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TRAINERS EDGE VETERANS CHARITY FAMILY DAY AND FITNESS EVENT

DeBary, Florida, April 9, 2016 — /EPR NON PROFIT NEWS/ — The Trainers Edge Health and Fitness 24 Hour Gym is all about living, inspiring and transforming the lives of our clients. We also believe it is our duty to give back to the community which is why we support various organizations and charities including the ‘Heart of A Fighter’ Veteran Charity founded by Veteran Suzanne Oliver. The ‘Heart of a Fighter’ charity helps veterans who have given bravely and selflessly to their country to build a life of health and wellness through resources and training. We are proud and happy to have helped women of service enhance their health and well-being and we encourage you to be a part of this great cause too!

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If you would like to know more about the event please feel free to contact The Trainers Edge 24 Hour Fitness Gym in Sanford & Lake Mary, Florida on PH: 407.330.4202 or visit their website at http://www.thetrainersedge.net

Family Day Charity Event
On Saturday June 4th at Gemini Springs Park in DeBary Florida, Trainers Edge is hosting the First Annual Family Day Heart of Fighter Charity Event. The Advanced Registration includes a Biathlon starting at 7am includes a 8 km Bike Ride and a 5 km Run. The Standard Registration (Cycling) starting at 8am includes 8 km Bike Ride or the Standard Registration (Run) also starting at 8am includes a 5 km Run. Bring your families and cheer on the athletes and after the races, enjoy the numerous vendor stalls, bouncy castles and food trucks that will be attending to support this event. So bring your friends and family and let’s be part of a day to remember! You can register athttps://localraces.com/thetrainersedge/trainers-edge-heart-of-a-fighter-charity-event

All proceeds will go to the Heart of a Fighter Veterans Charity. If you would like to know more about the charity please visit their website http://www.heartofafighter.org

Sponsorships
The Trainers Edge would also like to take this opportunity to ask for your support in either sponsoring the event in order to help improve the lives of veterans who have done so much for our country or being a part of the event . You can be a Sponsor, have a Vendor or Food Stall or just donate as a Friend of the Event. Sign up at http://www.thetrainersedge.net
The various package options include:

  • Diamond Sponsor $1,500 – including corporate booth provided at the event with tent, table and chairs, banner ad on event website for one event year, company logo on all social media and event banner, 10 entry tickets to the race, company banner displayed at the event and more.
  • Gold Sponsor $1,000 – including corporate booth provided at the event with tent, table and chairs, banner ad on event website for one event year, company logo on all social media and event banner, 5 entry tickets to the race, company banner displayed at the event and more
  • Silver Sponsor $500 – including corporate booth provided at the event with tent, table and chairs, company logo on all social media and event banner, 5 entry tickets to the race and more
  • Vendors $150 – including tent, table and chairs provided at the event, company logo and name on all social media and event website for one event year
  • Food Stalls $150 – for restaurants, food trucks, smokers and contained vehicles with company logo and name on all social media and event website for one event year
  • Friends of the Event $100 – with name recognition on event website for one event year

If you would like to participate in any of the categories above or volunteer at the event please register at http://www.thetrainersedge.net Please note that you must be over the age of 16 to volunteer. We look forward to seeing you there!


MEDIA CONTACT

The Trainers Edge Health and Fitness 24 Hour Gym
SUZANNE BURGESS
EMAIL info@thetrainersedge.net
PHONE 407.330.4202
CELL 312.709.2498

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Hays PureWater Launches $10,000 Campaign To Save Lives

WASHINGTON, IA, November 25, 2014 — /EPR NON PROFIT NEWS/ — 783 million people live each day without clean water and 3.4 million die annually from a lack of pure water. To combat these staggering statistics, Washington-based nonprofit, Hays PureWater, launched a crowd-funding campaign. The money raised will fund 30 Khlor Glen technology units to purify water for 150,000 individuals. The organization hopes to raise $10,000 by December 1st.

Hosted on crowd-funding platform IndieGoGo, the project offers nine sponsorship levels. Each level includes novelty “rewards” for donors, ranging from stickers to t-shirts to a trip to Haiti. The rewards are unique, innovative and hands on, giving donors a sense of ownership in the project. For just $2,500, an investor can travel to Haiti (all inclusive) to see the life changing benefits first hand.

The Khlor Glen is a simple unit that turns salt water into chlorine. The chlorine treats infected water, removing deadly impurities and toxins in just one hour. It’s solar powered and easily used in remote areas, where clean water is most needed. “It will also impact malaria zones as it can be used as a bug repellant and protect from disease,” says founder John Hays. “Even just using the chlorine produced by the unit as a sanitizer can cut down on so many infections that the natives in these areas don’t even know exist.”

In the last eight years, Hays PureWater distributed over 4,000 purifying units around the world, changing entire communities by implementing this system. It’s proven to work. Hays builds each system with the help of a dedicated group of volunteers. Nothing is outsourced, ensuring the most effective product for the lowest cost. Now all they need is help from their community to change the lives of those in need once more.

