UNHCR chief António Guterres and Special Envoy Angelina Jolie have spent a second day visiting Syrian refugees who have escaped the violence in their country.Angelina Jolie meets today with a young Syrian refugee in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon.Credit/Copyright: UNHCR/J.TannerFrom UNHCR.org: “Guterres and Jolie, his Special Envoy, visited the Bekaa Valley neighbouring Syria on Wednesday morning and met some of the 67,000 registered refugees in Lebanon as well as members of host communities. In the afternoon, they held talks with top officials, including President Michel Sleiman and Prime Minister Najib Mikati, on the situation and challenges facing Lebanon and the humanitarian response from UNHCR and others.“At a press conference after these talks, Guterres paid tribute to Lebanon for helping so many people at a time when it faced its own acute economic and security concerns. Urging the international community to help shoulder the burden, he said: “It is in everyone’s interest to support not only refugees, but also the states of the region.”“At the same briefing, Jolie spoke about her meetings earlier in the day with refugees living with host families near the Lebanon-Syria border. “I was moved to meet Syrian families … in homes where they are welcomed and protected,” she told journalists.“To show her particular concern for refugee children, Jolie visited the Bar Elias School where UNHCR and Save the Children run remedial classes and provide psychological and social support. Many of the children have missed up to two years of school and are traumatized. Lebanese children also attend the programme to promote integration.“Every day, some 1,000 refugees request registration appointments from UNHCR. To ensure that refugees are quickly registered and assisted, a new mobile registration team was established in the Bekaa Valley city of Baalbek last week, and a registration centre opened in Tripoli on the coast last month.“UNHCR will also establish a presence in the south of Lebanon, where some 7,000 refugees are believed to be residing. In the meantime, UNHCR continues to provide food vouchers and non-food items, shelter improvements, health subsidies and education grants to all refugees who approach its offices.”To read more, visit UNHCR.org.
CASE Construction Equipment will host “Labor of Love” 2016 on Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 5, 2016), featuring headliner and award winning country music star Chris Young.Video: Labor of Love 2016 with Chris YoungProceeds from the concert will benefit Team Rubicon, a disaster response organization comprised of more than 36,000 veterans and first responders, with the goal of helping the organization expand its skills training programs.Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com/laboroflove. Doors open at 11:30 AM and Chris Young takes the stage at 2:30 PM. The concert event, taking place at Racine Festival Park in Racine, Wisconsin (5 5th St, Racine, WI 53403), will also feature local food vendors, and a silent auction will further benefit Team Rubicon.The partnership with CASE and Team Rubicon is a natural one for Young – his father works in construction and multiple family members, including his younger sister, are either in the Marines or are US military veterans.“I appreciate the CASE commitment to helping veterans fill the skills gap through Team Rubicon’s focus on training and development,” says Young. “I’m glad to support the important work they do in not only giving veterans the opportunity to improve job skills but also serve the community.”“Labor of Love” launched in 2015 with the goal of connecting veterans with jobs and training in the skilled trades. The concert raised $10,000 for Wounded Warrior Project in 2015.“We launched Labor of Love last year to build a bridge between job-seeking veterans and a critical shortage of qualified equipment operators and technicians,” says Scott Harris, vice president – North America, CASE Construction Equipment. “This year, we’ve worked with Team Rubicon on their operator training program by providing equipment and support. It’s a natural progression of our relationship and we’re excited to work with TR and Chris Young to further this initiative.”CASE will also be raising funds for Team Rubicon through an online fundraiser. To donate and show support for “Labor of Love” and Team Rubicon, visit CASE.TeamRubiconUSA.org.For more information on the festival, visit CaseCE.com/LaborofLove.