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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!


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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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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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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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Banner Health Employee Halloween Candy Buy Back Sponsors Cardon Children’s Hospital

Robison Orthodontics has announced it will be buying back Halloween Candy from all East Valley Arizona Banner Health Employees at $2.00 a pound and then matching the total candy purchased at $2.00 a pound for their donation to the Banner Health Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa, AZ.

As a special treat to the U.S. service men and women overseas, all the Halloween Candy we buy back from the AZ Banner Health Employees will be donated to, and shipped bywww.packagefromhome.com, a Phoenix based non-profit organization that coordinates the distribution of our Halloween Candy to our troops overseas.

According to Robison Orthodontics’ Office Manager Kris Kellis, “this year will be our eighth annual candy-buy-back donation drive and we’re all excited about our first collaborative sponsorship supporting the Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona. We’re hoping this will drive other Banner Health local Community Organizations to do the same.

Last year, we raised a total of $4,000 for several Mesa and Gilbert Schools, and the 2,000 pounds of candy we bought back was donated to our troops serving overseas. This year we expect to make it a Banner Year with our Arizona Banner Health Employee participation”.

How The Banner Health Employee Halloween Candy Buy Back works

After the trick or treating is finished, children can bring their candies to the Robison Orthodontics Mesa and Gilbert office locations:

• 1355 S. Higley Road Suite 105, Gilbert
• 1635 N. Greenfield Road Suite 103, Mesa

The child or children must be present to receive their cash payment and Candy contribution will be limited to four pounds per employee, and eight pounds limit per family, details can be viewed on our Mesa Orthodontist website” says Kris.

When Banner Health Employees Can Bring In Their Halloween Candy.

The Banner Health Employee Halloween Candy buy back event takes place on Thursday, November 1, 2012 from 8:00 am through to 5:00 pm.

“This is one of the ways we have decided on giving back to our host community of Mesa, Arizona,” says Kris, who considers this event a charitable one that’s turning candies into a financial contribution to support the Cardon Children’s Medical Center, and also bring a little sweet treat to our US soldiers serving overseas.

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Dayton Cosmetic Dentist Sponsors: Beyond Our Doors-Crayon To Classrooms

Do you remember the school field trips you took as a child? Remember how they were fun, an adventure and often inspiring. The DDC recently took a field trip to a local elementary school supported by Dayton’s Crayons to Classrooms. We shared our knowledge of dentistry and excellent oral health care with these wonderful children. We were so inspired and they were so enthusiastic…it was truly heartwarming. And guess what? When we were finished all of them raised their hands and wanted to become dentists and dental hygienists!!

Dayton Crayons to Classrooms (DC2C) is a free store for teachers from under-funded K-12 schools that serve children living in poverty in Ohio’s Miami Valley. In partnership with local businesses, individual donors, and community volunteers, DC2C lifts at-risk children’s level and love of learning by collecting and distributing donated supplies and surplus products for use in the classroom. Teachers from eligible schools are invited to “shop” for what they need in our retail-style free store in the Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley building in Dayton, Ohio. http://www.dc2c.org/index.htm

Dayton Dental Collaborative also supports the store by donating 300 children’s oral care kits with fun instructions, toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss to the store annually.

P.S. We will be gathering school supplies for DC2C starting in July!

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Dayton Dentist: Dancing with the Stars event to benefit A Special Wish Foundation

What do you give someone who seems to have everything? A chance to help someone else. What do you give someone who needs to know how special they are? The fulfillment of a remarkable special wish.

Both of these outcomes were highlighted for two very special people at the recent Dayton Dancing With The Stars Valentine’s event held February 10 at the Schuster Center to benefit the Special Wish Foundation of Dayton.

First, Dr. Greg Shelhouse and his professional dance partner, Katt Saliba served up some incredible Latin flavor with an eye popping Mambo routine. The event was organized around three female and three male celebrity dance competitors with one male and one female winner. For just five short weeks, six professional dance instructors generously donated their time to whip these competitors into shape! It was a lively and passionate crowd who cheered Dr. Shelhouse to victory in the male competition. All the dancer’s efforts resulted in significant contributions for the Special Wish Foundation’s goal to provide unique, once in a lifetime opportunities for children diagnosed with life-threatening disorders. To see highlights from the event please visithttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0A_Ntn-GDa8.

