Thoughts from July 2012

say hello to send a cow

Feeding time, send a cow

For over twenty years, Send a Cow has been helping thousands of African families and orphans out of poverty, working with them to grow enough food to eat, sell their produce and develop small businesses that last. Send a Cow provides cows in Africa, but it’s more than that: it revives sustainable agriculture techniques that have been long forgotten.

After a successful project in Uganda we're delighted the innocent foundation is now funding a new, three-year project in Kenya. Five new groups have been set up, covering 120 families and over 300 orphans, mostly in the west of Kenya. Training has been carried out in development values; sustainable, organic agriculture and basic skills for self-governance, mutual support and democratic working.

Send a Cow works closely with the families it supports, teaching them the skills they need to build new lives free from poverty and hunger and encouraging them to pass on the skills, seeds or livestock they’ve acquired to others in the community. This “Pass it On” principle not only builds stronger communities, it allows Send a Cow to help even more people to develop the skills, confidence and self-respect needed for a happy, healthy life.

If you'd like to know more about Send a Cow, click here.


Say hello to Scott Evans

It’s now only 22 days to the London 2012 Olympic Games. We’re so excited here in Fruit Towers not only because we’re the official juice & smoothies of the London 2012 Olympic Games, but also because there are loads of amazing Irish athletes who are taking part.

One of these athletes is a 24 year old badminton champ, the lovely Scott Evans from Dublin. He’s a fan of our smoothies & juices; we’re a fan of his skills, so he wrote us a piece on his busy life. Ever wondered what it takes to be an Olympian? Well wonder no more, over to Scott:

I started playing badminton when I was 4 years old in Whitehall Road with my brother Lee. I played a lot of sports but at the age of 16 I decided to go full time at badminton. I quit school at 17 and moved to Denmark to pursue my career as a professional badminton player. It’s the best place in Europe and one of the best places in the world for badminton so it was an easy choice to make when it came down to where I would move.

A typical day for me would be to wake up at 07:30am and eat breakfast. I start my first training session, an on court session, at 09:00am. The first session will last 2 to 2 and a half hours. After training I will go home and have some lunch and relax while I prepare for my next session. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays I will be in the gym for my second sessions doing either weights or a physical session. A physical session would be doing a hard bike ride, which can last up to 2 hours. Every Tuesday and Thursday evening I have a 2nd badminton session. As you can see that doesn’t leave much time to see friends and do a lot of other things as its very important for me to rest after the 1st session so I am ready for the 2nd.

I have qualified for my second Olympic Games, which is in London this summer. I was the first male badminton player from Ireland to qualify for the Olympic Games in Beijing. Going to Beijing was an absolutely fantastic experience and I am really excited about going to London. I hope the support from all the Irish people back home will be huge help to me and the rest of the Irish athletes so that we can go out and perform to our best.

We’ll all be cheering on Scott in a few weeks time. If you want to say hello to Scott or just marvel at his collection of action shots, head to his facebook or twitter page.