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Strombo Named UN’s Canadian Ambassador Against Hunger

In ::TOP STORIES on March 17, 2011 at 11:25 pm

Source: www.thestar.com – Raju Mudhar

(March 15, 2011) CBC host George Stroumboulopoulos is joining the battle against world hunger as the first Canadian to be named an ambassador against hunger as part of the United Nations World Food Program.


The announcement was made Tuesday night on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight, where Stephen Lewis, a former UN special envoy for HIV/AIDS, was a guest.

Other celebrity ambassadors include actresses Drew Barrymore and Susan Sarandon, and singer Christina Aguilera.

Stroumboulopoulos was given the title after a visit to Pakistan last month, where the UN program is engaged in feeding people after last year’s devastating floods.

A TV special documenting his trip will air April 1 on CBC.

“I’m excited to be a part of it,” said Stroumboulopoulos, whose charity work includes supporting the UN’s online donation site, WeFeedback.org.

“In any situation like this there’s all kinds of work being done on the ground by all kinds of people and so somebody in my position, all I really get to do is shine the light on work that’s already being done and hopefully use the position I have with the television show and a radio show to garner some interest.”

During the taping of Stroumboulopoulos’s show, Lewis derided some celebrities “like the Bob Geldofs” for exploiting humanitarian efforts for personal gain.

“You can never tell,” Lewis told reporters later, of a celebrity’s commitment to the cause.

“In the UNICEF history, the great ambassadors were Audrey Hepburn and Danny Kaye and all of the current and contemporary people you wonder about. But then you have the Michael Douglases and you have the Angelina Jolies, and you have people who are bringing profile to issues which really need the profile and that, I suspect, will be where George comes in.”

Lewis praised the 38-year-old broadcaster for being forthright and direct.

“My feeling is that George is going to make an impact. This is a significant thing for the world food program to have done in Canada. People will be moved and they will get involved.”

With files from The Canadian Press


How To Donate To Relief Efforts In Japan

In ::SCOOP on March 17, 2011 at 11:01 pm

Source: www.thestar.com – Star staff

(March 15, 2011) Organizations helping earthquake- and tsunami-ravaged Japan have made it easy for Canadians to donate.

Canadian wireless customers with most major carriers can text ASIA to 30333, to donate $5 to the Canadian Red Cross Japan Earthquake/Asia-Pacific Tsunami fund and there is no charge for the text.

According to the Canadian Red Cross, a total of $3 million has already been donated by Canadians since the catastrophic 8.9 magnitude earthquake Friday.

Those wanting to help can donate online at redcross.ca or call 1-800-418-1111

James Astleford, donor-relations director for ADRA Canada, a humanitarian agency established by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, said his organization has representatives in Japan working with stranded residents.

The Christian Reformed World Relief Committee has set up a Japan donation website as well and says it is working with partners on the ground to determine what role its volunteers can play.

Donations to CRWRC can also be made by calling 1-800-730-3490

Médicins Sans Frontières says two teams of three people are trying to reach the worst-hit areas in Japan’s Iwate and Miyagi prefectures.

“The MSF teams, composed of medical and logistics personnel, will try to reach the area by helicopter,” said spokeswoman Naomi Sutorius-Lavoie in an email Friday. “Once there, the two teams will liaise with local emergency-response authorities to assess medical needs. Another 25 MSF medical and logistical staff in Japan are on standby to respond once the situation has been assessed.”

UNICEF says it has already positioned supplies and personnel in countries throughout the Pacific region.

Plan International Canada had an emergency-response team on standby in Indonesia, where it has a warehouse stocked with 5,000 family kits available for immediate distribution.

World Vision Canada has also set up a webpage to solicit donations to provide disaster relief for victims of the earthquake.

UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, a group that supports IsraAid, an Israel-based humanitarian organization sending teams of rescue personnel, emergency medical officers and water pollution purification specialists to Japan, is also accepting donations here.

CARE Canada, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam-Quebec and Save the Children Canada have formed a group called The Humanitarian Coalition and began accepting donations Saturday.

The Salvation Army announced it was allocating $75,000 to the earthquake relief effort in Japan and is accepting donations online here.

Canadians can also donate online through International Development and Relief Foundation or by calling 1-866-497-IDRF (1-866-497-4373)

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada says “the best way for Canadians to help is to donate money — not clothing or food.”


In Uncategorized on March 17, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Great times at the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta! There are so many highlights that I can’t even name them all here.  However, stay tuned for my recap of the regatta next week!  In the meantime, check out photos from the Wyclef concert in my PHOTO GALLERY.

Now to some serious issues – The world mourns the consecutive tragedies in Japan. Below under SCOOP, there are plenty of ways to give listed there and it just comes to personal choice.  Mine would be The Salvation Army’s efforts. 

I was away for most of Canadian Music Week but there is a review of the week below under MUSIC NEWS.  I hope that you all were able to celebrate all the genres included in CMW. So, take a scroll and a read of your weekly entertainment news.

This newsletter is designed to give you some updated entertainment-related news and provide you with our upcoming event listings.   Welcome to those who are new members!