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Some people cannot take no for an
answer. They don't know when to stop and
they never take a hint.
Bless their hearts.
The formidable people of the Children's
Ark, a registered non-profit charitable organ-
isation launched late last year, continue to
stick their fingers in leaks everywhere.
Last year, they donated children's books
and educational toys to the Each One Teach
One Special School in Beetham Gardens,
and now they are building furniture---special
semi-circular, pint-sized tables and benches,
so the toddlers and infants can comfortably
do their lessons and eat their snacks. In
the makeshift school under a hot galvanize
roof, some of the children, at lunch time,
have to sit on sheets spread on the floor,
and others can barely see over the tops of
But there will be no more of that, once
president Simone de la Bastide (wife of the
former Chief Justice) and her team complete
the project, which also includes new toilets,
masonry and painting work.
The children there are so adorable and
appreciative of every little gift, I rather sus-
pect the Children's Ark will always have a
paddle in there.
Next on the list is the Goodwill Industries on
Wrightson Road, which provides vocational training
for physically and mentally students. The Ark found
a benefactor who has bought a shiny new minibus
for the students.
"One brick at a time,'' might be a good motto for
the Ark, since they are not daunted by the size of
a problem and the weaknesses in the social services
but rather, they identify a target and then leap all
over it. Let's hope they never give up.
The Ark is dedicated to helping children who
might be abused, neglected, abandoned, or physically
or mentally challenged. The Ark does not put cash
into the hands of anyone but the organisation can
be described as a fund of funds. The members raise
money which is then funnelled to worthwhile proj-
Last Christmas, I suggested you to make donations
to the Ark, instead of buying gaudy office decorations
and showering me in expensive gifts. A bunch of you
did as I asked. Thanks, buddies.
Here's the sequel to that brilliant idea: celebrate
Mother's Day and Father's Day with a sweet donation
to children who need your love and support.
Not everyone had nice, capable parents like yours
and even the best of parents sometimes get down
on their luck and need some strong shoulders to lean
on. You would be following in the footsteps of Will
and Kate, who, for their royal wedding, asked guests
to make donations to their charities instead of buying
Make the donation in the name of your loved ones.
I bet Mum and Dad would enjoy that, more than the
pink carnations and striped tie you had in mind.
Didn't you give them that last year?
Write the cheques to The Children's Ark and send
to 8 Nutmeg Avenue, Haleland Park, Maraval. Simone
de la Bastide will acknowledge every last act of kind-
ness with a cheerful note.
Health inspectors say they closed Eva Longoria's
female-focused steakhouse on the Las Vegas Strip
after finding violations of food-temperature reg-
Nevada Health Dis-
trict reported it closed
She by Morton's on
A woman who
answered the phone
at the restaurant
declined to comment
on the inspection, but
she said the steak-
house was open for
show the restaurant
received 21 demerits
Wednesday related to
keeping food at prop-
er temperatures and maintaining accurate ther-
Health district spokesman Stephanie Bethel says
restaurants are allowed to reopen when they correct
the violations and inform health officials.
Longoria partnered with Morton's steakhouse
to open She in late 2012. It's inside the Crystals
shops at the Aria casino and features a catwalk
and smaller portion sizes for female customers.
Actress Eva Longoria is a
partner in the Las Vegas
restaurant. AP PHOTO
Help the Ark to help the kids
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