Free advertising campaign on offer for Irish charities

first_img Howard Lake | 8 December 2009 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.  32 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Individual giving Ireland Promotional Free advertising campaign on offer for Irish charitiescenter_img The prize will include the production of an advert, which will then be televised during the top live fixtures in the Setanta Sports schedule this Christmas and New Year, including Barclays Premier League football and Magners League rugby.To enter the draw charities should send their name, contact details and a paragraph detailing the nature of the proposed campaign to [email protected] closing date for receipt of entries is Friday 11th December and winners will be notified the following week. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Setanta Sports Television is offering a free advertising campaign to three Irish charities this Christmas.Recognising that raising those much-needed funds and generating awareness is all the more difficult this year, Setanta Sports is inviting charities from around the country to get in touch.Three charities will then be selected in a draw and given a month-long campaign on the Setanta Ireland channel, to the value of €10,000 per campaign. Advertisementlast_img read more

Vatican in flux

first_imgIn a shocking move, Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday he would step down at the end of the month, citing age (85) and health issues. Francis Schüssler Fiorenza, a professor of Roman Catholic theological studies at the Divinity School, spoke with the Gazette’s Colleen Walsh about the resignation — the first in six centuries — and possible successors. GAZETTE: There is no precedent for replacing a living pope in the modern era. How do you think the process will proceed?FIORENZA: I don’t think the procedure is much different … within nine days, or so many days, the cardinals who are under 80 would be called together by [Cardinal Angelo] Sodano, who is the head of the College of Cardinals, and then they have a vote for the new pope. So in a sense, the procedure for electing a new pope hasn’t changed. What some of us are speculating is: [Pope Benedict XVI] obviously can’t be a part of the conclave because he is over age, so will he try indirectly to influence who he likes or doesn’t like as a successor? That is the interesting question.GAZETTE: Is there anyone you think he would like to see as his successor?FIORENZA: That is a difficult question. He has defended Cardinal [Tarcisio] Bertone, his secretary of state, against criticism, but I think he is too old [78] to be considered if they go for a younger person. [Austrian Cardinal Christoph] Schönborn has been a student of his and friend.GAZETTE: Can you describe the papal conclave process?FIORENZA: John Paul II [changed the rules] so that after so many votes all you needed was a majority … Benedict changed the rules back to the original rules, and the original rules state you need a two-thirds majority. Now that’s really important. … This means you’ve got to elect someone whom at least two-thirds would agree upon, so if a conservative majority gets 51 percent, then they could have forced [the person] through. … That you’ve got to get someone that two-thirds would agree upon is a good decision.GAZETTE: Would the cardinals ever select someone from the United States?FIORENZA: I don’t think anyone from the United States stands a chance. I think the United States is a superpower and it has so much of an important role in world politics, that to have the pope identified with the United States, I think from a political religious standpoint, is a no-go. So I don’t think [New York Cardinal Timothy] Dolan, [Archbishop of Los Angeles José H.] Gomez, anybody from the United States stands a chance. Maybe 100 years from now.GAZETTE: Potential candidates?FIORENZA: Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana, heads justice and peace at the Vatican. Argentine [Cardinal] Leonardo Sandri, now heading the Vatican department for Eastern Churches. Cardinal João Braz de Aviz from Brazil. Cardinal Marc Ouellet of Quebec.GAZETTE: What would it mean if the next pope were not from Europe? How would that impact the influence of the leadership? Would it reflect a real shift in power?FIORENZA: I do not think it will reflect a shift in power immediately. Several of the names mentioned have appointments in Rome. It will lead more to a cultural change and perhaps in time a power change. Christianity has been identified with Western if not European civilization, especially European colonization. Such an appointment would then be a shift and over time a change.GAZETTE: Many liberals complain that Benedict was too conservative. How will that reputation affect the selection of the next pope?FIORENZA: [John Paul II and Benedict XVI] tended to appoint more traditional bishops, and that I think will have an influence. Remember that under Paul VI, Vatican II wanted to deal with the issue of birth control and Paul VI removed it from the council and set up a commission, and then the commission of cardinals came out and recommended that the church change its position on birth control. Then Paul VI disagreed with the commission and said “I refuse to accept this, because to accept this would admit that the previous popes were wrong.” … There were enormous protests [around the] world, of a lot of bishops saying “If you are a Catholic, follow your own conscience.” The papacy under Paul VI was furious, as was John Paul II, so that they often asked bishops if they support the pope on birth control. And … what’s the one thing the American bishops are concerned about? It’s birth control in terms of Obamacare, and they have a very conservative position. So I think the legacy will be that you have a much more conservative episcopacy now than you had, let us say, 50 years ago, and that’s clear in the United States. [Benedict’s legacy] would be to continue John Paul II’s appointing of conservative bishops and ultimately cardinals, and that is going to have an impact on the election, I would assume.GAZETTE: How important is the Vatican’s relationship with other religions? John Paul II and and Benedict XVI made some inroads there.FIORENZA: Many felt that Benedict didn’t go far enough, because he was very much concerned about religious relativism, and he was always warning about pluralism. And so the biggest question that they are now facing is where the church is changing. If you look at the United States or you look at Europe, [you see] many marriages that are taking place that [are] “mixed marriages.” I once read statistics that right after World War II, both in the United States and Germany, nine out of 10 Catholics married fellow Catholics. And now [in the United States] … around eight of 10 Catholics are marrying either Protestants [or people from] other religions. And that type of switch is leading to a type of religious pluralism that the church is not used to. … So I think the question of religious pluralism is going to be really important, especially if you get a pope from Asia, where you have more awareness of other world religions.The Center for the Study of World Religions (CSWR) at Harvard Divinity School will host an open discussion on the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI as part of the center’s “Religion in the News” series. The event will be held Friday (Feb. 15) from noon to 1 p.m. in the CSWR Common Room, 42 Francis Ave., Cambridge. The event is open to Harvard faculty, staff, and students only. Due to limited space and the possibility of high turnout, RSVPs are appreciated. Please contact Lexi Gewertz, [email protected]last_img read more