See the crowd-funding campaign here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/hays-purewater-providing-clean-water-globally

ABOUT Hays PureWater
In 2006, after traveling around developing nations on missions trips, John Hays began to create a low cost, portable solution for water purification. John, who worked with municipal water works for over 30 years, put his experience to use and developed the Khlor Gen system. Through the years, the design and look has been changed and improved, but the mission has stayed the same. The organization exists to provide people with clean water, reaching out to them through word and deed. Eight years and 4,000 units later, that mission continues full steam ahead. For more information, logon to www.hayspurewater.com.

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Contact-Details: TJ Widbin
tj@hayspurewater.com
319-470-7391

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GIL GARCETTI ANNOUNCES ANNUAL FUNDRAISER FOR “WELLS BRING HOPE”, THE CHARITY HE INSPIRED. IT IS COMMITTED TO SAVING LIVES WITH SAFE WATER IN THE POOREST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD

Philanthropist Stanley Black opens the gates to his legendary Holmby Hills estate to help Wells Bring Hope raise money to drill wells and bring safe water to the people of Niger, West Africa.

Gil Garcetti, and founder Barbara Goldberg, announced today that Wells Bring Hope’s annual fundraiser will be held on September 21, 2014, 3-6 p.m., at the home of philanthropist Stanley Black.

It will include live and silent auctions, live music, delicious food, wine and an exotic iced tea bar. The cost is $150.00 per person, fully tax deductible. 100% of all donations will be used to drill safe water wells in Niger. Founded in 2008, “ Wells Bring Hope” has raised close to $2 million and drilled 281 wells.

In Niger, the poorest country in the world…

•  44% earn less than $1.25 a day

•  61% have no access to clean water

•  96% have no access to sanitation

•  85% of women cannot read or write

“It is the women and girls who suffer the most because they are responsible for getting the water, water that often causes death and disease. When a well is drilled, girls go to school and we give women microfinance tools to start small businesses. It puts an end to the downward spiral of poverty,” said Gil Garcetti.

“One out of 7 children dies before their fifth birthday. When a well is drilled, child mortality is reduced by 70 per cent and lives are transformed for generations to come,” said Founder Barbara Goldberg.

For more information: info@wellsbringhope.org

To purchase tickets: www.biddingforgood.com/wellsbringhope and click on “Order Tickets” under “Live Event” on right.

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Contact:
Kate Cusimano
802-233-6254
Kate@wellsbringhope.org

Media contact: Jane Sparango
310-339-1214
jane@wellsbringhope.org
www.wellsbringhope.org

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T.R. Threston’s KIVA group hits $10,000 loan mark

Travel writer and World Guide Publishing CEO, T.R. “Tina” Threston, is well known and respected for her written work, but, she is also becoming widely known for her charity and philanthropic work. Yesterday, October 1, 2013, Threston’s KIVA team reached a milestone by hitting the $10,000 mark in mirco-loans. (The KIVA mirco-loan program allows individuals to provide loans directly to entrepreneurs like you around the globe.)

 

T.R. Threston’s KIVA team was formed in February, 2012, and, has 250 members. During that time the team has made 398 loans in the agriculture, education, food, retail, service and clothing sectors in countries such as Bolivia, Vietnam, Kenya and Georgia.

When asked about the hitting the milestone yesterday Threston said “It has truly been a team effort, and, every single person in the program deserves recognition for their participation.” She went on to say “I’m just impressed that so many people on my KIVA team are so dedicated, and, many of them lend on a monthly or even weekly basis, and, I believe that is how we achieved this milestone so quickly.”

To learn more about KIVA or to join T.R. Threston’s KIVA team please visit: http://www.kiva.org/team/tr_threstons_team/impact

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SAP NAMED PRESENTING SPONSOR OF ANDY RODDICK FOUNDATION CELEBRITY GOLF CLASSIC

Market leader in enterprise application software SAP has signed on as the Presenting Sponsor of the inaugural Andy Roddick Foundation (ARF) Celebrity Golf Classic April 14-15, 2013 in Austin, Texas. The tournament will kick off with a Bogey Down Party with Andy and Friends on Sunday, April 14 at Barton Creek Resort,followed by golf at the Spanish Oaks Golf Club on Monday, April 15. Attendees include MLB Legend Roger Clemens, Four-time Grand Slam Tennis Champion Jim Courier, PGA Golfer John Mallinger, MLB World Series Champion Kevin Millar, Nationally syndicated radio host Bobby Bones and ESPN Personality Jay Harris, with more to be confirmed.

“We have proudly supported Andy on and off the court since 2006,” said Chris Burton, Group Vice-President, Global Sponsorships, SAP. “Like SAP, Andy is committed to community service and improving the lives of young people. We applaud his efforts through the Andy Roddick Foundation.”

Roddick said many of his friends – professional athletes and entertainers, as well as other high-profile personalities – will participate in the event. “I’ve been fortunate to work with a lot of great performers and athletes over the years and we’ve been able to support each others’ efforts to make a difference in our respective communities. I’m looking forward to many of them joining me in Austin for this first-ever event and appreciate the support of my long-time sponsor SAP to help make it happen.”

The kickoff party on Sunday, April 14 is open to non-golfers and will feature the 1980’s cover band Spazmatics, live and silent auctions, full buffet and open bar. Limited tickets are still available.

The tournament will begin with a 10 a.m. shotgun start on Monday, April 15. Amateur golfers of all skill levels are invited to compete in this inaugural event, which will feature a variety of games and competitions, including longest drive and closest-tothe-pin contests and an awards ceremony following the tournament.

