Npower Declares The Sixways Kit Amnesty A Soaring Success

The npower-sponsored Sixways Kit Amnesty saw local mums working hard on Mother’s Day, as they joined family and friends at the local derby rugby match between Worcester Warriors and Gloucester where spectators pegged out shirts, shorts and boots, all in the name of charity.

With tensions on the pitch rising, Warriors fans were asked to stand side-by-side with rivals Gloucester in donating unwanted kit to international rugby charity, SOS/iRB Kit Aid.

The Kit Amnesty was hosted by Worcester Warriors, in partnership with official club sponsor and community partner, npower, aiming to inspire supporters to back a good cause as well as their team.

Around 1,000 pieces of kit, including shirts, boots, shorts and socks, were hung out on special washing lines surrounding Sixways Stadium, with volunteers from the charity on hand to help fans with their contributions.

Tom Ryder, marketing and community manager at Worcester Warriors, said: “We have thoroughly enjoyed hosting Gloucester and thank them and npower for their efforts in supporting our first ever Sixways Kit Amnesty. We look forward to working with them on similar projects in the future.”

Carol Hart, community involvement manager at npower, added: “This event has met with such a terrific response, and the generosity of these fans will provide a real boost to developing junior rugby in less fortunate countries around the world.”

SOS/iRB Kit Aid encourages rugby fans from across the UK to share their love of the game by helping make a difference to young enthusiasts in poorer nations around the world.

The kit amnesty remains open, and organisers hope to double the number of donations in coming weeks. For more information visit: www.sosirbkitaid.org or the npower media centre

 

About SOS/iRB KitAid:
SOS/iRB Kit Aid is a rugby project that gives less advantaged children around the world a chance to play and develop rugby in emerging nations through the collection and distribution of unused/unwanted kit from the UK and Ireland.

About npower:
RWE npower has been awarded the prestigious Community Mark from Business in the Community (BitC). npower is the only utility business, amongst 21 other companies in the UK, to receive this accolade. The Community Mark is a new BitC standard, created to recognise companies that are good investors in local communities and who have brought about real and positive changes.

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LV= Insurance And Investment Group Employees Donating Used Mobile Phones To Aid The Great Ormond Street Children’s Charity

LV= insurance and investment group employees have successfully broken a Guinness World Record by collecting 952 used mobile phones in just one week and then donating them all to aid the Great Ormond Street children’s charity.

The mobile phones were collected by 3,800 LV= employees across 28 LV= sites around the UK, and will be recycled or refurbished for re-use. All the money raised by recycling the mobile phones will go to the Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital ‘Kiss It Better’ Appeal. This national charity raises money to help children with cancer.

LV= also announced a further boost for the appeal as it stated that LV= will be matching pound for pound all of the money raised by the recycling or reuse of these the mobile phones.

The certificate confirming the achievements was gratefully received by LV= Group Chief Executive Mike Rogers on behalf of all the employees, and was presented by the Guinness World Records’ Adjudicator Frank Chambers.

Mike Rogers, LV= Group Chief Executive, said: “This initiative has really captured the imagination of our employees. The spirit they have shown in rummaging around at home for all their old mobiles, to raise money for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, has been outstanding. One person alone brought in 15 old mobiles. Of course it’s great to be a Guinness World Record holder, but it is far more rewarding to know that the efforts of our employees will significantly help Great Ormond Street’s ‘Kiss It Better’ Appeal and make a difference to those children who need it most.”

 

About LV=
LV= is a trademark of Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society Limited (LVFS) and LV= is a trading style of the Liverpool Victoria group of companies. The new LV= brand identity was launched in March 2007. LV= insurance and investment group employs around 3,400 people, serves around 3.5 million customers and members, and manages around £7 billion on their behalf. We are also the UK’s largest friendly society (Association of Friendly Societies Key Statistics 2008, Total Net Assets) and a leading mutual financial services provider. Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority and entered on the Financial Services Authority Register No. 110035. LVFS is a member of the ABI, AMI, AFS and ILAG. Registered address: County Gates, Bournemouth BH1 2NF.

Jumeirah Emirates Towers Takes Charity To New Heights

The Big Apple at Jumeirah Emirates Towers has announced it will organise the sixth annual Vertical Marathon in association with Médecins Sans Frontières and the Red Crescent Society.

All 1334 stairs of the iconic Jumeirah Emirates Towers will spring into action on May 29th as participants take part in this novel charity marathon. The event is being organised by The Big Apple gym in the Boulevard at Jumeirah Emirates Towers to benefit Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) with the support of the Red Crescent Society.

