Volume 94, Issue 91
Wednesday, March 14, 2001
Children with cystic fibrosis will have a chance to participate in a fun camp this week, thanks to a Western club.
The camp, which will be free to children with cystic fibrosis and their families, will be held Mar. 16-18 by the UWO Rotaract Club, at the Woodeden Easter Seals Facility, said camp director Jennifer Kluger.
The 15th Annual Rotaract Winter Camp will host its largest camper enrollment ever, Kluger said, adding the increased enrollment this year is due to increased awareness of the camp.
The camp gives children with cystic fibrosis a chance to meet other kids with the same condition and feel part of a larger community, Kluger said. The camp also provides a well-deserved break for parents and the option of speaking with a CF specialist nurse in a group discussion, she added.
The UWO Rotaract Club received the Rotary International Outstanding Project award of 1995 in Paris for the camp.
The Canada Summer Games will be held in London this year and talented students can be a part of the festivities.
Student of all ages and all talents are invited to participate during the 14 day-event. About 325 performers from cheerleaders to musicians will be needed, said Roseanne Pulford, a volunteer for the Talent Bank committee, the group responsible for assembling talent for the Games.
"This is an opportunity to perform in a venue that may not come this way again," she said. As part of an event that will be televised coast to coast, the exposure for talent acts is ideal, Pulford added.
To be considered, applicants must fill out a questionnaire that can be picked up at the Games Office at 3397 White Oak Rd., or requested by e-mailing email@example.com, she said.
All London public libraries carry the questionnaires as well, and soon applicants will be able to fill in their applications by logging onto the Games Web site at www.2001canadagames.com, Pulford added.
Schizophrenia will be on the agenda next week when John Wood, a spokesperson for the Schizophrenia Society, delivers a speech at Western.
Anne Barnfield, a professor of psychology at Brescia College, who invited Wood to make his presentation, stressed the relevance of schizophrenia awareness to society at-large.
"It's not one of the most commonly talked about diseases," she said. "There is a stereotype which exists of the disease that is partly given by the media. We need to open the doors and find out about the reality of the disease."
The presentation will be made in the Merici Lounge of Brescia College on Monday, Mar. 19, between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m..
"The speaker will provide an overview of schizophrenia, with particular detail spent on its impact on the family," she said.
After a week and a half of schmoozing with University Students' Council members, this year's batch of VP candidates will face the Western masses.
In the University Community Centre Atrium today at 11 a.m., candidates for all four VP positions will take part in an open forum, saidd USC speaker Darren Spicknell.
Voting, which is done by all current and incoming members of council, will take place Saturday.
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