Roddick, in his first year of retirement, is now spearheading ARF’s new growth strategy with the foundation’s CEO, Jeff Lau.“We’re really excited about hosting the first-ever golf tournament to support the foundation’s efforts to help underserved youth learn lessons in character and leadership,” said Lau.

In 2000, Roddick established ARF to make a difference in the lives of youth in underserved communities, and in 2004 was awarded the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award for his charity efforts.

For sponsorship, ticket and entry information please contact Holly Krivokapich at holly@arfoundation.org, 512-298-1960 or visit www.arfoundation.org/events

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npower Joins Children In Need Fundraising Effort

As Children in Need returns to screens on Friday 16th November, staff at the npower call centre in Burton are gearing up for a busy night.

More than 160 npower employees have volunteered their time to man 96 dedicated phone lines, taking donations throughout the entire live BBC broadcast. This is the second year the team at Burton has been selected as the BBC’s regional call centre for the West Midlands, having taken more than 5,250 calls and £175,000 in donations in 2011.

After last year’s success, npower is doubling the number of dedicated lines and staff will be taking donations from 6.30pm on Friday until 2.00am Saturday.

Last year, more than £9 million was taken in donations by the 55 regional call centres across the UK, which saw Children in Need raise a staggering £26 million on the night.

Paul Walker, contact centre manager for npower in Burton, commented: “We are thrilled to be representing Children in Need again this year, and we have many new and returning volunteers keen to be involved. Many of our volunteers will be finishing a normal working day before hitting the phone lines.

“To get everyone in the fundraising mood and keep them going through the night we will be donning fancy dress, with the theme being ‘back to school’, as well as various other activities and games to raise money. A number of local food outlets have also donated food to keep our volunteers energised through the evening.

“We’ve decided to increase the number of phone lines on the night to ensure that those wishing to contribute to this year’s grand total have an opportunity to do so, and we’re expecting a very busy night.”

The npower team has been building up to the big event on Friday with a range of fundraising activities including dress down days, raffles and quizzes. npower has also pledged to add £5,000 to any money raised by the Burton team for Children in Need.

Paul Walker added: “The response from staff has been amazing, and it’s great that we have this opportunity to use our resources and expertise to support the cause in the best way we can.”

Children in Need is dedicated to making a difference to the lives of children across all of the UK. Its vision is that every child in the UK has a childhood which is safe, secure and happy and allows them the chance to reach their potential. The charity also provides grants for projects which focus on children and young people.

This year’s live show promises to be bigger and better than ever and every penny raised or donated through call centres like npower’s will go towards helping disadvantaged children in the UK.

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Ticket Relief Teams Up With The AIDS Walk And Run San Diego 2012 As Part Of The “Giving Back” Charity Campaign

The Ticket Relief Online Traffic School and Defensive Driving Course is pleased to announce the success of the next chapter “Giving Back” charity campaign, as the preferred choice for satisfying traffic school on the Internet has joined forces with the organizers of the AIDS Walk And Run San Diego.


Ticket Relief sponsored Gary Lee, a resident of the San Diego area, as he, along with over 8,000 participants, came together at San Diego’s Balboa Park for the 23rd-annual AIDS Walk and Run, the biggest single-day fundraiser to raise money for the various HIV/AIDS organizations that serve the San Diego County area.

“My brother passed away from AIDS in January 1995. I made a promise to walk in his memory and do what I personally could to help those with AIDS/HIV, so they don’t have to suffer like he did,” said Gary Lee. “I am very happy to say that we raised over $1,500 for critical services for those with AIDS/HIV in San Diego County, nearly $500 more than last year. The support from the staff at Ticket Relief has meant a lot to both me and my family.”

The AIDS Walk and Run was founded in 1989, and has raised more than $8.5 million for organizations that help patients with the disease.

“AIDS Walk and Run San Diego makes an enormous difference for the many nonprofit HIV/AIDS service providers that receive much-needed funds, says AIDS Walk San Diego teams coordinator Ian Johnson. “Last year, in partnership with the San Diego HIV Funding Collaborative, more than $400,000 was distributed to ten community-based HIV/AIDS service organizations. Our goal is to raise awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS and to raise critically needed funds for the San Diego County HIV/AIDS organizations that serve the more than 12,000 San Diegans living with the disease.”

Log on to the official website of the San Diego LGBT Community Center, located athttp://www.TheCenterSD.org) for all of the information on how you can become involved in next year’s AIDS Walk and Run San Diego. The 24th-annual walk/run will take place on Sunday, September 29, 2013.

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Be a Warrior for Chief

Warriors for Chief! “For the Love of a Horse” is collaborating with Georgia Equine Advocates of North Georgia to raise funds for lifesaving surgery for “Chief” a 13 year old Appaloosa rescue horse who has a severe condition called “Osteoarthritis” in his right front pastern. Chief struggles to walk and is essentially three-legged lame. Because of his chronic pain, without the surgery, Chief would have to be euthanized.

Can you say CRAZY?