Enthusiastic runners will epitomise the term ‘early risers’; kicking off at 8.00 am they will ascend the 52 floors and 265 metres of the Office Tower of Jumeirah Emirates Towers which stands at 350 metres tall. Whilst raising their heartbeats and spirits they will also be raising resources and awareness for charity.

Upon completion participants can relax and enjoy a buffet created by the award-winning chefs of Jumeirah Emirates Towers, in appreciation of their charitable athleticism

For the safety and comfort of all participants, the marathon will commence at 30 second intervals for individuals and one minute for group entries. Men, women and children of all fitness levels are encouraged to enter what promises to be a fun and energetic community event to support good health and good will.

In years gone by, the event has raised a cumulative total of AED 531,408.20 for the Nobel Prize winning humanitarian organisation MSF which provides emergency medical care around the world.

Yannis Anagnostakis, General Manager of Jumeirah Emirates Towers, commented: “It is the sixth time that Jumeirah Emirates Towers are supporting this charitable event together with MSF and we are delighted to be a part of this humanitarian cause. For The Big Apple, ensuring the health and wellbeing of our members is paramount all year round, the Vertical Marathon provides the perfect opportunity for individuals to take on a personal initiative that will benefit their personal health, and support that of the worldwide community in what is a fun and inspiring event”.

Kourtnie Schaefer, Events and Partnership Coordinator, MSF shared the enthusiasm:”We are honoured that the community has been charitable and enthusiastic in their support of what is now the Vertical Marathon 2009 with Jumeirah Emirates Towers. The significance of this event is that it is not only fun and exciting to participate in; it also serves as a platform in which we can raise funds and awareness about the medical assistance MSF offers to populations. Once again we thank the support of those who have come out in the past, and look forward to seeing familiar and new faces at the 2009 Vertical Marathon”.

About the Jumeirah Group:
Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts are regarded as among the most luxurious and innovative in the world and have won numerous international travel and tourism awards. The Dubai-based luxury international hotel management group encompasses the world renowned Burj Al Arab, the world’s most luxurious hotel and recognised as the symbol of Dubai, the multi-award winning Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Madinat Jumeirah and Jumeirah Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa in Dubai, the Jumeirah Carlton Tower and Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel in London and the Jumeirah Essex House in New York.

The Jumeirah Group portfolio also includes Jumeirah Living, Talise, The Taste Department, Wild Wadi water park, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management and Jumeirah Retail.

Building on this success, Jumeirah Group became a member of Dubai Holding in 2004, a collection of leading Dubai based businesses and projects, initiating a new phase of growth and development for the group.

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Npower To Support Sixways Kit Amnesty On Derby Day

npower, official club sponsor and community partner of the Worcester Warriors, is supporting the Sixways Kit Amnesty which will take place on derby day when Worcester takes on Gloucester on Sunday, March 22.

npower and the Worcester Warriors have teamed up with SOS/iRB Kit Aid to launch the first ever Sixways Kit Amnesty to support growing efforts of the international rugby charity.

Supporters are now invited to bring as many items of rugby kit and clothing – including boots – to Sixways Stadium on match day and then peg them onto one of the special npower washing lines available on site. The kit will then be donated to developing rugby nations, helping make a difference to young rugby enthusiasts in poorer nations around the world.

Carol Hart, Community Involvement Manager at npower, added: “The first ever Sixways Kit Amnesty is a fantastic way of developing junior rugby in less fortunate countries around the world. We are very proud to be supporting the event which will help make a real difference to thousands of children by providing sporting kit to enable them to play rugby.”

Tom Ryder, Marketing & Community Manager at the Worcester Warriors, said: “It is a really exciting project for us that will give fans an opportunity to clear out their wardrobes and donate their olds shirts to a great cause.

“Once again, npower have stepped up to the challenge of supporting a Warriors community partnership project. Now we want fans to take up the challenge and bring an old shirt, peg it on the line and then enjoy a big derby day atmosphere with the Warriors.”

SOS/iRB Kit Aid is about involvement, inclusivity, social integration, discipline and respect, allowing people from all walks of life with a passion for rugby to come together and participate. The efforts of rugby enthusiasts will make a difference to less advantaged young children’s lives around the world and help the environment at the same time.

John Broadfoot from SOS/iRB Kit Aid said: “We hope all supporters will dig into their wardrobes, lofts and garages, and bring along all the shirts and boots that they no longer have use for.

