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A Walk for Memories
Participation is what counts this weekend at the Walk for Memories, an event raising funds for the Alzheimer's Society.
Walkers of all ages will be lining up for the Walk for Memories on Saturday, May 25. The event promises something for everyone, providing refreshments, free massages, music and prizes, said Wendy McNiff, organizer of the walk.
The Alzheimer's Society will be running several other events this summer to raise awareness and funding for the disease. The Walk for Memories will be followed by a golf tournament at the Highland Country Club on Thursday, Jul. 4.
"All are welcome we are expecting a big turnout," McNiff said.
Eat donuts, bring your bicycle
Come out and help show the world that London cares about environmentally friendly transportation.
The University Police Department will be offering a breakfast of donuts and juice in front of Talbot College for London's Bicycle Festival said Doris Miller, a festival volunteer. The UPD will also be running a free bike registration service to help prevent bike theft in London.
The event will take place from Jun. 3 to 7, and will be run in conjunction with the London Bicycle Festival held between Jun. 1 and 9.
"We are hoping that we will have a good turn-out on campus," Miller said, adding the public is encouraged to participate in the festival.
People interested in attending are invited to drop by for something to eat, register their bike and do their part in helping keep London clean. For further information visit www.trea.ca.
The largest conference ever held in London is set to be hosted by Western, the City of London and Tourism London in the spring of 2005.
The Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities will attract approximately 6,000 academics representing 49 different disciplines, said Barry Webb, manager of conventions marketing for Tourism London.
The conference will consist of seminars by academics and professors from different universities around the world. The congress will also have a student component and social functions to promote its educational aspects and increase awareness of the disciplines.
The sessions will be held at Western from May 26 until Jun. 4 and are open to the public, Webb said. The event will likely inject $6.5 million into the London economy, he added.
"It's a great profile for the University of Western Ontario [and an] opportunity to get thousands of academics on campus to show them what we have," Webb said.
Medical Students' Initiatives in China, a new student's program, hopes to improve the condition of international health while giving students the opportunity to travel.
The project will take medical students into the rural province Sichuan in China to teach villagers about water sanitation and hygiene, said Kevin Kwan, first-year medical student and one of the project's founders. MSIC will also offer AIDS outreach programs and public health research in rural China, Shanghai and Hong Kong.
The program is affiliated with the faculty of medicine and is scheduled to start next year. MSIC has received tremendous support from faculty, students and the London community, Kwan said.
For further information about the MSIC project visit www.mni.uwo.ca/meds2005.html.
Exercise blitzkrieg hits London
London's May weather has not motivated people to be active outdoors, but Western's Campus Recreation and SummerActive 2002 is encouraging healthy lifestyles and indoor physical fitness.
SummerActive 2002 is an annual summer event that engages London residents in a two-week program of fun, education and activity beginning on May 21 and running until Jun. 1.
"At Campus Recreation, it used to be a one-day blitz but the new two week duration focuses on the goal of incorporating exercise into our lives as habit," said Lindy Gibson, 2002 SummerActive co-ordinator.
The program will host free demonstrations, instructional clinics, displays, fitness classes and the opportunity to win prizes.