Top-ranked beach volleyball kicks off season

first_imgStepping foot on the sands of Zuma Beach this weekend to start off the 2016 season, the No. 1-ranked USC beach volleyball team had a jam-packed schedule that saw them face off against four of the top six ranked teams in the nation all in a matter of just 30 hours.However, cold and dreary weather in Malibu at the Pepperdine Kick Off put a damper on the defending national champions’ opening weekend, as the Women of Troy lost their first match in nearly a year to end their hopes of achieving yet another undefeated season. Still, head coach Anna Collier and the Women of Troy were able to come away with three quality wins to start the season off at 3-1 overall.“I think we played really well on the weekend,” Collier said. “On Saturday, we came out and played a little tentative and not aggressively, so we sat the girls down and told them that no one was going to hand this to them. If we want to win, we’re going to have to fight for it and I think they changed their attitudes and fought really hard.”After notching a 4-1 victory against No. 3-ranked Hawai’i to open up the Saturday slate, USC fell for the first time in thirty matches with a tight 3-2 loss at the hands of host and No. 2-ranked Pepperdine. The next day, USC crushed crosstown rival and No. 6-ranked UCLA 5-0 in the morning before closing out with a thrilling 3-2 victory over No. 4-ranked Long Beach State.Collier was impressed with her team’s efforts as the Women of Troy endured severe weather conditions to pull out two wins on Sunday.“When we train at USC, we never see wind like this,” Collier said. “It was 25-30 mile per hour winds and it was kind of ridiculous volleyball — you could barely bump or serve the ball over the net — so for them to stay mentally tough and fight to win those matches was very impressive to watch.”Against the Rainbow Wahine, USC’s No. 1 pair of juniors Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes got the Women of Troy off to the right start with an easy 21-11, 21-17 victory over Nikki Taylor and Mikayla Tucker. At the four position, sophomore Jenna Belton and freshman Abril Bustamante went big in their debut to put USC up 2-0 with a 22-20, 21-19 decision over Ginger Long and Hannah Zalopany, while juniors Nicolette Martin and Allie Wheeler sealed the win at court three with a 21-16, 21-14 defeat of Ari Homayun and Emily Maglio. The No. 2 duo of junior Sophie Bukovec and senior Alexa Strange added to that total with a hard-fought 28-30, 21-15, 21-19 win over Lara Schreiber and Katie Spieler, while the five pair of sophomore Jo Kremer and graduate student Zoe Nightingale lost to Hannah Rooks and Ka’iwi Schucht (21-10, 19-21, 15-9) to finish out the 4-1 final team score.The win pushed USC to 6-1 all-time against Hawai’i and marked 29 straight victories in a row, but that streak would be broken about an hour later against Pepperdine.The No. 2-ranked Waves came out swinging on their home sand and found themselves up 2-1 after Madalyn Roh and Anika Wilson defeated Belton and Bustamante at court four (21-13, 21-19) and Kaity Bailey and Delaney Knudsen outlasted Bukovec and Strange (15-21, 21-18, 15-12) on court two. Eventually, a nail-biter from court five ended up going in Pepperdine’s favor, as Samantha Cash and Sarah Seiber defeated Kremer and Nightingale by a slim (14-21, 21-11, 22-20) margin and sealed the match.The one and three pairs provided the only two points for USC on the day, with Claes and Hughes handling Heidi Dyer and Taylor Racich (21-11, 21-17) and Martin and Wheeler holding on against Skylar Caputo and Corinne Quiggle (21-19, 18-21, 15-9).Overall, the loss snapped a program-best 29-match winning streak for the Women of Troy, as USC has only defeated Pepperdine at Zuma Beach once in five tries.Sunday morning’s match against UCLA was the first 5-0 sweep of the season for the Women of Troy, as the two, three, and four pairs earned quick two-set wins to shut the door on the Bruins. The one and five pairs, Claes and Hughes and Kremer and Nightingale, both went the extra mile before winning in three, marking USC’s fourth straight victory over UCLA. In the rematch of the 2015 AVCA National Championship, USC relied on the experience of Martin and Wheeler in order to pull out the tight 3-2 win over No. 4-ranked LBSU. Claes and Hughes and Belton and Bustamante won their matches in two sets, leaving it all down to the juniors over at court three, who pulled out the 15-8 win in the deciding set to save the day for USC.Now, the Women of Troy head back to Los Angeles for their home opener at Merle Norman Stadium this Thursday at 6 p.m. against Arizona State.last_img read more