That's great news about Hayley returning to Ghana to see how things are going. I'm sure her visit will be much appreciated and she will be welcomed back with open arms. That's a very good question posed about Sophie going or not...only time will tell I suppose!
I am also delighted to hear that Hayley's return visit to Ghana is to go ahead in September. I know that this is something Hayley has wanted to do for some time, and she will no doubt be looking forward to seeing first hand how her two projects are doing.
I'm not too surprised to hear that Hayley's trip has been called off. Afghanistan has been in the news a lot recently with increased Taliban activity and frequent fatal attacks on the armed forces.
I feel sorry for Hayley because I know she will be disappointed as, I'm sure, will be the troops, but maybe when/if it quietens down it will be back on the agenda. It may then be sensible not to publicise it until after the event.
That is excellent news -- I'm glad to hear Hayley could clear her schedule to go back to Ghana. It sounds like the first trip was a real eye-opening experience and I'm sure she will come back changed after this one as well.
This morning, I received the following email from David Youngmeyer, the Communications Manager with UNICEF NZ:
I am the Communicatons Manager with UNICEF NZ.
You may be aware that Hayley Westenra will be going to Ghana 23-26 September in her role as a UNICEF Ambassador to look at UNICEF projects that are helping children and families.
I will be accompanying Hayley and shooting a short video diary (1-2 mins) of Hayley each day to be posted on UNICEF NZ's You Tube page daily.
We will link to this from the UNICEF NZ webpage and wonder if you could do the same for the website you manage www.hayley-westenra-international.com. Is there any special information you need or is it just a You Tube link?
The other thing is that we'll be taking still photos in Ghana and can make a small selection of these available each day with captions. We would send photos to you most likely via www.YouSendIt.com . Not sure if you're familiar with this website, but it works by the sender uploading photos to the website, then the website sends an email to the recipient telling them there are photos available for download. This avoids the trouble of sending photos by email. I will also work on a media release about Hayley's visit and mention the video diaries and photos (and will send you a copy for use on your website).
How does this sound?
David Youngmeyer Communications Manager UNICEF NZ (United Nations Children's Fund)
I will update this thread with any photographs and further information as I receive them.