Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Barbers Pole St Andrews Daily report on Charity Donations per Haircut - running total - £ 784.80 0r $ 1,398.75 USD after 3 weeks !!!

BARBERS POLE - ST ANDREWS - CHARITY INCENTIVE

In February 2005, Rollo Davidson and Mcfarlane, St Andrews Solicitors, Sponsored Steve Cooke Manager of The Barbers Pole and St Andrews Golf Vacations Ltd to Start a Charity, which is Currently (in slow time) being registered


2 weeks after the Tsunami Struck on 26th December 2004 Steve travelled out to Kalmunai (Tamil area)in East Sri Lanka and got some fantastic support from several Home of Golf Businesses

This is one of Several Methods being Created by Steve Cooke and Alasdair Busby, Directors of the Steering Group, and Fundraing in Scotland and the UK

Emma Lothian a remarkable lady from Beccles is also a fundraising Director, is Deaf, and Travelled out to Sri Lanka with Steve, and has been Involved with Charity, and the Deaf in Africa,has raised Thousands of Pounds for good Causes


From each Haircut ..... 80p ( a USA Dollar and a bit going directly to charity)
Other donations from Customers of the Barbers Pole are added to these totals

STARTED 8th June 2005

8th -11th June Week Total : £151.20 - 4 days

13th - 18th June week total : £221.80 - 6 Days

20th - 25rd June week Total - £246.80 - 6 Days

27th - 30th June RUNNING TOTAL £165.00 - 4 Days

running total - £ 784.80 0r $ 1,398.75 USD

Coversion used xe.com Universal Currency Converter ®

THIS TOTAL IS SPLIT 4 WAYS BETWEEN THESE CHARITIES

World Disaster Help : Helping people of Sri Lanka, Hundreds of Children taking exams, people getting back to Work, and other many many more Incentives

Spirit Aid : David Hayman, Actor and Film Director Glasgow based, helping all over the world, please visit the website and see what CAN be done

Keepers of The Green : Powered Wheelchairs for Local Residents

Malawi Charity : Helping the starving of Africa

THE BARBERS POLE, AND THE PEOPLE OF ST. ANDREWS HELPING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

DO YOU KNOW A HAIRDRESSERS OR BARBERS WHO WOULD WANT TO ADOPT THIS IDEA?
LOCALLY OR INTERNATIONALLY? WE WILL TRAVEL AND HELP SET IT UP IF VIABLE.


This is the 4 Charity Model 80p from each cut going to Charity

we can show 3 Benefitting Charities at 60p
or
Even 2 Charities at 40p Per cut being donated

Barbers, Hairdressers?
Donate per Haircut to suit what you can afford, little bit and often goes a long way

please email steve@scotlandgolftouring.com if you want more details

This idea was dreamt up By Alasdair Busby and Steve Cooke one Rainy day in Early June 2005 at the home of Golf St Andrews

Internet and International World Disaster Help Media - Greg Tingle Media Man of Austalia and World Disaster Help Australia

Website Sponsored, co-developed by Richard Steward Co-op webhosting California USA

World Disaster Help Asia Moderator - Muhammed Muzzammil Cader from Sri Lanka is also moderator of SAMADANA/M, and continues to help with the never ending Tsunami recovery work

Norma Owen - www.normaowen.com - North Carolina USA
Henry Lister - www.Golfholes.com - North Carolina USA
Byron Casper (Heritage Golf & son of Golf Legend Billy Casper)
Kevin Lovegrove - Bahrain Petroleum Company - Bahrain in the Middle East
Michaela foster Marsh - Based currently in Canada, Singer with the Voice of an Angel
Nick Oswald - Legends of Sports, and Rugby Expert, based in Perthshire Scotland
Janet Waldren - From East Yorkshire
Susan Morrison - Researcher & Record Adjudicator - Guinness World Records
Debs/ Debbie - from Wales who will be helping input data in the site when ready
Paul Coffey - Glasgow Scotland World Record Golf
Paul Cundell - Worlddisasterhelp.org
Many thanks for your Continued Support and Work to helping fight Poverty and Hardship

Finally, not a lot of this would have happend had it not been for Arlene Cooke (wife of Steve) , ideas are only ideas unless you do something about them (Quote Henry Lister NC USA 2004 )She gave Steve the backing under the most extreme of pressure at times, and a test on any relationship

To read more world disaster help stories please go to
http://worlddisasterhelpnewsblog.blogspot.com/

Not forgetting the staff of the Barbers Pole :Joanne Malley (Manager) Christina Innes, Marie Johnston, and Allison
Without them - this wouldn't be happening 6 days a week


Regards
Steve Cooke

Sunday, June 19, 2005

'River City' Cast nite.. Monday 13th June

The event was arranged by Joyce Falconer best known as 'Roisin' from the Scottish soap opera River City, also with Rony Bridges (Entertainment Manager of Oran Mor) to raise funds for 'Spirit Aid' donation to the Sri Lanka's orphanage.