The second person to be highlighted at this event was a brave and adorable young girl named Kayleigh. Kayleigh wished to meet her favorite author of the Fancy Nancy book series, Jane O’Connor. Kayleigh, who has Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia, received a very special trip of a lifetime to New York City where she was greeted by Jane O’Connor, Annie Stone, assistant editor; Margaret Anastas, editor; and Robin Glasser, illustrator. Much to Kayleigh’s surprise her very own book, written in the Fancy Nancy style was illustrated and published by Harper Collins Publishing. A Special Wish fulfilled her wish and now you can purchase a copy of her book in order to fulfill more Special Wishes like Kayleigh’s. Read Kayleigh’s complete Special Wish experience athttp://www.specialwish.org/images/cushy/newsletters_23_3724652870.pdf.

As for Dr. Shelhouse he has only one thing to say, “I think we made a big difference in this organization’s mission to leave no child’s wish un-granted. Kayleigh’s experience is just one example. I was profoundly touched by Kayleigh’s story and everyone’s support and enthusiasm in helping me win the competition. I am still on cloud nine and this was a night I will cherish dearly! Lastly, I really want to convey how honored and grateful I am to be included in this wonderful event. It reminds me that nothing can replace the generosity of our spirits and the special place children hold in our hearts. ”

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The Co-operative Approach Raises Ethical Bar Yet Again

As the United Nations celebrates the International Year of Co-operatives, the UK’s biggest mutually owned business yesterday (16 February) demonstrated how its longer term approach has enabled it to raise the ethical bar yet again.

The Co-operative Group’s latest ethical plan, first launched 12 months ago as the most radical sustainability programme in UK corporate history, shows how many of the original targets, particularly in relation to environmental issues, have been achieved well ahead of schedule.

The new plan shows that in the past 12 months The Co-operative has seen:
• Operational greenhouse gas emissions reduce by a massive 35%, and water consumption is down by 20%
• Lending of £700 million has been progressed to green energy projects
• Pressure groups have ranked The Co-operative as leader in areas such as pesticides, palm oil, sustainable fish and forest stewardship
• A million new customer members have joined
• Support for a new community initiative in the UK every hour of every day
• 700 co-operative enterprises have been helped to grow and prosper
• 70% of developing world products that can be Fairtrade will be Fairtrade by end March

This year’s Plan contains 53 commitments and, in order to ensure that The Co-operative continues to be the UK’s most socially responsible business, includes the following:
• Operational greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced by 50% by 2020, and water consumption will be reduced by 30% by 2014
• £17m will be invested in support of co-operative development
• The number of schools active in our Green schools Revolution will be doubled to 6,000
• To improve the safety of Britain’s roads, young drivers will be rewarded with premium discounts worth £20m
• A new campaign will be launched with Oxfam to champion small-holder farmers and co-operatives, and the role they can play in feeding the world sustainably
• 30,000 loans to entrepreneurs in the developing world will be facilitated by the year end Group Chief Executive Peter Marks said: “Despite the economic downturn we have remained true to our pledge to show the way on corporate responsibility.

“The one million new members we now have bears testimony to the continued support we have had from our customers. It also helps that the savings that result from our environmental efficiency initiatives, nearly £40m a year, are being ploughed back into the business to reduce costs.

“Our work in the communities in and around our stores is going from strength to strength. Amazingly, the average person in the UK is now only a mile away from a community project that has received our support.

“Abroad, we have continued to lead the way on tackling global poverty. Our new partnership with Oxfam is particularly timely given it’s the United Nations International Year of Co-operatives. Smallholder farmers and co-operatives already help feed a third of the world, with a little more help they can help us rise to the challenge of how to feed sustainably the extra two billion that will be on the planet by 2050.”

Jonathon Porritt , Founder Director of Forum for the Future, said: “The UK’s energy economy has been profoundly weakened by an over-dependence on the big energy companies and inconsistencies in both policy and regulation.

