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SOURCE:  LAUREUS / Sport for Good Foundation / Cision

Youngsters from Special Olympics Project Have “Time of Their Lives” with Laureus Ambassador Juan Mata

MADRID, SPAIN - OCTOBER 05: Juan Mata, Laureus and IWC Ambassador shares sporting activities with children from L aureus-supported project Olympics at Colegio Publico de Education Especial Princesa Sofia school on October 5, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images for Laureus)

MADRID, SPAIN – OCTOBER 05: Juan Mata, Laureus and IWC Ambassador shares sporting activities with children from L aureus-supported project Olympics at Colegio Publico de Education Especial Princesa Sofia school on October 5, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images for Laureus)

Madrid – Laureus Ambassador Juan Mata has spent time inspiring youngsters from the Laureus-supported Special Olympics Spain ‘Young Athletes’ project in Madrid.

The Manchester United and Spain star was present at the unveiling of the IWC Schaffhausen Ingenieur Automatic Edition ‘Laureus Sport for Good Foundation’ (Ref. IW323909) timepiece of which part of the proceeds from sales will go to help children in crisis-hit areas of the world.

Juan met youngsters from the Special Olympics project, many of whom have varying levels of disability. The Special Olympics project helps youngsters between the age of 2 and 7 years old with intellectual disabilities using the sport as a tool to improve their physical and sensory capacities. The project uses sport as a tool for social integration.

Laureus Ambassador Juan Mata said: “ I’m delighted to have the opportunity to hang out with these little great fighters. The work that Laureus Sport for Good Foundation carries out worldwide is amazing and the number of young children’s lives they help improve is inspirational.

Gabriel Masfurroll , President of Laureus Spain Foundation, pointed out: “ I want to thank this great athlete for spending time with these youngsters today supporting one of the Laureus Spain Foundation’s projects. This is an inspirational project that tries to find and improve the physical and intellectual health of young people who with different disabilities.”

During the event Olivier Lebegue, IWC Schaffhausen’s Brand Director, presented Juan with a limited edition Ingenieur Automatic Edition ‘Laureus Sport for Good Foundation’. The Swiss manufacturing brand created 1.000 limited edition copies, in high-grade steel. With a lot of elegance and a classic inspirational design, in its sphere the characteristic blue Laureus shines. Part of the proceeds from sales will go to help children in crisis-hit areas of the world.

Oliver Lebegue , Brand Director at IWC Schaffhausen said: “ We are proud to support the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation in this beautiful project for another year. IWC is a compromised brand in different social environments. In this concrete case and through Laureus Spain Foundation, we gain conscious of the importance that sports has as a tool for changing a lot of aspects of society and counting with the support of Juan Mata makes this even more special”

The Laureus Sport for Good Foundation uses the power of sports such as football to address social challenges through a worldwide programme of sports related community development initiatives. Laureus supports more than 150 projects worldwide and since its inception in 2000 has raised over €85 million for projects which have improved the lives of millions of young people.

SOURCE:  LAUREUS / Sport for Good Foundation / Cision

Swimming Sensation Missy Franklin Meets Inspirational Youngsters From Laureus Foundation of Goodness Project

SEENIGAMA, SRI LANKA-OCTOBER 6, 2015:  Laureus Ambassador and Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin poses a picture with children at Foundation of Goodness during the Missy Franklin Sri Lanka Project Visit on October 6, 2015 in Seenegama, Sri Lanka. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe/Laureus/Getty Images)

SEENIGAMA, SRI LANKA-OCTOBER 6, 2015: Laureus Ambassador and Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin poses a picture with children at Foundation of Goodness during the Missy Franklin Sri Lanka Project Visit on October 6, 2015 in Seenegama, Sri Lanka. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe/Laureus/Getty Images)

Colombo, Sri Lanka – Global swimming sensation and Laureus Sport for Good Foundation Ambassador Missy Franklin has spent time meeting and inspiring youngsters from the Laureus-supported Foundation of Goodness project in Sri Lanka.

Ten years on from English cricket legend and Laureus Academy Member Sir Ian Botham’s visit to the project, Missy spent time with members of the community who were most impacted by the Tsunami which devastated the village of Seenigama in December 2004.

The Foundation of Goodness was set up by Kushil Gunasekera in 1999, to provide essential services to the southern Sri Lankan village of Seenigama and aid the development the local community. The objectives of the organisation changed dramatically following the Tsunami when, with the support of Laureus, the Foundation of Goodness developed the Seenigama Sport for Life Project to help rebuild the community.

Today, post-Tsunami, the focus is on a long-term commitment to community development and social change through sport. Working with over 1,400 young people, the project combines sports training in cricket, volleyball, swimming, netball and badminton with programmes that build life-skills such as leadership, confidence and communication.

During her visit, Missy took time to meet some aspiring young swimmers from the

SEENIGAMA, SRI LANKA-OCTOBER 6, 2015:  Laureus Ambassador and Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin greets end of Sri Lankan young swimmers training session during the Missy Franklin Sri Lanka Project Visit at Sport Academy Swimming Pool of Foundation of Goodness on October 6, 2015 in Seenegama, Sri Lanka. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe/Laureus/Getty Images)

SEENIGAMA, SRI LANKA-OCTOBER 6, 2015: Laureus Ambassador and Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin greets end of Sri Lankan young swimmers training session during the Missy Franklin Sri Lanka Project Visit at Sport Academy Swimming Pool of Foundation of Goodness on October 6, 2015 in Seenegama, Sri Lanka. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe/Laureus/Getty Images)

project, passing on her own personal swimming hints and tips and sharing her experiences of competing on the world stage. After the session, she reflected on her time in Sri Lanka:

“I’ve been so inspired by the people I’ve met and the things I’ve seen here in Seenigama . The Foundation of Goodness is a true embodiment of the Laureus message that sport has the power to change the world.

