Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Lissa HarrisFor those readers that don’t have the time or energy to binge-watch all 13 episodes of Season 3 of House of Cards, this is for you. (For those who intend to watch Netflix’s Emmy-winning political thriller, beware of mini spoilers.)Frank Underwood—who I will affectionately refer to henceforth as FU—I’ve missed you, sir! As I watched the opening credits I thought back to all your misdeeds—the lies, the manipulation, the murders—and wondered: How could you possibly get any more vile?That was before you made the short trek across the well-manicured lawns of the cemetery housing your father’s remains, and watched in disbelief as you relieved yourself on his grave, while the American public thought you were “paying your respects.” And all the while explaining to us, the audience, why it’s okay that you’re behaving like a five-year-old child. (Apparently, the elder Underwood was weak—an unforgivable offense in his power-hungry son’s eyes).What’s the point, FU? There’s always a point, a qualification, a spin on what we all know to be right and true in our hearts and minds.I can’t watch Kevin Spacey’s portrayal of Frank Underwood without thinking of his performance as Jim Williams in Clint Eastwood’s 1997 film, Midnight In the Garden of Good and Evil.Both are selfish, conniving, and from the south. Both characters will do whatever it takes to get what they want, including murder. And both are capable of making a very, very bad idea appear not that bad at all, as if it’s the only obvious course of action.But unlike Eastwood’s film, which had some kick-ass music and one of the best transgendered actresses of her time delivering perhaps the best line in the movie, “It’s like my mama always said: Two tears in a bucket, motherfuck it.”House of Cards lacks charm and substance. I can smell a point coming from a mile away. It’s like watching a porky pig cartoon where the little devil pig slides in, whispers some crazy nonsense into the dumb pig’s ear, and then slides away looking smug and satisfied with his superior intellect and powers of persuasion.It’s like that every time. And the poor dumb pig, whether it be President Walker, Edward Meechum, or Doug Stamper, is left to bear the consequences of whatever heinous deed FU or CU (Claire Underwood) has convinced them to carry out.Even when he’s seemingly sincere in making his point, like when he tries to convince Claire that a job as UN Ambassador would require making some tough decisions by possibly killing children in an air strike against a presumed terrorist (how condescending, poor Claire is still being raped), FU is boring and predictable.I’m not falling for it anymore, but apparently everyone else is. Aside from watching Doug Stamper’s beautiful breakdown, both physically and emotionally, this season opener is a bust. FU, FU.
22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Ann Davidson Ann assists credit unions in identifying areas of risk in their operations and recommends sound loss control measures to help reduce loss exposures.Davidson has over 40 years working with … Web: www.alliedsolutions.net Details What does the road ahead hold for fraud prevention? As 2015 closed and 2016 begins, several themes keep recurring, suggesting both opportunities and challenges for financial institutions in 2016. One of the latest and greatest ways to effectively manage fraud risk is to create a risk culture awareness program that helps your financial institution to better identify and manage potential fraud activity.What exactly is a “risk culture awareness program”?A risk culture awareness program is an ongoing initiative managed by leaders within your organization to encourage enterprise-wide awareness of fraud and financial loss threats, so every member of your staff is better equipped to quickly and effectively detect and address these threats. Such programs include creating a fraud investigation unit to centralize the management of these risks, or adopting an enterprise risk management strategy that includes fraud mitigation.What are the steps an organization should take to implement a risk culture awareness program?Develop the foundational changes that will encourage this new culture of risk awarenessApply these new organizational changes and the risk culture awareness programMeasure the impact of these changes to determine if they were effectiveApply any necessary changes to the risk culture awareness programAdjust your risk culture awareness program as needed to meet the evolving needs of your organization and address current risksThere is something to say about knowing your entire staff is doing their best to help head-off fraud before it happens. There is also the added bonus of being able to tell your account holders all the hard work you are putting in to help keep their information and money protected – which will inevitably lead to good things for your organization.No matter where 2016 takes us, know that there is much to offer in the way of risk prevention and Allied’s team of risk specialists are here to help! To find out more about the actions your organization can take to prevent fraud in 2016, attend Allied’s Top Risk Concerns: A Look Back and a Look Ahead webinar presented through NAFCU Services on February 11, 2016 from 2-3 pm (ET).