“Despite all that, community energy schemes are at last coming into their own, and the very substantial support now promised to community energy by The Co-operative has the potential to transform this hugely exciting sector. If you want to see what the ‘green economy’ looks like in practice, look no further.”

Oxfam Chief Executive, Barbara Stocking said: “Oxfam and The Co-operative’s new campaigning partnership will shine a spotlight on the crucial role that small farmers and co-operatives play in global food production. It’s morally indefensible that 1 billion people currently go hungry every day; increased international investment in co-operatives and small farmers, especially women, who produce the majority of the world’s food, would help to tackle this injustice and ensure a future where everyone always has enough to eat.”

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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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Guinness World Record BBQ Attempt in Aid of WellChild

Would you sponsor a Guinness World Record Attempt for the longest ever barbecue? That’s exactly what BBQBarbecues are doing to help raise funds for WellChild, an amazing charity that helps and support’s sick children and their families across the UK. When asked if they would be interested in helping WellChild supporter Braham Snyman and his friends attempt to break the Guinness World Record it was an easy answer.

Scott Morris, E-Commerce Manager of BBQBarbecues said: “After a fantastic and very busy 2010 we wanted to give something back and there is no better way to do it than to help a children’s charity. WellChild have a dedicated team of skilled individuals and is well known throughout the country by members of the public and even have a supportive patron in Prince Harry” Scott continued and said “What Braham is trying to do is not only break a record but raise awareness for a very worthwhile cause and we wish them all the luck in his attempt”

To complete the task Braham will have to continuously cook burgers and sausages on thebbq for an incredible 30 hours and aim to beat the current record of 28.5 hours achieved by Jan Braai last year in Cape Town, South Africa. The event is scheduled to take place at Play On Sports, Canary Wharf, London on Sauturday 16th April at 11am and will be finishing on Sunday 17th April at 7pm. The event is also very close to the London Marathon course which will be held on the Sunday.

Leaked news suggests that voucher codes will be available on the day for discounts when shopping on BBQBarbecues website and will be valid throughout the month of April.

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The World Music And Food Festival, Atlanta 2010

GIVE A HAND FOUNDATION INC has arranged to host the largest World Music and Food Festival ever produced in the South! The FREE Festival will run from October 22-24, 2010 at Piedmont Park in downtown Atlanta, Georgia.

“Good music is a language understood all over the world,” says Edi Okri, president of Give a Hand Foundation. “With this festival, our aim is to bring together diverse cultures and tastes for a fun, rich experience!”

The event will feature more than 100 local, national and international live artists, cultural dancers and comedians for all three days — it will be a time of celebration and cultural extravaganza. The Festival, which will not charge an admission fee to the public, will feature three performing stages. There will also be about 3,000 vendor displays, featuring products and services from around the world!

“The Office of the Mayor, as well as the Department of Parks & Recreation, has approved our use of Piedmont Park for the entire weekend,” says Okri. “The event is completely free, and we’re generating good publicity right now, so we’re preparing to receive a large crowd. We, however, still have some vendor spaces available.”

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Jesse Willms Launches Site To Document His Transition From Internet Entrepreneur To Philanthropist

This summer, Internet entrepreneur Jesse Willms made an important decision – he was going to focus less of his time and energy on making money, and more on giving back to the community.

Since then, he has partnered with a wide variety of charities to fight poverty and make the world a better place. Now, he’s decided to create a website dedicated to his philanthropic efforts as an educational tool for others who want to give, but are not sure how to go about it.

The site will be found at JesseWillmsPhilanthropy.com.

“The site will be a way for people to find out who I’m giving to and why,” Willms said. “It will also have dedicated links where people can make their own donations directly. The point of this site is to encourage people to donate to these very worthy organizations, or to be inspired to donate to their own favorite charities.”

Willms has long been known as a legend in the Internet marketing community, who managed to found several Internet marketing companies by the time he was 22 years old. Earlier this summer he was inspired by the work of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett to start donating money to charity.

His current support efforts have been focused on groups that help women, children, single parents and disaster relief efforts. His most dramatic gesture so far was to sponsor 100 children through the World Vision children’s charity, and then to sponsor an additional child every day since.

