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Christian group persuades cancer charity not to accept donation

first_img  29 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Christian group persuades cancer charity not to accept donation 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. He was pleased that the charity had been persuaded to reject the donation. “They made the right decision… to honour the Christian faith,” he said, adding “this charity has shone out as a beacon of excellence.”Joining Mr Green on the radio interview was actor David Soul who was the lead performer in the show, which closed on 18 February. He explained that he and his fellow actors had made “an act of goodwill to a charity which is doing fine work in the community around the UK.”He disliked Christian Voice’s tactics with regard to Maggie’s Centres. “What I really resent here is the fact that they would strongarm a charity that is doing this work around the UK”, he said. In particular he objected that the pressure group was “suggesting to them that if they took this tainted money that somehow this could affect their fundraising capabilities in the future.”Mr Green responded by claiming: “we saved this cancer charity from a public relations disaster.”He admitted that his group had threatened to demonstrate outside Maggie’s buildings if they went ahead and accepted the donation. “Absolutely”, he said when asked by the BBC interview. “It would be Christians from all over Scotland and all over London.”David Soul acknowledged that “Christian Voice have every right in the world to protest”, but that “this is strong-arm mob-type tactics”. He added: “this really is un-Christian”. Maggie’s Centres told the BBC: “we consulted internally and decided we would not accept the proceeds. Maggie’s exists to help people with cancer, their families, friends and carers, and to risk causing offence to anyone seemed unnecessary.”Mr Green explained that the source of the donation did matter. “Raising money is a problem and Christian givers are known as amongst the most generous. And for this charity to have taken the 3000 quid, they would have lost an enormous amount of goodwill, in the fact that they would alienate Christian givers, Christian staff and a whole load of cancer patients who draw a great deal of comfort from their Christian faith.”He did not respond to David Soul’s question: “what about those people who are not Christian?”Before the interview ended the BBC interviewer said that they had received an email from an un-named cancer specialist and Chrsitian who asked: “what sort ofChrsitian would blackmail a cancer charity?”Mr Green replied: “we haven’t blackmailed them… If they accepted the money they would alienate supporters. I wish them a great deal of good.”“It’s actually warning people of the consequences of their action and that must be a matter of Christian witness, that’s what we’re commanded to do.”Rebecca Rendle, fundraising director for Maggie’s Centres, told Third Sector magazine: “we recognise that Christian Voice used this to publicise their activities. However, everything has to be guided by the people we provide a service to.”You can listen again to the interview for the next 18 hours or so at the BBC.There is no mention of the rejected donation on Maggie’s Centres website, although Christian Voice have published a news release heralding their good work for the charity’s PR. But there is a link on the Maggie’s Centres site to their online donation page which, given they are £3,000 short, seems a more appropriate link to include here than a link to Christian Voice. Howard Lake | 23 February 2005 | Newscenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Cancer care charity Maggie’s Centres has rejected a donation of £3,000 after pressure group Christian Voice warned them that it would offend and alienate “tens of thousands” of potential clients and Christians.The money was raised at a charity performance of ‘Jerry Springer – the Opera’ when actors donated their day’s fees to the cancer charity. The charity was planning to accept the donation until it received a phone call from Christian Voice.Christian Voice’s national director Stephen Green explained his approach on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme this morning. He said that he had called the cancer charity and “explained that they were in grave risk of alienating Christian donors and their staff and cancer patients also by accepting money which had been raised from a performance of filth and blasphemy.” Advertisement Tagged with: Events Giving/Philanthropy Recruitment / peoplelast_img read more

Avance Biosciences Expanding Houston Campus in Support of Cell and Gene Therapy Drug Development

