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first_imgWith Hilde Schwab on her right, YvonneChaka Chaka makes her Crystal Awardacceptance speech.(Image: World Economic Forum) Chaka Chaka at the launch of the Proudto be campaign in Nairobi.(Image: Proud to be)MEDIA CONTACTS • Pru SmithRoll Back Malaria+41 22 791 4586• Princess of Africa Foundation+27 11 463 5986RELATED ARTICLES• SA songbird backs malaria fight• Malaria cases halved in SA• Defeating malaria ‘within reach’• Malaria-proof mosquito a reality• Roger Milla, Fifa give malaria the bootSource: World Health OrganisationSouth Africa’s Yvonne Chaka Chaka, popular singer-songwriter and Goodwill Ambassador for the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, has become the first African woman to receive the World Economic Forum‘s (WEF) Crystal Award.The award is given each year to successful artists who have used their art to “improve the state of the world”, according to the WEF.She was honoured along with French filmmaker, screenwriter and producer Luc Besson, and Japanese-American classical violinist Midori Gotō, founder of the Midori Foundation.Chaka Chaka received the award during the opening ceremony of the WEF’s 2012 annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, from Hilde Schwab, co-founder of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs.Schwab – the wife of WEF founder Klaus Schwab – commended the singer for her tireless work for major global health issues affecting women and children, in particular malaria control through medication and the use of bed nets.She said: “For many years Yvonne Chaka Chaka has used her voice to draw attention to the causes that will change the lives of millions – from ending apartheid to improving maternal and child health. She has clearly understood her opportunities to do good and the access her powerful voice allows, through both song and conversation, to reach and influence those who can act.”Schwab said the WEF was honoured to name her as a Crystal Award laureate.Making a differenceThe Crystal Awards initiative arose from a suggestion by the American-born violinist and humanitarian Yehudi Menuhin, toKlaus Schwab 17 years ago.Since then the award has been given to those outstanding people who have made a difference in the world of arts and culture.Previous winners have included, amongst others, actors Richard Gere and Emma Thompson, the renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, tenor José Carreras, Senegalese singer Youssou N’Dour, and music legend Quincy Jones.Accepting the award, Chaka Chaka expressed her pleasure that global leaders have acknowledged that investing in health issues will positively affect economic growth.“You don’t have to be an economist to realise that if children stay healthy they can go to school and grow up to be productive members of their communities, their parents don’t have to miss work to look after them, and tough choices don’t have to be made between buying medicines or food,” she said. “And sick parents don’t have to miss work or worse still, leave their children orphans.”She stressed the importance of communication, information and education in the fight against global health challenges such as malaria.“Healthy people build healthy economies,” she said.Distinguished careerDuring her 27-year career, Chaka Chaka has shared the stage with stars such as Bono and Beyoncé.While he was imprisoned, former president Nelson Mandela wrote to her, saying that her music was sustaining him. Fittingly, her award marks the 20th anniversary of Mandela’s attendance at the 1992 WEF Davos meeting. In 2011Her recent documentary film, A Motherland Tour – A Journey of African Women, took her around the world to promote the successes of those engaged in the daily battle against HIV/Aids, tuberculosis and malaria.Towards the end of 2011 she teamed up with fellow Roll Back Malaria Goodwill Ambassador, Youssou N’Dour, to record Proud to Be, a song produced by Interpol to raise public awareness of the dangers posed by counterfeit medicines. The campaign was launched in Nairobi in October 2011.Chaka Chaka’s campaign against malaria – which, although preventable and curable, still kills over 2 000 children a day in Africa – began when a member of her band died from the disease in 2004.She became the first Goodwill Ambassador for the global Roll Back Malaria Partnership. She is also Unicef Goodwill Ambassador for Malaria in Africa, the UN Millennium Development Goals Envoy for Africa, and was chosen by Nelson Mandela as the first ambassador for his children’s fund.She has her own charity, the Princess of Africa Foundation.last_img read more

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first_imgGeocachers otco, gsilberbestlife, kulhalGeocachers kulhal and otco  recently embarked on a journey to locate the last cache in a vanishing series. The duo traveled half way around the world to claim a “found it” on the final active cache in the Project A.P.E. cache series. To many geocachers, the Project A.P.E. caches ring a nostalgic bell.The A.P.E. cache series was established in May of 2001. The promotion was for the film Planet of the Apes. Thirteen different A.P.E. caches, each with props from the movie and a story that tied into the movie, were hidden all over the world. Those who found the caches received a unique icon.All that is left of the highly sought series is a single, active cache hidden deep in the tropical jungles of Brazil. Mission 4: Southern Bowl  is now the last obtainable A.P.E. cache. The remainder of the geocaches in the series have been archived. The final cache has been logged less than 40 times.Project A.P.E. Cache Iconkulhal and otco met up with Brazilian cacher, gsilberbestlife, when they arrived. According to kulhal, the excitement of discovering the last of the vanishing series only heightened the caching crew’s sense of adventure.Early one morning, otco, gsilberbestlife, and kulhal piled into their rental car and drove 300 km outside of Sao Paulo, Brazil. They arrived at Intervales State Park, the supposed location of the lone standing A.P.E. cache. Along the way, the cachers were surprised to find that many locals were unaware of the park’s existence. This further motivated them to discover the rarely visited cache.According to kulhal, experiencing the beauty of the park was just as much of an adventure as discovering the cache, “I equally appreciated the fact that the cache brought me to a place that I would have never visited otherwise. I experienced a wonderful part of the world and saw nature so different from what I know from home.”The roads through IntervalesUsing a sketchy GPS signal to navigate windy, unmarked dirt roads, the cachers were able to drive within 100 meters of the cache. Now only a few minor obstacles stood between the cachers and the final A.P.E. cache. Wild animals, jungle-like terrain, and a lack of a trail map couldn’t stop these cachers.Otco, gsilberbestlife, and kulhal discovered the cache successfully, noting that, “The beauty of this cache is something else.”  Kulhal stated, “I had a feeling that I was touching a piece of geocaching history and for that it was a special moment.”It’s a special moment geocachers may continue to share. There have been more logs in the past 2 years than in the nine years after the cache was placed. And because this is the final A.P.E. cache, it is likely that an increasing number of geocachers will be traveling to Brazil. Located in a new exotic setting, the Mission 4: Southern Bowl is an opportunity for geocachers to discover a significant cache.Waterfall in Intervales State ParkThe story doesn’t end here. For more information on kulhal, otco, and gsilberbestlife’s adventure, check out their Czech language blog.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedMission to Log the Last of a Vanishing Geocache SeriesJune 15, 2012In “Community”Geocaching Evolution – The Themed Multi-CacheSeptember 2, 2010In “Community”Geocaching Bucket List: Greatest Hits EditionMarch 6, 2016In “Community”last_img read more