Veteran South African journalist turns to helping others

first_imgFrom teacher to broadcaster and now back to working with youth, news anchor Pat Pillai has come a long way. In his new home at LifeCo UnLtd SA, he plans to help young South Africans live lives more in the spirit of Nelson Mandela. Pat Pillai gave up his news job to run his organisation, LifeCo UnLtd SA. Through it, he aims to help young South Africans achieve big things. (Image: TV with Thinus)• My Africa Is … not what you think• Archive: Nelson Mandela at Davos • Khi Solar One: renewable energy for the ages• Using the arts to build an inclusive South Africa• Young people: own your destiny! Staff writerPat Pillai, the veteran anchorman of eNews, has left the programme to focus all his efforts on his philanthropic organisation, LifeCo UnLtd SA.The move comes after the group received an investment of R40-million to help its efforts to motivate young people to live like Nelson Mandela.Pillai, who spent more than a decade at ETV news, will now be the full-time chief executive of LifeCo UnLtd SA. He founded the organisation Life College Group in 1997, and used his free time to work there as a volunteer. It later merged with UnLtd SA to form LifeCo UnLtd SA.Online media news platform Screenafrica reports that LifeCo has helped more than 55 000 South African children, teaching them life skills and boosting academic and entrepreneurial potential.About the investment, Pillai said: “The demand for our work has grown nationally and needs a special focus. Our youth leaders and entrepreneurs need us more than ever.”One of the group’s programmes is Nelson Mandela – the Champion Within, which was launched in Port Elizabeth in 2012. In an interview with Pretoria News, Pillai said many of the self-guides in the programme were based on portions of Mandela’s writings.The programme allows students to interact with leaders in the business, political and educational sectors on issues of character, attitude, communication, tolerance and success. LifeCo hopes to expand the programme to students all over South Africa by 2020.In an interview with Global X, Pillai named his grandfather as one of the influences behind his starting LifeCo. Global X is an interview series focused on social entrepreneurs on the Skoll Foundation’s Social Edge website.Pillai’s grandfather was a waiter at the Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town. As a waiter, he would stand in the background, listening to people like Winston Churchill and other political leaders, as well as visiting royalty, talk during their meetings. “He said: ‘I could never sit at the table and I hope that one day my son, my grandson would be able to sit with people that lead thoughts and social change.’ And that stuck with me.”Growing up on the Cape Flats on the outskirts of Cape Town, Pillai had family members who struggled with drugs, poverty and abuse. Now, he wants to break that cycle of poverty. “We want them [students] to leave school with a wider world view, not of a slave mentality but a champion mentality.”He explained that Life College aimed to develop character education. “They would test and refine what real life projects that they will run.”Pillai was a young education student, but he chose to study drama to help with a stutter and fear of public speaking. It stood him in good stead for his broadcasting career. Pillai won a Vita Award for his work as a stage actor and appeared in the 1993 film Friends, directed by Elaine Proctor.He qualified as a teacher, however, and soon realised that the public school system was doing little to nurture a true readiness for life in its students. His first attempt at a model similar to LifeCo failed. After a few years, in 1997, he tried a second time with a revised strategy and methodology. He used the income from the sale of his drama company to launch with just 16 students.Wishing Pat Pillay all the best, I feel so sad I won’t be seeing him on etv anymore. May God bless you we will definitely miss you #farewell— Ntsikie (@ntsikiem) February 26, 2015Once again, he is leaving the public eye to return to educating the country’s youth. His last eNews bulletin was on 26 February, prompting his fans to tweet their gratitude and farewells.Patrick Controy, the managing director of ESAT, agreed, saying Pillai had played an enormous role at eNews. “He has helped us turn our nightly newscast into the most watched English news bulletin in the country.”last_img read more

15 Large Bendy Twist Safe Hair Hairdressing Rollers Foam Curlers Twistee Benders : Overall though I would recommend as curl result is worth it

