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first_imgLast year when we launched “the dollar for peace campaign” to strengthen and expand the peace clubs in schools and communities initiative, no one thought of the Ebola epidemic that stunned the people and economy of the country.The news of the Ebola outbreak, as we were rounding up our fundraising campaign, did not resonate with most Liberians and again, no one within Messengers of Peace (MOP)-Liberia knew we were actually raising funds for Ebola prevention and control activities.The MOP takes a rear view look at our 2014 report card, the challenges, achievements and impact of our programs. As you have noticed from our weekly column, we have worked hard with the Liberian public and communities to enhance the contents of our programs.We didn’t commemorate the International Day of Peace, as we wanted to because of the Ebola crisis. The focus of so many of our efforts, during 2014, continued to center on the epidemic. While we did not get to expand our peace clubs into other counties and schools due to the closure of schools, we were able to engage many young persons in the fight against Ebola.MOP-Liberia mobilized over 100 young volunteers in and around Montserrado for community education outreach program. We produced several information and educational materials on Ebola. We helped in the distribution of Ebola awareness materials, raising promotional items and training hundreds of children in the techniques of basic hand washing.In post-Ebola recovery, MOP-Liberia’s priority for this year would focus on the campaign “Ebola Educates,” to deal with EVD myths, issues of false information, stigma and discrimination and conspiracy theory of source of infection.There is an urgent need to improve the coordination of efforts and the sharing of information. We need to prepare the next generation of young people for future outbreak and finance, according to Joachim von Amsberg, a Vice President at the World Bank, “…can be a strong driver of preparedness”. We can no longer be seen to be tardy and sluggish in our approach to disease outbreaks. We must learn from our past mistakes, document our success stories and educate generations on how our resilience and tenacity paid off.Building on last year’s debut and as the fight to burn out the EVD continues, amid hopeful signs of the disease receding, MOP-Liberia hopes to raise additional funds to tell the stories of how it all began; how we managed to cope with the deadliest disease of our generation and how survivors were re-integrated into the society.The purpose of the MOP-Liberia is to build and strengthen the support we need to sustain our peace advocacy efforts. Thanks to you for your support during the year 2014. Even though we lost a significant few of our partnership during 2014, we would like to take this opportunity to thank our strategic partners, Daily Observer, Liberia Peacebuilding Office (PBO), The Carter Center Liberia, Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa, Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP), Shirley Ann Sullivan Educational Foundation (SASEF), UNMIL, board-members, volunteer peace messengers and Friends of MOP-Liberia that stood with us through our very difficult and happy moments. We owe our growth to you.We hope that as we launch our next fund raising campaign, it will stimulate us all to better collaboration in 2015.Until next week, when we come to you with another article on: “Ebola Educates”, Peace First, Peace above all else, May Peace prevail on earth.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgA very lucky lady today described how panic turned to joy when she found her €258,528 EuroMillions winning ticket – bought in Donegal – at the bottom of her rubbish bin, the night before it was due to be emptied!The single-parent from Co. Galway, who wishes to remain private, bought her lucky ticket while holidaying in Donegal.She popped into the EuroSpar in Laghey, Co. Donegal and bought an €8 Quick Pick for the EuroMillions draw on Tuesday 30 July 2013. “I never play EuroMillions so I don’t know what came over me that day in Laghey – I just asked for a ticket”, said the shocked but delighted lucky winner today at National Lottery offices as she received her fantastic prize of €258,528.“I forgot all about it until a few weeks later when I saw a picture of the same shop in the newspaper and the story that a winning EuroMillions ticket was sold there”, she said.“But I couldn’t remember where I put my ticket. I searched the car – no ticket. I searched the house, top to bottom – no ticket. I looked in the recycling bin – no ticket. Then I searched the normal bin. It was due to be emptied the next day, so it was very full. I went all through the bin to the very the bottom, and there it was – covered in onions, olive oil and garlic but still in one piece!!” she smiled.The lucky lady wrapped her ticket in kitchen roll and presented it at National Lottery offices today. “It still doesn’t feel real – I can’t believe that I came so close to losing the ticket and now I have the cheque in my hand”, she said.The delighted woman matched five numbers and one Lucky Star in the EuroMillions draw on Tuesday 30 July 2013 to win the €258,528 prize. She plans to buy a house with her winnings.This Friday’s EuroMillions jackpot is an estimated €25 million. Play before 7:30pm on Friday 30 August 2013 for your chance to win riches beyond your wildest dreams! DONEGAL LOTTO WINNER ADMITS: ‘I FOUND MY €250K TICKET IN THE BIN!’ was last modified: August 28th, 2013 by John2Share 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:donegalLagheylottowinning ticketlast_img read more