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Brave Duo Complete Charity Abseil

Two daring employees from Chester-based ACF Car Finance Limited are celebrating after completing an abseil down a 250ft building for charity.

Nicole Davies, 23, and Jane Whittle, 25, braved the dizzy heights of the landmark Opal 3 building in Leeds, on Sunday 27th September, to help raise vital funds for BEN, the automotive industry charity.

The brave duo, who both work for the company’s Marketing Department on Chester Business Park have so far raised over £600 for BEN, which provides care and support to employees and their dependents in times of need.

Speaking about the abseil, Marketing Executive Nicole said: “I’m thrilled to have completed the abseil. It was a lot scarier than I’d imagined, as we were quite a distance from the building when we were abseiling down it.

“I’m delighted to have gone through with it though. I feel a great sense of achievement for taking part and raising money for such a good cause. Jane and I would like to thank all of our work colleagues, friends and family who have offered their support and donations so far and hope the donations will continue to come in so we can smash our original £500 target.”

BEN currently offers help, support, financial fundraising assistance and advice to over 15,000 people in their own homes every year. The Fund also provides a home to over 350 disabled and elderly people in one of four nursing and residential centres. If you would like to make a donation, please visit www.justgiving.co.uk/nicole-davies-.

ACF Car Finance is a privately owned UK company which specialises in providing quality used cars and arranging car finance. The company is a market leader in its field, stocking a wide selection of quality used vehicles, most between two and four years old, all of which undergo a 136 point vehicle quality inspection and an independent M.O.T provided via their car credit service.

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Charity Fishing Tourney: A REEL Success

Puerto Vallarta was the destination for anglers and golfers who participated in this year’s BJ’s Restaurants Hook the Cure Tournament powered by IOTEC. The nearly sold-out tournament took place on November 6th and 7th and reeled in a whopping $345,000 NET for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

The IGFA-qualifier brought two dozen boats and 40 teams. The competition started on Friday morning as anglers met early at the docks and eagerly awaited the strike of six marking the start of the catch and release competition coordinated by Kim and Ed Moore of Marina-based Charter Dreams.

Weekend festivities included a pre-tournament Mexican fiesta and fireworks show at Villa Premiere Hotel and Spa; Friday night concert by RCA Recording Artist Chris Young who celebrated his #1 song on the country charts; golf at Vista Vallarta’s challenging Nicklaus course; a lively dockside weigh-in party with food and beverage provided by Andale Restaurant and an awards gala and auction, sponsored by American Airlines and hosted by Los Angeles radio personality Shawn Parr. For those that just wanted to relax, Villa Premiere’s world-class spa was just a few steps away. Puerto Vallarta rental agency, PVRPV, provided volunteers for the festivities.

As excited spectators and sponsors filled the Marina, most boats made it in by five in anticipation of the results. The team of Tom Paige and Jon Louis were rewarded with a 2010 IGFA Offshore World Championship entry in Cabo San Lucas as OVERALL CHAMPIONS with five dorado and seven released sailfish. Lucille Zabel and Lydia Francis captured the coveted MOST RELEASED BILLFISH award while Craig Porpoat and David Bales garnered the BIGGEST DORADO AWARD and Anchorage’s Kris Kile took home the CHAIRMAN’S AWARD. Awards were donated by Gray’s Taxidermy of Puerto Vallarta.

According to Bob Huston and Jeff Jennison, 2009 event chairmen, $1.3 million NET was generated for cystic fibrosis patient care, research and education since the tournaments inception just four years ago. Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease affecting approximately 40,000 people in the United States and Mexico. A defect in the CF gene causes the body to produce abnormally thick, sticky mucus that leads to chronic, life-threatening lung infections and impairs digestion. When the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation was established in 1955, few children lived to even attend elementary school. Today because of research and care supported by the CF Foundation with money raised through donations from families, corporations and foundations the median predicted age for people with CF is nearly 37 years.

