Southland Gives Back: Abilene Christian

first_imgAn Abilene native and son of ACU alumni Kirk and Laura Wade, Hudson passed away in February 2016 following a courageous five-month battle with acute myeloid leukemia. He was 11 years old when he was diagnosed with this rare strain several months earlier (September 2015), and the inaugural HW5K was quickly organized while he was undergoing chemotherapy treatments at Cook Children’s. The P4X Foundation provides Apple iPod Touches and iTunes gift cards to pediatric cancer patients at Cook Children’s Medical Center. The foundation also assists Abilene-area children and families at Meek Children’s Medical Center at Hendrick Medical Center, the West Texas Rehabilitation Center, and Hendrick Hospice. “I’ve loved watching Hudson’s and Rex’s (Fleming) legacies impact the lives of people, many of whom they’ve never met,” said Karnei, a former Wildcat golfer who is pursuing his Master of Accountancy degree. “We also are thrilled that Hudson’s story is still being told all over the community and nation.” “This event has grown significantly and it’s far exceeded anything I could have dreamt of on a very cold morning three years ago when we started this race,” added Karnei. “ACU SAAC is very pleased to use this event to provide support to all the great things that P4X does for our community. Josh Fink (current SAAC President) and I worked very closely in planning this year’s race and I know it’s in great hands moving forward.” This event, which is held in honor of the late Hudson Wade, has raised over $15,000 for various cancer-based charities since its inception in November 2015. The growth and popularity of which has amazed organizer Kyle Karnei. The X in P4X is Rex Fleming, who died in 2012 following a two-year battle with brain cancer. The Abilene community stood behind Rex while he was going through treatments and made t-shirts that read, “P4X,” meaning Pray For Rex. After his death the “P” transitioned from “Pray” to “Play” when his parents Lance and Jill Fleming decided to start the P4X Foundation.center_img The first HW5K netted $5,200, which was distributed between the Hudson Wade Family Foundation and Cure Search – a national non-profit foundation devoted to the search for cures for children’s cancer. At the following year’s event, approximately $5,700 was donated to the Abilene-based P4X Foundation. Lance Fleming is the Associate Director of Athletics for Media Relations at ACU. As part of the “Southland Gives Back” initiative, the Southland Conference will profile a community service outing from each of our 13 member institutions each weekday from Dec. 6 to 22. ABILENE, Texas – The third edition of Abilene Christian’s annual Hudson Wade 5K was its biggest to date in terms of participants and monies raised as more than 300 people came together last Saturday, Dec. 2, to generate several thousand dollars for the P4X (Play For Rex) Foundation.last_img read more

Allicock chides “dependency syndrome” of Indigenous communities

first_imgJunior Minister of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Valarie Garrido-Lowe has posited that more should be done to foster the growth of the cassava producing sector. She made these comments at a recent meeting with executives of the National Toshaos Council (NTC), where the minister indicated that such diversification would improve the livelihoods of Indigenous peoples.Garrido-Lowe suggested that derivative products of cassava, an Amerindian staple, are ideal due to its financial and health benefits: “[There are] financial benefits of cassava; we can explore cassava snacks like cheesy cassava, garlic cassava, curio cassava; we should explore these things so that well packaged snacks into our supermarkets from the cassava here that is so healthy, because it doesn’t have gluten.”Junior Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs MinisterValarie Garrido-LoweShe noted that communities are capable of producing value-added products and have a more modernised cassava industry, pointing out that there are intentions to engage the University of Guyana on developing the industry: “We could talk with IAST (Institute of Applied Science & Technology) and try to get something going.”She further added that the rights of Indigenous peoples are likely to be better advocated as the NTC will see the establishment of its Secretariat, which she explained, will be given financial support from the Inter-American Development Bank.“People expect so much from us because we have promised so much but we will fulfil promises but we will go so many at a time and I am sure that you will get your secretariat from where you will be able to function properly with staff and I am happy to hear that IDB will be supporting financially,” she noted.Meanwhile, Minister of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Sydney Allicock told the NTC that subventions aside, they should think “outside the box” in attaining finance from other avenues. He suggested that the NTC could solicit funds from Indigenous Communities, in rotation, to fund its work in advocating its causes.“If the NTC gets itself really organised, I am certain that every month, each one of these villages could contribute $10,000 to your purse,” he noted, adding that the NTC can then go into negotiations with the bank in development projects relating to cottage industries that will sustain livelihood of the Amerindian communities.“If you have cassava – 6 bottles of casreep every month, you add 6 families, change them every month, you will get $10,000 coming into your coffer… what we would like to move away from, is that dependency syndrome…when you work and sweat for what you need, you have more value for it,” Allicock noted.He also noted that Indigenous communities should assume responsibility of many vehicles which were allocated in the past are currently in need of repairs. He however added that his government and ministry would continue efforts in supporting: “economic development, respect to ourselves, and to have an education system that would allow other Guyanese to understand how we live,” Allicock said.Meanwhile, the many concerns raised at the recently concluded National Toshaos Conference will be addressed at the upcoming NTC executive meeting in October.last_img read more