first_img Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleTekce décrit comment Wealth Amnesty crée un important flux de capitaux étrangers en TurquieNext articleSokal Signs Burnworth-Zollars (BZ) Auto Group Digital AIM Web Support Facebook Avance Biosciences Expanding Houston Campus in Support of Cell and Gene Therapy Drug Development TAGS  Local NewsBusiness WhatsAppcenter_img Twitter Pinterest Facebook Twitter HOUSTON, Feb. 16, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Avance Biosciences, a leading CRO providing GLP/GMP-compliant assay development, assay validation, and sample testing services supporting biological drug development and manufacturing, announced today that its Houston facility, which successfully passed an inspection by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in Oct 2018, is undergoing major expansion to handle rapidly growing demand for their services. The new facility, expected to be completed by Q3 2021, is located adjacent to the current facility and will expand the Houston campus by an additional 5,500 square feet. The new facility will be devoted to cell-based assay services and enable Avance to better address the specific needs of their GMP clients. Additionally, Avance is expanding their mammalian cell culture related assay capabilities including: mycoplasma testing, adventitious agents testing, sterility, potency, and others. As a provider of genomics and biological testing services, Avance Biosciences offers a broad range of molecular biology and microbiology assays in compliance with current Good Manufacturing Practices (21 CFR Parts 210 & 211) and Good Laboratory Practices (21 CFR Part 58) to support its clients’ regulatory submissions. Avance’s CEO, Dr. Xuening Huang commented, “We take a partnership approach with our clients and that means an extended relationship; from discovery to development to clinical testing and on to manufacturing. Our most recent expansions will ensure that we can keep pace with our customer’s increased needs when ramping up development and manufacturing activities. Our primary goals are to deliver world-class service and complete customer satisfaction.” Avance’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Cal Froberg commented, “It’s clear there is tremendous growth in the development of cell and gene therapies and we’re proactively managing resources to handle increased market demand for related support services. The industry is expanding rapidly and Avance is positioned well to address the specific needs of these customers.” This most recent expansion comes on the heels of another 7,500 square foot expansion completed in 2020 which has significantly increased Avance’s NGS and ddPCR capabilities. This facility has been pivotal in addressing gene therapy development support needs such as: edited gene testing, gene integration assays, and DNA/RNA biodistribution studies. Recently, Avance Biosciences was recognized as a top 10 Genomics Solutions Company for 2020. Current and future expansion plans will serve to solidify this position among the premier providers in this space. About Avance Biosciences Avance offers cGMP/GLP compliant genomics biological testing services in support of drug development and manufacturing. Its leading scientists have designed, validated, and tested thousands of assays under cGMP/GLP regulations for the FDA, EPA, and European and Japanese regulatory agencies. Avance’s team has extensive knowledge and experience working with scientists, QA/QC professionals and project managers from over 100 pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and organizations throughout the world. Contact Xuening Huang [email protected] 877-909-5210 9770 West Little York Road Houston, TX 77040 USA View original content to download multimedia: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/avance-biosciences-expanding-houston-campus-in-support-of-cell-and-gene-therapy-drug-development-301226865.html SOURCE Avance Biosciences By Digital AIM Web Support – February 16, 2021 last_img read more

SIBC leaves SAO, absorbed by Mendoza

first_imgThe Student International Business Council (SIBC), the University’s largest student organization, changed its membership requirements at the start of the school year to permit only students pursuing a major or minor in the Mendoza College of Business to join.Dr. Angela Logan, SIBC’s faculty advisor, said these changes occurred after SIBC came under the purview of the Mendoza College of Business. Previously, the Student Activities Office (SAO) had authority over SIBC, which has about 500 members and is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.“Due to its commitment to ‘ask more of business,’ and its emphasis on providing Mendoza students with opportunities to gain educational experience around the world, the Student Activities Office and Office of Student Affairs asked the Mendoza College of Business about the possibility of SIBC returning to its original oversight in Mendoza,” Logan said in an email.“After conversations with key leadership in Mendoza and the benefactor regarding the current challenges and future opportunities for growth of the organization, the Mendoza College of Business welcomed SIBC under its stewardship,” Logan said. “As the organization celebrates its 25th anniversary, we are excited and poised to continue SIBC’s commitment of ‘peace through commerce’ across the globe.”Senior Alessandro DiSanto, one of SIBC’s co-presidents, said the council’s move to Mendoza forced it to limit its membership.