Byline: Jane Cater
EOPLE and events change lives.
PSome will be small in the grand scheme of things, while others will literally change the world. At this time of year, many young people are beginning a new academic year with perhaps a new school or teacher.
Feeling both nervous and excited, they will probably have a sleepless night before their first day.
The majority will go on to have a successful year, but for some, someone or something will intervene to completely change their intended path.
I remember vividly the start of another academic year - September 2001 - when I heard the news of an event that would change the world forever.
As a result of 9/11, more tyhan 2,700 people lost their lives, and for their families, particularly the children, life would never be the same again.
Since then, the business community of the United States has raised millions of dollars to support those affected, providing counselling and other assistance, and enabling the children of the victims to get together each year to enjoy a range of activities at summer camps and to form friendships with people their own age who have shared similar experiences.
Eleven years later, as this new academic year begins, Coleg Llandrillo staff have been honoured to welcome a group of 25 of these young people from New York to North Wales.
Now aged 16-19, the visitors were mainly sons and daughters of victims of 9/11, and their trip was paid for by the American business community. …