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The Dental Clinic And Optical Express Sponsor Cycle For Charity

The Dental Clinic and Optical Express will be sponsoring Dominic O’Hooley, director of The Dental Clinic, in his bid to cycle from John O’ Groats to Land’s End this summer to raise funds for the Wooden Spoon charity. With a group of thirty riders, O’Hooley aims to complete the gruelling 874 mile journey in just eight days, from the 21st to 28th of August 2010.

John O’ Groats to Land’s End, often termed JOGLE, or LEJOG, depending on the direction of travel, is a traverse covering the entire length of Great Britain. It typically takes cyclists ten to fourteen days to complete, and walkers two to three months. The Wooden Spoon challenge, titled “End 2 End,” has been held annually since 2000.

Each of the riders must raise £4,000 in order to participate in the ride, as well as apply to Wooden Spoon, though riders are encouraged to raise more funds if they are able to. Both Optical Express and The Dental Clinic are keynote sponsors of O’Hooley.

The riders will be accompanied by a Wooden Spoon support team, including a motorcyclist to provide emergency bike repairs.

The Wooden Spoon charity is a cause that O’Hooley is enthusiastic to contribute to, as well as an organisation which he feels is well-equipped to provide support for such an undertaking.

“Wooden Spoon is a well established charity, and really a cause close to my heart,” O’Hooley said. “I’m keen on trying to help child poverty and I feel that because they have such a history of successful and well-organised charity events I feel I can be confident in them. It’s a serious undertaking, and I think anything less than expert organisation would prevent success really.”

Wooden Spoon, founded in 1983, is a children’s charity supporting disadvantaged children and youth across the UK and Ireland. Wooden Spoon has raised over £15 million since its inception, and benefitted over half a million young people.

An avid cyclist, O’Hooley has been biking for years, though this will be his first cycle between the northern and southern tips of Great Britain.

“I’ve done the west coast to east coast before, from Whitehaven to Sunderland, which was 150 miles in one day,” he said. “I’ve been cycling for twenty years, and I typically bike 200-250 miles per week. Basically, I get to work on a bike every day.”

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A New £6 Million Charity Funding Initiative Was Announced On The 27th Of May, With The Aim Of Stimulating Giving In The Economic Downturn

theBigGive.org.uk will create a £3m matched fund over the summer to attract a further £3m from charity supporters this December.

theBigGive.org.uk has raised £2.4m through online matched funding in the last 6 months, and the new £6m challenge will create the largest ever online matched fund.

The Reed Foundation are sponsoring the matched fund, pledging an initial £1 million to be spread across competing charities. Trustees and major donors from those charities will provide the remaining £2m for the fund.

Last year, a similar matched funding challenge raised £2 million for charity in an astonishing 45 minutes. This year’s fund will be released over several days, allowing donors more chance to double donations to their charity.

Charities already involved in the 2009 challenge include the National Trust, WWF and the Royal Opera House. Charities have until 27th June to apply by logging in to their account on theBigGive.org.uk. The Reed Foundation will select around 250 charities to participate in this year’s challenge.

Alec Reed CBE, Chairman of the Reed Foundation, said: “It is a tough time for charities. This challenge gives professional fundraisers a tool to approach their trustees and supporters for a further donation.”

Jon Brooks, Managing Director of theBigGive.org.uk, said: “The Big Give introduces high-level donors to exciting new charity projects. Our highest single donation so far is £175k to a small charity that the donor found on theBigGive.org.uk. We hope to inspire many more philanthropists to give intelligently.”

A trustee of a small charity, discussing matched funding on theBigGive.org.uk, said: “The overall impact is tremendous – it has galvanised existing supporters, brought in more, and helped us improve our own marketing and fundraising techniques. We are delighted!”

More information on the scheme can be found at: http://www.thebiggive.org.uk/millionmatch/

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npower Sponsored Basketball Team, Worcester Wolves, Will Be Making Their Opponents Green With Envy As They Revamp Their Warm-Up Strip And Shoot For Macmillan In A Charity Fundraiser Match

The team has joined with club sponsors npower in becoming a lean, green, fighting machine, raising awareness and vital funds for Macmillan Cancer Support when they meet the Sheffield Sharks at their last home game of the season on 19th April. The game tips at 4pm at the Wolves’ home venue at the University of Worcester.