In addition to BJ’s Restaurants and IOTEC, significant financial support was provided by Norm Wilson and Sons, O’Connell Family Foundation, Toshiba, Watson Land Company, Ron and Ann Hallagan, Toshiba, Millie and Severson, William Close Family and Lee & Associates.

Plans are underway for the Fifth Annual Hook the Cure slated for early-November 2010. Information about the ultimate fishing, golf and spa adventure benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is available by contacting Gary Green, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Director of Corporate Development, at (714) 494-4623 in the US or 322 150-7214 in Puerto Vallarta. A new Hook the Cure website will be unveiled shortly at www.hookthecure.com and will feature an interactive photo gallery thanks to Nuevo Vallarta resident and award-winning photographer Jay Ailworth.

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Tracesmart Employee Heads To Africa To Aid Charity

Tracesmart this week sees one of its employees travelling to Africa to help the South Wales charity, The SAFE Foundation. Louise Hewlett, Tracesmart’s Communications Executive will head out to Uganda on a fact-finding mission to help progress SAFE’s volunteer project, a new initiative for professional or like-minded people that are keen to get involved in third-world projects.

Just before embarking on her long journey, Louise Hewlett commented on her trip, “This is my first time in Africa, it’s taken a long time to organise, but it’s great that we will soon be in Uganda. The plight of these African children is incredible and shocking at times; it’ll be good to see where exactly the money we have raised is invested and to be able to further research the new volunteer initiative we have launched. I’m looking forward to an exciting and rewarding trip.”

Louise has worked at Tracesmart for nearly 4 years where she has helped raise the company’s profile via numerous media activities. Tracesmart’s primary activity in the consumer market is to provide an intuitive online facility to find relatives and friends, offering in addition, a powerful name and address search service utilising the electoral roll at the principal data source. Since its launch www.tracesmart.co.uk has grown to become one of the UK’s leading web based people tracing portals.

SAFE, an acronym for Support, Aid, Fun and Education, was founded in 2005 to assist in the provision of grants and materials that could contribute to poverty relief in developing third world countries and more specifically support remote or smaller projects, often, unable to access mainstream relief funding. Louise, in her spare time, has been actively involved with the aid organisation for over four years and introduced SAFE to Mike Trezise, the people search company’s Managing Director. The charity has since become one of Tracesmart’s charity of choice, as part of its corporate social responsibility program.

Tracesmart’s Communications Manager, Owen Roberts remarked, “It’s of no surprise that Louise devotes so much of her spare time with SAFE and is very vocal and passionate about the charity. It’s a great, noteworthy cause that we at Tracesmart are happy and proud to support. We wish Louise well on her travels and every success for the project.”

For those who wish to find out more about The SAFE Foundation and its projects, or perhaps make a donation, you can visit The Safe Foundation.

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Cincinnati Home Stagers And Realtor Donate Time And Money To Provide Living Hope Transitional Homes

Living Hope Transitional Homes, www.lhth.org is a private, nondenominational, nonprofit organization that helps homeless women ages 18-30 with children ages 10 and under. It provides loving encouragement, secure housing and spiritual renewal that gives women a living hope that never fades as they learn skills that allow them to become stable and independent through their Life Skills Program.

Two local ASP (Accredited Staging Professional) home stagers, local real estate agent and consignment shop owner made a dream come true for Living Home Transitional Homes by designing, funding and providing labor to give Living Hope a new jungle themed playroom.

Design execution, labor and funding
Staging To Sell – Home Staging – Rita Basquette, ASP
www.Staging-to-sell.com 513-608-5066

Elite Staged Properties – Home Staging – Becky Ballentine, ASP
513-315-0164

Labor and Funding
Jim Basquette Real Estate Group of Huff Realty
Jim Basquette, Realtor
www.JimSellsHomes.com 513-703-6523

Funding
2nd Chance Consignment – consignment shop – Sue Hater
Glenway Crossing
www.Shop2ndChance.com 513-451-1451

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Governor Rick Perry to be Honored at Dallas Downtown Pregnancy Center “Light of Life” Event

Join the Downtown Pregnancy Center for its annual “Light of Life” fundraising dinner and gala. Keynote speaker, Texas Governor Rick Perry, will be honored for his leadership in the pro-life cause as the Downtown Pregnancy Center celebrates 252 babies saved last year.