Aside the EPL trophy, fans, courtesy of Marathonbet will also see the display of all the other five trophies won by Manchester City in 2018/19 season which is a record by English football standard.Other other trophies for display are the FA Cup, the Women FA Cup, the Carabao Cup, the WSL Cup and Community Shield which was the latest installment.The event will also afford the lucky fans to interact with some legends of the club.Marathonbet is the official sports bet partner of Manchester City.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Foremost Sport betting company, Marathonbet, has concluded plans to thrill football fans in Lagos and environ as the English champions, Manchester City get ready to showcase the English Premiership trophy it won last season.According to top officials of the Sport betting company, the event will afford selected fans to see the most celebrated league trophy in the world, English Premiership trophy at an exclusive venue in Lagos on Friday.The event will allow many fans to take memorable pictures at close range with the iconic object.
Shohei Ohtani also hit a two-run homer, his first of the season at Angel Stadium.The Angels improved to 22-23, giving them a chance on Sunday to get back to .500 for the first time since they were 8-8.Related Articles Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Ausmus said the major differences for Canning this time were his ability to throw strikes — 60 of his 93 pitches were strikes — and the use of all his pitches.Specifically, Ausmus highlighted Canning’s changeup.“That’s the best we’ve seen his changeup since we called him up,” Ausmus said. “We know the slider is the best breaking ball and he uses the curve ball quite a bit, but we haven’t seen the changeup, especially in tough counts. Not only to be effective with it, but get that many swings and misses.”Canning threw eight changeups and the Royals swung and missed at two of them.“It’s such a mental pitch,” Canning said. “It’s hard to trust sometimes. I think sometimes you can just baby it in there. So I think it’s just a trust thing.”Canning said the difference from the previous games to this one was mostly in his approach: “Just not being super tentative. Just kind of letting my stuff work in the zone. First-pitch strikes. Fastball command. A lot of stuff for sure.”Canning also came out throwing harder early. He hit 95 mph for the first time as a big leaguer in the first inning on his way to an average fastball velocity of 93.7 for the night. He came into the game averaging 92.9 mph.He retired the first 12 hitters of the game on just 49 pitches, a more efficient total that in previous games because he’d struck out just three of them.Canning’s only real trouble came in the fifth, after a leadoff walk to Alex Gordon and then a single by Hunter Dozier. Canning retired the next three — although one was a 109 mph lineout to third baseman David Fletcher — and then he tacked on two more scoreless innings.“It was a good recovery on his part,” Ausmus said. “They did hit a couple balls hard. We were a little fortunate that one went right at Fletch. But they hit him hard and he maintained his composure and came back to pitch well.”Canning become the third Angels pitcher this season to finish seven innings. Matt Harvey did it against the Royals and Félix Peña did it following an opener in Detroit.By the time Canning threw his final pitch, the Angels had taken a five-run lead.Trout got them on the board in the first with a 473-foot blast to left field. Since Statcast has been tracking official home run distances in 2015, Trout’s only longer homer was a 477-foot blast at Coors Field.“I didn’t really see it land,” Ausmus said. “As soon as he hit I knew it was gone so I stopped watching.”The Angels were hanging on to a 2-0 lead in the sixth, when Trout walked and then Ohtani lofted a high arching homer into the right field seats. It was Ohtani’s second homer since being activated on May 7.The lead was threatened after Taylor Cole gave up three runs in the eighth, but Ty Buttrey finished that inning and worked the ninth for the save. He finished the game so Hansel Robles, who also pitched on Friday, could have the night off and would be available on Sunday.Buttrey has an 0.76 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 23-1/3 innings this season.“He’s pitched outstanding,” Ausmus said, “and we certainly are extremely comfortable when he takes the mound.” Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Regardless of where this season ends up, though, Angels fans can feel much better about the future after watching Canning, a 23-year-old product of UCLA and Santa Margarita High.This was not only the best of his four big league starts, but the first time in any professional start that he’d finished seven innings.In his first three starts, he’d shown flashes of his talent for three or four innings at a time, but there were also lapses or stretches when he showed room for improvement. PreviousKansas City Royals pitching coach Cal Eldred, left, and catcher Martin Maldonado, center, talk to starting pitcher Jakob Junis during the sixth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, May 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani, right, gets congratulations