“As of the end of August, we were officially moved from under SAO to the Mendoza College of Business,” DiSanto said. “As an organization officially housed within the college of business, our membership is excluded specifically to those … who are either majors within the Mendoza College of Business or have minors or concentrations in a program that requires courses in Mendoza as part of their mandatory curriculum.”DiSanto said the student leadership of the council was informed of the decision to move into Mendoza on Aug. 24. He said no students were involved in the decision-making process.“We were informed of the decision after they were made, at the end of August as we arrived onto campus,” he said. “We were not privy to the discussions as they were being had over the summer between SAO, Development and Mendoza.“It is our understanding that the justification is that now that SIBC is housed under Mendoza, when students go out and represent themselves as SIBC members to companies through these projects, they are representing, implicitly, the Mendoza College of Business, and the [Mendoza College of Business] Dean [Dr. Roger Huang] would not want any students representing themselves as the Mendoza College of Business without having the education certified and provided by Mendoza courses.”DiSanto said though he and other members of the council respect the decision, he feels open membership offers SIBC constituents a more integrated experience.“Previous to this year, we were housed under SAO, and one of the requirements of SAO to be a club is that you must be open to the entire campus,” he said. “That’s something we prided ourselves on was that we allowed ourselves to be an opportunity for students across campus who might be of a specific technical discipline like engineering or a broad social discipline perspective [like] PLS or any Arts and Letters discipline and allow them to enter into the business environment, to learn that language, and see if that’s something they might want to apply into their own lives.“We certainly understand the perspective of the Dean from a liability and quality management perspective, but it is our overall philosophy that we feel that a broad membership criterion is more in line with the mission of the University, as far as diversity of opinion and diversity of thought,” DiSanto said. “We feel that within a real-life business world, a group of individuals with a diverse background can produce better results than those with a limited technical training.”DiSanto and fellow senior and SIBC co-president Alisha Anderson estimate SIBC’s current membership is 20 to 30 percent non-business students. DiSanto said the outcome of the new membership requirement will be most visible in the consulting and global development divisions.“I think the largest impact on the council will be within the global development and consulting divisions,” he said. “Our consulting division has historically drawn a large number of interdisciplinary students, including engineers, who are both drawn to consulting companies because of their multifaceted, big picture approach to company problems, as well as consulting companies, which are very much drawn to people with engineering backgrounds because of their technical training.“Within the global development division, we anticipate a very large impact. A large number of the students draw from more socially-conscious training programs within the College of Arts and Letters. … The [global development] projects normally have large international service-based aspects, which make them a big draw to students not only studying business.”Anderson said SIBC established a “pretty generous” grandfather clause, which allows any non-business students who have been active in the club to remain members, to accommodate previous members who do not meet the new requirements. Freshmen who have yet to declare a major must show intent to enter the Mendoza College of Business at the end of the year, she said.“All those who have participated in the past [and have been] active in the past, typically meaning [they] paid dues, regardless of your college or your association, you are allowed to participate. … Freshmen just have to be business intent this year.”Freshman John White, who intends to major in the Program of Liberal Studies (PLS), said he “was definitely surprised about the new requirements.”“Despite not having a major within Mendoza, I am very interested in a career in business, and I believed SIBC would be a great way to pursue that interest,” White said.White said he joined the Notre Dame Wall Street Club, which helps students network and find careers in business, to continue that pursuit.Amidst the changes, Anderson said she looks forward to the opportunities Mendoza can provide SIBC and its members.“We are excited to return to Mendoza,” she said. “We are a business club, and we had previously been housed in Mendoza, so this is sort of returning home for us.“We see this as a great opportunity to engage more with the extensive faculty and staff on hand. Especially for our founder, this move is important to him, too. We are excited to return home and have this opportunity to improve upon our organization and programming.”Monica Laidig, SIBC’s program manager, said despite some negative reactions to the membership requirement change, the council will still strive to excel in its mission to spread “peace through commerce.”