Volume 96, Issue 16
Wednesday, September 25, 2002

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News Briefs

Money for youngsters

YouthStart will soon be up and running in the Forest City.

"[YouthStart will] rally the community to be involved with youth, particularly [the issue of] unemployment," said Janet Tufts, YouthStart Coordinator, adding it is hosted by Youth Opportunities Unlimited and supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

One of YouthStart's projects is the Canadian Youth Business Foundation, Tufts said.

CYBF is a national and non-profit program, whose main goal is to give up to $15,000 in loans to young entrepreneurs, she said.

The launch of the event will take place Sept. 30 at the London Convention Centre from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tufts said, adding they will announce an on-line DVD rental company, DVD Davada, as the first recipients of the CYBF loan.

For more information contact Tufts at 432-1112.

Run for the cure

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and in conjunction with the CIBC, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation of London is holding its annual walk for awareness Oct. 6 at Greenway Park.

Last year the walk raised about $232,000, said the run's director, Mary Jane Thomson.

"[It is] a great cause," Thomson said, adding this is her fifth year as director.

Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and the run itself will begin at 10:00 a.m., she said.

Registration forms are available at www.cibcrunforthecure.com, the Running Room at 620 Richmond St. or any CIBC location.

New project will aid disabled

A new community-based research project is being led by Western education professors.

The Centre for Cognitive and Communicative Disabilities in Western's faculty of education is conducting a research project to address the needs of individuals with disabilities by setting up a computer centre in the new London Central Library, said Merrill Sitko, one of the professors leading the project.

"[Workshops are being held to] develop writing skills for people with disabilities," Sitko added.

The project is made possible due to a $100,000 US donation from the GE fund, a foundation of the General Electric Company, Sitko said.

Currently, volunteers with disabilities, as well as Western students interested in increasing literacy, are wanted for assessment to set up a computer assisted writing program in the Central Library.

People eligible and interested in this project can contact Grace Howell at 661-2111 ext. 88626.

–Rachel Sandieson

Put your feet to good use

Here is a sure-fire way to beat the morning cold: run a half-marathon and raise money for a volunteer-based London charity.

The Hospice of London is holding a five kilometre walk, a 10 kilometre run and a half-marathon, with all proceeds to benefit the hospice, a non-profit agency providing long-term care to patients with life-threatening illnesses.

"We're looking to get as many students out to what we hope will become an annual event," said Carla McDonald of the hospice.

"Western has some great runners and we would love it if many would show up and raise money for a great cause," she added.

All three runs are happening Sunday, Sept. 29 and are expected to attract over 400 enthusiastic runners, said Barry Smith of the Running Room, one of the event's main sponsors.

For more information, contact the Running Room at 438-8550. You can also drop by the hospice, located at 205 Oxford St. East, at 9:00 a.m. on the day of the run.

–Anton Vidgen

International students get local

A new committee will help serve the international student population at Western.

The International Student Committee represents more than 1,000 international students, said Nicole Nelson, University Students' Council VP-campus issues.

The ISC consists of elected international student representatives, the VP-campus issues, the international student commissioner, one representative from the International Student Office, one person from the International Floor at Delaware Hall and anyone else interested, Nelson said.

Those interested in joining the ISC can get an application from Rm. 340 or Rm. 210 in the University Community Centre.

–Deven Persaud


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