from Mike Trout after hitting a two-run home run, as Kansas City Royals catcher Martin Maldonado, center, looks away during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, May 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels’ Andrelton Simmons, left, beats the throw to Kansas City Royals catcher Martin Maldonado, right, to score on a sacrifice fly by Kole Calhoun during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, May 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani, right, follows through on a two-run home run next to Kansas City Royals catcher Martin Maldonado, center, and home plate umpire Chris Guccione during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, May 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Angels pitching coach Doug White, second from left, and catcher Jonathan Lucroy, left, talk to starting pitcher Griffin Canning during the fifth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Kansas City Royals in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, May 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, left, gets congratulations from Andrelton Simmons after hitting a solo home run against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, May 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Kansas City Royals’ Hunter Dozier, right, is forced out at second, but Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons, left, loses the ball on the transfer, as Ryan O’Hearn is safe at first during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, May 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, right, flies out to center field, while Kansas City Royals catcher Martin Maldonado, center, and home plate umpire Chris Guccione watch during the third inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, May 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani, left, walks back to the dugout after striking out, with Kansas City Royals catcher Martin Maldonado watching during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, May 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout follows through on a solo home run next to Kansas City Royals catcher Martin Maldonado during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, May 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Kansas City Royals pitching coach Cal Eldred, left, and catcher Martin Maldonado, center, talk to starting pitcher Jakob Junis during the sixth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, May 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)NextShow Caption1 of 10Kansas City Royals pitching coach Cal Eldred, left, and catcher Martin Maldonado, center, talk to starting pitcher Jakob Junis during the sixth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, May 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)ExpandANAHEIM — A few weeks after Griffin Canning made his major league debut, he arrived.In his fourth big league start, the Angels prized pitching prospect put all the pieces together and demonstrated how good he can be.Canning pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing just three hits, as the Angels took a five-run lead and held on for a 6-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday night.The night also included Mike Trout’s 250th homer, a first-inning blast that was Trout’s longest homer in nearly four years. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
After Women’s World Cup triumph, time for U.S. coach Jill Ellis to get her due — and what’s coming to her
Even exempting the public criticism, Ellis’ tenure with the USWNT has not been placid. In 2017, when the team finished last in the SheBelieves Cup, some top players expressed frustration with the coach’s tactics and lack of communication to Sunil Gulati, then president of the federation, according to author Caitlin Murray in her book, “The National Team”.As Gulati chose not the pursue another term following the U.S. men’s failure to reach the 2018 World Cup, Ellis’ team did not lose a single match in 2018 and followed that with a perfect World Cup run in which the Americans defeated four of the top nine teams in the world. Included among the victims was the host nation, France, which entered the tournament as a co-favorite.Ellis has not made an issue of her contract, her salary, her security or her popularity while compiling a record of 30-1-3 over the past 18 months. She simply has continued to win. She deserves respect, and all that comes with it. Not long after the final whistle of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the one to end the United States’ 2-0 victory over the Netherlands in the final game, coach Jill Ellis and young midfielder Rose Lavelle found each other amidst the celebration. Lavelle leaped into Ellis’ arms in an embrace that said so much about the coach’s accomplishments.Ellis noticed the talent Lavelle brought to a soccer field and insisted those gifts be a part of the national team. Ellis gave Lavelle her national-team debut in 2017, waited for her to regain health after a disastrous hamstring injury later that year and made her a fixture in the lineup as the U.S. dominated World Cup qualifying in 2018. There were many experts who preferred Lavelle step aside for