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Kelly Cares hosts Zumba class in the stadium

first_imgWhen you are diagnosed with any type of cancer, you fight like a champion. Paqui Kelly, two-time breast cancer survivor and co-founder and board president of the Kelly Cares Foundation, understands that fight.Kelly founded the organization with her husband, Irish head coach Brian Kelly, after her first experience with cancer.“I was sick for 18 months for the first time around. After I got better, I wanted to do something to help,” Kelly said. “I saw a lot of things when I was sick, and I was thankful that I had all the insurance that I needed, rides to chemo, people to take care of me during times that weren’t very good days.“There were people, single people, who were struggling doing the same things I did. I found out that there are a lot of non-profits that have lots of little ‘angel people,’ as I call them, those single people, because they need help just like everyone else. That was where the idea started.”Monday, the organization held “Paqui’s Pink Out Zumba,” a free Zumba class on the field at Notre Dame Stadium, Kelly said. More than 900 people attended the event and participants received free goody bags and t-shirts.“It’s a lot of fun, and you can’t go wrong with movement and music,” Kelly said. “I’m so excited to be a part of it. We share stories and [talk about] how much has changed because of the amount of fundraising, education, new drugs and early detection programs.”Kelly said this is the second year the foundation has hosted Zumba in the stadium.“Cancer doesn’t just happen in October. Our theme for Paqui’s 2015 Wellness Playbook is educate, thrive and support,” Kelly said. “Those are the things you need to do. If you have an illness, you’ll need to educate yourself about that illness. You are going to have lots of support and to let yourself accept that support. The thrive part [of the theme comes in] when the people supporting you thrive off of you becoming better. It’s all part of the healing process, in my experience.”The Paqui’s Playbook series was created after the organization felt that breast cancer support was lacking in the South Bend area, Patrizia Martellaro, the marketing and development manger for the foundation, said.“There is not a lot in the area during October. So the series was created and designed to touch everyone with a bunch of different activities,” Martellaro said. “It is meant to get people educated on breast cancer and what they can do as a survivor or someone going through it or someone who just cares about the cause.”Martellaro said that the foundation wanted to plan a fun event that everyone could get involved with during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The event was designed to bring in students from the University, as well as those from the surrounding South Bend community.“Because health is one of the pillars of our organization, and staying healthy, having a healthy lifestyle is so important to preventing any kind of disease, including cancer, we wanted to do something health-related that people could get involved in,” said Martellaro.According to Kelly, the event was simply designed to raise awareness for the cause.“For the people that have gone through it, it is something to help them celebrate their health,” she said.Throughout Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the foundation will hold numerous different events as part of the Paqui’s Playbook series, Martellaro said. In addition to the Pink Out Zumba Event, the foundation will be holding a Pedal in Pink Cycle event on campus in the Rockne Memorial on Oct. 27.“What we hope people get out of it [is] to motivate each other to go get their mammograms and have good health habits. That is the goal,” Kelly said.Tags: breast cancer awareness, cancer, Kelly Cares Foundation, zumbalast_img read more

Pro-life advocate speaks on rise of current day colonialism

first_imgObianuju Ekeocha, a pro-life advocate and the founder and president of Culture of Life Africa, discussed the rise of modern-day ideological colonialism in the developing world in the Eck Center Tuesday.While imperialism in Africa is in the past, Ekeocha said in recent years Africans are seeing the return of western footprints all across the continent.“I am speaking about the footprints of cultural imperialists, social engineers and ideological neo-colonial masters who have now presented themselves as enthusiastic donors, friends and partners in the much desired development in different African countries,” she said.She said a number of institutions and organizations implant themselves in different developing nations in Africa proposing projects that the people of these countries have not requested. “We have been getting aid from the international community, and yet the welfare of the people is going down and our per capita GDP is going down,” she said.Ekeocha went on to highlight a few specific improvements she said an average African would want, including job opportunities, education reform and access to clean drinking water. Having worked in the healthcare system in Africa as a laboratory scientist, Ekeocha said accessible and affordable healthcare deserves attention as well.“Any disease condition that requires long term or lifetime treatment or management is near impossible to manage and will therefore mean unimaginable suffering for those affected,” she said.Although the healthcare system in many developing countries in Africa would benefit from improvements, Ekeocha said she rarely hears leaders in international forums discuss this issue in reference to Africa countries.“The issue which dominates almost every discussion without exception is that of sexual and reproductive health and rights,” she said.Ekeocha said she attributes the rise of the discussion of reproductive health issues to the United Nations International Conference on Population and Development held in Cairo, Egypt in Sept. 1994, which brought together delegates from various governments, UN agencies and nongovernmental organizations.She said, “The outcome document of this particular UN event did lay the foundation for international donors to then become the primary providers of contraceptive drugs and devices in poorer countries.”Following the UN conference, Ekeocha said donors exponentially increased their funding to family planning services specifically, raising it to the level of a humanitarian crisis, and the funding for family planning services has continued to increase since then.Ekeocha said while donors often push certain reproductive health services in response to high statistics of maternal deaths in developing countries in African, she does not believe contraception or abortion solve the problem.“The big killer is the bleeding, the hemorrhaging,” she said. “The big killer is the fact that African nations don’t actually have a good enough or sustainable enough blood banking systems, national blood services from country to country.”Shifting her conversation to a discussion on abortion, Ekeocha said she does not believe donors consider African cultural views and values when pushing their agendas, because she said she thinks the majority of Africans oppose abortion.“Donors see the developing world as a cultural vacuum to be filled with ideas or to be cultivated with their ideologies,” Ekeocha said. “And what is more disconcerting is that they approach us from a place of perceived superiority and with high expectations of compliance by African governments.”Ultimately, Ekeocha said ideological supremacy can strip people of their dignity under the guise of aid, and she called people to speak up against this clear violation of human rights.“I am hoping for foreign aid to be done differently with the voices of recipients at the center of consideration, and with projects reflecting the people’s real needs than the donors ideological positions,” she said.Tags: Abortion, developing world, Human Dignity, neo-colonialism, Pro-lifelast_img read more

Yellow House emerges winner of Home Science inter-house sports

first_imgRelatedPosts 30th anniversary: Home Science to ring bell at Stock Exchange Yellow House has emerged as the champions of the Home Science Association Secondary School, Alakuko, Lagos State inter-house sports. The House won the contest with 15 Gold, 4 Silver and 2 Bronze medals. The event, held on February 14, 2020, saw Red House coming in second with 8 Gold, 9 Silver and 9 Bronze medals. Third was Blue House with 7 Gold, 7 Silver and 11 Bronze medals, with Green House emerging fourth with 5 Gold, 15 Silver and 13 Bronze medals. In the Girls invitation relay, Sebis School, Alakuko, Lagos State came first, while The Bells Secondary School, Ota, Ogun State and Divine Scroll Secondary School, Lagos came in second and third respectively. For the Boys invitation relay, The Bells was first, while Sebis School came second and Goldbeam School third. Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Tags: Home Science Association Secondary SchoolHome Science Inter-House SportsSebis SchoolYellow Houselast_img read more