The Notre Dame Biology Club will hold the fifth annual ND VisionWalk Sunday to raise money for the Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) in its efforts to find a cure for retinal degeneration and other ocular diseases.Jonathan Jou and Sara Hockney, both senior biology majors, are this year’s walk co-chairs. Jou said University President Emeritus Father Theodore Hesburgh served as the inspiration for the first ND VisionWalk in 2010.“Five years ago, there was a student named Maria Sellers, who went to visit Father Hesburgh during his office hours and found out he suffers from retinal degeneration,” Jou said. “She started [ND] VisionWalk [after] speaking to Dr. David Hyde, who does retinal regeneration research.”Retinal degeneration occurs when cells in the back of the eye start to die, and gradually cause loss of all central vision, Hockney said.The event is a five-kilometer walk beginning at the Irish Green, where participants can purchase t-shirts and sunglasses and participate in a silent auction prior to the walk, Hockney said.“Our big seller [in the silent auction] every year is a Notre Dame football helmet,” Jou said.All proceeds from the event go to the FFB, which supports VisionWalks all over the country, Hockney said.The FFB’s mission is to “drive the research that will provide preventions, treatments and cures for people affected by … the entire spectrum of retinal degenerative diseases,” according to its website.Last year, approximately 200 people, many of whom were residents of the surrounding South Bend community, participated in the event, Hockney said. The co-chairs said they set a course that winds through campus to offer a view of campus for visiting participants.“A lot of people are coming who are not on campus very much [and] who want to go through classic Notre Dame areas,” Hockney said.The past four walks have been successful, and last year’s event raised about $10,000, Jou said. This year, the co-chairmen said they hope to raise at least $13,000.Jou and Hockney have been involved in the event for the past few years and assuming the roles of co-chairmen was very important to them.“Research [in retinal degeneration] is making progress, but [this event] is about raising awareness and getting people involved in a cause you care about,” Hockney, whose grandmother suffers from retinal degeneration, said.“I thought [ND VisionWalk] was a way to get involved with doing things now that are going to make a difference,” she said.Similarly, Jou said the ND VisionWalk allows him to make a bigger, immediate contribution to the medical research field.“It was a way to give back to research field,” he said. “Science is trending toward philanthropic funding. I think that events like these are becoming more and more important and will carry more weight in the future.”Tags: Foundation Fighting Blindness, Macular Degeneration, VisionWalk
4. Sami Khedira – a bargain to be had from Real Madrid? Check out the details, below, then find out which Real Madrid team-mate could potentially join Khedira at United by clicking right… – World Cup winner Sami Khedira is out of contract with Los Blancos at the end of the season and seems to favour a move to United or back home to Germany. FC Schalke are interested in the midfielder so it is up to Van Gaal to tempt Khedira with a better offer. 9 9 9 7. United rumoured to be front runners for PSV’s exciting attacker Memphis Depay – Now click to see another World Cup winner rumoured to be United’s number one target – Despite being contracted at PSV until 2018, United are front runners to complete the signing of the winger, but may have to spend up to £25m for his services. 9 6. Kevin Strootman to finally sign from Roma? More info below, then click right to find out which £25m-rated international team-mate of Strootman is also on the radar – Having been linked with the Red Devils all season, it seems only injury has prevented Strootman making the move to Manchester. Rumours suggest that current club Roma have offered the Dutch midfielder a new contract, but Van Gaal will do his best to secure Strootman’s signature. 3. PSG’s Gregory Van Der Wiel – Clyne alternative? Click right to see which World Cup winner could be on his way to Old Trafford – If the Clyne move stumbles, Van Gaal could look to PSGs Gregory Van Der Wiel. The right back was a consistent member of the Dutch national team managed by Van Gaal. 2. Nathaniel Clyne to follow Luke Shaw from Southampton? Read about how the deal could work, below, then click the arrow above, right, to see which PSG defender is linked with an Old Trafford move – Strengthening the defence has been a priority since the start of the season for the former Holland manager and it is reported that a deal for Southamptons right back, Nathaniel Clyne, is close to be completed for around £17m. Winger, Antonio Valencia has stepped in to the right back position but Van Gaal is after someone to cement their name in the position. The Saints need for a striker could see Uniteds out of favour Javier Hernandez move south after his loan deal with Real Madrid is completed. 