the more accomplished and rounded Lindsey Horan in the World Cup, but Ellis started Lavelle in every game but one. Lavelle excelled in the World Cup semifinal against England, then scored the game-clinching goal in the final against the Netherlands.MORE: Rose Lavelle was ready to shine for the USWNT, even before the World Cup beganEllis’ record in World Cup games now is 13-0-1.Ellis had a vision, and she executed it. This is not just the moment for the U.S. players to get their due from U.S. Soccer, but also for the coach in charge of two World Cup championships to be affirmed by her employers – as well as the media members who cover the team and the fans who follow it.There is a complicated but essential discussion to be had about how the USWNT is treated relative to the U.S. men; 28 women who had sued the federation in a pay dispute have agreed to mediation in an attempt to resolve their differences.How much Ellis earns — and whether she remains coach — is a separate argument, but her silent statement has been extremely emphatic. She belongs as coach of the USWNT, and she ought to be compensated commensurately.She routinely has been admonished by analysts and fans for what are perceived to be tactical deficiencies, and yet her team did not trail for a single second at the 2019 FIFA World Cup. They were tied for only 173 minutes of 630, meaning they were ahead 73 percent of the time they played.Kartik Krishnaiyer, who writes frequently at World Soccer Talk, acknowledged he’d been among the critics with his post on Twitter. This is how it goes for the head coach of a national team. It is an insecure position in part because the serious tests only come every couple years — in men’s soccer it might be a continental championship and the World Cup; in women’s the World Cup and the Olympics – and that increases the pressure to be correct in those few instances. It also is perilous because allegiances aren’t split in so many directions. There are 24 teams in Major League Soccer. There is one U.S. women’s national team.Which is why it is rare for even a successful coach to remain in a national team job for an extended period. Federations grow impatient, perhaps to placate their fans, perhaps because the people in charge think like fans.MORE: Megan Rapinoe conquered critics, doubters, haters, the Netherlands — and the planetSeveral of the top teams the U.S. faced at the World Cup were under first-time coaches: Phil Neville of England, Corinne Diacre of France, Peter Gerhardsson of Sweden. Joachim Low, who has been in charge of Germany’s men’s national team since 2006, is a relative unicorn in the sport.Ellis has an option year remaining on her contract as national team coach, which would allow her to remain in charge through the Olympic Games next summer in Tokyo.An Olympic gold medal is about the only thing the USWNT has accomplished that Ellis has not, so there might be an extra incentive for her to pursue that goal. It isn’t entirely certain it will be her choice. Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl stated during his Planet Futbol podcast that the option belongs to U.S. Soccer, and it’s “not a slam dunk” her contract will be extended the extra year.He suggested it would be a “baller move” for Ellis to go out on top in the way Zinedine Zidane did after winning a third consecutive UEFA Champions League title with Real Madrid in 2018, but that neglects the central difference between Ellis and Zidane: She did not earn enough playing the game to compile a net worth estimated at $70 million, as Zidane did, and neither has she been earning multiple millions annually as a coach. Zidane started at nearly $3 million a year when he took over Real Madrid in 2016 and received a contract of $13.5 million over three years when he returned to the club in March.Ellis’ last known salary, in 2018, was $291,029. She reportedly received a significant raise over that figure, but it’s unknown how much she’s earned in this World Cup year. It seems unlikely it would allow her to retire at age 52.If it were to be Ellis’ choice, what better option could she have than the USWNT? That’s a conundrum for a coach in the women’s game. The NWSL is not the sort of league at this point that can pay coaches an exorbitant salary. There appears to be more money in the European women’s leagues. She could return to coaching in college, and she probably could do about as well financially, but it might be an adjustment to pursue a College Cup after twice winning the World Cup.
3 Jun 2013 England Golf Photographer Tom Ward passes away It is with much sadness that we learnt of the news that our good friend Tom Ward passed away this weekend. Tom was the official photographer for England Golf, and previously the English Golf Union, for over 12 years and was probably one of the most experienced photographers in the UK specialising in amateur golf championships. Tom’s passion and enthusiasm for his craft was always inspiring and his collection of images has provided a wonderful history for all that is great in the game we love. We will miss Tom and have many, many fond memories of him. Our condolences and thoughts are with Tom’s family. He was a talented man and was respected by many throughout the world of amateur golf and beyond.