I flew from Stansted airport, arriving Glasgow at 5.15pm. Got a cab direct to Oran Mor, arrived at 6pm.

Helped to set up the raffle display & tables..

At 7.30pm started selling raffle tickets with another volunteer Lois, it was busy evening as havent stopped running about!
Then spotted Steve Cooke who came all the way from Fife, was pleased to see him & managed a couple of mintues chat, told him where the table was etc.

Carried on selling raffle tickets, didnt see much of the show as was behind the wall most of the time, guarding the prizes etc!

Steve showed me the cheque and I thought WOW its a big cheque, felt proud of us at WDH to give Spirit Aid some support.
The next thing I was dragged off to the stage, but before I did, I went to let Steve know as didnt want him to miss out, but it all happened so fast, I didnt get a chance to say something which was a bit disappointing, also I wanted Steve to come up on the stage to say something too & for me to sign, but it didnt happen, felt that it was all rushed!

The evening raffle total was approx £308.95 the total amount for the evening raised was £4000.
The Cast from River City was great but like I said I didnt see much of the show!

Went home early morning arrived back at Stansted, it seems all fast happening to me!!
Have plans to have London event later in the year to raise funds for WDH.

(Pics to follow, as havent got the hang of posting it on it!!)

Saturday, June 11, 2005

LATEST NEWS FROM SRI LANKA - SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE - PLEASE FEEL FREE TO POST THOUGHTS......YOU CAN STOP THIS - CAN'T YOU ??

THE PICTURES ON THIS PAGE WERE TAKEN BY A CAMERA DONATED BY EMMA LOTHIAN OF WORLD DISASTER HELP, NOW WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION AS HUMANS TO FIX THE BITS IN THESE PICTURES THAT IS WRONG - DON'T WE?

6 MONTHS AGO Boxing Day became a Significant Day like September 11th

Muzza is our friend and Asian Moderator of World Disaster Help
and www.samadana-m.org writes to us, this should not be happening, it really shouldn't, Could somebody please contact us if you can help these poor people............ THIS STORY IS REAL ......

ONE STORM AND THESE THINGS WILL BE BLOWN AWAY AND IF THE PEOPLE ESCAPE SERIOUS INJURY THEY WILL BE VERY LUCKY, EVEN A CANVAS TENT WOULD BE MORE SECURE AND SAFER IF PITCHED RIGHT
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Dear Steve and others

I am sending you some picture to show you the status in which the effected people are living today, even after 6 months.

You see in one of the picture a person called Nilam is speaking. We interviewed him and he said, that the government is playing with their life and future.




He said:" We have been living first in canvas tents and then now in these zinc sheet shelter. This shelter was provided to us by an organisation called ERRO Lanka. You can see for your eyes how we a family of 6 could live in this 12x 14 room. All around and on top it is covered with zinc sheet. The sun always is very hot hear. Therefore, what has been done is that we are put into an oven to be baked.




We cannot blame ERRO Lanka, as if not for them we will be living under tents or nowhere. We have no privacy. We as Muslims are not used to live in houses that are build in rows. We had individual houses and right round our houses, we covered our compound with either cadjans or palm leaves or build a wall around. This is how even the Tamils lived. We are a community who are supposed to pray 5 times a day.




We find it very difficult to exercise this compulsory obligation towards God. Where is our life leading too. Without our knowledge our culture is been transformed into something else." He further said. " The government is least interested. They are still discussing about the land issue and the buffer zone policy. They have failed to find us alternative land. If they would give us the land and the money we will build our houses. They speak about the buffer zone and about a law that had existed for several years.




They could have implemented this when the law was passed. They failed then and now they trying to implement when we are in a helpless situation. The government is playing a hypocrisy role. They are allowing tourist guest houses and hotels to be rebuilt within the buffer zones but not our houses. As if they are very worried about our lives than that of those tourist.

These are cock and bull stories.

We earn our living from the seas and we need to live where we were. It is true our loved ones died. We feel sorry and sad, but then death will come to us one day or other and in one form or another. We have decided to live and face life as it comes. Tell the government not to play with our lives and our livelihood places. They want to bring in the tourist to earn money but are not realising how much it is going to cost as damages to our environment, culture and our lifestyle."




