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Project HappyChild NEWS

1st March 2002

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... the longest journey starts with a single step ...

Hi there! A big welcome to all our new subscribers ... and a giant thank-you to everyone who's been circulating the publicity page, traffic levels during February have been quite extraordinary, especially given it's the shortest month of the year.

... the longest journey starts with a single step ...

ACCELERATED LEARNING: Michael Tipper's February article is now on line - a little later than usual but a note was received from Michael which said: "please accept my apologies for the delay - unfortunately writing for the site this month was one of the casualties of juggling an ever increasing workload and presentation schedule. Still, better late than never." We just appreciate the fact that Michael *does* continue to write (free) for the Project HappyChild site - there are maybe not that many high-flyers who would give so much of their time and energy to help others. This month's article is called "Reading Faster - But What About Comprehension?".

SURPLUS RESOURCES - Our thanks to Geoff Perriman of Action Aid for passing on an offer of a Siemens telephone system with nine handsets, given by Alan Mackie of jmc.it, in Manchester. This kind offer was taken up by Child Advocacy International before the system had even reached the Surplus Resources page on the site here - we'll post up details when we know where this telephone system is going, the last one offered and taken up by CAI went as you may recall to a hospital in Cameroon.

SCHOOLS INTERCHANGE: Our thanks to Nicola Wright at Hull City Council Internet Unit for forwarding details of changed page addresses including schools' website listings, for Kingston-upon-Hull. These have now been added to the England A-M page.

Our thanks also to Asif Kassam, Webmaster at Africa Online, for details of updated listings of Malawi schools, now on line at the Malawi page at Schools Interchange.


APPEALS: The Appeal page for POD - entertainment for children in hospital - has now been updated. Every month, POD organises 103 shows in children's wards at 97 hospitals and hospices throughout the UK.

There are about 250 hospitals in the UK which admit children, and there is still a long waiting list of hospitals asking to be added to POD's list. Each new hospital added means that funds must be found for the future - each show only costs about 50 [including the entertainer's fee] but that cost must be found for every hospital on the list, every month. Help through donations and fundraising is always appreciated.

Birmingham Children's Hospital summed up the effects of a POD show: "As usual, oncology patients had a great time and were able to forget their drips whilst having fits of giggles. On our trauma ward, it was a case of making sure the children didn't roll off their traction beds because they were laughing so much" ... take a look at the appeal page to see the huge list of hospitals where POD is already making a difference.

EVENTS: Four more events for 2002 have been added to the General Events calendar - the I CAN Jubilee Ball in June, the Cathcart Spring Proms (celebrating the Queen's Golden Jubilee), also in June, a Ceilidh in March and the I CAN Chelsea Ball - for 13-17-year-olds - in July.

The General Events calendar includes many other fundraising events this year - see also the Sponsored Events calendar which details a huge range of events taking place all over the world. We're still receiving more event notifications for the calendars, and these will be included as soon as time allows.


NEW PAGEBUILDING: As you all know, we've taken the highly unorthodox step of setting aside the first six months of this year primarily for pagebuilding, to get the remaining supplementary resources in place before overall traffic levels get any higher.

After two months now, significant progress has been made (at last!) with the completion of the layouts for all major themed areas at Sol's Guide to Harry Potter. Keywords for Chapters 3, 4 and 5 are in place, along with links where appropriate to new areas for The Ministry of Magic, Wands, Gringotts and Quidditch, with more character pages being added and interlinked with Diagon Alley, Slytherin House and Hogwarts Staff. Putting all the different areas in place has taken an inordinate amount of time, but ensures that further pagebuilding for this area will now be able to take place at a much swifter rate in due course. Comprehensive navigation tables have now been added to all pages so that all areas of the Guide are easily accessible, and it's hoped to add keywords progressively for the remaining chapters whenever the ongoing pagebuilding schedule allows.

The priority though for the next three months has to be the completion of the Pokémon and French worksheets areas of the site. All the Freeway resources on line here are receiving an increasing amount of traffic, and with GCSEs now looming on the horizon, many more schools and individual children are making use of the free-to-print French pages as revision aids. Meanwhile the Pokémon area of the site is consistently busy and is scheduled to be completed in tandem with the French pages, between now and the end of May, with the English pages and Schools Interchange updates and additions being pagebuilt during June and July.


So it's quiet chaos here! New pagebuilding is always an extraordinarily complex time, because of the volume of traffic levels ongoing, and we appreciate everyone's patience during this demanding period. There are currently 2035 pages on line (965 left to build) but if we can stay on schedule, most or all of the planned 3000 pages will be in place by the end of July this year, and then the usual level of site maintenance and e-mail responses can be reinstated.

We very much appreciate everyone's continuing support for the site (despite the effective absence of its overall webmaster over this period!) and look forward to life returning to something approaching normal, later this year.

Archive of Year 2002 Newsletters at Project HappyChildBest regards,

Penny.

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