Members of Thaakat and non-members, basketball stars and basketball enthusiasts, those living in Chicago and those in another state, country, or continent – dear readers, you are all invited to our upcoming event. We are looking for teams to participate in the event and volunteers to give us a hand. Spectators are also welcome to support family and friends.
The occasion is our fourth annual charity basketball tournament. The fee for entering the tournament as a participating team will be $250 per team of eight players. Each team is allowed up to two extra players at the additional cost of $25 each. Spectators watch the games for free, and they will have the opportunity to enter a raffle with the purchase of a ticket. Raffle prizes were donated by our sponsors.
The event will take place at the Oak Brook Park District, which is located at:
1450 Forest Gate Road
Oak Brook, Illinois 60523.
This tournament will span over two days. It will begin on Saturday, November 23 and culminate on Sunday, November 24. Each day’s games should last about four hours.
All proceeds will go directly to our global charity projects. Currently, the Thaakat Foundation is the sole financial supporter for two schools in Pakistan and Ghana, and a maternity center and healthcare facility in Sierra Leone. Any overhead costs for the tournament will be covered by our wonderful sponsors.
Interested teams can sign up here: http://tinyurl.com/ballinwthaakat
And volunteers can sign up here: http://tinyurl.com/volunteerfeedtheneed
Thank you to those of you who have voluntarily donated blood to give the gift of life. This June 14th marks the tenth annual World Blood Donor Day, which was begun to create awareness about the need for blood donations.
One donation can save the lives of up to three different people, and through voluntary donations, millions of lives have been saved around the world. In the year 2011, an astounding 83 million voluntary, unpaid blood donations were collected around the world, which is an increase of 8 million from 2004.
Still, there is progress to be made. Only 60 countries in the world are able to sustain their national blood supplies with voluntary blood donations. Forty countries are entirely dependent on family and paid donors. Voluntary donations are key to a sufficient, efficient, and safe supply of blood.
This guy has donated blood 1,000 times and has saved 2,000,000 lives! Can you match that?
On our Facebook Page, we gave you a teaser on an upcoming global project we’ll be supporting in Ghana. Here’s a little more about our partner organization to whet your appetite.
Tanobaose, Ghana has seen an influx of people moving into the area. They come to do odd jobs in the community so that they may support their families. Their children usually do not go to school. Clement Opoku Boamah watched this happen, and he had a dream that these children could one day attend a free school. And he strived to make that dream come true. Perhaps that is how he earned the name Righteous.
Righteous began his school with just two kids. Now he has 50. Righteous and the children make the best with what they have. He offers the students rides to the school at six in the morning. Class starts at seven with breakfast and a morning prayer. Righteous teaches his students to read and write English in a small dusty classroom. Konadu Basic School is named after his mother.
Well, what do you think about Righteous’ Cause? Are you on board?
You’ve had plenty of time to draft your New Year’s Resolutions, so what have you resolved to do?
Unsurprisingly, some resolutions are popular year after year. We all want to lose weight, eat healthier, save money, manage stress. Self-improvement is our favorite pastime.
A study from the University of Scranton took a closer look at New Year’s Resolutions and found out some pretty interesting things. Below is a neat little infographic from DegreeSearch.org that showcases the findings. The highlights? About 46% of Americans make New Year’s Resolutions and just 8% actually achieve them.
Depressing, I know. But don’t give up just yet! Clinical psychologist John Norcross, the lead investigator in the New Year’s Resolutions study, shares some tips in this NPR story on how to make those resolutions stick. Some of his ideas include the buddy system and creating realistic goals – nothing too grandiose there. If you haven’t been going to the gym even one day a week, there’s no way you’re about to start going every day of the week. Don’t be ridiculous.
Also, it’s important not to give up once you’ve had a lapse. Maybe you didn’t stick to your resolution this first week, but there’s always next week. That is my own personal struggle. It’s so easy to give up once you’ve messed up, but don’t. Just don’t.
In case you haven’t made any resolutions, allow me to recommend one for you – community service. We’re all busy with school and work and all that jazz, but it’s not too much to squeeze in one act of service here and there. If you don’t have the time to volunteer regularly, keep your eyes peeled for community service events hosted by family and friends and acquaintances, and get out there and help them out!