" We have no alternative, other than to take our children and women and get to the road and march down to the administrative office and speak out our needs. I doubt even then if they would realise."

So you see, the contradiction between the people and the government. Good for a discussion

With Regards,
Muzza

Friday, June 10, 2005

Barbers Pole St Andrews Daily report on Charity Donations - 60p a Haircut going to Charity (a Dollar !) Do you know a Hairdresser who can do this ???

Each haircut in the Barbers Pole St Andrews 60p is going Directly to Charity

£33.60 was raised 8th June 2005,
£33.00 was raised 9th June 2005
£33.60 was raised 10th June 2005

Currently standing at : £100.20 AFTER 3 DAYS

WDH : £33.40
Spirit Aid : £33.40
keepers of the green : £33.40

DO YOU KNOW A HAIRDRESSERS OR BARBERS WHO WOULD WANT TO ADOPT THIS IDEA, LOCALLY OR INTERNATIONALLY? WE WILL TRAVEL AND HELP SET IT UP IF VIABLE

email us at contact@worlddisasterhelp.org

many thanks
Steve Cooke

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Martin's Quiz Nite & Car Boot sales stories...

How i am involved for raising money. My name is Martin Arkell and i have been good friends with Emma Lothian for many years now. After the Tsunami disaster happened Emma wanted to raise money for the disaster fund. So on Saturday March 19th the first of many events took place. I, along with other friends of Emma's took part in a quiz night at Romford Deaf Club.On the night i was on the door taking the money, which was a fantastic experience for me as am in the process of doing my BSL 2nd Level course, and the extra practise was much needed for when i take my exam! In the end the event was attended by 20 or so people, so it was decided that we all split up into 3s, which was good for me as i don't think i would have been very good on my own!So battle commenced, and my little group got off to a good start, and after round 1 we were in the lead! By the time of the raffle interval we was joint 1st, which was great, seeing as some of the questions where really difficult indeed! After the interval we took the bull by the horns and took the lead. At the end of the quiz, much to our amazement we romped home the winners by a clear 10 points. We went up to collect out winners medal, of which i still have safely, and always reminds me of a fantastic evening.The evening raised £135 which was a fantastic amount for the number of people who attended. I would like to thank everyone who did attend, for making it such a fun night, especially my winning team mates. Also thanks Emma for inviting me and organising things. All i say is bring on the next quiz night, so hopefully i can be involved with the champions again!!Boot Sale Fund RasingAfter having so much fun at the quiz night, i wanted to do so much more for raising money. So i put my thinking cap on for ideas that i as an individual could do. I have always done car boot sales, so i thought why not do them to raise money. I have loads of junk around the house, eventually mounting up to 10 boxes worth! So for the past few weeks i have been loading up my old Vauxhall Astra, and off i go. At the time of writing this i have been to 5 boot sales, all different ones, as i think that it is best to move around and meet different people. Am so amazed as to how well each one has gone. As the saying goes 'One persons junk is another persons treasure!" This is going to be an on going thing for me and at the moment i have raised £200 with more to come hopefully. Time to go looking for more junk!
Pic to be added when I do the next car boot sale!

60/70's Muscial Event...

Saturday 14th May..

After a long week of excitement, was very much looking forwards to the fund-raising event, which was The 60/70's Musical Extravaganza whose idea was by Nicki Ford & Linda Holland, to raise money for me, I was honoured & pleased that so many people from Beccles who have kindly donated so many gifts for the raffle & auction. I arrived earlier to offer a hand with the tables & chairs, Roy who did the lighting made us all a cuppa tea!
The Public Hall was free, Elvis, the Silverfox disco & the Band all offered their services free which was wonderful gesture! Cliff Cox the ex pubowner gave his time to serve drinks for the thirsty clubbers. It started at 7.30pm till 11pm, I even dressed up in 70's wearing huge blonde curly wig, purple floppy hat, purple top & bright orange trousers with platform shoes! oh yes pink sunglasses. it was so good to see old faces & for everyone to support WDH a charity that I am committed with. I am very grateful to Linda & Nicki for their hard work in making this event go well, I gave them a bouquet of flowers to thank them.
We are planning more fund raising events, 1 will include families. Total raised (will add this once I know exact amount)

Elvis on stage, singing one of his hits!