Who:
• Rick Perry, Governor of the State of Texas
• Carolyn Cline, Executive Director, Downtown Pregnancy Center
• DPC Clients sharing personal stories

When:
Saturday, September 26, 2009
VIP Reception with Governor Perry – 5:30 – 6:15 pm
Dinner & Gala – 6:30 – 9:00 pm

Where: The Fairmont Hotel – 1717 N. Akard Street – Dallas TX 75201

Downtown Pregnancy Center (DPC) is Empowering Women Through Knowledge. Founded in 1994 to serve women and their partners who found themselves in an unplanned pregnancy, all services provided are confidential, and offered without cost to clients. The DPC provides pregnancy testing, sonograms, options counseling, and STD screening and treatment in addition to sexual health, prenatal and parenting education. Clients are invited to join the EARN WHILE YOU LEARN program where they can earn vouchers to purchase needed maternity and baby items while participating in educational programs. The compassionate care given by the dedicated staff and volunteers of the DPC provides a safe place for women to make an informed decision during a difficult and challenging time in her life. Please visit: www.downtownpc.org.

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Virgin Games Set To Raise 10k For Charity Kids Company

On Saturday 18th September, the team at Virgin Games will be putting on their best red cycling shorts and embarking on a charity bike ride from London to Brighton. Setting off from the company’s HQ in Hammersmith, the team of 40 employees will be braving the 84 kilometres with the aim of raising a target of £10,000 for their chosen Virgin Unite charity, Kids Company. Founded by Camilla Batmanghelidjh in 1996 in order to provide practical, emotional and educational support to vulnerable inner-city children and young people, Kids Company are supported by Virgin Unite who pledged to raise 2.5million by April 2010. As part of the Virgin Group, the London to Brighton charity bike ride is part of Virgin Games contribution to this goal.

Regularly offering their time and support to Kids Company, previous activities have included the Virgin Games team pulling together to redecorate an East London School and most recently arranging a sports day for children in Hackney. This year, the team of mixed cycling abilities will set off together at 8am and hope to reach their final destination of Brighton beach by 4 pm having raised £10,000 with all stragglers accounted for! Keen cyclist Warren Eloff, Product Manager, who regularly cycles into work is tipped to lead the pack and CEO, Simon Burridge who is sitting on the saddle for the first time in 20 years , is set to surprise his team with his ‘dusted down’ cycling skills!

Simon Burridge, CEO at Virgin Games and Virgin Unite trustee comments: “At Virgin Games we are passionate about Virgin Unite and the work that Kids Company carry out in the communities they work with. We believe Kids Company are a great charity and realise our support is all the more important now, with the current economic climate making it harder for them to achieve the funding they need to keep up the great work they are doing with young people all over the capital. I can’t think of more deserving charity to be brushing the cobwebs off my cycling shorts for!”

Visit http://www.virginunite.com/fundraiser/Virgin-Games-go-to-Brighton to make a donation and support the Virgin Games team.

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Gala Bingo Is Launching A Fundraising Everest Game To Support Its Team Of Intrepid Employees Who Are Gearing Up To Trek To Everest Base Camp For Charity In October

It is hoped the extreme challenge, which will see a 24-strong team of employees trek 75 miles and ascending 2700 metres up the world’s highest mountain, will raise £100k for Gala Coral’s group-wide charity Sue Ryder Care.

The Everest trek is just one of a number of ongoing initiatives by Gala Coral Group, that aims to raise £1million by 2010 for the charity, which provides expert and compassionate care to people living with conditions including cancer, multiple sclerosis, stroke and Huntington’s Disease.

