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Rural Retreat Depot in Final Acquisition Phase

The Rural Retreat Depot, made famous by O. Winston Link in his 1957 photographs entitled “Birmingham Special Gets the High Ball at Rural Retreat” and “The Pelican at Rural Retreat, VA”, is about to be spared the bulldozer if the Rural Retreat Depot Foundation is successful in raising $90,000 by October 1, 2012 to purchase it from its current owner. Railroad buffs and fans of O. Winston Link’s works are encouraged to donate to save the depot.

The Town of Rural Retreat grew up around this Norfolk and Western Depot in the 1800’s, essentially relocating a village that had formed a few miles away along the Great Road of Virginia. The original depot was burned during the Civil War, and was replaced by the present structure in 1866. The depot operated as a passenger station and Railway Express Office for many years but was closed by Norfolk Southern when it ceased passenger operations. For the past 50 years the depot has been used by local businesses as a warehouse and has gone into disrepair.

The citizens of Rural Retreat, Wythe County and others from around the country have formed the Rural Retreat Depot Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to saving and restoring the depot. “The Town of Rural Retreat is delighted to have the Foundation working on behalf of the depot. The depot is the centerpiece of Rural Retreat and we look forward to its restoration,” said Tim Litz, Mayor of Rural Retreat. The restoration plans will focus on history, learning and community activities.

The Rural Retreat Depot Foundation
The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that is seeking tax free donations for the acquisition of the depot. Following the acquisition a variety of grants will be sought for the restoration, complementing the commitment of local contractors and artisans to donate their services. To make a donation please visit the Foundation website atwww.ruralretreatdepot.org, or send your check to

The Rural Retreat Depot Foundation, P.O.Box 843, Rural Retreat, VA 24368

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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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The Great Homecoming and Bill Partridge Retirement Celebration will be held November 13th at the Azleway Boys’ Ranch Training Center

A Great Homecoming and Retirement Celebration is scheduled for November 13, 2009 at the Azleway Boys’ Ranch Training Center, 158992 County Road 26, Tyler Texas. Founder and CEO of Azleway, Inc., Billy M. Partridge, will be retiring after 30 years of service and dedication to the needy children of East Texas. Bill started Azleway with only seven children. Today, Azleway serves more than 1,000 abandoned and abused children a year from over ninety Texas counties.

Everyone is welcome to share in the love that this great man has brought to Azleway. Former children of Azleway, current and former employees, current and past board members, donors, sponsors, friends, family and acquaintances are all invited for an evening of refreshments, appetizers and memories. Presentations will be held at 6:00 p.m.

Donations are currently being accepted to build the Bill and Dana Partridge Boys’ Cottage at Azleway Boys’ Ranch. $160,000 is needed to complete the cottage that will house ten boys in need of the love, care and attention that they so dearly need in their lives.

About Azleway
The mission of Azleway is to provide a home, school and treatment opportunities with intervention and prevention strategies to children and their families from a faith based perspective in order to increase their abilities to succeed in life.

For more information about Azleway or to donate to the Bill and Dana Partridge Boys’ Cottage Fund contact Aleta Lewis at (903) 566-8444 ext. 212 or see our website at www.azleway.org.

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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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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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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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Century Models And Talent Agency Has Recently Conducted A Charity Fashion Show To Benefit The Cancer Society

Century Models and Talent Agency has recently conducted a Charity Fashion Show to benefit the Cancer Society, IN COLLABORATION with a local designer, Jonathan Price. They made sure all the name brand models they represent should be on the ramp for a probable cause.

Century Models and Talent Agency always believes in giving something to the community in some way or the other. Last year they had there models clean cars on King Street, and all the money collected was given to the United Way. Century Models and Talent Talent Agency would like to convey to there competitors to start helping out in some form or the other. We wish them luck and thank the models for there time and hard work.

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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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Npower Declares The Sixways Kit Amnesty A Soaring Success

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Npower To Support Sixways Kit Amnesty On Derby Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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Npower’s Generosity Helps Kids At Cedars School Get Around

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Australian Baseball Club Announces Fun Raiser With A Difference

The Ku-ring-gai Stealers Baseball Club may not be the size of overseas major league baseball clubs but the heart of its members and the local community is huge. In response to the Australian bush fire tragedy in Victoria this baseball club has just announced its unique FUN raiser.