Elvis doing his impression on the girls

Elvis dancing & singing with the girls

2 Doormen on duty

Inside Beccles Public Hall

Quiz Nite on 19/3/05

Saturday 19th March:

I held a charity Quiz Nite at Romford Deaf Club in Essex to raise funds for much needed school books in Sri Lanka donated by World Disaster Help.
20 People turned up so that made 5 tables in total. Loved seeing their faces when they were trying to guess the questions!
Did the Raffle with lots of prizes.
The Winners each received a medal, that was in Gold, Silver & Bronze.
Total raised was approx. £140

Saturday, June 04, 2005

Affiliation to Spirit Aid

News coming soon on our Affiliation with Spirit Aid

Steve Cooke, Arlene Cooke, David Hayman & The woman with 'The Voice of an Angel' Michaela Foster Marsh at the Oran Mor


The World Disaster Help Team were personally Invited as Guests of Actor and Director David Hayman, Head of Operations at Glasgow Based Spirit Aid Charity ,to a Scottish Music Bash,
'A Scottish Divas Night'
For those that don't know (which Included me, that means Female Superstar Singers !! )


David Hayman Starts the Fundraising Evening off with a Very Powerful Speech about his Experiences, a 20 Minute DVD 'Children of the Tsunami' was shown, and confirmed that Aid is STILL very slow at getting to certain Places


An Incredible amount of Talent was on Display Tonight, Steve & Arlene Cooke, and Emma Lothian were treated some amazing music !





2 River City Sweethearts






The Wonderful Michaela Foster Marsh

Joyce Falconer from River City

Horse



Some of the Legendry Alex Harvey Band



Emma Lothian, David Hayman and Arlene Cooke

DC Barclay who does an Incredible of work for Spirit Aid shares some good banter with David Hayman

A school re-union as School Pals Stewart and David meet after several years

Spooky Oran Mor - Is it us or is there a Skull in the Beard on the Bust ?


Rony Bridges and the Team deserve a Medal for the Work that goes into Events like this

Basic Objectives of World Disaster Help

The Roles of World Disaster Help

1/ To have a Worldwide Banner Campaign offering to help all sorts of Misfortunes including : Aids and Illness, Temp Accommodation, Getting to Work schemes, Landmine Victims

Special Attention being paid to :
The Deaf and Disabled
Children

and getting NGO's to take digital images in Areas needing help and transmitting them worldwide over the Internet on http://www.worlddisasterhelp.org/

2/ To Start a Campaign from the Barbers Pole to Promote Direct Donations via 60p being added to the price of a Haircut (still reasonabally priced)

20p (or about 35 USA cents) Per Haircut will get split 3 ways :

20p to World Disaster Help
20p to Spirit Aid
20p to Keepers of the Green

3/ To offer a Volunteers Database (secure) in times of massive needs of Proffesional People during Disasters (examples the Tsunami and Famine in Sudan and Ethiopia etc)

4/ To make others aware the World is a very needy and deserving place away from the comfort of the western Living Room

BACK TO WORLD DISASTER HOMEPAGE

Friday, June 03, 2005

World Disaster Help Logo

We are needing a Final Design for the WDH LogoWe are getting 2 more made up, but here is what we have so far !

Any Comments Appreciated












A fine array of choices, and should have more news on how we Intend to get down to a Final Logo soon
That in Turn will allow us to Market with Various awareness Campaigns with our own STAMP

SAHB GIG FOR TSUNAMI VICTIMS Jun 3 2005 Sensational Alex Harvey Band

SAHB GIG FOR TSUNAMI VICTIMS Jun 3 2005

ROCK legends the Sensational Alex Harvey Band are to play a fund-raising show for tsunami victims in Glasgow next week.

Chris Langley - a close pal of SAHB tour boss Jimmy Smith - committed suicide soon after the disaster when he realised many of his friends and relations had been killed.

So when actor David Hayman's Spirit Aid charity asked them to stage a concert to aid Sri Lankan victims of last December's catastrophe, they put everything on hold.

The award-winning Scots band even cancelled production sessions on their upcoming live album.

And 90 per cent of funds from their Cash In Hand show at Oran Mor on June 6 will go to those who need it most Jimmy said: 'Chris was my best mate and the godfather of my son.

'We were very close, but both being tour managers we were often at opposite ends of the world from each other.

'I had a great night out with him when he visited Glasgow in November, just before SAHB set off on their sellout UK tour.

'When we came home, the tsunami hit - and soon after that I was told Chris had taken his own life.'

The fundraiser also stars the Rev D Wayne Love from Alabama 3 and Stevie Roberts from the UK Subs.

SAHB guitarist Zal Cleminson said: 'Playing in Glasgow is always a highly charged event for us - this time even more so