first_imgThey are very good and strong. Just excatly what i was expecting. Perfect for the job but wouldn’t want to sleep in them. I like it but getting out of the original shape very soon. Asked for blue but got pink, but functionality is great. 3 packs of what is shown in the picture.Overall though I would recommend as curl result is worth itFirst time curler15 Large Blue Bendy Twist Safe Hair Hairdressing Rollers Foam Curlers Twistee BendersEASY TO USECAN BE USED ON WET OR DRY HAIRSMOOTH ROLLER SURFACE PROTECTS HAIR FROM BREAKAGEDIMENSIONS: 23cm X 2cmSOFT ENOUGH TO WEAR IN BED Its greats how the creates perfect curls. Great for already curly hair. I half dry and leave in over night and style the curls to my liking. Great cheap purchase for hair that gets compliments all the time. My first time using curlers so i have little experience with curlers in general, but i thought they were decent and arrived in good time. Put them in and leave them overnight makes for a tough sleep, but boy do they provide bouncy curls. Mine were so bouncy, in fact, that i ended up looking like a cherub with extra thick curls that were surprisingly stubborn to brush out. I mean my hair is on the curly/wavy side anyway so i guess i should’ve had more sense there. Therefore it’s worth noting that if your hair is prone to curling anyway, leave these in for a few hours rather than overnight. Also, make sure your hair is dry or nearly dry, because wet hair will not dry with these curlers in. Having said that, i gave it four out of five because i actually think the end bits on either side of the curlers are very annoying. They pop out and get tangled in your hair and it can mess up a perfectly nice curl. This is the first time i use the bendy rollers, i loved them, i put them there for two hours and gave me nice curls, but also made my hair smell like plastic. 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Overall though i would recommend as curl result is worth it. Although i find a little more uncomfortable to sleep in as so chunky. Overall though i would recommend as curl result is worth it. These have been used a couple of times and work really well – a lovely present for my 11 year old although i am not sure she sleeps that soundly with them in. Jus only problem is that its hard to sleep with it on :/. This is the first time i use the bendy rollers, i loved them, i put them there for two hours and gave me nice curls, but also made my hair smell like plastic. These have been used a couple of times and work really well – a lovely present for my 11 year old although i am not sure she sleeps that soundly with them in. Perfect for the job but wouldn’t want to sleep in them. They stay in very well and don’t require pins. I think they are good value for money. 3 packs of what is proven in the picture. . Lots of rollers to do a whole head of hair, compared with any other rollers i have purchased. Really awesome curls, practise prior to sporting them on a night time out nevertheless. Ended up seeking like a king charles spaniel 1st time i utilised them.Its greats how the creates great curls. Excellent for now curly hair. I 50 percent dry and go away in over evening and model the curls to my liking. Wonderful cheap buy for hair that gets compliments all the time.I am combined race with prolonged curly hair, soon after washing my hair i set these in while my hair was even now moist, when they were all in i sat beneath my bonnet hood dryer that i experienced also purchased on amazon right until my hair was dry and my hair came out in gorgeous ringlets instead of my standard curls. Admittedly the ringlet have been rather large but soon after an hour or so due to the fact my hair is so very long the weght of it assist to stretch the ringlets out and it looked excellent. I acquired two sets of 15 and it took 24 rollers to protect my total head, i could likely have utilised significantly less if i experienced place a bit far more hair in some but then that would have extended the drying time.Jus only difficulty is that its tough to slumber with it on :/.I like it but receiving out of the unique form pretty soon.Over-all though i would advocate as curl consequence is worth it. While i discover a little far more not comfortable to sleep in as so chunky. General even though i would endorse as curl end result is really worth it.last_img read more

Mid Season Crop Scouting Tips

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As the calendar turns to July, many corn and soybean fields are well on their way. Due to the very challenging spring, however, scouting those fields throughout the growing season will be key. Matt Hutcheson, Product Manager for Seed Consultants, gives some tips on what to scout for over the summer.last_img

Your Recurring Gift Cheat Sheet: 3 Tips for Boosting Donor Buy-In

first_imgYour monthly giving program is great way to reach smaller donors who aren’t comfortable writing a big check but are happy to give $10 or $20 per month. Are you maximizing its potential or just hoping people will notice the “give monthly” checkbox on their own? Here are three best practices for making the most of your monthly giving program and supercharging your revenue in the process.Ask low.When it comes to recurring gifts, always think annually, not monthly. Don’t be too greedy up front. Your focus is to get the donor through the door with a low, palatable amount.Here’s how to set your initial ask: Figure out your average onetime gift and start your ask at about a third of that. Let’s say your onetime average is $35. Set your first monthly gift level at $10 (an ideal starting point), then bump up the ask to $15, $20, $35, and “other.” Notably, research has found that when given a list of options, people frequently choose the second one.Get a high response.Once you’ve set an easy entry point, you want to make sure donors know about this great monthly option. Put it front and center in everything you do. Start with your website’s homepage, and mention monthly giving right up top so people can find it. Make it the first option on your online donation page and printed materials. Tout it on Facebook and Twitter. You’re proud of this program, so show it. If you ask, they will give.A couple more tips for boosting recurring gift response:Give plenty of payment options. Credit cards, PayPal, and electronic fund transfers from checking accounts are the most common.Name your program. Donors want to feel special. They’re more likely to sign on if giving monthly makes them a “Children’s Champion” or a member of the “Founder’s Circle.”Upgrade later.Once your donors have committed to recurring gifts, how soon should you ask them to up the amount? Between nine and 12 months is ideal. First you’ll want to make sure payments are coming in regularly and that your communications plan is in place (thank you emails, tax letters, contact plan for things like expired or canceled credit cards, etc.). Then make the ask. What about onetime or annual donors—when can you ask them for monthly gifts? As soon as they become a donor! The sooner you can convert them to monthly, the more loyal and generous they will be. Anyone who gave recently is more likely to convert than someone who’s been giving annually for years. A great starting point is to ask holiday donors in January, “Help us 12 months a year.” Adapted from Network for Good’s Nonprofit 911 webinar “How You Can Generate Long-Term Revenue from Recurring Giving” with Erica Waasdorp, president of A Direct Solution and author of Monthly Giving: The Sleeping Giant. Download the archived presentation.last_img read more

