lumley, is working to ease the hardships facing widows across the world. It is funding the education of thousands of children of poor widows across India. In partnership with Virgin Unite, Sir Richard Branson’s charity, the Trust supports a community building project for 1,500 orphans with HIV/AIDS in South Africa, The Trust has become a global partner with HRH Prince of Wales’ charity, Youth Business International, and has launched the Loomba Entrepreneur Programmes to help young widows set up businesses in Uganda, Kenya, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal.center_img T: 020 7801 0077 Advertisement · Organisations who support include: Citibank, Clegg Gifford & Co, Deloitte, Deutsche Bank, EDF Energy, HSBC, KPMG, Sheetal & Ricky Kapoor, Landsbanki, London First, M J Lonsdale, Mellon, Brijesh Nayyar, Pankaj Nayyar, O’Melveny & Myers LLP, Precis, Rinku Group, TelecityGroup, Torch Partners Corp.Finance Ltd, Ultra Motors, Virgin Atlantic. E: [email protected] Howard Lake | 26 June 2008 | News · Patrons of The Loomba Trust include, The Rt. Hon. Countess Mountbatten of Burma CBE, CD, JP, DL, Sir Sigmund Sternberg O.St.J., K.C.S.G, J.P, Joanna Lumley OBE, Sir Mark Tully OBE, Baroness Helena Kennedy of the Shaws QC, The Rt. Hon. Baroness Betty Boothroyd PC, The Rt. Hon. Baroness Jay of Paddington, Lord Graville Janner of Braunstone QC, Veena, Lady Williams of Mostyn, Sir Rob Young GCMC, Ken Livingstone, Lady Harding, Rt. Hon. Charles Kennedy MP, Stephen O’Brien OBE, Rt. Hon. Baroness Shirley Williams of Crosby, Sir Ian Blair QPM, Baroness Jo Valentine, Ian Barlow, Alastair Stewart, Rt Hon David Cameron MP, Rt Hon Sir Menzies Campbell MP Leena Patel · Board Members of the Loomba Trust: President – Cherie Blair, Patron-in-Chief – Sir Richard Branson, Founder & Chairman Trustee – Raj Loomba  27 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Widows across the globe remembered at International Widows Day Concert Natasha Mudhar Sterling Media Tagged with: Eventslast_img read more

Limerick councillor surprised to learn that he’d bought a convent

first_imgLimerick’s O’Connell Street Revitalisation Works to go ahead Linkedin New parklet changes Catherine Street dining experience Twitter Print NewsLimerick councillor surprised to learn that he’d bought a conventBy Alan Jacques – January 19, 2018 5105 Advertisement TAGSCllr John GilliganCllr Séighin Ó CeallaighKieran LehaneLimerick City and County CouncilLimerick Metropolitan DistrictLimerick Twenty ThirtySalesian ConventSalesian Secondary SchoolSinn Fein WhatsApp Limerick city centre gets a deep cleancenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR O’Donnell Welcomes Major Enhancement Works for Castletroy Neighbourhood Park Cllr John Gilligan is surprised to read in the Limerick Post that he has acquired a convent.INDEPENDENT councillor John Gilligan spoke of his absolute surprise on reading in the Limerick Post last week that he had bought a convent.The straight-shooting City North representative, was commenting in City Hall on the announcement that Limerick City and County Council have purchased the former Salesian Secondary School and Convent for Limerick Twenty Thirty as part of its redevelopment of urban areas.“Nobody told me,” Cllr Gilligan told the executive of the local authority at this month’s Metropolitan District meeting.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “I had to read it in the Limerick Post that I had bought a convent. I thought Limerick Twenty Thirty was supposed to have been set up for the redevelopment of three key sites at Patrick Street, the Hanging Gardens on Henry Street and the Cleeve’s site.“Now, all of a sudden there are four sites. Next we will be hearing they have bought a big dairy farm in Kerry,” he said.Cllr Gilligan expressed his disappointment that councillors were not informed beforehand about plans to purchase the Salesian’s site, which had been in use as a girls secondary school at Fernbank since the 1960s.“No one told us until afterwards. In fact I had to read about it in the paper. This should not be allowed. This should not happen and is something that will definitely have to change,” he insisted.Sinn Fein councillor Séighin Ó Ceallaigh then described Limerick Twenty Thirty as the NAMA of Limerick City and County Council. He felt councillors did not have enough of a say in what goes on in local government and saw the situation as “worrying”.“We are elected representatives and should have a say. I thought Limerick Twenty Thirty was going to look at key derelict sites that need to be developed, not some NAMA-esque quango,” he fumed.“It is worrying when we don’t know what’s happening”.Director of Services for the Metropolitan District, Kieran Lehane explained that the Salesian Secondary School and Convent was acquired as its boundaries extended onto the Cleeve’s site.“This makes it a more complete site with a range of fine buildings. The Council has acquired an asset,” he informed councillors.by Alan [email protected] Facebook Email Call to extend Patrickswell public sewer line Previous articleFresh Film Festival 2018 – Last CallNext articleParticipation in Limerick’s RDS science fair reaches record high Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Ireland’s First Ever Virtual Bat Walk to take place in Limerick last_img read more