The game started on 27 August and runs for eight weeks, with 10% of ticket sales from the new Everest online bingo game going towards the fundraising total. The game takes place weekly on a Thursday evening at 19.25 (GMT).

Paul Woodward, chief executive at Sue Ryder Care, said: “We’re delighted that a group of employees have volunteered to trek to Everest Base Camp to help raise vital funds for Sue Ryder Care. We hope as many people as possible support their fundraising effort through the dedicated bingo game. By supporting Sue Ryder Care, people across the country help us make a real difference to the lives of thousands of people we care for each year.”

The adventurous trek, which can cause mountain altitude sickness, DVTs and dehydration, will commence at Lukla on October 16 and finish at Everest Base Camp on November 3.

About Gala Bingo
Gala Bingo is part of Gala Coral Group’s Remote Gambling division. This division is responsible for the development, management and operation of the Group’s E-Commerce activities in the UK and worldwide through Coral.co.uk, Eurobet.com, galabingo.com and Galacasino .co.uk.

About Sue Ryder Care
Sue Ryder Care is a leading healthcare charity providing specialist palliative, neurological and community based services.

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‘People Search’ Company Employees Conquer Welsh Three Peaks

A team of employees from the people search specialists, Tracesmart, have successfully completed, the Welsh 3 Peaks Challenge. More importantly, the Tracesmart four, along with a group of 21 other walkers are anticipating raising almost £10,000 of much needed funding for the charity ‘Hospice of the Valleys’, which provides free specialist palliative care for cancer sufferers in Blaenau Gwent. The challenge was to climb the three largest mountains in Wales.

The Tracesmart team completed the course in less than 10 hours and covered a total of 20 miles – an impressive achievement for the novices who took part. The first peak to be surmounted was Snowdon, which stands at over 1000 metres above sea level. The toughest peak to walk was Cadair Idris, which they successfully tackled after Snowdon; the challenge concluded with the team conquering Pen-Y-Fan in the Brecon Beacons.

Of the four strong team of walkers, three – Matthew Hopkins, Lloyd Watkin and Kelvin Morgan – work within Tracesmart’s IT department, helping to update the company’s databases such as the electoral roll. They are also instrumental in making improvements to the online facility that help users to find relatives and conduct an address search. The only female participant in the team, Rhiannon Wilcox, led the pre-event training and was instrumental in ensuring the team remained motivated during the challenge. “We knew it was going to be difficult, but all of us wanted to accomplish a major undertaking like this,” Tracesmart’s accountant explains. “It’s a personal achievement for us, and to know we have raised this money makes us feel proud of the effort we have put in.”

The Tracesmart teams’ chosen charity is the ‘Hospice of the Valleys’ in South Wales. Mathew Hopkins took part in the walk for personal reasons as his mother received care and support from the hospice when she became ill in 2000 and recently in 2009. He comments, “We used Twitter to record our progress throughout the day and were encouraged by those who made an effort to support us. It’s great to have raised so much money for the hospice and we continue to receive donations.” The team recovered well from the trek and they have hinted they would like to take part in the 2010 National Three Peaks Challenge which covers the highest peaks in the UK; Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England and Snowdon in North Wales. Those who wish to make a donation can still do so by visiting the Just Giving website or enter any of the team members’ names in the sponsor a friend search box. Any donation made can take advantage of the government run ‘Gift Aid’ scheme, which will further boost the team’s fundraising efforts.

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Tracesmart Employees Are Preparing Themselves For The Forthcoming Welsh 3 Peaks Challenge As Part Of A Charity Fund-Raising Campaign

A team of employees from Tracesmart, the online people search providers, are preparing themselves for the forthcoming Welsh 3 Peaks challenge where they aim to climb three of the most challenging summits in Wales within a 24 hour period as part of a charity fund-raising campaign.