#GivingTuesday – One of the Best Fundraising Ideas in a Long Time!

first_imgThere’s no question about it, the day after the online shopping frenzy of Cyber Monday is a great time to launch nonprofit fundraising campaigns for the holiday season. Here are five great reasons Network for Good is totally behind making it one of your key charity fundraising days.Giving Is Central to the Holiday Spirit – The holidays are a time when people of many cultures and faiths within our communities are called to be generous. Gift-giving is common and it’s even common to save money for this time of year. Shopping for holiday gifts is in full swing, and Black Friday and Cyber Monday bring it to a peak—getting downright ugly sometimes—and fundraising for a cause can be a powerful reminder of the spirit of the season.Share a Sense of Community – From the clanging of the bells outside the grocery, to sharp-dressed Marines collecting toys, we are reminded to make charitable donations wherever we go. But the thing that’s different around the holidays is that it makes us feel like part of something larger than ourselves. Giving generously during the holidays is one of the few traditions that is common to many diverse people in our culture. By associating your charity fundraising efforts with #GivingTuesday, you are connecting with all the other charitable organizations and good-spirited donors who are also participating.Online Fundraising Sites Make Giving as Easy as Shopping – It’s the time of year when everybody is spending money, and more and more are doing it online. It just makes sense to be one of the recipients of all the money that’s flowing through the virtual pipeline.Giving Days Are Fun – Aside from the above reasons to make this particular giving day a focus of your nonprofit fundraising, giving days are fun ways to raise money. They are a quick, 24-hour period, so you have to hit it hard and promote; but then you’re done. It’s a lot less work than putting on a dinner or other production!Bonuses! – Sometimes there are special features associated with an activity that make it especially beneficial, and there are a couple that come along with #GivingTuesday. For our part, Network for Good is offering $125,000 in matching funds to its clients for #GivingTuesday campaigns this year. Making your donations go further is always enticing, isn’t it?There’s also a little boost from Uncle Sam, since December is the last month of the year, and “last call” for charity donations to get tax breaks. A lot of money is going to be donated around this time of year, so take the opportunity to get your name out there in a fun way.To learn more about how Network for Good is joining the #GivingTuesday movement, visit our N4G Gives site, or call 1-888-284-7978 x1.last_img read more

Wilson Center Dialogue May 2: Addressing Disrespect and Abuse During Childbirth

first_imgPosted on April 24, 2013March 13, 2017By: Sarah Blake, MHTF consultantClick 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The next event in the 2012-2013 Advancing Dialogue on Maternal Health series cosponsored by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Global Health Initiative, UNFPA, and the MHTF, the Wilson Center will host a discussion on “Addressing Disrespect and Abuse During Childbirth” next Thursday, May 2.From our colleagues at the Wilson Center:While strides have been made in providing access to maternal health care services – transportation, lower costs, education, etc. – there is evidence that quality of care, and perceptions of that quality, may be an equally important barrier. Join us in a discussion of the challenges impeding quality care and the steps being taken to overcome those challenges.The event will be held from noon to 2:00 pm at the Wilson Center, in Washington, DC. If you would like to attend in person, please click here for information on how to RSVP.In addition to the in-person event, discussion – along with others in the series – will continue on Twitter under the hashtag #MHDialogue, and video of the event will be posted on the Wilson Center website.For more on issues related to promoting respectful maternity care, check out the MHTF’s respectful maternity care resource page or the ongoing respectful maternity care guest blog series. To read a recent Atlantic article on abusive treatment during childbirth in India, click here. Webcasts are available for past events, including the April 18 dialogue on the impact of violence against women on maternal health, along with the April 4 dialogue on emerging priorities for maternal health in India. For more information on the Advancing Dialogue on Maternal Health series, visit the Wilson Center Global Health Initiative or the MHTF website’s page on the dialogue series.  Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Day 2 of the #MNHIntegration Technical Meeting

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on September 10, 2014August 10, 2016Click 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)[View the story “Day 2 of the #MNHIntegration technical meeting” on Storify]Share this:last_img