Tennis ace bound for Belarus to visit UN projects helping youth after

The tennis star and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassador Maria Sharapova will head from the Wimbledon tournament, where she is currently competing, to Belarus to visit an area in the southeast affected by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster.Ms. Sharapova will travel to the Gomel region, where her charitable foundation has helped fund several UNDP projects focused on providing opportunities for youth and improving their communities.The three-time Grand Slam champion from Russia is slated to visit a local arts centre where children work on projects to beautify the town and learn about the environment, tour a health facility that takes a therapeutic approach to treating emotional and mental stress, and meet students who have won university scholarships from her foundation.Ms. Sharapova, 23, whose family fled Gomel a year before she was born because of radiation concerns in the wake of the nuclear accident, said she wanted to contribute to the recovery of a region where she had such a personal connection.“Giving young people the tools they need to reach for their dreams is a good way to overcome the Chernobyl legacy,” she said. “Helping people help themselves is at the heart of UNDP’s mission, and I am eager to see the results first-hand.”The Sharapova Foundation, in partnership with UNDP, supports seven youth-oriented projects and a scholarship programme in areas of Belarus, Russia and Ukraine that were affected by the Chernobyl accident.“Maria Sharapova’s work in this region will convey a message of optimism to young people, in a once-blighted region, where a return to normal life is now a realistic project,” said UNDP Administrator Helen Clark.Ms. Sharapova, who won the Wimbledon women’s singles crown as a teenager in 2004, today won her second-round match at the tournament, which concludes at the end of next week. 24 June 2010The tennis star and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassador Maria Sharapova will head from the Wimbledon tournament, where she is currently competing, to Belarus to visit an area in the southeast affected by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster. read more

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Student Justice Centre needs help filling food bank

Student athletes Beth Hone, Ariana Falasca and Jessica Bagnulo show off some of the haul collected during the Student Justice Centre’s food drive to fill the campus food bank, which runs until Aug. 23. Got one too many jars of tomato sauce in your pantry?Perhaps you went a little crazy when macaroni and cheese was on sale and now you have no room for your haul.The Student Justice Centre will gladly help out by taking any non-perishable food items to help fill the campus food bank in time for the new school year.Drop-off bins are located at the Collabratorium (TH 252A), the General Brock Store, Campus Store, Walker Complex, BUSU office, International Centre (second floor) and near the entrance of the Schmon Tower until Aug. 23.Student volunteers will also pick up donations at offices throughout campus. Email [email protected] to make arrangements. read more

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