9 8. Mats Hummels to follow Klopp out of Dortmund? Click right to see which City favourite could end up playing in red! – Mats Hummels is reportedly Van Gaal’s number one summer target and with Borussia Dortmund losing manager Jurgen Klopp at the end of the season, dont be surprised to see a player exodus, with Hummels leading the way. Who would you like Manchester United to sign this summer? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.For more Man United news, views and videos, check out this Red Devils Facebook page 9. Nigel De Jong (AC Milan) – Former Manchester City star Nigel De Jong could also be on his way to Old Trafford according to reports. The AC Milan midfielder is wanted by Van Gaal to add some steel to the centre of his midfield. De Jong, who will be a free agent this summer when his AC Milan contract expires, has offers from Juventus, Roma, Sevilla and teams in MLS, but reports say hed prefer to join United. 9 9 1. Could Juventus star Paul Pogba be heading back to Manchester? Read all about it, below, then click the yellow arrow above to see more summer targets for the Red Devils – Manchester Uniteds Daley Blind believes that the Red Devils can mount a serious title challenge next season and, having only lost twice in 2015, United look certain for a top four finish this campaign. But what do they need to push on next season and have a serious tilt at the title? The Red Devils spent big last summer and the return of Champions League football next season will swell the coffers, so expect Louis van Gaal to have money to spend in the next transfer window. With Michael Carrick turning 34 in the summer and still a key figure in the side, Van Gaal will need to bolster his midfield and there could be no better signing surely than the man who got away, Paul Pogba. The Frenchman is understood to be open to a move from Serie A and a big money bid from United could yet tempt him back to the Premier League. 9 9 5. Gareth Bale – title-clinching signing? Get the lowdown, below, then click to see the Dutch internationals who could reunite with Van Gaal in Manchester – David De Geas sensational season for Manchester United has attracted a number of sides, including Real Madrid. The Spanish giants are reportedly keen on bringing the Spain international goalkeeper from Old Trafford to the Bernabeu, with reports saying United will only listen if Gareth Bale can be used in a swap deal. While De Gea has been vital for United in their top four quest, would Bale’s contribution at the other end make the difference in a title race?
PAST GLORY: Michael Tunney, CEO of Donegal County Enterprise Board; Brian Sweeney of Swilly Group, Overall Award Winners 2011; Malachi Eastwood of Gartan Technologies, Overall Award Winners 2010; and Minister for Small Business John Perry TD. If you run a business employing less than 50 people in Donegal you now have a great chance to raise your profile.Nominations have just opened for this year’s Enterprising Donegal Business Awards and businesses across the county are being encouraged to submit an entry.Organised by the Donegal County Enterprise Board, the Awards are recognised as the most prestigious business awards in the County, and they generate huge publicity and business opportunities for the winning companies.Previous award winners include The Swilly Group, Gartan Technologies, DS Environmental Services and North West Aluminium. “The awards acknowledge the talent and determination of small businesses in the county. Despite the recent and current tough economic conditions, local businesses are continuing to succeed and innovate. The awards are a great way for any business to publicise their services or products, to give recognition to all those involved in the business and to celebrate our local enterprise culture in Donegal” says Michael Tunney, Chief Executive, Donegal County Enterprise Board.The County Enterprise Board supports enterprise and entrepreneurs across Donegal, providing services such as business advice, mentoring, business information, training and finance.The awards were started by the Board in 1997 as a way to highlight success stories among small businesses in Donegal and to inspire other individuals and local companies to establish new businesses in the county.The awards are aimed at small and micro businesses in Donegal and there are a number of award categories including innovation, business growth and business achievement, as well as the overall business of the year award.The winner of the business of the year award for 2011 was the Swilly Group, Irelands leading driver training, consulting and general training service provider. “Winning the award was a positive endorsement and vindication of our work over the years and of our plans for expansion. The award was major boost for all of us involved in the business” said Brian Sweeney, MD Swilly Group.The closing date for this year’s Enterprising Donegal Business Awards 2012 is Tuesday 7th February. To nominate your company, please contact Donegal County Enterprise Board on 074 9160735 or email [email protected] Alternatively, you can visit the Donegal County Enterprise Board’s website at www.donegalenterprise.ie to download an entry form.Ends. NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR ENTERPRISING DONEGAL BUSINESS AWARDS was last modified: January 27th, 2012 by StephenShare 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)Tags:DONEGAL ENTERPRISING BUSINESS AWARDS