Surfing Fundraiser to Benefit Cancer Foundation

first_imgThe Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation is going to award surfers prizes for helping people with cancer, both on and off the water.  Prizes for the 19th annual Surf For A Cause Sept. 7 in Margate include divisional trophies for the surfing competition and top fundraisers will win for collecting online donations. The Surf It Forward campaign is open to surfers and spectators. The top three fundraisers in both the 18-years and older category, and the 17-years and younger category, will receive prizes.Again this year, the cancer foundation will also partner with the Heart of Surfing Foundation to work with special needs children and teach them to surf at Surf for A Cause.    The winning fundraiser in each category will receive a custom-shaped surfboard from Brian Wynn Surfboards, built to their specifications. The second-place fundraiser in each category will receive a Hamboards skateboard designed to mimic a surfboard in its riding style. The third-place fundraiser will receive a gift certificate to Heritage Surf and Sport in Margate.  Surfing contest entries are $50 per division, $15 for each additional division, and include a ticket to the after-party. Entries are free for grom boys, 11 years old and younger and gromette girls, 12 years old and younger, divisions. There are also divisions for longboard and standup paddleboard. Anyone who raises $75 will receive a Surf It Forward hat and sticker. All entries include a Surf For A Cause T-shirt and a ticket to the after-party.  Sean Duffey, of Ventnor, rides a wave during his longboard heat at the 17th annual Surf For A Cause.Surfers are required to check-in between 7-8 a.m. the day of the event. The first heat begins at 8 a.m. Registration is online only and surfers cannot sign up on the beach. Trophies will be awarded to the top three winners in each of the following age divisions: groms 11 and younger, gromettes 12 and younger,  boys 12-14, junior men 15-17, men’s 18-24, masters men 25-34, legends 45 and older, girls 13-15, women 16 and older, open longboard and open stand-up paddleboard.  Spectators are welcome to come out and watch the surfing, which will be followed by an after- party at 4 p.m. on the outdoor deck at Ventura’s Greenhouse that is open to the public. Tickets to the after-party only are $25 and can be purchased online by clicking register on or at the event. Longtime foundation trustee and supporter Dan Celluci of Northfield will be honored at this year’s event for his years of service to the organization.  Sponsorships and raffle items are still being accepted. Contact Michael Wright at [email protected] or see for more information. Dean Randazzo presents Korey Renart, 14, of Egg Harbor Township, with a trophy and gift certificate for winning the boys division at the 17th annual Surf For A Cause. (Photos courtesy of Shaun R. Smith/Sparkable)last_img read more