“SOS, with the kind help of Worcester Warriors and npower, will send that very same kit to youngsters in poorer nations around the world and soon supporters will see photos of their kit being used to good effect.”

 

About SOS/iRB Kit Aid:
SOS/iRB Kit SOS Kit Aid was founded by John Broadfoot who saw for himself the plight of Romanian youngsters during a school rugby tour to Romania. The sight of a smiling Romanian eight year old boy running with the ball under one arm whilst he used the other to hold up his shorts made him want to do something about it.

Financial support and recognition was given to the project by the iRB (International Rugby Board) – the world’s governing body for Rugby Union. Their funding helps to cover the cost of storage and the logistics of collecting and transporting kit to the countries that need it the most. The iRB have additionally provided endorsed by allowing us to use their branding in partnership with SOS, which significantly helps raise the profile of the project throughout the rugby community

About npower:
RWE npower has been awarded the prestigious CommunityMark from Business in the Community (BITC). npower is the only utility business, amongst 21 other companies in the UK, to receive this accolade. The CommunityMark is a new BITC standard which has been created to recognise companies that are good investors in local communities and who have brought about real and positive changes.

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Upcoming Forum To Highlight Parkinson’s Advocacy

The Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN) will host its annual Research & Public Policy Forum on March 15-17 in Washington, D.C. It’s a chance for one of PAN’s state coordinators to continue an advocacy she bolstered with her wildly successful book.

Kay Mixson Jenkins is the south Georgia state coordinator for PAN and the founder of Parkinson’s in the Park. She is also a published author whose book, Who Is Pee Dee? Explaining Parkinson’s Disease to a Child, was recently purchased for overseas distribution. 

The book follows a boy named Colt and his toy panda bear, Pee Dee, as they seek to understand the chronic illness and its effects on Colt’s mother. The book has drawn praise from Parkinson’s advocates and patients alike.

“I’ve heard from people all over the country who have told me that prior to reading the book, their children never asked them about their Parkinson’s,” says Ms. Jenkins. “I had one gentleman call me from Illinois to tell me that his godson had bought him a stuffed bear to comfort him during a hospital visit.”

Ms. Jenkins says the forum is a good way for Parkinson’s patients to lobby their representatives, a battle she says sometimes feels hopeless. 

“We’ve struggled for years to convince our legislators to dedicate more money to research,” says Ms. Jenkins, “They’ve watched us just deteriorate each year and you can’t move them.”

Ms. Jenkins will not be attending the PAN forum in Washington, D.C. because her husband is battling cancer. It will be the first time she has missed the event since 2002. Ms. Jenkins was diagnosed with PD at the age of thirty-four and has been an advocate for research and patient support since then. Her book, which was published by the pharmaceutical company UCB, has gained a following among families touched by the disease.

Who Is Pee Dee? includes resources for Parkinson’s patients and valuable lessons for their children, including:

• An easy-to-understand explanation of the disease 
• Examples of how loved ones might be affected by the disease 
• Encouragement and reinforcement that the children have done nothing wrong 
• Fun ways in which children can help their loved ones feel better

“There will be five advocates from Georgia going to the forum,” says Ms. Jenkins.“We’re going to keep trying to change the legislators’ minds.” 

Kay Mixson Jenkins is the Georgia state co-coordinator for the Parkinson’s Action Network, leads the Effingham County Parkinson’s support group and was selected as a Parkinson’s patient advocate for UCB, Inc. 

For more information, contact the author directly via kmj@ParkinsonsInThePark.org.

(Who Is Pee Dee? Explaining Parkinson’s Disease to a Child by Kay Mixson Jenkins; illustrated by Richard Morgan; ISBN: 978-0-9819129-0-5; $12.95; 33 pages; 8” x 8”; hardcover; UCB, Inc.)

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Bringing The Sierra To The State Capital: Sierra Nevada Leaders Honored With Vision 2020 Award In Sacramento

Some of the greatest things happen under conditions of adversity and at Sierra Business Council we’re committed to approaches that create opportunity from those exact circumstances. Community members, organizations, and businesses are still doing great work, doubling their efforts, and calling for change despite the economic downturn and the uncertainty we face.

Each year, the regional sustainability non-profit, Sierra Business Council, hosts an event to recognize and encourage leadership in the Sierra, honoring community members as their work continues to achieve excellence in projects and approaches that foster community vitality, environmental quality, economic prosperity, and social fairness.