In this down economy, it is indeed a huge undertaking for anyone, much less little non-profit organizations such as us to raise the estimated $10,000 for Chief’s surgery, isn’t it? All that money for a horse, you say? Well, who is to say that Chief isn’t as deserving as any other horse in need of our help? This is the mission of “For the Love of a Horse” …our way of giving back to the horses who, have throughout history and now given us so much in return. It is because of their beauty, their grace and their loyalty that we champion for them when no one else will.

“For the Love of a Horse” is a non-profit, 501(c) 3, tax exempt organization comprised of volunteers. We are dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of equines, specifically those with critical-care medical needs who would otherwise be euthanized. Our mission is to provide these equines with a second chance at life and companionship. We also educate the public, through our “Community Outreach Program”, on respect for all animal life and the importance of compassion, commitment and responsibility. Just take a look at how the horses we’ve helped, like Chief, who are giving back to your community by looking at our Community Outreach Program on our website…the pictures say it all.

Please help us, help them! Be a part of the effort to save Chief’s life by contributing to the “Warriors for Chief” Fund at:

FOR THE LOVE OF A HORSE

P.O. Box 1526
Roswell, GA 30077
www.fortheloveofahorse.org 
TEL: 678.685.1526

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Core Assets Group acquires leading family expert witness firm

Core Assets Group, the international children’s services provider, has announced the acquisition of Carter Brown Associates Ltd, the UK’s leading family expert witness firm.

This latest acquisition brings greater depth and breadth to the Core Assets existing portfolio of services as it continues to expand in the children and families sector.

Established in 2001, Carter Brown Associates delivers bespoke expert witness services to legal professionals who operate in the family courts. With headquarters in Mansfield, the company employs 25 staff who support a network of 200 expert associates including paediatricians, psychiatrists, psychologists and independent social workers with experience in both family law and criminal law proceedings.

Commenting on the acquisition, Core Assets executive chairman, Jim Cockburn said: “This latest move strengthens our ability to deliver a range of services and will add an important new dimension to the Group. It complements Core Assets’ existing portfolio of work with children and families, and further demonstrates our commitment to invest in the sector.

“Core Assets Group can now integrate the hugely specialised expert witness services of Carter Brown to offer a broader and comprehensive spectrum of services to meet increased customer demand, both in the UK and overseas.”

Christine Carter, one of the original owners of Carter Brown will continue to run the company as it seeks to grow and develop. Planned areas of growth include further moves into criminal proceedings and forensic work.

Core Assets has confirmed that no redundancies will arise as a result of the acquisition.

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Exciting New Innovative Fund-Raising Vehicle – Shuttlerock Takes Off

A new era in fundraising for causes and charities began today with the launch of Shuttlerock.

Shuttlerock is a creative fundraising powerhouse working with causes to raise funds and awareness by harnessing the power of social media.

The story of Shuttlerock began in the South Island of New Zealand in February 2011.

In the days of confusion and sorrow following the second Christchurch earthquake, people mourned for their friends and family and their lost city. But in all the grief and shock amazing things began to happen. People started to tell tales of resilience and rebirth amid the rubble; stories of ordinary people moved by the devastation around them to do extraordinary things to help others.

Jonny Hendriksen is one of these people. He decided the time had come for him to change his focus, make a positive difference to other peoples’ lives and support projects he believes in. It was time to stand for something.

Jonny is a successful business man and entrepreneur and knows the power of social media to mobilize people behind a cause.

He thought, “How could we establish a company that will harness the power of social media networks to make a positive difference to peoples’ lives?” The two fundamental goals of most causes are raising awareness and raising funds. Jonny gathered together a team of successful business people, fundraisers and social media experts. For weeks they brainstormed ideas and Shuttlerock was born.

They formulated the Shuttlerock three step recipe for fundraising success.

1. Shuttlerock carries out an initial period of consultation with each cause, where they find out about their goals and values and what makes the cause great.

2. Shuttlerock prepares a creative brief for their pre-qualified global network of designers. They put together an exciting personalized collection of products and merchandise. Shuttlerock is passionate about bringing something fresh to a campaign, something bold, new and creative. Most importantly, something that demands peoples’ attention. And they focus on creating covetable merchandise that people want to buy and wear. They use quality clothing and best quality printing so their products last and look great.

3. Shuttlerock develops a custom Facebook store for each cause, hosted on their site and promoted virally through their social networks. They help with the promotion and marketing, produce the products, fund and manage inventory, handle all billing, fulfilment and customer care. Shuttlerock takes care of everything.

Jonny says, “Shuttlerock’s goal is to work with groups, charities, communities, bands, public figures and businesses worldwide, who want to raise awareness and money for their causes. We aim to take the pain out of fundraising and allow them to concentrate their energies on their cause. And we aim to make it as easy as possible for them to work with us. One phone call should be all it takes”

Shuttlerock likes to produce their high quality merchandise locally wherever the shirts are ordered globally. They already produce products in New Zealand, the United States and are just about to open a print facility in Japan. This gives people purchasing products peace of mind that the great T-shirt they are buying won’t just look cool, but will last and feel great as well.

Shuttlerock works globally with a wide range of organisations. They are currently running campaigns with the Swiss charity Humanium, helping children in India and the charity Born Free USA, whose goal is to keep animals free from captivity.

To find out how Shuttlerock can help your cause visit www.shuttlerock.com.

