To help spread messages about Ebola, Community Radios Receive 1,448 Fuel Coupons

first_imgThe Grand Coalition of Liberian Organizations (GRANDCOALIO), a group comprises over 200 organizations in Liberia has presented 1,448 gallons of fuel coupons to community across Liberia to help with propagation of messages against the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.The organization in addition to the coupons also turned over 25 bags of rice with cans and boxes of juice to meet the needs of health workers in isolation camps due to the Ebola outbreak.Making the presentation on August 12, 2014 at the headquarters of the Liberian Business Association (LIBA), the head of the organization, Dee Maxwell Saah Kemayah, Sr. stressed that the fight against Ebola is not to be left with the Government alone, but collaborative efforts of all Liberians.He said the media being a major partner in the fight must be capacitated to give the message out as it has been doing, and on the basis of this role media institutions play, the Grand Coalition of Liberian Organizations (GRANDCOALIO) saw it expedient to give the fuel coupons to empower functional community radios to help propagate the information.Mr. Kemayah went further to state that the outbreak of the Ebola virus is the first deadest in history, and that fighting it does not require Government alone but participations of all.He lauded the media for the work done over time since the outbreak, noting that media is an indispensable partner that must be empowered to reach the message to the people.In response to the gesture, Press Union of Liberia’s president, Kamara A. Kamara said the gesture was timely as many people call on them every day to asking for help to community radios build their capacity.Mr. Kamara noted that gesture by the Grand Coalition of Liberian organizations serves as sign that Liberia will be victorious in the fight against Ebola and that every person should follow warning messages provided the public.He urged reporters to report on the Ebola crisis in a balance way that areas and individuals affected will not be stigmatized.For National Health Workers leader, Joseph Tamba, he commended GRANDCOALIO for the assistance provided those in isolation camps and promised that they will work to ensure that in the next one month Ebola will be eradicated or suspected cases will be no more.He recalled that about eight health workers have died from the disease over the time.  He added that about 50 persons have survived from it, urging the public not to be afraid but to go along with the precautionary measures being publicized.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Teens begin training for marathons

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WEST WHITTIER – Inspired by his mother when she began training for the Los Angeles Marathon, Los Nietos Middle School student Steven Calderon started running when he was in fifth grade. He soon discovered its mental and emotional benefits.Last year, the eighth-grader entered the L.A. Marathon himself, completing the 26.2-mile course in 5 1/2 hours.“When you’re running, it’s kind of like you’re more focused on what you’re doing,” the 13-year-old said. “If something’s going on in your life, running helps you get your mind off of it.”Now Steven and about 20 other students from his school are training for this year’s L.A. Marathon on March 19, running three times a week as part of a new program that turns hundreds of Southern California teens into true marathon runners.Students Run L.A. meets after school and weekends at dozens of middle and high school campuses. Once a month, the students run smaller weekend marathons – all leading up to the Big Run that takes off at 8:30 a.m. from Sixth and Figueroa streets in downtown Los Angeles.Last year, more than 2,000 Southern California middle and high school students trained for the L.A. Marathon through Students Run L.A. – and more than 99 percent of them completed the course.“It’s a commitment,” said Rita Morales, a student counselor at Los Nietos Middle School who is heading up the Students Run L.A. program there.At the beginning of the school year, more than 50 Los Nietos students enrolled in the program; about 20 have stuck it out, she said.Several teachers and adult volunteers train with the students, encouraging them with each step.“We’re teaching them endurance, determination and discipline, and we want them to transfer those skills to their school work,” Morales said.Steven Calderon, whose mother volunteers in the program, likes the support from the adults.“I guess the kids get the teachers to run, and the teachers get the kids to run,” he said.Students who participate in Students Run L.A. receive free T-shirts and two pairs of running shoes. Presbyterian Intercommunity Intercommunity Hospital provides free physical exams; the city of Santa Fe Springs donates bus transportation to events; and a local restaurant, BJ’s Pizza in Cerritos, has hosted pizza parties for the students.“It’s been so enlightening to me to see the people who volunteer their time and effort,” Morales said. [email protected](562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051last_img read more