Throughout the Sierra, we recognize the growing need to bridge the divide between rural and urban communities in California. Bringing our Vision 2020 celebration to Sacramento does just that. Steve Frisch, SBC President

As a way to highlight the issue, this year’s theme for the Vision 2020 Awards is a Sierra Getaway Party. This free event is open to anyone who wants to “escape to the Sierra” for the evening.

Sierra Business Council’s 2008 Vision 2020 Awards Celebration features presentations from Vision 2020 Award winners and appetizers and dessert sourced from the Sierra with the help of the Placer Gold Slow Food chapter.

This year’s winners include the partnership between Executive Chef Mark Estee of Moody’s Bistro & Lounge, Baxter’s Bistro and Lounge, and Founder of Burger Me in Truckee, CA and Gary Romano from Sierra Valley Farms. This duo has demonstrated support for sustainable food in the Sierra Valley, Lake Tahoe and Placer County areas. Gary and Mark’s relationship demonstrates commitment to local farmers and sustainable agriculture.

John Wentworth of Mammoth Lakes is being honored for his accomplishments with Mammoth Lakes Trails and Public Access (MLTPA). MLTPA has worked diligently to bring much-deserved focus and attention to the future of the Mammoth community and its critical relationship with environmental resources. MLTPA has engaged with Town government, federal agencies, other nonprofits, the public, and private businesses to work collaboratively toward its mission.

Paul Hardy, Executive Director of Feather River Land Trust, has been awarded for his achievement in building one of the most effective and enduring land trusts in California. Paul has demonstrated a remarkable commitment to partnership and collaboration and has imparted a strong ethic of conservation among many leaders.

Phil Carville, President and CEO of Carville Sierra Inc., a family owned and operated development company, is being awarded for his outstanding work on the Loma Rica Ranch project in the City of Grass Valley. Phil has become one of the region’s most determined spokesmen for New Urbanism, Traditional Neighborhood Design, and Smart Growth within the Sierra Nevada.

SBC’s 2008 Vision 2020 Awards Celebration takes place on Thursday, March 19, 2009 from 6:00-10:00pm and is hosted at The Grand Ballroom in Sacramento, CA located at 629 J Street. Please visit www.sbcouncil.org for more information.

RSVP requested at www.sbcouncil.org/celebratesierra

Sierra Business Council is hosting a press conference for its annual Vision 2020 Awards starting promptly at 5:30pm at The Grand Ballroom the evening of the 19th. Press packet can be found online at www.sbcouncil.org Tuesday the 17th.

About Sierra Business Council
The Sierra Business Council serves the entire Sierra Nevada region. As a nonprofit association of more than 750 businesses, agencies, and individual members, Sierra Business Council is committed to promoting a new perspective on regional wealth while emphasizing collaboration in planning and policy making.

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Npower’s Generosity Helps Kids At Cedars School Get Around

npower’s donation of £17,000 towards a brand new mini bus has meant that students at Cedars School Sports College in Low Fell can, once again, take part in extra-curricular activities including trips to the swimming baths, leisure centre, parks and theatres.

The school caters for the needs of children with physical and speech and language disorders and when one of their mini-buses failed its MOT, fund-raising for a new Variety Club bus was moved to the top of the list of priorities. The challenge was to raise over £15,500 within six months. It was a chance conversation with npower’s Wes Craig, the uncle of Michael Craig, one of the senior students at The Cedars that raised the possibility of some help.

Wes referred the request to the npower charities board and £17,000 was donated to the school. Jane Fraser, head teacher at The Cedars, is delighted, saying:”npower’s response truly was the answer to a prayer! We’ve already used the new bus for a wide variety of trips and visits. It provides the children with an opportunity to broaden their education in sporting and cultural activities.

“We have put the remaining £1,500 to kick off the fund-raising to replace the second old mini-bus, as that, too, is on its last tyres.”

Wes was amongst a group of npower staff invited to join in the celebration of receiving the new bus. He found the experience a humbling one, explaining: “It was good to be able to do something positive for the Cedars in return for all the help and support they have given Michael and many other children, over the years.”

About npower
npower is one of Britain’s largest electricity suppliers and supplies gas, electricity and related services to 6.6 million customers across the UK.

RWE npower has been awarded the prestigious CommunityMark from Business in the Community (BITC). npower is the only utility business, amongst 21 other companies in the UK, to receive this accolade. The CommunityMark is a new BITC standard which has been created to recognise companies that are good investors in local communities and who have brought about real and positive changes.