“I’ve grown up knowing the importance of hard work and resilience in preparing to compete at the highest level in sport, but the resilience of these people, who suffered such loss and grief after the devastating Tsunami in 2004 is so inspirational for me. I won’t forget the smiling faces of the young children here.”

Foundation of Goodness founder Kushil Gunasekera was grateful following Missy’s swimming session with the young children. He said: “ It’s unimaginable to even think that such a superstar, namely Missy Franklin the Olympic gold medalist, would visit the rural village of Seenigama in Sri Lanka. We wish to acknowledge the exceptional gesture on the part of Missy, knowing very well her busy schedule and the training ahead of the 2016 Olympics for which we salute in admiration.”

The Laureus Sport for Good Foundation uses the power of sports such as swimming to address social challenges through a worldwide programme of sports related community development initiatives. Laureus supports more than 150 projects worldwide and since its inception in 2000 has raised over €85 million for projects which have improved the lives of millions of young people.

SOURCE:  Dakota Digital

Inaugural National Mentoring Day Summit to Play Host to Some of UK’s Most Successful Mentors

Chelsey Baker Founder of National Mentoring Day.  Photo Courtesy:  Dakota Digital

Chelsey Baker Founder of National Mentoring Day. Photo Courtesy: Dakota Digital

The first ever National Mentoring Day will be launched at the Rockstar Hubs, London on 27th October 2015 where a one-off panel discussion event will be held celebrating the importance of mentoring and raising awareness of the opportunities available.

The National Mentoring Day Summit will play host to crucial figureheads of the mentorship movement, including the founder of National Mentoring Day herself, Chelsey Baker.

The event, and the new national awareness day in general, aims to celebrate the great work that mentors from all over the UK are doing to help businesses grow, as well as encouraging more people to get involved in mentoring – whether they’re the mentor or the mentee.

Chelsey Baker, Founder of National Mentoring Day, says, “I’m thrilled to announce the fantastic line-up for the National Mentoring Day Summit, which will include representatives from the UK’s leading mentor programmes, as well as successful professionals that found great value in being mentored throughout their own careers. The event will be the icing on the cake of this exciting new national awareness day, which is set to draw attention to the crucial topic of mentors, and will hopefully alert many more businesses and individuals to the benefits of being mentored, or becoming a mentor.”

The event kicks off at 4pm, and Ms Baker will welcome all guests with a speech at 4.30pm, before turning the stage over to mentors and guest speakers Paul ‘Pablo’ Ettinger, Co-Founder of Caffe Nero, and Will King, Founder of King of Shaves.

A panel discussion will then take place, featuring Kerrie Dorman, Founder of the Association of Business Mentors, Jonathan Pfahl, Founder and Managing Director of Rockstar Group, and three other key figures in the world of mentoring. The panel will discuss the importance and value of mentoring, as well as offering their ideas on how mentoring should be shaped for the future.

Kerrie Dorman said, “National Mentoring Day is a fantastic initiative because it highlights all the benefits mentoring contributes to business. Anything that builds awareness to this relatively new concept we – The Association of Business Mentors – applaud and embrace. As a nation we are slowly accepting that engaging with a business mentor is not a weak request for help but a smart way of accessing relevant proven experience to capitalise on.”

Jonathan Pfahl added, “It’s brilliant that someone has created a nationally recognized day to celebrate all the great work mentors are doing to help businesses all over the UK grow and prosper. It is a real pleasure to be part of it and to sponsor the main event at our mentoring Hub.”

With the summit gathering interest and support from MPs including Iain Wright, Ruth Lowbridge MBE of SFEDI, one of the summit panelist speakers comments, “National Mentoring Day is a fantastic opportunity to really push the mentoring message and facilitate the spark of new connections throughout the UK.”

“Mentoring is an invaluable source of insight, support and inspiration for those running a business, whatever their stage” adds Hollie Gallagher, Head of Entrepreneurs at Bircham Dyson Bell. She continues, “BDB is proud to be part of the first National Mentoring Day.”

SOURCE:  DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Honor Detachment

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Italian Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti review the honor detachment at the Quirinal Palace in Rome, Oct. 7, 2015. Carter is on a five-day trip to Europe to attend the NATO Defense Ministerial Conference in Brussels, and meet with counterparts in Spain, Italy and the United Kingdom. DoD photo by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Clydell Kinchen

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Italian Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti review the honor detachment at the Quirinal Palace in Rome, Oct. 7, 2015. Carter is on a five-day trip to Europe to attend the NATO Defense Ministerial Conference in Brussels, and meet with counterparts in Spain, Italy and the United Kingdom. DoD photo by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Clydell Kinchen

SOURCE:  DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Quirinal Palace Meeting

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter meets with Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Italian Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti at the Quirinal Palace in Rome, Oct. 7, 2015. Carter is on a five-day trip to Europe to attend the NATO Defense Ministerial Conference in Brussels, and meet with counterparts in Spain, Italy and the United Kingdom. DoD photo by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Clydell Kinchen

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter meets with Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Italian Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti at the Quirinal Palace in Rome, Oct. 7, 2015. Carter is on a five-day trip to Europe to attend the NATO Defense Ministerial Conference in Brussels, and meet with counterparts in Spain, Italy and the United Kingdom. DoD photo by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Clydell Kinchen

 

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