There will be no Spengler Cup gold medal in Geoff Kinrade’s stocking this year.The Nelson Minor Hockey grad saw his Team Canada teammates fall 6-5 to HC Genève-Servette Skaters in semi final round action at the Spengler Cup Monday in Davos, Switzerland.Former NHLer Matthew Lombardi did most of the damage, scoring twice while adding a pair of assists to lead HC Genève-Servette to the victory.HC Genève-Servette now faces CSKA Moscow in the final after the Russian squad edged host Davos 5-4.HC Genève-Servette held period leads of 2-0 and 4-2, increasing the margin to 6-3 in the third before Team Canada rallied for two late goals.Arnaud Jacquemet, Inti Pestoni, Daniel Vukovic and Denis Hollenstein also scored for HC Genève-Servette. Alexandre Giroux, Jacob Micflikier, Jacob Micflikier, former Trail Smokie defenceman Travis Roche and Jason Williams replied for Team Canada, which out shot the winners 55-24 — including a 24-8 margin in the third period.Allen York and Matthew Hackett, the latter of the Rochester Americans, played goal for Team Canada. Hackett was added to the Team Canada roster after Chris Mason was injured.Kinrade, the second consecutive season the Nelson native has played for Team Canada at the Spengler Cup, finished the game with an assist on the second period goal by Giroux.The Spengler Cup, originating in 1923, is an annual ice hockey tournament held in Davos, Switzerland and is considered the oldest invitational ice hockey tournament in the world.Team Canada consisted of players currently on European teams.Kinrade is a member of SC Bern of the of the Swiss Nationaliga and is a graduate of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League’s Nelson Leafs.Roche, from Grand Cache, Alta., played for the Smokies in 1997-98 season.Roche, 35, is a teammate of Kinrade at SC Bern.
After a winter of questions, Donegal answered the critics today with a fine performance to suggest last year’s championship run was no flash in the pan.It may only be the preliminary round of the Ulster Championship but Jim McGuinness’ side put in a fine display at Breffni Park to brush aside the challenge of Cavan.It took Donegal a while to get into the game and Cavan led 0-4 to 0-3 as they played with an early confidence. However the evergreen Colm McFadden managed to pull a couple of scores back along with a free from Neil McGee to put Donegal back in control.Donegal took a real grip on the game towards the close of the first half and went in at the break leading 0-4 to 1-7.The goal came courtesy of a penalty from McFadden after Paddy McBrearty was taken down inside the area.Two quick points from Mark McHugh and Colm McFadden looked like it was going to be a hammering for Cavan as Donegal led 1-9 to just 0-4. Cavan replied with a couple of points but Donegal continued to score with ease through McFadden, Frank McGlynn and McHugh again to make it 0-6 to 1-10.Big Glenswilly man Neil Gallagher added another point and Donegal looked like they were cruising into the next round.However Cavan were given some hope when they were awarded a penalty which Niall McDermott slotted past Paul Durkin to make it 1-7 to 1-13.The home side will rue no fewer than nine wides – and two strikes of the woodwork.The sides traded a flurry of points towards the final whistle but with Donegal always in control, it finished Cavan 1-10 to Donegal’s 1-16 in what was a fine game of football before almost 13,000 fans. Man of the Match was Colm McFadden who slotted 1-06 of the Donegal scores.Manager Jim McGuinness praised his players afterwards, particularly for the “freshness” they showed.“But we weren’t ruthless enough in the second half,” he said.“I suppose its’s job done and this buys us another month for the game against Derry. “A lot of the boys are students and this gives us a chance to coach them as a group. There are a lot of them doing exams and thankfully those will be finished in the next few days.“There is an awful lot of work we have to do for the Derry game.”The BBC Championship Man of the Match was St Eunan’s midfield star Rory Kavanagh who was playing his 100th game and scored three points on the day.“It was great to get off to a winning start today and now we’ll work on getting ready for the next game,” he said.The Derry game will be on Saturday June 16th in Ballybofey.Donegal’s Minors also had a good day against Cavan, who were Ulster title holders.The Donegal Minors won 1-11 to 0-10.Cavan : N McDermott 1-1 (1-0 pen, 0-1f), E Keating 0-5, D Givney 0-2, G McKiernan, J Brady 0-1 each.Donegal: C McFadden 1-6 (1-0 pen, 0-5f), R Kavanagh 0-3, M McHugh, L McLoone 0-2 each, N McGee, F McGlynn, N Gallagher 0-1 each.CAVAN: J Reilly, K Clarke, P O’Reilly, K Meehan, J McLoughlin, D Reilly, R Maloney-Derham, D Givney, G McKiernan, F Flanagan, R Flanagan, M McKeever, J Brady, E Keating, B Fitzpatrick.Subs: T Corr for Maloney-Derham, N McDermott for Fitzpatrick, N Smith for F Flanagan, K Tierney for McKeever, R Galligan for BradyDONEGAL: P Durcan, P McGrath, N McGee, F McGlynn, L McLoone, K Lacey, A Thompson, R Kavanagh, N Gallagher, D Walsh, M McHugh, R Bradley, P McBrearty, C McFadden, D Walsh.Subs: M O’Reilly for Bradley, M McElhinney for Walsh, D Molloy for GallagherReferee: C Reilly (Meath).DONEGAL ANSWER CRITICS WITH FINE FIRST ROUND DISPLAY TO BRUSH ASIDE CAVAN was last modified: May 21st, 2012 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)Tags:CavandonegalJim McGuinnessUlster Championship