The Welsh 3 Peaks Challenge involves ascending to the summits of Snowdon, the highest point in England and Wales, the stunning Cadair Idris and the Brecon Beacons’ notorious Pen-y-Fan. The challenge is undertaken by hundreds of walkers every year and most of those who participate raise thousands of pounds for charity. The trek itself will involve climbing 9,397 ft in approximately 10 hours, not including the journey time between regions. By the end of their impressive slog, the team hope to raise over £2,000 for their chosen charity.

The Tracesmart team’s preferred charity is the ‘Hospice of the Valleys’ in South Wales, who provide valuable care for sick and terminally ill patients in their own homes. Matthew Hopkins, Tracesmart’s Internet Marketing Executive/Affiliate Manager, is taking part in the challenge for personal reasons, “My mother is receiving treatment at the moment and finds the charity an amazing resource, she also received fantastic support from the hospice the first time she became ill in 2000.”

The team has worked together in Tracesmart’s Cardiff headquarters for almost 2 years, and is predominantly made up of IT staff members who help keep the vast Electoral Roll database and other countless programmes running smoothly. The IT department is the biggest team within Tracesmart, and has been instrumental in the improvements made to the company’s impressive range of services, which enable users to find relatives and conduct address search requests.

The only female and non-IT member of the group, Rhiannon Wilcox, has guided and driven the team over the past few months, ensuring they are physically prepared for the day of endurance. “Following months of training and lots of aches and pains, I think we are now ready to accomplish this challenge.” Rhiannon also commented, “Unfortunately, at some stage in our lives, we are likely to know someone who will be affected from these life threatening illnesses. That’s why I’m appealing to everyone to support this worthwhile cause.”

Those who wish to make a donation can do so by visiting the Just Giving Web Site and take advantage of the Gift Aid scheme from the government which will increase their fundraising even further.

Tracesmart Limited – Since the launch of its website in 2004, Tracesmart Limited has established itself as one of the UK’s leading providers of online people tracing tools. www.tracesmart.co.uk combines state of the art search technology with an extensive collection of consumer data, providing one of the most powerful and successful people tracing services in the UK. Matthew Hopkins has been working within the field of Internet Marketing since 2002. He is currently responsible for driving high volumes of traffic to the Tracesmart website through SEO, PPC and Social Networking. Matthew has now taken on further responsibility as the Tracesmart Affiliate Manager. Rhiannon Wilcox has been Tracesmart’s accountant for the last 5 years and has been practicing for 8 years. A Fellow Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA), Rhiannon has a wealth of experience and is well positioned to manage the company’s accounts.

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Hobbs Foundation of Tampa Bay Offers $10,000 Grants to Local Organizations Serving Underprivileged Children

The Hobbs Foundation announced they are accepting requests for $10,000 grants for charitable organizations throughout the state of Florida. The foundation, established in 2003, offers financial support to organizations that provide exceptional care and services to underprivileged children. Since 2003, the Hobbs Foundation has strived to improve the lives of children in Florida by providing the means necessary for children to overcome challenges and create opportunities for healthy growth and development.

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“On behalf of the Hobbs family and the Hobbs Foundation, it is with great pleasure that we offer support to organizations that are dedicated to educating, mentoring, and nurturing deserving children that allows them to reach for a brighter future”, said Hobbs Foundation Grant Administrator, Amanda Long. “With these organizations’ help, we can offer opportunities to disadvantaged youth in our community that would otherwise not be possible.”

The Hobbs Foundation is a non-profit, grant-making foundation whose mission is to form partnerships with charitable organizations whose work directly benefits underserved children allowing them to expand their outreach to children in need. The foundation is accepting grant requests through the end of August to qualified non-profit organizations. For more information or to apply for funding, visit the foundation’s website at www.hobbsfoundation.com.

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Kids’ Meals is Stomping Out Hunger in Houston

“Texas ranks 3rd in the nation for food insecurity, meaning one in five adults and one in four children in our state are hungry,” says Texas Department of Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples. “That is simply unacceptable.”