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NY Giants Michael Clayton, Corey Webster, Aaron Ross Host Event Benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Its beginning to feel a lot like Christmas, and for a couple of families of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, one of the world’s premier pediatric cancer research centers, this season they have a little more to celebrate about. On December 13, 2011 veteran WR Michael Clayton, CB Corey Webster, and CB Aaron Ross of the New York Giants will host a celebration and awareness event at the Build-A-Bear Workshop® store in New York City on Fifth Avenue from 5-8 p.m. for children who have reached a milestone in their treatment and their families.

In March 2011, St. Jude and Build-A-Bear Workshop developed a partnership which allows kids of all ages to celebrate the milestones in their lives while supporting the lifesaving research and cutting-edge medical treatment conducted at the hospital. NY Giants Michael Clayton has been a longtime advocate and supporter of several cancer-related organizations and causes. Through numerous speaking engagements, fundraisers, and his non-profit organization the “Generation Next Foundation,” he has assisted many charities including The Tampa Bay Pediatric Cancer Foundation, the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, and CancerCare, and in raising funds, awareness, and support for research and cures. Together, all three players remain highly dedicated and committed to improving the lives of children.

Clayton, Webster, and Ross will make stuffed animals dressed in NY Giants uniforms at Build-A-Bear Workshop with the children and families of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital while participating in a number of photo opportunities and autograph signings. These families, who have gone through so much, are celebrating milestones in their lives, such as completing their cancer treatment, being able to walk again and going back to school.

Celebrity and athlete attendees can also participate in the festivities by making and purchasing stuffed animals and donating the furry friends to St. Jude Children Research Hospital. All guest will enjoy a mix of music, passed hors ‘d oeuvres, a special music performance, and gift bags to complete the fun-filled benefit. DASHA co-founders Shannon and Dr. Darren Pollack, D.C., are pleased to donate gift certificates for DASHA’s luxury services to all event attendees. The Pollacks, parents of two young children themselves, are actively involved in giving back to the community through their involvement with local charities this holiday season. They look forward to building bears to donate together with the inspirational families of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Additional sponsors include: Artistic Events, Sephora, Cozy Cuts, Victoria Secret, Hint Water, Blueprint Cleanse, The Laundress, Tonnie’s Cupcakes, and Razor & Tie who will be donating Kidz Bop cd’s.

This event is closed to the public, all rsvp’s are mandatory. Current celebrity-athlete attendees consist of cast members of NBC’s 30 Rock, ABC’s Bachelor Pad, Bravo’s Real Housewives Of New Jersey, Vh1’s Basketball Wives, Geffen Music recording artist, and several players from the NY Giants. For additional information please email ahlilahl@theteslagroup.com.

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Macmillan Cancer Support Reports 70% of Brits Don’t Have A Will

Macmillan Cancer Support has revealed that nearly half of the nation (46%) admit they don’t like to talk about death at all and feel uncomfortable talking about their will. Two thirds (65%) say they haven’t even discussed the subject with close friends or family.

The survey of 2,000 people also revealed that seven in ten (70%) have not even written a will or made plans for what they’ll leave behind. To support the launch of ‘Will Aid Month’, Macmillan Cancer Support has partnered with Jasmine Birtles, financial expert and founder of Moneymagpie.com, to provide a set of tips on will writing, so people can ensure that all they care about and the causes that matter to them the most, are looked after.

Nine in ten (87%) are aware that they can leave a gift to charity in their will however only 38% would. Gifts in wills currently accounts for over 1/3 of Macmillan’s funding, but only 7% of the UK population supports charities with a gift in their will. This compares to over 70% who support charities in their lifetime.

Sarah Lee, Legacies Manager at Macmillan commented: “Legacy giving is surrounded by many myths and misunderstandings which stop people from actively considering supporting charities in this way. By raising awareness of the ways in which people can leave gifts to charities in their wills we want to overcome these so that will-writing is discussed more openly and honestly. Gifts in wills are so important for Macmillan, large or small every gift makes a difference, we couldn’t do what we do without them.”

Jasmine Birtles highlights the importance of making a will and keeping it updated as personal circumstances change. She said: “If you don’t write a will, it can leave distressing, and often expensive problems for those who are left behind. It could also mean that people you wanted to look after end up being left out. I am supporting Macmillan Cancer Support in this matter because I want to encourage people to think about their will and make sure their assets go to people and causes they care about.”

For more information on legacy giving, support on will writing or just a chat, interested parties can visit www.macmillan.org.uk/legacies or call Macmillan on 0800 107 4448.

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On Friday September 30th MyDish.co.uk Will Be Turning To Its Baking Recipes In Support Of The Macmillan Cancer Support Event The ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’

Established in 1990, the Macmillan Cancer Support’s ‘Coffee Morning’ event quickly grew in popularity and soon became known as the ‘world’s largest coffee morning’. Last year alone saw 43,000 people get involved in this great cause helping to raise over eight million pounds.

Cancer is still a huge health risk for the UK population with statistics showing 1 in 3 people suffering from the illness at some point in their lives. These individuals require financial, emotional and medical support which Macmillan attempts to address and provide.

It is for this reason and many others that the founder of MyDish.co.uk, Carol Savage, is a big supporter of the charity and will be baking her favourite recipes for the Coffee Morning this coming Friday. Donning the chef’s hat and sourcing her favourite baking recipes, Carol will be baking her best cupcake recipes and selling them to support the Macmillan trust.

