One World of Culture Concert

As part of the Island’s Year of Culture and in celebration of our 10th Birthday we have brought together local artists from Bulgaria, India, the Philippines, Scotland, several African countries and the Isle of Man for an evening of music and dance. Come and join us at 19:00 at Peel’s Centenary Centre this Saturday, 11th October.  Tickets available from Shakti Man (Ramsey), Peter Norris (Douglas), Thompson Travel (Port Erin), Celtic Gold (Peel) and on line. Tickets will also be available on the door. Adults: £5.00, children: £2.50

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Cronk y Berry Space Unit enjoys Africa

Today Rosemary visited Cronk y Berry School and took in a range of artifacts to help the students learn more about Africa.

After seeing pictures of women carrying water, all the children tried balancing their water bottles on their heads in this container.  It was quite heavy!

They really enjoyed playing with a plastic doll from Ghana, and a whole set of wooden animals from Kenya.

The children worked out that this basket is made from recycled plastic bags – and that it could be used as a hat!

They learned that an object that looked a bit like a feather duster was actually a fly whisk made from hair, probably from a horse. They enjoyed guessing what a leather carrying case could be used for.  They also enjoyed trying on some African shirts.



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10th Birthday and AGM

It was great to celebrate our first 10 years with friends old and new. Following a BBQ Cheryl Cousins, our first Co-ordinator, Phil Craine, our Chair, and Hugh Davidson, a generous supporter, reflected on the last decade.  This beautiful cake was made by our out-going treasurer, Jane Prescott.  Thank you Jane for all your hard work over the past few years.  You’ve kept us on the straight and narrow in a most gracious way, and we’ll miss you!

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Gaza Appeal update

Thanks to everyone who helped with the DEC collection over the weekend – and to all those who contributed.  Over £4,600 has been raised to date and will go to join the money being distributed by the DEC to agencies who can provide aid on the ground in Gaza. Collecting tins are still out at Manx Co-op stores for another week or so – and donations can also be made directly to the DEC via their website or any bank.   Thanks to all for your continued generosity.

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Gaza Appeal

Would you like to help those who have been injured and are homeless, living in Gaza? There will be street collections across the Island this weekend:   Castletown: Saturday Douglas: Saturday and Sunday Peel: Saturday Port Erin: Friday and Saturday Ramsey: Friday If you could help by holding a bucket in one of these places, please contact us.  if you would prefer you can give on line, or you could text “Donate” to 70000 to give £5.

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10th Anniversary BBQ + AGM

You would be very welcome to join us on Friday 5th September to celebrate our 10th birthday. The BBQ will be held at our office in St Johns, beginning at 18:00. We will be looking back at our achievements. There will be an opportunity to meet friends old and new. And we will be holding a brief AGM. Please let us know if you are coming – and if you have any dietary requirements – so that we can provide appropriate catering.

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Last film goes on line

Thanks to the Department of Education and Children’s IT expert, Alex, we can now celebrate having the last of the entries to our Primary Short Film Competition on line.  You can view Peel Clothworkers’ entry on Cyberbullying here.

The other entries can be found here.

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QE2 students thanked for work on life-saving digital lessons

On Monday Rosemary presented two students from QE2 High School with copies of potentially life-saving DVDs they had helped to create as part of a collaboration with the charity Thare Machi Education (Isle of Man)

TME (IoM) uses new media to create interactive lessons on basic health and life-skills topics which can teach some of the world’s poorest people in their own language.  The programming (or “authoring“, as it is technically called) of the lessons on DVD is not a straight-forward operation and required the students to work with languages they didn’t understand themselves.

Michael Diehl and Walid Anwar, both Year 8 students, are the youngest people to produce a lesson.  Their topic was “Having an HIV Test”, with Walid working in Afrikaans and Michael in Acholi, a Ugandan language.

TME (IoM) currently has 31 different lessons waiting to be translated, recorded and authored into a range of different languages.  If you would like to help, please contact us.

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Global Village was Great!

The sun shone all day and hundreds of people made their way down from the Fairfield to taste Indian, Filipino, German and African food; to browse the stalls of charities working in other countries; to join in activities; and to watch displays of Karate, African and Indian dancing, African singing and the playing of the didgeridoo.  Here are a selection of pictures:

What would the temperature of the water in the black pot be at 15:30?  That was the challenge set.  And the answer? 47 degrees Centigrade – the prize is on its way to the winner.  Funds raised from this, the face painting and the flag competition are going to support Save the Children as they seek to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

The performances of Indian dance were superb.  There was excellent characterisation by the African dancers and the Africans accompanied the didgeridoo with their drums.  A Karate demonstration took place with students of all ages demonstrating their skills.

The Tandoor Restaurant abandoned its Douglas base and cooked a range of delicious dishes.  The Filipino BBQ sizzled all day.  Several different types of German sausages were on offer by the Friends of Pestalozzi, who were also promoting their support of a Zambian  student who is studying for his International Baccalaureate in Sussex.

The Pahar Trust, Do!, Capstone International Aid, ADRA, Excellent Development and Send A Cow were kept busy all day, explaining the work of their charities.  The United Nations Association and the Black and White Association were literally flying the flag for international understanding.

Our thanks go to the Tynwald Committee and DEFA (Forestry, Amenity and Lands) for enabling us to hold the Global Village in St John’s Arboretum.

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You can view film entries here!

All of the seven films in the finals of the One World Centre Primary Short Film Competition can now be seen by clicking on the school names below:

Joint winners: Anagh Coar and Sulby

Ashley Hill, Ballasalla, Foxdale, St Johns, Peel Clothworkers

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