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A plummeting economy and spiraling unemployment have left hundreds of Houston families struggling with the bare essentials. Kids’ Meals is stepping into the gap, delivering nutritious meals to kids in an attempt to stomp out hunger in Houston.

Kids’ Meals is a 501(c)3 non-profit, community based Meals on Wheels program for pre-school aged children that live in poverty. The program was first launched in Houston in 1984.

Today Kids’ Meals provides lunches to over 1,200 pre-school aged children living in poverty who otherwise might never see a nutritious meal. The program runs Monday through Friday all year long, helping to close the gap between families’ income and the needs of their growing kids. But it’s not enough.

“The need for Kids’ Meals is ever-growing due to the increase of food and gas prices as well as the slowing economy,” says Kids’ Meals spokesperson Bonnie Leach. “Layoffs and downsizing have more families finding themselves in need of food. We hope to be the first city to have no hungry children.”

“Kids’ Meals has hundreds of children on their waiting list ready to be fed,” adds Leach. “[We] need your support through donations, volunteer time and spreading the word.”

For less than $1.50 a day a nutritious lunch will be delivered to a hungry child, free of charge to each family.

“”Kids’ Meals needs your support through donations, volunteering your time and spreading the word by helping us fulfill our mission of ending hunger among Houston area children,” states Leach.

For more information on Kids’ Meals visit them on the web at www.KidsMealsHouston.org.

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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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Jumeirah Emirates Towers Takes Charity To New Heights

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tracesmart Sponsors Adoption Agency

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

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

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

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

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

Iran Heritage Foundation Presents Remaking Of Iran Exhibition At The British Museum

Iran Heritage Foundation in association with the British Museum opens the ‘Shah ‘Abbas: the remaking of Iran’ exhibition.

The exhibition documents and illustrates the work of 17th century artists and craftsmen under the Iran Heritagepatronage of Shah ‘Abbas I and his wider contribution to Persian culture, architecture and language. Displays include artefacts such as lavish gold-ground silks, carpets, manuscripts, paintings, metal work and calligraphy. The exhibition includes gifts that Shah ‘Abbas endowed to shrines in Mashhad, Ardabil and Qum, many of which have never been previously displayed outside of Iran.

Vahid Alaghband, Chairman of the Iranian Heritage Foundation and Group Chairman of Balli Group, commented: “Shah ‘Abbas was the most eminent ruler of the Safavid dynasty in Persia who, with his military successes and efficient administrative system, raised Iran to the status of a great power. When he died his dominions extended from the Tigris to the Indus. Through trade and diplomacy he fostered good relations with Europe and welcomed European diplomats in Iran, whilst ushering in a golden period for Persian art. He commissioned many beautiful works of art, grand architecture and restored major monuments across the country. Today, his legacy lives on, in the magnificent buildings of Isfahan and through his opulent gifts found in many Iranian holy shrines.

“This fabulous exhibition is a celebration of the achievements of one of Iran’s greatest rulers and showcases the vibrancy and culture of 17th century Iran” he added.

Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, said: “My colleagues and I are grateful to The Iranian Heritage Foundation and its chairman Vahid Alaghband for their generous support of the exhibition, the latest in a long series of joint projects with the British Museum to present Iranian culture to the widest public in London.”

The ‘Shah ‘Abbas: The Remaking of Iran’ exhibition at the British Museum will run until 14 June

About The Iran Heritage Foundation
The Iran Heritage Foundation is a non-political UK registered charity founded in 1995, with the mission to increase awareness about, promote and preserve the history, languages and cultures of Iran. Though only active since 1995, the Foundation has grown rapidly to establish itself on an international level by supporting programmes in Armenia, Austria, Canada, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, the United States, the United Kingdom and Iran.

The objectives of the Foundation are pursued by means of organising and supporting research, publication of books, and establishment of fellowships at major academic institutions and diverse activities of cultural or scholarly merit in a variety of related fields, on a worldwide basis.