Asked about the Coffee Morning event Carol Savage said ‘Cancer is something that affects us all in some form or another.  My Mother-in law Maureen died of Leukeimia and she inspired me with her recipes to start MyDish.co.uk. Cancer is a very real illness that is just too common and we should do what we can to help and offer support .A few cupcakes here and there is not much to ask’

Making even the smallest donation can still make a big difference.  £25 alone can pay for the cost of a Macmillan nurse for an hour, helping to provide essential medical, practical and emotional support for cancer sufferers.

£51 can purchase a liquidiser for someone who can unfortunately no longer eat solid food as a result of their cancer treatment. These services and many like them are just some of the essentials cancer sufferers need and the Macmillan trust helps provide them.

If you need some recipe ideas this coming Friday then visit MyDish.co.uk.  Home to thousands of good recipes, MyDish.co.uk has hundreds of baking recipes and cupcake recipes ensuring that everyone can find the perfect baking recipe for the Coffee Morning .

You can add your own suggestions if you feel the MyDish.co.uk com munity would benefit. In addition to this you can also see loads of great recipes on MyDish that have been donated to Macmillan by big name celebrities. Check out Eva Longoria’s lovely Churros and Gwyneth Paltrow’s gorgeous Pancakes. Alternatively Judi Denchs’ delicious Rum and Chocolate Fudge may be more to your taste.

So this Friday spare a little extra change, get your baking gloves on, drink some coffee and join Carol Savage and www.mydish.co.uk in supporting this extremely worthwhile charity, as together we can make a difference.

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npower’s No Power Hour Roadshow kicked off by Kevin Keegan

npower’s nationwide tour of its No Power Hour road show was kicked off at Sunderland’s Seaburn Recreation Park. The family football fun day was hosted by former England manager and North East legend, Kevin Keegan.

npower has joined forces with Keegan to blow the whistle on plugged-in power, and score a giant goal throughout Sunderland, by asking the city’s families to come together and spend just one hour doing something fun that doesn’t involve electricity.

Kevin Keegan was at the event to host an exclusive family workshop demonstrating the many ways families can switch off, get active, and spend some quality time together outside, whilst saving energy at the same time.

Kevin Keegan, ambassador for npower’s No Power Hour, said: “When I was young I spent most of my time outside practising the skills that have helped me to get where I am today. For me, it helped me develop both my football and athletic ability, as well as my people skills. I appreciate that it was a different era but spending more time outside being active seems to me something that would benefit everyone as well as reduce the carbon footprint.

“npower’s No Power Hour is a great way to encourage both the parents and children of Sunderland to pledge to spend an hour without power. I look forward to being a part of some of the games that npower will put on for everyone to enjoy. The games can be played in the smallest or largest of spaces. Above all else it is about having fun as a family outside.”

Children and their parents joined in Kevin’s master class where he showed families some exciting footy skills that they can practice together in back gardens, on playing fields, at the beach, the sports centre, the park and even in the living room – if mum will allow – using no power whatsoever.

npower teams were also on hand to put the kids through their paces throughout the day in specially designed football work-outs while one lucky parent had the opportunity to earn eternal bragging rights amongst their family and friends by taking on Keegan in a game of table football.

Clare McDougall, npower’s Head of Education and Community, said: “Football is one of our nation’s most popular sports and is a fantastic tool for bringing families together, so what better way to encourage kids (and their parents!) to unplug their games consoles and get outdoors for some power-free fun than the npower No Power Hour football road show.

“The message we want to get across is simple. Switch off for just an hour each day and you’ll have fun and do your bit for the planet at the same time. Planet one, climate change zero.”

To find out how to get involved and for a chance to win the ultimate No Power Hour with Kevin Keegan, interested parties can enter npower’s competition online. Entrants simply have to take a photo to show how they spent their very own Hour without Power, and send it to npower via the online form. Full terms and conditions can be found at www.npower.com/nph/index.htm.

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npower Employee Takes To His Bike In Support Of Macmillan Cancer Support

Npower employee Steven Jones and his friend Rob Smart, both 26 years old and from Stourbridge, have eschewed the idea of a local bike ride for charity; instead, they have entered the London to Paris bike ride in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. They will be covering 300 miles – or 470km – in just four days, starting from St Pancras station on August 17 and finishing up at the foot of the Eiffel Tower on August 20.

Steve, who works for npower and Rob, who works for Structural Design Partnership Ltd, have been friends since before they could walk, let alone ride a bike. They both attended Greenfield Primary School and then Redhill Secondary; both have done some road cycling in the past, but nothing on the scale of their forthcoming challenge. Steve is a keen downhill mountain biker, and Rob a regular cross country cyclist but London to Paris, a long distance road challenge, is completely different. Both friends have been in training for some time and can now cope with cycling around 150 miles a week.

They aim to raise at least £1,400 each for Macmillan. Steve explained: “This year is Macmillan’s Centenary and, speaking with friends and family, everyone has a story to tell of how Macmillan has helped someone they know. Macmillan wouldn’t be able to do the great work that they do without regular financial support – we were looking for a challenge, Macmillan is an incredibly worthy cause; it seemed like an excellent match.”