“For 25 years, SIBC has been open to all students at the University of Notre Dame,” Laidig said in a written statement. “The new membership requirements were administratively designated when SIBC was brought into the Mendoza College of Business at the beginning of the semester.“This has understandably created a strong reaction by SIBC members and alumni as well as the student body. The Student International Business Council’s vision of ‘peace through commerce’ will continue to encourage discussion regarding the restrictions, while at the same time moving forward in a professional manner.”Tags: Membership, mendoza college of business, SIBC, Student Activities Office, Student International Business Councillast_img read more

Yusra Mardini: The Syrian Refugee who Swam for Her Life – All…

first_imgThe middle of three daughters, she lived at home with her parents, attended a gymnastics club and loved swimming – she could potentially become a great swimmer – yet it was an ordinary life, not the sort of existence journalists would travel far to write about.Then came Syria’s civil war, the callousness of conflict, with its bombs, its suffering, its death.Cheerful chatter was no longer normal and as the years passed – one becoming two, three turning into four – home morphed into hell as her country was torn apart.She was alive but not living. Her house came under fire, forcing the family to move. The roof of the swimming pool where she trained in the Syrian capital of Damascus was ripped open by bombs. She could see the water, but no longer be in it. It was torture.Mardini knew of footballers who had died in an attack. “I could not take it any more,” says the 18-year-old.This daughter of a swimming coach had two choices: exist in her homeland without hope, or escape for the freedom to dream.“Maybe I’m going to die on the way,” she explains. “But I’m almost dead in my country. I can’t do anything.”“You are stronger than you think,” says MardiniA journey into the unknownIt is 12 August, 2015, four and a half years since the civil war began. It is the day Mardini and her eldest sister, Sarah, will leave Syria with their father’s two cousins and other refugees.They say farewell to their tearful parents and younger sister, who would follow their journey on GPS, and flee to Beirut, their first destination in what will become a 25-day slog.This group of refugees know what they must do: follow the path taken by over four million of their compatriots.No-one knows how many people have died in the war. The United Nations stopped collecting statistics in 2014 when the death toll was 250,000. More recent reports say the number is twice that – that 11.5 per cent of the country’s population has been killed or injured, that life expectancy dropped from 70 in 2010 to 55.4 in 2015.“Of course I was scared for my life and my sister’s life,” Mardini tells BBC World Service. “I was also scared that I would make it, for example, and something would happen to my sister, or that something would happen to one of us and what it would do to my mum.”Fears are heightened as they approach southern Turkey’s high peaks and deep valleys.They spend four nights in a jungle, the habitat of gunmen lying low. There is no food, no water, and their futures are in the hands of armed smugglers, one of whom, after disputes and threats, will take them across the Mediterranean in a flimsy dinghy to Greece – but only for a considerable amount of cash.Swimming for her lifeThe sisters are in deep water. Waves are crashing into them, the salty water burns their eyes. Every stroke is a struggle. Swimming will one day transform their lives, but now it must save them.It was 30 minutes into their journey to the island of Lesbos that the engine of their dinghy, carrying 20 people rather than the six or seven it was intended for, stopped.My sister didn’t want me to go in the water. We were drowning and arguing at the same time!Water oozed on to the boat, possessions were tossed overboard. Panic.The load needed to be lightened or the dinghy would capsize.“I thought it would be a real shame if I drowned in the sea because I am a swimmer,” says Mardini, who learned to swim when she was three.Few of the refugees could swim so first Sarah jumped in and Yusra, against her sister’s wishes, followed. For the next three and a half hours they and another young woman dragged the broken-down boat towards the shore, clinging to the rope dangling from the side.Thirty minutes from land they succumbed to exhaustion; they couldn’t swim any more. From this day on, Mardini will hate the open water.“Everyone was just grey on the way,” she remembers. “It was like my life was passing through my eyes. We put the rope around our hands because even I couldn’t swim in the sea with waves like that.