The npower Active programme, which is run in partnership with the English Federation of Disability Sport, has been awarded a prestigious ‘Silver Big Tick’ by Business in the Community.

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npower Staff Offer Stoneferry Primary A Helping Hand

Eight volunteers from npower’s Hull offices on Clough Road were given the opportunity to offer a helping hand to Stoneferry Primary School this week. The staff took time out of their working day to help tackle a gardening project with the head teacher in order to improve the school environment for the pupils and teachers to enjoy.

On arrival at the school, donned in npower t-shirts, the volunteers were first introduced to the whole school in morning assembly. It was here that they had the opportunity to explain to the children where they had come from, their purpose for visiting the school and the aims of the task. After this, the npower staff fully immersed themselves in the project, stopping only for lunch with the children.

The volunteers sowed plants, laid bark chippings, installed a bird feeder and cut back overgrown shrubbery. At the end of the afternoon an area of the playground had been rejuvenated into a bright, vibrant place for children to play in and hopefully attract some wildlife to the area.

Head Teacher Jo Harrison was delighted with the team’s efforts, commenting: “Our school is surrounded by industry and the initiative provided a great opportunity for a local company close to Stoneferry Primary school to become involved in community work. We are very grateful to npower and the staff who all volunteered – giving their time and money in making a big difference to our school environment.”

Leading the npower volunteering team, Lisa Thompson added: “The team had a fantastic day undertaking their volunteering task and worked really hard in getting the playground more accessible for the children. The challenge was to bring more greenery to the area with various plants and a bird box to attract wildlife. The playground is now a safer environment and we feel this project was a great chance to make a positive contribution to the local school children.”

npower encourages its personnel to take on volunteering tasks to benefit local communities and the day was run in conjunction with CSV (Community Service Volunteers), who deliver the employee volunteer programme for RWE npower.

About npower
npower is one of Britain’s largest electricity suppliers and supplies gas, electricity and related services to 6.6 million customers across the UK. RWE npower has been awarded the prestigious CommunityMark from Business in the Community (BITC).

npower is the only utility business, amongst 21 other companies in the UK, to receive this accolade. The CommunityMark is a new BITC standard which has been created to recognise companies that are good investors in local communities and who have brought about real and positive changes.

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Tracesmart Sponsors Adoption Agency

In line with Tracesmart’s corporate social responsibility charter, the company has aligned itself with leading adoption agency and charity, AAA-Norcap. The synergy that exists between the two organisations made the charity an obvious recipient for Tracesmart’s sponsorship and support. AAA-Norcap is a specialist adoption support agency, offering those involved in adoption cases tracing assistance to find relatives and an intermediary service; it also holds the longest established UK adoption contact register.

The charity, based in Oxfordshire, was established more than 25 years ago to provide a nationwide people search service, supporting and guiding adults whose lives have been touched by adoption. Tracesmart supplies people and address search facilities – which are driven by the electoral roll and various other datasets – but is not registered to provide an intermediary service in adoption cases. However the company is occasionally approached by individuals with the need for an adoption related search, and when such tracing enquiries occur they are referred to AAA-Norcap.

Locating people lost through adoption is not a simple clear-cut procedure; it needs to be approached very carefully as the outcome of the search could have far-reaching consequences for both the searcher and the searched; good reason for Tracesmart to call on the experience of AAA-Norcap when such an enquiry arises. As part of the sponsorship program, Tracesmart will feature AAA-Norcap case studies on its website in the ‘Success Stories’ section, which is the home of a campaign to highlight the effectiveness of the Tracesmart online people search facility. Stories provided by the charity can be remarkable and very moving.

Owen Roberts, Tracesmart’s Communications Manager, commented, “We are very pleased and proud to be able to sponsor AAA-Norcap, who provide an invaluable service to people affected by adoption. The ongoing sponsorship will further strengthen the relationship between our two organisations, and has provided the added benefit of AAA-Norcap being able to assist a few of Tracesmart’s customers too. Both organisations really do complement each other.”

  • Owen Roberts has worked in the creative, advertising and communications industries for over 25 years and is the voice of Tracesmart. Heading up the communications team, he raises the public awareness of the company through various media driven PR campaigns.
  • Tracesmart Ltd. – Since the launch of its website in 2004, Tracesmart Limited has established itself as one of the UK’s leading providers of online people tracing tools. The online tracing facility (www.tracesmart.co.uk) combines state of the art search technology with an extensive collection of consumer data, offering one of the most powerful and successful systems to trace people in the country.