About Balli Group plc
Balli Group plc is one of the UK’s largest private, multi-national corporations, headquartered in London. Established in 1982, Balli Holdings operates a number of affiliated companies with offices in key economic and business hubs around the world and operations in over 20 countries. Included within the Balli Group portfolio are balli steel and balli real estate, as well as other specialist companies providing services in commodity trading, industrial activities and aviation.

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Thomas Sanderson has revealed the details of its charity work undertaken in 2008 and unveiled some of its planned activities for 2009

Thomas Sanderson has revealed the extent of its charitable contributions made in 2008, with the company rasing a total £10,000 for worthy causes last year, and has pledged to continue it activities throughout 2009.

Charities including Children with Leukaemia, The British Heart Foundation, Make a Wish Foundation and Sports Relief were among the charities that benefitted from the fundraising efforts of Thomas Sanderson in 2008 and the company is looking forward to providing more charity support throughout 2009.

Overall the company helped raise £10,000 through a variety of pursuits to be shared between several different charities. Among the fundrasing activities were a Christmas dress up day and raffle in aid of the Salvation Army and Samaritans, Jeans for Genes days, a wear something pink day in support of the nationwide breast cancer awareness campaign, as well as a Power FM sponsored football tournament to help disadvantaged local children.

The charities that received donations from Thomas Sanderson during 2008 were chosen by members of staff and others connncted to the business, while requests for donations from the charities themselves are also considered. The requests were then brought up during monthly charity meetings, where the supporting material of each charity was read, with requests for support being granted to the most popular organisations, as voted by the members of the company.

The Thomas Sanderson charity team is now looking forward to the new year and will be continuing to donate to worthy causes throughout 2009, with plans currently afoot for Thomas Sanderson to assemble a team to participate in the Three Peaks challenge, which involves climbing the three highest mountains in the UK in 24 hours, in July in support of breast cancer.

About Thomas Sanderson:
Since 1991, Thomas Sanderson has grown from a family run business to an international company offering products and services throughout the UK and Ireland. The company is Europe’s largest manufacturer and supplier of conservatory blinds in addition to supplying window blinds, window shutters and patio awnings.

Thomas Sanderson has remained true to its roots, offering a local service and continuing to make its relationship with each and every customer its main priority. The company takes pride in ensuring the standards of service on offer match the high standards of its products.

Established as the market leader for over 17 years, Thomas Sanderson now offers businesses the opportunity to be associated with a national company, backed by local service. Thomas Sanderson has developed ‘refer and reward’ partnerships with over 1300 home improvement specialists, allowing them to offer their customers a complete range of products that add the finishing touches to any home improvement project, and with minimum fuss.

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Classic Checks helps support the National Breast Cancer Foundation with the release of the new Ribbon of Hope Bears. Each bear is wearing a white t-shirt that features the pink breast cancer awareness ribbon

Classic Checks is known for check designs that support charitable organizations and meaningful causes. Whether consumers support Defenders of Wildlife or The Lupus Foundation of America, Classic Checks provides beautiful personal checks to support wonderful foundations. The Ribbon of Hope Bears will be an outstanding addition to the existing product line and a cheerful way to help prevent breast cancer.

The National Breast Cancer Foundation’s mission is to save lives through increased awareness of breastcancer and its signs and effects. By providing mammograms to those in need and spreading educational tools, The NBCF has made many patients become survivors. Through relationships with medical and research organizations as well as with individuals and communities, NBCF has raised money to help find treatments and research a cure for breast cancer. The NBCF provides the strength and will to win the tragic battle with breast cancer.

Classic Checks has proudly support The National Breast Cancer Foundation since 2004, offering the Ribbon of Hope personal checks and accessories. The new Ribbon of Hope Bears are an excellent addition to the current product line, offering customers another way to support such an important mission. The bears stand approximately eleven inches tall and come dressed in a white T-shirt featuring the pink breast cancer awareness ribbon.

