Jimmy Stafford has been installed as the new President of Letterkenny Chamber.The popular Bank of Ireland man succeeds the outgoing President Leonard Watson.Mr Stafford, who was the current vice-president, was the popular choice at the body’s AGM last night. From Cobh in Co Cork, Mr Stafford has lived in Co Donegal for a number of years and has been at the heart of local business.Jimmy Stafford is new President of Letterkenny Chamber was last modified: December 12th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Thousands of youngsters will leadhealthier lives through the Waterfor Schools initiative.(Image: Coca-Cola) MEDIA CONTACTS • Sammy MohlaoliCoca-Cola SA snr communications manager+27 11 644 0528 or +27 79 525 6934RELATED ARTICLES• Fifa trophy on the home stretch• World Cup fever spreads abroad• SA pride in World Cup at 90%• BBC spends big bucks on SA studioJanine ErasmusGlobal beverage manufacturer Coca-Cola is involved in the 2010 Fifa World Cup in a big way with a number of initiatives that will leave a lasting impression on communities.More important than the tournament itself, the company is to leave a lasting legacy in South Africa by improving access to drinking water and sanitation facilities for school children around the country, as well as the areas in which they live.The project, known as Water for Schools, falls under the umbrella of the Coca-Cola Replenish Africa Initiative (Rain), a six-year programme launched in early 2009 to provide safe drinking water to thousands of communities across the continent.Coca-Cola is funding the initiative to the tune of US$30-million (R223-million).The quality of life of at least 2-million people is expected to improve, and the company too will reap benefits because, in the words of Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent, “our business needs strong, healthy communities to grow and be sustainable”.Kent added that the world’s biggest beverage company has made it a priority to help African communities tackle the day-to-day challenges facing them, especially in terms of access to safe water.Wise use of waterWater for Schools is due to roll out in 100 South African schools by the end of the year. As part of the project Coca-Cola is encouraging all South Africans to use water wisely and implementing customised water stewardship programmes at a community level.Whether the requirement is for better ablution facilities, new boreholes, or equipment to harvest rainwater, the company will fulfil the needs of an area once it has established what they are.“School water projects have been among the most effective approaches to improving young people’s lives, which has a positive multiplier effect across communities,” said William Asiko, president of The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation, which oversees the company’s social responsibility initiatives on the continent.The World Health Organisation (WHO) reported that more than 300-million Africans struggle to find potable water on a daily basis. Deadly waterborne diseases proliferate in unsafe water, killing thousands. The WHO estimated that at any time, half of the entire population of sub-Saharan Africa suffer from diseases related to poor sanitation and unclean drinking water.Furthermore, in the years leading up to 2015 – the target for implementation of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDG) – an additional 47-million Africans will be added to the already long list of those without access to clean water. This means that the continent is not likely to meet the MDG deadline.World Cup trophy in SAAs a long-standing Fifa partner, Coca-Cola is also taking the World Cup trophy on a tour of the host country. By the time it arrives in Johannesburg on 5 May, Fifa and Coca-Cola will have taken it to 83 countries around the world, including every African nation.The trophy left Fifa headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, in September 2009 and is now on the last leg of its 139 000km global tour. The company has described the response by Africans in particular as “incredible”, and soon it will be South Africa’s turn, with excited fans in towns, cities, villages and townships around the country getting the chance to pose beside the solid gold bounty.For many, it will be the closest they get to the World Cup.“From 5 May we are going to go around the country, with the trophy, and invite South Africans to come out and join us in celebration,” said Coca-Cola South Africa’s marketing manager Zayd Abrahams. “They can sing with us; dance with us; and kick the ball with us.”From Pretoria the trophy travels down to the Western Cape, where the tour officially begins on 7 May. Making its way across the country, it will visit the Eastern Cape; KwaZulu-Natal; Free State; Northern Cape; North West; Mpumalanga; and Limpopo provinces before it heads for its final destination in Johannesburg, Gauteng.Download a PDF of the trophy’s global route (79KB).
Twenty-five-year-old Rohit Kuttappa has a pedaling passion; his life revolves around bicycles, so much so that he has started a business venture in which people are encouraged to pedal their way to Mahabalipuram as part of a monthly group getaway which is slowly turning into a very popular movement in,Twenty-five-year-old Rohit Kuttappa has a pedaling passion; his life revolves around bicycles, so much so that he has started a business venture in which people are encouraged to pedal their way to Mahabalipuram as part of a monthly group getaway which is slowly turning into a very popular movement in Chennai.Cycling, which he took up after a cricketing injury, made him see business potential. What started off as just another timepass with friends like renowned musician Tanvi Shah of the Slumdog Millionaire fame and Abhay Shah, Suhail Ahmed and Siddharth Mohapatra, soon became enterprise and the group started CRX Sports. “We wanted people to get up and have fun,”says Tanvi Shah. She adds, “To begin with we were very causal about it, but because more and more people wanted to join, we started CRX Sports.”CRX involves 100-150 people cycling from Chennai to Mahabalipuram, one Sunday of every month. Flagging off during the wee hours in the morning, the ride lasts for around two hours and ends with a hearty breakfast and a friendly game of football at Temple Bay.”Right now CRX Sports is at a nascent stage but we are trying to take to the next level, by organising a cyclothon in the city soon. Currently we are operational consultants for the Mumbai and Pune cyclothons, and hope to bring it to Chennai soon,” says Kuttappa.Come October and a similar kind of cycling event will start in four other major cities like Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune and Mumbai. “India needs outdoor entertainment,” believes Kuttappa, “Our idea is to finally move into sports entertainment,” she says.advertisementWe started off with cycling but want to expand to various other sports and reach out to cities that dont have such sporting oppurtunities,” she says with a smile.Encouraging has been the response so far and unlike a few months back when they had to goad people to attend, the numbers are now spilling.Cycling is not only one of the most healthy workout options today, but is also environment friendly and besides a safety briefing, and an ambulance on call at all times, CRX sports also provides a mechanic, well oiled cycles and helmets with ample pit stops for all its riders. “Safety is paramount and we ask all our participants to take enough fluids 48 hours prior to the event, along with advising them to wear bright clothes and to stay within the safety lines. After all, a safe ride is the best ride,” says Kuttappa.So how much would a ride like this cost? “A total of Rs.750 per person and people are urged to register online at crx.doattend.com, informs Kuttappa. CRX Sports is also hoping to encourage corporate houses to embrace this and get their employees to cycle to work once in a while.”It has opened up roads, to the city literally and is comforting to know that enthusiastic Chennaiites are still looking to explore innovative ways to have fun and get fit.” Something that started as a way to enjoy is now becomming a national craze.