St Helena goes live at annual UK gathering

sports poster detail - title, dateA live video link is being set up between St Helena and the Reading Sports – the annual gathering of St Helenians in the UK.

Enterprise St Helena is inviting people on the island to book two-minute slots to send greetings to family and friends overseas via the video link on Sunday 26 August 2012.

For a second year, Saint FM will also be relayed to the sports and broadcasting interviews transmitted from the event – this time, it is hoped, with help from St Helena Online.

The link is being organised by IT expert Johnny Clingham, who will also be covering the event for the St Helena Community website.

Matt Joshua of Saint Connect has travelled from St Helena to attend the sports and meet people who are interested in returning home to the island. He will have information about investment, business and job opportunities.

He will also be showing films of the arrival on the island of the Basil Read ship, and construction of the workers’ camp at Bradleys, made by the St Helena Broadcasting Corporation.

Nigel Kirby of the Department for International Development will also be at the sports to talk about the airport.

The sports are organised by the St Helena Association and take place at Reading Rugby Club in Sonning.

Association president Owen George MBE says in his annual report: “As the older members will know we first started with the title Saints Mini Sport, and with a change of committee it became St Helena Sports Day.

“But in truth, beyond any doubt it has become The Saints Relatives and Friends Reunion Day, which to my mind is a very, very important event for people to renew old and make new acquaintancesat the same place, same day, same time each year.

“Saints in Ascension, the Falklands and wherever they may be, arrange their UK holidays to meet on this nostalgic occasion, and you cannot get any better than that.”

The event has been raising money for good causes on the island for more than 30 years.

Visit the association website for full details, including comments praising last year’s event.

See pictures of the 2011 sports, by Richard Bennett, here.

 

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