Fans will be invited to join in the fun, with giant Macmillan foam hands and Macmillan merchandise on sale, a blind auction and a shoot-out for a pound per play at half-time, with proceeds going to the cancer charity.

In addition to the fundraising activity, npower has pledged to donate £50 for every three pointer scored during the match by the Worcester Wolves.

Worcester Wolves’ head coach, Skouson Harker, said: “We are delighted to be able to back such a worthwhile cause. The team is busy gearing up to go out on court in green, and hard at work to make sure we get the most out of npower’s three-pointer pledge.”

Spokesperson for Macmillan, Emily Leggett, said: “This charity match is an ideal way to get our messages out to the community about the range of services we offer to help people affected by cancer. With as little as a pound, we can make sure our information reaches one more person, and that could make all the difference.”

As club sponsor and partner to Macmillan, npower has previously worked with the Wolves in a range of fundraising initiatives, including coffee mornings and sporting events.

Carol Hart, community involvement manager at npower, said: “We will be rooting for the Wolves on Sunday as they raise money for Macmillan, and hopefully win the match, by racking up those three-pointers.”

1. Macmillan Cancer Research has been npower’s charity partner since 2004, with a partnership valued at £2.6 million.

2. Worcester Wolves club sponsor npower is the supplier of green energy to Wembley Stadium and the Liberty Stadium in Swansea. npower also sponsors the Test Match Series in England, Women’s Test Series, the Twenty20 Cup and the Village Cup.

About npower:
npower, sponsors of the 2009 npower Ashes Series, 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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The Npower Midlands Disability Sports Awards 2009 Were Well Attended As Twenty Of The Region’s Paralympians Were At Aston Villa FC To Celebrate The Achievements Of Disabled Athletes From Across The West Midlands

The npower Midlands Disability Sports Awards 2009 were well attended as twenty of the region’s paralympians, along with Sports Minister, Gerry Sutcliffe MP, were at Aston Villa FC to celebrate the achievements of disabled athletes from across the West Midlands.

Warwickshire Cricket Club won the npower Partnership Award for its development work extending access to the sport to players with physical and learning disabilities. Aston Villa Disability Football Club was the Sports Club of the Year and Team of the Year were wheelchair basketball’s Wolverhampton Rhinos.

Sprinter and Bath University student, Katrina Hart from Redditch, took home the trophy for Female Sports Personality of the Year award. Katrina is in her first year of her degree in Sports Performance; she was nominated for her achievements in Beijing, despite a hamstring injury.

Luke Sugg, from Winyates Green, was narrowly beaten to the Male Sports Personality of the Year title by wheelchair racing silver medallist, Mickey Bushell from Telford. Sherbourne Fields School PE teacher, Luned Lewis, from Coventry, was presented with the prestigious Ambassador of Disability Sport award for her lifelong support of disability sport and young athletes.

Swimmer Francesca O’Connor from Kidderminster won the Young Female Achiever of the Year title. Penn Hall School, in Wolverhampton, won the School of the Year Award for its amazing sporting successes. Penn Hall’s participation rates at regional and national sporting events are the highest of any school in the West Midlands and it is one of only a few special schools to offer accredited PE courses and Sports Leadership Awards to its students.

Kevin Rodgers, community involvement executive for awards sponsor, npower, who was on the judging panel commented: “Every year the quality of the nominees is higher and higher; the judging panel had its work cut out to make the right decisions. The winners are worthy of their awards but it should be noted that some exceptional organisations didn’t make the short list due to the high standards of the judging criteria.”

The event was organised by the English Federation of Disability Sports. Dennis Hodgkins, regional development manager at the EFDS said he was delighted with the support from both the Minister and the paralympic athletes and, “For youngsters like Francesca, having the opportunity to meet their heroes is an occasion never forgotten. The likes of Nyree Lewis, Lee Pearson and Sinclair Thomas are wonderful role models to, and motivators of, young athletes who will be future international sports stars. It was a tremendous occasion.”

 

About npower:
Npower, sponsors of the 2009 npower Ashes Series, 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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