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Mot Saliba
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Hi All,

 

You're all invited to join us in the GK Walk Kick-Off Gathering on May 9th, 2009, 7:30 pm to be held at St. Theresa's Chruch Hall in preparation for the GK Walk on August 23, 2009.

 

Thank you for your support to CFC, ANCOP & GK projects.

 

God bless,

ANCOP Int"l (Bermuda) Officers 

 

May 8, 2009 at 2:50 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Jay Autor
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Posts: 28

Congrats to everyone for a successful GK Walk Kick-Off Gathering! It was short enough and very complete and entertaining :)

May 9, 2009 at 11:08 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Mot Saliba
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Posts: 17

Many thanks to ALL OF YOU who made the GK Walk Kick-Off Gathering a success!! Praise the Lord!

 

May 10, 2009 at 3:52 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Mot Saliba
Member
Posts: 17

Hi All,

 

Just sharing an article from The Philippine Star  (see below) to encourage us to work harder to meet our GK Walk on August 23rd, 2009 fundraising goal. Let's walk (and pledge)  to fight poverty! Please register and start collecting pledges now.

 

Thank you,

Mot

   

 

UN: Slum growth boosts RP disaster risk

Updated May 18, 2009 12:00 AM

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – The rampant growth of urban slums in the Philippines and around the world as well as weather extremes linked to climate change have sharply increased the risks from “megadisasters” such as devastating floods and cyclones, a United Nations report said yesterday.

The study – which examines natural disaster trends and strategies to reduce potential catastrophes – also noted that millions of people in rural areas are at higher risk from disasters such as landslides where forests have been stripped away or crippling droughts blamed on shifting rainfall patterns.

Much of the nearly 200-page report restates warnings from previous studies about unchecked urban growth and shortsighted rural planning. But it also seeks to sharpen the apparent link between climate change and the severity and frequency of major natural disasters including severe droughts and epic storms.

“Climate change magnifies the interactions between disaster risk and poverty. On the one hand, it magnifies weather-related and climatic hazards. On the other hand, it will decrease the resilience of many poor households and communities to absorb the impact and recover,” said the report, which was released in the Gulf nation of Bahrain.

At least 900 million people now live in shantytowns and other makeshift settlements in cities vulnerable to disasters such as cyclones, flooding or earthquakes, the report said.

Those populations are growing at a rate of about 25 million a year, it said.

One model predicted many of the more than 19 million people in Metro Manila would be swamped by a tsunami hitting the capital. India, China and other parts of Asia were at a particularly high risk from so-called “megadisasters” such as last year’s Cyclone Nargis, which killed an estimated 140,000 people in Myanmar, and the massive quake in China that claimed nearly 90,000 lives and left five million people homeless.

“The linkages between disaster risk, poverty and climate change... form a particularly tightly interlocked group of global challenges,” the report said.

The lead author, Andrew Maskrey, acknowledged it was impossible to halt the migration to cities by people seeking work.

“But there are ways to alleviate the conditions of intense poverty if leaders choose to take the steps,” he said. “It’s all about whether there is the political will.”

Maskrey noted initiatives in several cities, including Bogota, Columbia, and Karachi, Pakistan, to try to improve conditions in squatter settlements and shantytowns.

“There are all these factors coming together: urban poverty, climate change, migration to cities from rural areas,” he said. “We’re saying: This is bringing about a situation of impending catastrophes, but there’s also something we can do about it to lower the risks.” – AP

May 17, 2009 at 9:41 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Hanny
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Just a minor detail regarding registration deadlines but this small piece of information could be of benefit to some, if not all, would-be participants...

 

I'm not sure if there's any or perhaps I'm just not aware, but what's the deadline in registering for the Walk (i.e., "online"-wise and "registration sites"-wise)? (If there's any, we may need to mention the deadline/s in the articles/write-ups, posters, and in the online registration site as well. Or if there's really no set deadline, we may need to mention (at some point) that they could also register on the day (of the Walk) itself at a specified time before start.)

 

Thanks!

 

HC

May 21, 2009 at 1:09 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Mot Saliba
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Posts: 17

Hanny at 01:09PM on May 21, 2009

Just a minor detail regarding registration deadlines but this small piece of information could be of benefit to some, if not all, would-be participants...

 

I'm not sure if there's any or perhaps I'm just not aware, but what's the deadline in registering for the Walk (i.e., "online"-wise and "registration sites"-wise)? (If there's any, we may need to mention the deadline/s in the articles/write-ups, posters, and in the online registration site as well. Or if there's really no set deadline, we may need to mention (at some point) that they could also register on the day (of the Walk) itself at a specified time before start.)

 

Thanks!

 

HC

Hi Hanny,

 

Yes, there is a deadline- to be confirmed online if we can change it to midnight of Aug 22. I hope there is no prob with the provider.  

We will accept manual registration up to Aug 23- :) bet 9am-10am.

 

Thanks/

  

 

May 25, 2009 at 9:14 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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