Sunday, June 13, 2010

Joe In Africa

By Letta Abel
Joe Jonas, a member of the popular Jonas Brothers band is in town.
The teenage singing sensation from the United States is here by invitation of the Love Botswana Outreach Mission. Jonas told The Ngami Times that he is enjoying his time in Maun and that the fun part of his visit is spending time with the children and seeing their happy faces which inspire him and hopes to inspire them as well with his music. He is visiting all secondary schools in Maun as a celebrity guest in the Reach4life series of awareness sessions.
He will hold a live music concert at the All Nations' Village Church tent on Sunday (June 13) at 4pm and on June 16 is to be At the Maun stadium with British royal Prince William and South African soccer star Lucas Radebe.
Royal Prince, soccer and music stars support big event
Britain’s Prince William is to participate in a day-long exhibition in Maun next week of the work of the Botswana Predator Conservation Trust (BPCT).
Prince William, together with former South African football captain and English FA ambassador, Lucas Radebe, and popular recording artist Joe Jonas will be lending support for BPCT’s innovative sport and social development programme, Coaching for Conservation (C4C), on June 16 – the Day of the African Child.
The event is to demonstrate the unique and innovative football-based “Learning from Animals” curriculum. The mission of C4C is to conserve natural resources by using sport to engender self respect, teach lessons about wildlife and inspire a generation of kids who care. In his capacity as Royal Patron of the British-based African conservation charity, Tusk Trust, Prince William will also visit other BPCT projects including the Paul G Allen Family Foundation Laboratory for Wildlife Chemistry – The BioBoundary Project which is BPCT’s pioneering work in the analysis of chemical scent marking in order to create biologically relevant barriers for free ranging large carnivores. The C4C exhibition is being hosted by the Botswana Predator Conservation Trust and Tusk Trust. The event is sponsored by Investec Asset Management.
C4C is an innovative conservation programme using football to trigger social change and address the important challenge of wildlife conservation in Africa. Prince William, who is also the President of England’s Football Association, will see first-hand one of Tusk’s flagship conservation projects in Botswana. Lesley Boggs, Director of C4C, said: “It is a huge honour for the Botswana Predator Conservation Trust to be highlighted on the global stage and have the opportunity to introduce Prince William to our programme. “I have seen the incredible effect of mentoring over the years, and having Prince William and Lucas Radebe on the field here will be a life changing experience for these children”. Since 2004, C4C has hosted over 2,000 children to build self esteem, engage in constructive afterschool activities, embrace hope for their futures and develop a relationship with the environment they live, play, and will grow up in. Radebe, former English premier league player with Leeds United and an Ambassador for the FA’s 2018 World Cup bid, will add to the event by sharing his skills with 250 children aged 10-12 from eight of Maun’s primary schools. Radebe will help introduce C4C’s new Learning from Animals curriculum and be joined on the field by professional soccer coaches from the Botswana Football Association and C4C’s Professional Environmental Educators. International recording artist, Joe Jonas, of the Jonas Brothers, is also in Maun supporting the work of Love Botswana’s “Reaching for Life. The Choice is Yours” and O Icheki campaign. Jonas will also be at the stadium to perform in support of the work of Coaching for Conservation. With more than 400 invited guests and as many as 3 000 senior primary school children expected in the stadium, the June 16 programme will focus on the conservation messages of endangered species, predator-prey relationships and healthy habitats while highlighting the African Wild Dog, cheetah and impala as the animal coaches. The curriculum not only teaches students to become better football players and learn about wildlife, but also encourages them to live happier, healthier lives.
All children on the day will receive a t-shirt, water bottle, cap and prizes.
Via: JonasWorld



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