Prominent business executive, Dr Leslie Chin has teamed up with his son, who is based in Canada, to establish a hub that would see them collecting and refurbishing laptop computers for the benefit of visually-impaired students in Guyana, including the blind.The initiative would target donors both here in Guyana and in Canada.The hub was established after it was explained to Dr Chin, on behalf of the blind community, that being the owner of a computer was an essential component toA visually-impaired student utilising a specialised computer to communicate and studybridge the communication gap that existed between the blind and sighted world.It was further highlighted that the computer has made learning, research, employment, social interaction and so on, much easier for persons who were visually impaired. Prior to the advent of the Jobs Access With Speech (JAWS) software, it was extremely difficult for persons who are visually impaired to communicate with the sighted world.The computers received by the hub would be refurbished and equipped with the JAWS software to enable text-to-speech conversion for the benefit of the blind user. The refurbished JAWS-enabled laptops would be given mainly to persons with vision disabilities that are on the path of academic or professional development. Dr Chin and his family made the first donation of a laptop to the Guyana Society for the Blind to benefit the organisation’s Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) Programme. The donation was made in response to the need that arose as a result of the theft of the computer system that was being used for the programme by armed bandits, who stormed the organisation’s headquarters earlier this year. Persons wishing to donate to the computer hub can call (592) 226-5551 for more information.
The league also held a weekend bake sale to raise money for the family. “There were about 10 tables covered with baked goods – from brownies to cookies and cupcakes,” said LMBA President Brian Sawyer. Given that Saturday was the final day of T-ball season, Sawyer was surprised by everyone’s enthusiastic participation. “Usually after a long season, everyone is burned out and looking forward to the season to end,” Sawyer explained. But the response was overwhelming, he added. “I was just going to do it for my team, the Dodgers, because Noah’s older brother is on it,” Sawyer said. Once the word got around, however, the idea snowballed. Approximately 46 La Mirada teams took part. Sawyer said it could not have been possible without the generosity of Sargent’s Sporting Goods of Whittier. The company brought out two heat presses so that anyone who wanted to wear Noah’s number could do so. “It would have been a hassle for everyone to bring in their jerseys,” said Sargent’s owner David McCoy. No one was charged for the work, but donations were accepted. Employees Willy Mata, Diego Picasso and Danny Maldonado donated their day’s pay to the family. All together, nearly $3,000 was raised. For more information on Noah, who will undergo radiation therapy beginning Monday, log on to www.carepages.com or lmba.org. email@example.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Dowell, who came to Los Coyote Athletic Field to see her two other sons – 4-year-old Brady and 9-year-old Austyn – play ball Saturday, said she was unaware until that same day that all the teams would be honoring Noah. “I cannot put into words how I felt,” she said. Unfortunately, however, Noah could not accompany his mom onto the field. He was suffering some equilibrium problems, as well as fatigue. But he smiled when his mom told him about what the teams did in his honor, she said. “He smiled even more when I showed him my own shirt with the No. 1,” Dowell added. • Photo Gallery: Fundraiser for Noah Dowell LA MIRADA – Exactly two weeks ago Monday, 5-year-old Noah Dowell was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Less than 24 hours later, it was removed at Children’s Hospital of Orange County. This weekend, Noah’s teammates and the entire La Mirada Baseball Association showed their support for him by wearing a No. 1 on the left sleeves of their uniforms – the same number Noah wore when he played in the league. “My heart is just overflowing,” his mother, Mary Dowell, said Monday. “So many people care about my son.”
Mayor of Letterkenny Cllr Pascal Blake launches the Homegrown Food FestivalA major food festival will take place at the Aura Leisure Centre in Letterkenny on the 12th-13th July 2014.A host of celebrity chefs including Rachel Allen, Paul Rankin, Brian McDermott, Ian Orr and Martin Anderson with many more will display there culinary skills over the two days.Over 100 companies will be exhibiting their produce with food and beverage tasting taking place over the course of the event. It is expected to attract over 10000 people with a huge financial benefit to the local economy. The driving force behind this event is local lads Darren Browne and Joseph Jackson and believe the event is necessary to promote business and tourism in this region of the county.The exhibitor stands are selling fast and companies seeking exhibition space should contact Darren on 0876611599 or Joseph on 0877549364.Full details for the event can be found by visiting www.homegrownfoodfestival.ie. You can also like it on Facebook or follow on twitter.CELEBRITY CHEFS PENCILLED IN FOR LETTERKENNY FOOD FESTIVAL was last modified: May 12th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalHOMEGROWN FOOD FESTIVALletterkennyPAUL RANKINRACHEL ALLEN