Up until now, they have been riding their off-road bikes but, following a practice ride on the MacRide Elgar, when they borrowed road bikes and found the whole experience faster, easier and more comfortable they are looking to buy road bikes in time for the event.

As an extra incentive, npower, has promised to match Steve’s fundraising, up to£1,000. The fundraising is on track and anyone who is willing to sponsor the dynamic duo should go to www.justgiving.com/teams/london2paris.

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Outdoor Chic Sponsors Fashion Kicks, A Star Studded Charity Gala Evening

Fashion Kicks raised over a million pounds with a star studded evening attended by 900 lucky guests.

Super model Lily Cole opened the evening’s entertainment with a stunning catwalk fashion show hosted by Selfridges. The best of this summer’s high fashion was on show, from some of the biggest design brands

The biggest cheer of the evening was for the FA cup itself, brought onto the catwalk by the Manchester City players in a thrilling end to a top class fashion show.

After a delicious meal prepared by some of the North West’s favourite chefs including Nigel Haworth and Paul Heathcote, the real business end of the evening took centre stage to raise fantastic amounts of money for McMillan cancer support, Beechwood cancer care centre and Adopt a school.

The generous support from the guests in the room helped Shay and Jane Given smash through their target to raise a million pounds through their annual event.

The climax of the evening was a high energy performance from Alexandra Burke with a live set of all her smash hits with her dancers.

Outdoor Chic were proud to offer their services again by furnishing the pre dinner cocktail bar and after show party with some of their fabulous 2011 collection of contemporary garden furniture. “Some of our key brands, Gloster, Fatboy garden bean bags, Dedon and MyYour kindly supported us to help create some very VIP areas for the venue” said Dave Lofthouse of Outdoor Chic.

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Wellspring Academies Hosts ‘Jog for Japan: A Race for Relief’ Fund-Raiser

Wellspring Academies, home of the Style Network television series Too Fat for 15: Fighting Back, is hosting “Jog for Japan : A Race for Relief,” a fundraiser to assist the youngest victims of Japan’s recent earthquake and tsunami disasters. The fundraising event is set to take place on Saturday, April 23 at Wellspring Academies campuses in Reedley, CA and Brevard, NC, with the goal of raising $10,000 for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

In addition to running in the “Jog for Japan” race, students from both Academies are involved in organizing the fund-raiser, pursuing sponsorships, community outreach, and coordinating the race event site. In the days leading up to the race, students will devote their culinary and nutrition classes—a key component of the curriculum at Wellspring Academies and Wellspring Camps—to preparing low-fat snacks to fuel racers and event volunteers.

Given Wellspring’s focus on teaching children, teens and young adults to get active and live a healthy lifestyle, creating a fundraiser to benefit children felt like a meaningful way for race organizers to take action in the face of the tragedy in Japan. In the words of Crystal Sain, Program Coach at Wellspring Academy of California and one of the event organizers, “I realized that while there was probably nothing I could do myself that would have an impact, I knew that by being a part of a large, motivated community like Wellspring, there was some real good we could do for the children in Japan.”

The US Fund for UNICEF (USF) is making the unusual decision to provide assistance to Japan — which is usually a donor to UNICEF rather than a recipient of funds—due to the unique needs of children in the wake of the unprecedented disaster in Japan. 100% of funds raised by Wellspring Academies through the “Jog for Japan ” fund-raiser will go directly to USF to support their efforts. Donors can sponsor a specific runner for every mile completed in the race, or choose to make a general donation. Runners are also being recruited for both the California and North Carolina races. Full information is available here.

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Individuals from Chem-Dry raised over £8,000 in aid of the Asthma UK

Individuals from carpet cleaners, upholstery cleaning and damage restoration business Chem-Dry® have raised in excess of £8,000 following a successful climb to the summit of Kilimanjaro, the world’s tallest freestanding mountain, in aid of the Chem-Dry’s Charity of the Year – Asthma UK.

The group of 15, made up of employees, franchisees and individuals from Chem-Dry’s private equity company LDC, spent six days trekking through rainforest, moorland and alpine desert, with the aim of reaching the ice capped tip of the mountain – Uhuru Peak. The participants walked six to eight hours every day and lived out of backpacks for the duration of the challenge. The thinning air and ever changing weather conditions tested the group’s resolve and determination to battle on to the summit. All but one made it to the top, albiet exhausted and in pain after a gruelling nine hour climb in the darkness and freezing cold temperatures.

Andrew Lloyd-Jones, Chem-Dry UK Managing Director, said: “Chem-Dry wanted to take part in a challenge that would help pull in substantial funds for our Charity of the Year, Asthma UK. The Kilimanjaro climb was a huge mental and physical challenge that saw everyone struggle at times. Reaching the summit and raising over £8,000 for the charity is a huge achievement for the whole of Chem-Dry. I would personally like to thank all of our sponsors for their kind support.

Catherine Morton, Corporate Partnerships Officer for Asthma UK, said:“Congratulations to the group for their amazing achievement and huge thanks for their generous donations which will help fund vital research into the causes of asthma. Some people with asthma can’t even climb the stairs at home let alone climb Kilimanjaro, so this money will be a great help in supporting them through specialist services like our Asthma UK Adviceline“.