“Me and my sister were holding on to the boat with one and doing the breaststroke with the other hand and one leg. The last half an hour I couldn’t manage any more, so I got back into the boat. It was so cold. I look at the sea now and I just feel faint.”Shivering, she fell to the ground when she stepped on dry land. Then she prayed.Surviving a 1,000-mile trekSurviving the sea was not the end. Mardini could no longer hear the shelling and the ground no longer rumbled – but she was not welcomed by everyone on this new continent.They think we lived in some desert. No, we had everything, like you.“When we got to Greece we saw a restaurant,” recalls Mardini.“We wanted to buy food but they said no, they thought we were going to steal from them. We said we had money, that they had to let us drink.”Mardini was hungry and thirsty. She had no shoes, just sodden jeans and a T-shirt. She had wrapped her passport, mobile phone and money in a waterproof bag and, somehow, they had also survived.“Eventually they let us buy water, and then some girl saw us, she gave me shoes and the little kid trousers,” she says.“A lot of people think refugees had no home, that they had nothing at all. Sometimes when I have my iPhone they are like, ‘you know iPhone, oh my God’ – but I’m like, ‘of course’. They think we live in some desert. No, we had everything like you.”The refugees, who by now cared for each other like any family would, continued their 1,000-mile trek to their destination of choice: Germany.From Greece, they crossed through Macedonia, Serbia, Hungary and Austria – on foot, by train and bus – before arriving in Munich and then onwards to Berlin. They had survived.Twenty-five days after giving up on the life she had known, there was hope again. “I just know that my trip was over, and that I’m at peace with it,” she says.Throwing phones into a fridgeMardini’s first German home would temporarily be a refugee camp, and one of her first questions in this unfamiliar city concerned finding the nearest swimming pool. An Egyptian translator put the sisters in touch with Wasserfreunde Spandau 04, one of Berlin’s oldest swimming clubs.“They saw our technique, saw it was good, they accepted us,” she says.It was of no great surprise that swimming coaches were impressed, particularly by Yusra, once a competitive swimmer supported by the Syrian Olympic Committee.After four weeks of training, Mardini’s coach, Sven Spannerkrebs, began making plans for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 – but in March of this year the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced there would be a team of refugees at this summer’s Games in Rio to send “a message of hope for all the refugees in our world”.In Berlin, of course, there was a teenager making rapid progress, an inspiration who had a real chance of making the team. But little did Mardini realise that her story would chime with the world.So numerous were the phone calls, so constant the questions and interview requests – from journalists in Japan, the United States, all around Europe – Spannerkrebs resorted to throwing his phone into a fridge on that March day when the IOC named Mardini on its shortlist of 43 refugees.The attention, Mardini says, has been tough – but she does not fear expectation or pressure. “I want to be an inspiration for everyone,” she says. “It’s not that I have to help, but that deep in my heart I want to help refugees.”Early starts, late finishesTwo months before the start of the Rio Olympics, Mardini receives an email from the IOC. Her mind races, her eyes widen: will it be a chance of a lifetime or a shattered dream? She clicks, she reads, and jumps up and down as if she were on a pogo stick.Exhilarated, she nearly cries. She will compete at the Olympic Games.“I was so happy,” says Mardini, who makes it clear that it is in Tokyo in four years’ time that she will have a realistic chance of winning an Olympic medal. “It’s a dream come true, the Olympics is everything, it’s a life chance.”Supported by Germany’s elite sports school system, which allows her to train twice a day in an Olympic-standard pool near to her school (on a typical day she will wake at 6am and return home at 8pm), the accomplished swimmer has produced personal best after personal best.Her coach describes her as focused, her father – who now lives with Mardini in Berlin, along with the rest of the family – says his daughter is living his dream.The appeal of the pool is easy to understand. It is a place where the girl who one day wants to be a pilot can forget about the civil war and the friends she has left behind. Gliding through water, the past disappears.“It’s a different life in the water,” she says. “You throw all of your problems out. It’s a different world to me.”Asked whether swimming is her life, Mardini replies: “It’s more than that. It’s my passion, it’s my life, you can’t explain. It’s the most important thing in my life. It’s in my heart and I want to achieve something in it.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram There are those whose footsteps we would not want to follow, whose shoes we would not want to be in – yet we strive to have their character, their strength, their drive and their courage. It is from them we learn that the worst of humanity can bring out the best in humanity.Yusra Mardini used to be a typical teenager. She would chew the fat with friends, smartphone in hand, laughing.last_img read more