About Classic Checks:
Since 1995, Classic Checks has been helping consumers support charitable causes. By offering beautiful check designs, Classic Checks helps consumers spread the word about their favorite organizations. Visit Classic Checks’ website to see which foundation you can support.

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As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is sponsoring walks all over the United States. To help raise money for research and awareness, Custom Direct is joining in this walk and accepting donations for The American Cancer Society.

As a company that is very involved in the community, Custom Direct is extremely happy to have its employees, under team leader, Jackie Urlahs, participating in this event. With approximately twenty employees along with friends and relatives participating, Custom Direct has already raised over $2000 andthe number keeps rising. To show its true appreciation for the cause and goodwill of its employees, Custom Direct has donated $500 to The American Cancer Society through the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk that will take place on October 26, 2008 in Baltimore, Maryland.

The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is a cause solely based on donations. Founded by four women, two of whom are breast cancer survivors, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer raised over $50 million in 2007 alone to be used for breast cancer research, increasing education and awareness, ensuring that women have access to mammograms and continual care, providing free programs, and bettering the quality of life of those battling breast cancer. Additionally, almost 500,000 people from over 130 communities across the country participated in the walk last year. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is a wonderful way to provide hope and heighten awareness about this tragic disease.

With a momentum building in donations and the enthusiasm for the walk growing, Jackie Urlahs had this to say about the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event, “I’m really excited to see the response in participation from our associates, and I’m very proud of the amount we’ve raised in such a short time. I’m hopeful that we will continue to participate in this walk on an annual basis and raise the bar each year.”

About Custom Direct:
Offering an array of products, Custom Direct is an environmentally friendly company that has been operating since 1992. Initially only producing checks, Custom Direct has grown to produce other stationary products, custom designed and printed products, and anti-fraud services.

 

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The Slingsby Trolley Challenge Cup pits London’s finest hotels against each other in a fancy dress trolley race across Vincent Square, to support one of the UKs leading education and training charities

One of London’s finest squares was recently the scene of the very first Springboard Slingsby Challenge Cup. The capital’s hotel industry along with hospitality and culinary arts students from Westminster Kingsway College sent teams piled high on Slingsby trolleys in a charity race around Vincent Square to support one of the UK’s leading education and training charities.

The brightly decorated trolleys set off in a grand prix-style race around the square after the race was started by Viscount Thurso, M.P, a patron of the hospitality industry for many years and President of the Tourism Society and the Academy of Food and Wine Service.

The race featured teams from the Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill; Como Hotels & Resorts – The Metropolitan Hotel; The Goring; the Four Seasons – London; RAC Club; Institute of Directors Club; Aramark – Contract Caterers; The Langham Hotel; The Savoy Hotel; The Sheraton Park Lane and The Royal Garden Hotel as well as a team of students chefs from Westminster Kingsway College.

The event was held in aid of the Springboard Charitable Trust, one of the only charities in the UK dedicated to helping young and disadvantaged people improve their prospects by training them in a career in hospitality, leisure, travel or tourism.

It is essential for the industry to find new employees for the future and especially in time for the Olympics in 2012. The hospitality sector, including representatives’ of many of London’s internationally renowned hotels competed against each other in a comical trolley race to win the Slingsby Cup and declare themselves victorious.

The trolley race saw a number of brightly decorated teams dressed as the Flintstones, the Hollywood Stars and The Churchillians take part and prizes were awarded for the best decorated trolley and team, trolley navigating skills, style, courtesy and elegance. The race was sponsored by Slingsby Trolleys, the vehicles without which the hotel industry could not operate.

Slingsby manufacture high quality, adaptable and distinctive industrial equipment, and their product has become the preferred choice of several leading high street retailers, including Marks & Spencer and Harvey Nichols as well as many major hotels chains.

About Slignsby
Established in 1893, Slingsby are consistently improving their manufacturing pedigree through investment in new technology. Although famous originally for manual handling equipment, their latest catalogue features a range of over 35,000 essential products for the workplace, such as barrows, conveyors, handtrucks, janitorial and office equipment.

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