Honduras Launches Annual Civil-Military Action Program

first_imgBy Kay Valle/Diálogo March 26, 2018 The Honduran Armed Forces began their annual civil-military action program on February 4, 2018, with two simultaneous medical mega-brigades in the north and central regions of the country. Various institutions, universities, local authorities, and personnel from the Department of Health participated in the humanitarian aid that covered more than half of Honduras. Almost 69,000 people from the departments of Cortés, Atlántida, Yoro, Colón, Francisco Morazán, and Comayagua benefitted from the development assistance campaign. Residents of isolated, rural communities, who lack healthcare services and other resources, received medical care, preventive medicine consultations, and supplies. Some 400 Honduran Armed Forces troops, both medical and military personnel, participated in the mega-brigades to serve the population. A total of 900 volunteers, including more than 100 general practitioners and specialists, also joined the humanitarian mission. “The coordination is at the institutional level, for which there is specialized personnel, and strategic alliances were established with public and private institutions, including some universities,” Honduran Navy Captain José Domingo Meza, director of public relations for the Armed Forces, told Diálogo. “To designate an area where a medical brigade will go, the main factor we take into account is poverty level.” Mental and physical health Adults, children, and senior citizens stood in long lines starting early in the morning to be seen by personnel comprising general practitioners and specialists such as gastroenterologists; ear, nose, and throat specialists; dermatologists; dentists, and other health professionals. In addition to medical consultations, dental care, lab tests, and free medications, patients received donations of clothes, blankets, school supplies, and food. “Every member of the Armed Forces served people from different social strata with a great deal of dedication,” Capt. Meza said. “[They served them] without prejudice, including children, the elderly, and people with physical disabilities.” More than medical aid, the brigades give the people a welcome break from the difficulties of daily life. From entertainment for the youngest ones, with areas for games, piñatas, and sweets, to recreational activities for adults such as music and dancing, the day turns into a festival when brigades arrive. “Our presence is something that contributes to emotional health, and, in a way, it represents an economical gain for the town’s residents, since it not only promotes physical health, but also patients’ mental health,” said to Diálogo Captain Lester E. Uclés, a dentist from the Honduran Armed Forces Military Hospital headquartered in Tegucigalpa. “While some people receive medical care and medications, others have some good, clean fun.” Patients also benefited from personal grooming, with haircuts and hair dyes for women. The Armed Forces also offered legal support through consultations using available resources to help resolve different problems. “The military personnel is welcomed with tokens of affection and gratitude, which are reflected in the high levels of trust that the population demonstrates,” Capt. Meza said. Basic support According to the Pan American Health Organization’s report Health in the Americas+ 2017, and the latest available figures, 65 percent of Honduran households lived below the poverty line in 2013, with 43 percent in extreme poverty. The report also highlights viral infections transmitted by mosquitos (dengue, chikugunya, and zika) and the prevalence of diabetes and high blood pressure, which reaffirms the importance of the annual brigades. “Residents’ health is directly proportional to how remote the city is,” Capt. Uclés explained. “The more remote the place, the worse their health is.” Capt. Meza emphasized the military’s role in the brigades. “Their contribution is significant,” he said. “The military personnel visit hard-to-reach places where it would be difficult to meet these needs any other way.” With the launch of the 2018 mega-brigades, the Armed Forces wish to provide medical aid to more than a million individuals in need, with 136 brigades in various regions around the country. In 2017, 1.1 million people received help through 131 brigades. “I joined the brigades in 2006. My multiple visits to the country’s rural communities changed my perspective. The brigades are welcomed with gratitude and are valued by the townspeople,” Capt. Uclés concluded. “Getting close to the people this way is incredibly rewarding, something that money cannot buy. For me, a weekend in a brigade is not a sacrifice, it’s a pleasure.”last_img read more

West Ham confirm David Moyes return on 18-month deal

first_imgDavid Moyes has completed his return to West Ham United as manager after signing an 18-month deal at the London Stadium.Advertisement Loading… The move will see Moyes take charge immediately for the Hammers’ home clash with Bournemouth on New Year’s Day.‘It’s fabulous to be back,’ Moyes told the club’s website. ‘It feels great to be home. I’ve missed being here because I really enjoyed it.‘I enjoyed being around the stadium and I loved being in this part of the world and I missed the club, so I can’t wait to get started.‘I’m feeling very proud that I’m back here at West Ham. But I think more importantly I’ll be looking to see what I can do and what I can make improvements to, how we can get some wins with the players and how we can get some quick wins on the field as well.‘I do believe that the squad of players I’ve got here is a better squad of players than when I took over before, so I am looking forward to working with them.‘I think there’s got to be a short-term goal for us just now to get the wins to get us away from the wrong end of the league and what we’re going to do over the next six months, then what we’re going to do over the next period as well.‘The start is really focusing on the immediate games.’The Scot guided the Hammers to safety in his first spell at the club before they decided not to offer him a new contract and instead appointed Pellegrini.Moyes, who spent seven months in charge of West Ham between November 2017 and May 2018, is now ready to add Pearce and Irvine to his backroom staff.Both Pearce and Irvine served as Moyes’ assistants during his first spell at the club but left after his contract at the club wasn’t extended.Read Also: West Ham axe manager Pellegrini after Leicester defeatPearce has experience as both a manager and an assistant, having spent time in charge of Manchester City, England Under 21s and Nottingham Forest.Irvine, meanwhile, has worked under Moyes for most of his managerial career since their days at Preston North End, while he also had a brief stint as a manager of West Brom in 2014.Moyes has spent 15 seasons managing in the Premier League, including an 11-year spell with Everton and unsuccessful stints with Manchester United and Sunderland.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The former Manchester United and Everton manager previously left the east London club at the end of the 2017-18 season but returns to replace Manuel Pellegrini who was sacked following a 2-1 defeat by Leicester City on Saturday. Promoted Content9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Great Entertainer Became A Milestone In The History Of CensorshipThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A VegetarianThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWorld’s Most Delicious FoodsWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do ThisCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayEveryone Was Stunned To See How Little Anakin Looks Today14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parkslast_img read more