Corning >> The Cardinals went tumbling fast into the division 2 championship after beating No. 4 Gridley 3-0 Tuesday.The wind kept the ball constantly moving out of bounds but often in Corning’s favor. Ricky Guzman led the top-seeded Cardinals in shots with 8 on goal, keeping keeper Diego Ramos on his toes throughout the game. Scores were made by Saul Partida, Francisco Morfin and Julian Guzman, who made three shots on goal. Goalkeeper Joan Perez made nine saves, many just before …
For more than 26 years, the Reach for a Dream Foundation has brought hope and joy to severely ill South African children. The foundation, a non-profit organisation, believes in the power of dreams and in encouraging children to use their dreams to fight their life-threatening illnesses. It seeks as far as possible to make these children’s dreams come true. (Image: Reach for a Dream)• Reach for a [email protected] Melissa Jane CookFor more than 26 years, the Reach for a Dream Foundation has brought hope and joy to severely ill South African children. The foundation, a non-profit organisation, believes in the power of dreams and in encouraging children to use their dreams to fight their life-threatening illnesses. It seeks as far as possible to make these children’s dreams come true.It fulfils the dreams and ambitions of children between the ages of three and 18 years who have been diagnosed with terrible sickness. Children from all income groups are helped, and there is no discrimination of any race, colour, culture, creed or financial status. Life-threatening illness includes, for example, all forms of cancer, blood disorders, cystic fibrosis, and kidney failure, among many others.The organisation does not refer to the children as terminally ill or dying. It rather uses the term “life-threatening” because many of the children do survive their illness – possibly as a result of the “power of their dreams”.It believes that no child should live without hope. Childhood can be the most magical time of life, filled with dreams, aspirations and most of all, fun. Unfortunately for many children with a life-threatening illness, the magic of childhood may be lost in the emotional, physical and financial strain of dealing with their illness. The foundation tries to alleviate some of this strain, which often affects the whole family, by creating a different environment for the child – one that is not focused on her or his illness. It would like the children to find their laughter again and therein find the strength to live beyond their illnesses.But there are some parameters: Reach for a Dream fulfils dreams that in no way pose any threat or harm to these already compromised children. Also, rather than fulfilling dreams for financial assistance, educational support or medical assistance, it encourages the children to stretch their imaginations and dream beyond their greatest expectations.Reach for a Dream FoundationDream projectsIn addition to fulfilling individual dreams, the foundation works on projects with groups of sick children. On such event is “Queen for a Day”, during which the foundation spoils young girls lavishly for a day. There is also “Captain Courage”, on which young boys are taken to do activities that they enjoy, such as deep sea fishing and on helicopter rides. For those who are able to be away from home or hospital, there are weekend camps for large groups of children called “Camp Sunshine”. For those who are too sick to leave hospital, there are clown entertainers called “Jabulani” who visit the children in hospital.The inspiration to start Reach for a Dream came from an article on the American group, Make – A – Wish Foundation. Owen Parnell, a former president of the Randburg Rotary Club, was struck by the opportunity to establish a similar venture in South Africa. On 7 July 1988, the organisation made its very first dream come true. And so the journey of dream fulfilment began. Its first dreamer, JC Steinman, was treated to a wonderful birthday party with rides on a pony and a motorcycle.Officially named the Reach for a Dream Foundation in 1991, the organisation defined its core purpose as “fulfilling the dreams of children of any race, colour and creed between the ages of three and 18 faced with a life-threatening illness”. It truly believes that it is contributing to creating the future of this country: if you can beat a life-threatening illness as a child, imagine what you can achieve as an adult.