SMC TOMS club interviews founder

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Nora Clougherty Members of the TOMS club at Saint Mary’s Skyped with TOMS Shoes founder Blake Mycoskie during his TED talk Thursday.The TOMS company, through its “One for One” model, donates a pair of shoes to the poor in third-world countries every time someone buys a pair of its shoes. When someone purchases TOMS eyewear, a part of the profit goes to help restore sight to those who are poor. A new addition to the One for One organization is TOMS tote bags. Every time one is sold, a new bag, along with a safe home birth kit, is given to a pregnant mother in need of one.“For a long time, TOMS just provided shoes,” Mycoskie said. “We now have factories in Haiti and Kenya. We try to continually stretch the boundary of our company to create jobs.”Martin Burt, the founder and CEO of Fundacion Paraguaya (FP), which receives and distributes donated shoes, also Skyped in with Mycoskie and the Saint Mary’s club.“We are using TOMS not as charity but as self-help,” he said. “It is self-help and self-reliance that gets people out of poverty.”Burt, who founded FP in 1985, works to provide education in entrepreneurship and microcredit to students in Paraguay. At the moment, he is creating schools specifically for rural youth who are chronically unemployed, as well as developing the “Poverty Stoplight,” which uses technology to help poor families understand their economic position and work to improve it.“Our bottom line is impact, not poverty,” he said. “We try to design ways to diminish poverty.”TOMS club president Nora Clougherty said it was rewarding to speak to both Mycoskie and Burt, whose foundation, as a TOMS giving partner, directly uses the shoes.“We were not only able to witness how the shoes are being put to use, but we also got to talk to someone who was directly impacting TOMS,” she said.In response to a question from the Saint Mary’s club, Mycoskie said the biggest challenge was just making the shoes while keeping one question in mind.“How do you preserve a culture of giving as you scale a big business?” he said.Mycoskie said another major obstacle was keeping in mind the purpose of TOMS creation.“The challenge was in keeping the whole organization excited and focused on why we do what we do,” Mycoskie said. “More important is the mindset that we’re changing.”Burt said a partial obstacle to eliminating poverty is that people sometimes forget that poverty exists.“It’s not that the poor are invisible — we do not see,” Burt said. “We can transform the world and end poverty in one generation just with the TOMS shoe example, but it is impossible for people to see the solutions that are right under our nose.”Burt said TOMS is a good model because it can be applied beyond just shoes.“This is about social innovation, taking what works in one industry and applying it to another industry,” he said.Clougherty said the conversation inspired the club to continue to spread its message.“My goal is to one day see everyone on campus wearing TOMS so that we can see the change a simple purchase can have,” she said.Another club member, Delaney Hunt, said talking to Mycoskie helped her to consider the service aspect of business.“Talking to somebody that has that reputation and is so well-known makes it more real,” she said. “It makes me believe in their mission even more — it makes it more personal. The business model itself is interesting in that you could apply it to anything. It gives me ideas on what you can do with a normal business major.”Club member Tori Wilbraham said Mycoskie’s talk was particularly impactful as she prepares to graduate.“He inspired me to follow my passions rather than pursue a career for money,” Wilbraham said.last_img read more

The beginnings of the Ponting legend

first_img…It was on July 26 in 1997 that Ricky Ponting completed his first Test century, on his Ashes debut no less, in the fourth Test at Headingley, LeedsBy Adam BurnettON the 1997 Ashes tour, Australia were in the middle of perhaps their most dominant period in history against their oldest foe, and is if things couldn’t get more one-sided, they were about to unleash a hugely promising young batsman named Ricky Ponting for the first time in cricket’s greatest rivalry. Mark Taylor’s side had levelled the six-Test series after a shock defeat in the series opener at Edgbaston, with Steve Waugh’s epic twin tons at Old Trafford in the third Test putting the ledger at one-all.So the two teams travelled to Leeds with the Ashes very much alive, and it was there that Ponting, who had played six Tests previously but had been unceremoniously dumped the summer prior, made his re-selection count.“That was vital for me,” Ponting said of his Ashes debut hundred at Headingley. “I got picked on the Ashes tour, only in the touring squad, but I didn’t play the first three Tests of that series and came in for the fourth, in Michael Bevan’s spot.”Australia rolled England for 172 after a fired-up Jason Gillespie took 7-37, but Taylor’s men stumbled in reply, collapsing to 4-50.Ponting strode to the middle, where he was greeted by another emerging talent, Matthew Elliott (199), and together the pair turned the contest on its head.Ponting’s maiden Test century on Ashes debutBy stumps on day two, Ponting had raced to 86 not out, unfurling the full arsenal of stroke-play he would become renowned for, including a couple of signature shots.“I was also lucky in that I’m not sure the Poms were too thorough when they did their homework on me,” Ponting wrote in his book, At the Close of Play. “The ball was seaming about but they seemed keen to test me out with some short stuff and I relished the chance to show them I could hook and pull.“To get off the mark, I pulled a bumper from (Dean) Headley which rocketed to the boundary and the confidence that one shot gave me was liberating.”And it was on July 26, 1997, that Ponting nudged the off-spin of Robert Croft into the leg side for the single that brought up his maiden Test hundred. It was the beginning of a legend; over the ensuing 15 years, the Tasmanian would add another 40 hundreds to his name, though he reckons few were better than his first-up 127.“That day I probably played as well as I have in any Test innings, and that made it even more pleasing,” Ponting said.“That’d be as close as any (to my best).“I remember that day, just really being on top of things and feeling really at home at the crease.“The ones that actually mean the most to you are probably the ones that you think you played better in anyway, so the first one is always going to be remembered a bit more but I just thought I played really well.”It also helped that Australia won the Test match to go 2-1 up in the series, a lead they never relinquished as they secured the Ashes for a fifth straight time. (Cricket.com.au)last_img read more

Curling Club concludes two more leagues

first_imgIn the Wednesday Men’s League, the Pimm Production Equipment A event was won by Glen Godberson, while the B event was won by Gordon Hill.Ken Almond won the Swanberg Trucking C event, while the D event, sponsored by Energetic Concrete, was taken down by Travis Rohman.In the Thursday Mixed league, the S & S Turbine Services A event, Glen Godberson won his second A event in as many days.- Advertisement -In the B event, Larry Solodan emerged victorious, while the Univar C event was won by Brad Kowalszyk.For more information on the Fort St. John Curling Club or for information on any of its upcoming events, visit the Club’s official website.last_img read more

MARK McHUGH’S PET POOCH GETS TO MEET SAM!

first_imgSAM-MILEY MCHUGH!STAR Donegal player Mark McHugh is certainly still glowing after the county’s All-Ireland success.And now that the Sam Maguire has visited a couple of weddings and a Christening, it was inevitable that the first doggie picture would appear.So here is Sam in the McHugh household this evening – with the family dog Miley getting snug for a wee nap!  MARK McHUGH’S PET POOCH GETS TO MEET SAM! was last modified: October 1st, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more