This fun fundraiser is sure to be a lot of fun for everyone involved.

While full details are not yet clear, if you live in Sydney and aren’t at Golden Jubilee Oval (at the end of Westbrook Avenue, Wahroonga) on Sunday 9 March 2009 you’ll be missing out on a hell of a lot of fun! Full event details have not yet been finalised but it’s going to be one hell of fundraiser with a difference.

For more details (and regular updates) about this appeal for the benefit of those who have suffered at the hands of the most recent Australia fires go to http://www.everydayhero.com.au/Ku_Ring_GaiStealersBaseball.

If you are unable to make the event then please click on the DONATE BUTTON at http://www.everydayhero.com.au/Ku_Ring_GaiStealersBaseball and give generously. Every dollar will make a difference to help those in need. Donations are accepted from now until after the event.

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Totalprestige Club, the networking site for c-level executives, introduces H.S.H. Princess Karina Bagration-Moukhransky, Princess Elfi Odo dua of Benin, Mr Paolo Zampolli, Mr Lorenzo Quinn and Mr Ransel Newcombe Potter as its new Honorary Presidents, and ratify its support to praiseworthy charities

Over the years, Totalprestige Club has always followed the usual practices of traditional elite clubs. In keeping with this policy, it has announced today that several Honorary Presidents were recently appointed. It has also reported that as of February 1, 2009, annual contributions made by members, as well as part of the revenues f r o m its Gala Evenings, will support the Totalprestige Foundation and specific charities selected by the Honorary Presidents.

Annual contributions required f r o m members range between USD $100 (minimum) and USD $10,000 (maximum). When registering, all members may determine how much they will contribute: USD $100, $300, $500, $1,000, $5,000 or $10,000. These contributions are subsequently delivered to the Totalprestige Foundation.

Our Foundation,” Founder, Rose Marie Perez explains, “does not have its own humanitarian program, so its mission is to help other charity organizations as much as possible. However, it has become increasingly difficult to decide which organizations to support, as there are a great many of them and they are all doing a fine job. For this reason, we asked our Honorary Presidents what their favorite charities are, and these are the ones we will help f r o m now on.”

These are the selected charities:
The project River of Life as suggested by Princess Elfi Odo-Dua of Benin, Germany.
The IREO Foundation – United Nations, as proposed by Mr Paolo Zampolli, New York.
Fundació Juvanteny chosen by Mr Lorenzo Quinn, Barcelona -Spain.
The Robin Hood Foundation, nominated by Mr Ransel Newcombe Potter, New York.
The Charity chosen by H.S.H. Princess Karina Bagration-Moukhransky, Ukraine, will be announced soon.

Totalprestige is a private and closed circle of world executives at senior level, personalities and celebrities. In September, 2008, Totalprestige Inc launched an online networking site TotalprestigeCommunity.com defined as “The Facebook for the Filthy Rich,” in Wired Magazine and described as “The Network for High Society,” in The NY Post and in Il Corriere della Sera Rose Marie added, “We at Totalprestige we feel there’s nothing better for business than a face-to-face meeting and a strong handshake. However, this is the Internet age and our online networking site is very useful for first contacts and breaking the ice”

As to the Gala Evenings , virtually all of these will be on behalf of the Totalprestige Foundation, including live auctions, and part of the proceeds will be donated to the aforementioned organizations.

Coming Galas announced by Totalprestige: The Red Diamond Dinner Ball, to be held in New York City on Thursday, April 23, and The Cinema Beach Gala -in partnership with Les Etoiles-, which will take place in Cannes on Saturday, May 23, during the Film Festival.

We asked Rose Marie to kindly explain what the Gala Evenings Season is all about:

“Many million-dollar contracts have just started to be negotiated in an informal, relaxed setting by people who had a glass of champagne or fine whiskey in their hands. This is exactly what we want to promote: more opportunities for our people to do more business while they enjoy high-end entertainment. This is our job at Totalprestige, and the Gala Evenings Season it’s an opportunity for our members, clients, friends and partners to engage in professional and social relations, as well as a virtual key to open doors in new countries and markets.”

 

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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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