Project HappyChild NEWS
1st February 2002
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|Hi there! We'd like to welcome all our new subscribers to the Newsletter. The last few weeks have been exceptionally hectic, with visit levels touching 10,000 on some days, and e-mail responses have been at a minimum because of the heavy pagebuilding schedule here. We'd just like to say thank-you to the many people who made such positive comments about the site when subscribing - usually we'd write back individually but communications have been pared to the minimum in the midst of everything else that's been going on here.
A significant number of General Events are now on line - from Charity Balls, race nights and Champagne Receptions to golf, clay shooting and the Beaujolais Charity Challenge. More events are still coming in for this calendar which also includes the Gala charity Première and Party of the new Disney animated Peter Pan film, "Return to Neverland", a sponsored "sleep out" in aid of refugees, a fashion show and "Foster Care Fortnight", The Fostering Network's annual event to attract new foster carers. See the General Events Calendar for details of these and other events - more will be added as soon as time allows.
The Sponsored Events calendar for 2002 has to be seen to be believed - this page took over *two weeks* to put together because of the huge range of events being made available by different charities for that "experience of a lifetime".
Everything imaginable is available - sailing, mountain climbing, trekking in jungles, around volcanoes, along the Great Wall of China .... country-to-country bike rides, an expedition to the Grand Canyon, abseiling, marathons and half-marathons worldwide, and a great deal more.
If you're looking for "something completely different" in 2002, why not take part in one of these amazing challenges! The sponsorship you raise can make a real difference to the lives of disadvantaged children - and may also cover some or even all of the cost of your taking part. Take a look at the Sponsored Events page and see what's on offer ....
Other areas of the site have taken something of a back seat this month, because of the need to get the Events Calendars in place for the whole of 2002. However definable progress has been made with Sol's Guide to Harry Potter, with just over 50 pages added during January. 48 Character pages have been added, with interlinks as appropriate to Gryffindor, Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw Houses, and to Hogwarts Staff, with new areas in place for Notable Witches & Wizards, Magical Books & Authors and Diagon Alley.
We'd hoped to add the Slytherin characters as well this month, but time available simply hasn't allowed for this - these have been re-scheduled to early February, before the main work starts on completing the free French worksheets and Andy's guide to Pokémon. Both these resources are consistently in demand and with the run up to GCSEs, the free-to-print French worksheets are increasingly popular. Whilst it's impossible to guarantee that all 700 will be in place before the main exams, we'll do our best to have the bulk of them on line by then.
Meanwhile children in many parts of the world have waited a long time for the remaining Pokémon guide pages, so we'll probably be alternating between pagebuilding Pokémon and the French pages between mid-February and mid-May, with progress on the Harry Potter guide along the way, wherever time allows. The free-to-print Spellings, Sounds & Meanings worksheets and increased resources for Schools Interchange [there are school nets to be added for a number of new areas worldwide] are now scheduled for building mid-May to mid-July, with the aim to complete all the supplementary resource pagebuilding by the end of that month.
|ACCELERATED LEARNING - Michael Tipper's personal schedule grows ever more busy! - he's been out of the country for the last week or two and we're not sure exactly when he's expected back. All going well, February's article should arrive some time over the next few days and will be set and uploaded with all possible speed, and linked in from the main Feature Articles index page.
BETESDA: Many of you will have followed the progress of the Betesda Foundation, helping an increasing number of street children in Romania. We've just received an e-mail from Benu at the Foundation saying that they're planning to visit the UK between 19th April and 3rd May 2002 and would be interested in hearing from any groups, churches or organisations who would like to organize a meeting at which they could talk about the work they do with street children. Benu can be contacted at benub (at) yahoo.com .
|And finally ... just a brief word on viruses. Usually we become aware of new viruses early simply because of the mail volumes here, however at the moment the preview pane in Outlook Express remains turned off due to sheer volumes of virus-carrying e-mails coming in, and the only virus-e-mails opened are those sent inadvertently by existing contacts (mainly BadTrans and SirCam, still). Our Latest News page gives info on dealing with the main viruses received here from July onwards but it's unlikely we'll identify any new ones until the overall transmission level decreases enough for us to turn on the preview pane again.
And just before closing ... a big thank-you to everyone who displayed the publicity page after the request in the last Newsletter - visit level has been the highest ever this month (around 234,000 in total) and your passing on details of the site is very much appreciated.
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