There is still time to donate and help support the Asthma UK cause. Cheques are to be made payable to Chem-Dry UK – Kilimanjaro and sent to: Kristy Sanderson, Chem-Dry UK, Colonial House, Swinemoor Lane, Beverley HU17 0LS.

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Opus Energy Sets New £10,000 Charity Challenge For Employees

Opus Energy, one of the UK’s leading business energy suppliers, has pledged to raise £10,000 throughout 2010/11, for one of the UK’s most common, life-threatening, inherited diseases, Cystic Fibrosis.

Opus Energy Sets New £10,000 Charity Challenge For Employees

Over the next year the employees of the Northamptonshire based energy company will embark on a calendar of fundraising and volunteering activities in and around the community. They will organise fun days in the office, take part in individual and team events, make personal donations and take part in some of the challenges organised by the charity.

By pledging to raise £10,000 the energy supplier will be helping sufferers in and around Northamptonshire receive the daily treatment they need.

Charlie Crossley Cooke, founder and Managing Director of Opus Energy comments;

“The Cystic Fibrosis Trust is a charity that is very close to the heart of an Opus employee who has a young child living with the disease. Due to the comparatively low numbers of people suffering from Cystic Fibrosis it is often overlooked but, because of our personal exposure, the need to assist the charity with the invaluable work they do really has really struck a chord. Opus will be donating the money to help provide support and care for those affected in the Northamptonshire area and also to help raise awareness of the disease.”

The Cystic Fibrosis trust is the UK’s only national charity dealing with all aspects of the disease. The fundraisers and Expert Patient Advisors throughout the UK, fund research to treat and cure the disease and aim to ensure appropriate clinical care and support for people suffering.

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José Huizar, Eli Broad, Rick Caruso, Tim Leiweke to co-host ‘Get On Board’ fundraising event September 30, 2010

L.A. Streetcar, Inc. (LASI) today announced a powerhouse roster co-hosting a September 30 fundraiser at L.A. LIVE to benefit the Downtown L.A. Streetcar project. The cocktail reception fundraiser, themed “Get On Board,” is designed to promote efforts to advance a modern and environmentally friendly streetcar transportation system being developed for downtown Los Angeles.

José Huizar, Eli Broad, Rick Caruso, Tim Leiweke to co-host 'Get On Board' fundraising event September 30, 2010

Los Angeles City Councilmember José Huizar will be joined by Eli Broad, founder of The Broad Foundations, Rick Caruso of Caruso Affiliated, and Tim Leiweke of AEG / L.A. LIVE. The co-hosts joined forces to highlight their belief in the economic, cultural, transportation and livability benefits a modern streetcar system will bring to downtown Los Angeles. The proposed streetcar route is approximately 4-miles in length, and would run 7-days a week, about 18 hours a day. It would serve areas including Bunker Hill, Grand Avenue and the Music Center, Historic Broadway and the Historic Core, South Park, L.A. LIVE and the Los Angeles Convention Center.

“The streetcar will help create a better connected, pedestrian-oriented downtown, bringing jobs, economic development and revitalization all around the route. A more efficiently run and successful downtown is good for our entire City and the streetcar will help get us there,” said Huizar, who has championed the streetcar effort within the City and METRO through his Bringing Back Broadway initiative. “By having the streetcar go through areas that have already experienced the downtown renaissance – as well as those that have incredible potential but are still in need of a catalyst for revitalization – the streetcar will help downtown function as a complete, cohesive, neighborhood.”

Huizar is not alone in his convictions that a streetcar will catalyze revitalization downtown, and provide a muchneeded transportation circulation service. More than 40,000 people are estimated to live within the downtown area, with 550,000 people coming into the city each day for work and tourism.

“Downtown Los Angeles has many distinct districts including the sports-entertainment-convention district around L.A. LIVE and the cultural and civic district along Grand Avenue. A streetcar will connect these vibrant areas of our city center and will enable more people to easily visit them,” said Eli Broad. “We have a treasure trove of cultural riches in our region, and a streetcar will help visitors and residents alike enjoy all downtown Los Angeles has to offer.

“With the start of construction on the Grand Avenue Park this summer, there will even be more reasons for people to come downtown,” Broad said. “I’ve always said that no city is great without a vibrant center, and downtown is truly becoming an exciting core that will draw people from all over this region. The streetcar is a critical transportation option so families can get around downtown safely and easily.”

Downtown property owners, civic and business leaders agree, and formed L.A. Streetcar, Inc., a non-profit partnership dedicated to planning, designing and building the Downtown L.A. Streetcar system. The organization is based on models used by streetcar cities such as Seattle and Portland. In Portland, a $100-million public-private investment in their modern streetcar system is credited with catalyzing $2.3 billion in economic development and turning blighted areas into thriving urban centers, connected by the streetcar.

“The L.A. Streetcar would be another important enhancement to support our ever-increasing downtown community and infrastructure,” said Timothy J. Leiweke, President & CEO, AEG / L.A. LIVE “Downtown businesses and attractions rely more and more each day on our public transportation system to bring residents and tourists to these popular destinations.”

To learn more about the Downtown L.A. Streetcar, visit lastreetcar.org become a fan of L.A. Streetcar on Facebook and follow the project on Twitter.

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