Melroy Pyle, a father of four, was working on one of the buildings on the campus of the University of Guyana last December when he came into contact with electrical wires and received electric shocks that resulted in the amputation of both his arms.The challenges and difficulties the Pyles now face as a result of that incident have forced both Melroy and his wife to halt their studies at UG.Representative of the Education Department, Rhonda Monize, presenting the items to Melroy and Tena Pyle.Through its Welfare Department, the University of Guyana (UG) has donated to the Pyles some assistance from the Regional Education Department of Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica)Region 4 Welfare Officer Shevon Vyphuis has said the Region Four Education Department is aware the Pyle family needs whatever assistance they can get at this stage, and has thus presented them some supplies that are necessary.“We at the Department are cognisant and aware that at this stage there are challenges and difficulties confronting you and your family as a result of the accident.Therefore, we are more than happy at this stage to lend whatever assistance we can give to you,” Vyphuis said.She added that the department is committed to granting any further assistance to the family in regard to finances and other areas of need.Melroy’s wife, Tena Pyle, expressed gratitude to the department for the donation, noting that it would be of significant help, since her husband can no longer provide for them the way he used to.
The annual Social Good Summit, a unique convening of world leaders, new media and technology experts, grassroots activists and voices from around the world, today announced the initial roster of speakers for its 2015 Summit which will take place September 27 and 28 in New York.A unique mix of speakers will share their visions for the future including: • Kathy Calvin, President and Chief Executive Officer of the United Nations Foundation • Pete Cashmore, Founder and CEO of Mashable • Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme • Richard Curtis, Director, Writer, Producer and Founder of Project Everyone • Adrian Grenier, Actor, Entrepreneur, Dell Social Good Advocate • Vivienne Harr, Philanthropist, Activist and Chief Inspiration Officer at STAND • Amina J. Mohammed, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on post-2015 Development Planning • Trisa Thompson, Chief Responsibility Officer at Dell • Henry Timms, Executive Director of the 92YEach September, world leaders come together at the United Nations General Assembly to discuss global issues and ways in which to tackle them. Recognizing that the voices and ideas of concerned global citizens connected by social media and technology can be powerful forces for change, Mashable, 92nd Street Y, the United Nations Foundation and the United Nations Development Programme partner to host the Social Good Summit to expand the UN conversations to include innovators, activists and entrepreneurs around the world.The Summit will coincide with this year’s historic UN Week where world leaders will adopt the post-2015 development agenda including the sustainable development goals – a new set of global goals to end poverty in all its forms, fight inequalities and tackle climate change by 2030. The theme of the sixth Social Good Summit – #2030NOW: New Goals. New Tech. New Power – will challenge speakers, participants and a growing worldwide community to explore how technology and new media can be leveraged to address these issues, benefiting people everywhere and helping build a better future for the people and the planet. This effort will also be replicated in similar events across the world as the new agenda and global goals are promoted and used to inspire action for people and planet.Last year, the Social Good Summit in New York connected people throughout the world with live streams in seven different languages, and in-person or online meetings organized by people in their own communities in over 170 countries using 45 different languages. Connected through video and social media, Social Good Summit events used the common hashtag #2030Now to share innovative ideas for the future of our world.The goal of the Social Good Summit is to empower people everywhere to have their voices heard, both during and after UN Week. The Summit which will be supplemented by a week of related activities around the globe including meet-ups hosted locally by members of the social good community, and signature events supported by Social Good Summit partners; will provide a shared platform for a global call to action to create the kind of world we want and identify innovations that can help make this world a reality. Tickets for the Social Good Summit are available now here.For more information on the Social Good Summit, click here.