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Ride Sunday: Hundreds of thousands of riders around the world expected to take to the streets with over $1M of donations anticipated for 50 plus charity beneficiaries

AMSTERDAM, Apr-15-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — The date for Ride Sunday 2018, the international day of riding for a cause, has been confirmed for Sunday the 3rd of June.

Supported by Harley-Davidson Motorcycles, REV’IT!, Triumph Motorcycles, and Royal Enfield, Ride Sunday is the first event of its kind to attempt to unite the global motorcycling community.

The first Sunday in June will see hundreds of thousands of riders around the world take to the streets, with over $1M USD of donations anticipated for 50 plus charity beneficiaries.

Ride Sunday is open to all motorcyclists and scooter riders regardless of bike style or riding preference, be it on-road or off-road. Any rider with a motor and two wheels is encouraged to participate and raise funds for a charity of their choice by either joining a certified dealer ride, hosting their own ride, or joining an existing group ride via www.ridesunday.com.

Participants can utilise the Ride Sunday peer-to-peer fundraising platform to raise funds for the cause that they choose to support, with significant rewards and prizes for the highest fundraisers globally.

Ride Sunday is expected to be the world’s largest motorcycling charity event by the year 2020. The event’s goal is to raise $500M USD for charity within the next 10 years.

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Hays PureWater Launches $10,000 Campaign To Save Lives

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

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

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

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

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

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


Contact-Details: TJ Widbin

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Exciting New Innovative Fund-Raising Vehicle – Shuttlerock Takes Off

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

They formulated the Shuttlerock three step recipe for fundraising success.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The National Trust Announces Partnership with Garmin

The National Trust is offering visitors an exciting new way to explore its great outdoor places by partnering with GPS experts Garmin this summer.

Geocaching, a family friendly ‘digital’ treasure hunt, will be taking place at over 40 National Trust places across the country*. Visitors will be able to borrow a Garmin handheld GPS device to guide them to treasure ‘caches’ hidden in the countryside and coastland of National Trust sites.

These modern-day treasure-hunts are a fun way for visitors to get out and really experience the outdoors with the National Trust.

Andrew Silver, senior product manager for fitness and outdoor at Garmin said: “Geocaching is a great way for families and people of all ages to get outdoors and discover hidden places using a Garmin GPS and opencaching.com. At National Trust places this summer, you can have fun and get rewards, but also learn useful techniques such as how to read maps and co-ordinates. Garmin is really pleased to be able to offer this new activity to people who love to experience beautiful National Trust places.”

The partnership between the National Trust and Garmin is part of the Trust’s vision to encourage more people to enjoy the outdoors.

Over the forthcoming months, Garmin will be hosting taster sessions at National Trust places, so visitors from across England, Wales and Northern Ireland can become 21st century treasure hunters.

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The National Trust Announces Return Of Famous Beetle Wing Dress

The National Trust has announced that a Victorian dress decorated with 1,000 real beetle wings is set to go back on display following 1,300 hours of painstaking conservation.

A stage costume worn by Ellen Terry, one of the most celebrated and glamorous actresses of the Victorian age, has returned to her home, Smallhythe Place in Kent, cared for by the National Trust.

The emerald and sea green gown, covered with the iridescent wings of the jewel beetle (which the beetles shed naturally) was worn by Ellen when she wowed audiences with her portrayal of Lady Macbeth at London’s Lyceum Theatre in 1888.

It was one of the most iconic and celebrated theatre costumes of the time, immortalised by the John Singer Sargent portrait now on display at the Tate Gallery.

Known as the Queen of the Theatre, Ellen was mobbed by fans wherever she went. She played opposite Sir Henry Irving at the Lyceum Theatre for over 20 years and was famed for her portrayal of Shakespearean heroines.

As one of the most important items in the National Trust’s collections, the Beetle Wing dress was on the priority list to be conserved.

At over 120 years old, the dress had seen many years of wear and tear and was subject to much alteration. It was structurally very weak and a shadow of its original self. Two years ago the intricate process of conserving it began. A successful fundraising campaign raised £50,000 for the work to be completed.

Paul Meredith, house manager at Smallhythe Place, said: “We had collected the beetle wings that had fallen off over the years so that the conservator was able to re-attach many of the originals, plus others that had been donated to us – 1,000 in total.

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Soap Stars Signal The Start Of The Co-operative’s Support For Mencap And Enable Scotland

Soap stars Natalie Cassidy and Alan Halsall joined forces to cheer on staff from acrossThe Co-operative Group, as it started its year of fundraising for new Charity of the Year partner, Mencap and sister charity, ENABLE Scotland.

Natalie, a Mencap ambassador who plays Sonia Fowler Eastenders, is a two times winner of a British Soap Award and, was recently the focus of reality TV series, ‘Becoming a Mum’. While Alan is well known for his role as Tyrone Dobbs in Coronation Street – a character he has played for over 12 years.

Both pledged their support as The Co-operative embarks on a year-long, fun-filled programme of fundraising to help the charity to transform the lives of 20,000 young people in the UK with a learning disability.

With The Co-operative’s support, Mencap and ENABLE Scotland will launch a programme offering support to young people with a learning disability, including a range of volunteering opportunities, employment and community projects. The Co-operative is hoping to smash its previous Charity of the Year fundraising total which saw it raise £3.7million for RNID.

Speaking at the launch of the Charity of the Year partnership, Natalie Cassidy, who gave birth to daughter Eliza last September, said: “The Co-operative’s support will allow Mencap and ENABLE Scotland to give thousands of young people with a learning disability across the UK opportunities to play a more active part in their communities.

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Vancouver Intranet Software Company Runs a Charity Campaign

Intranet Connections provider of the popular intranet CMS software, turned to Social Media tools to organize and run a charity campaign in conjunction with the recent holiday season. During the month of December, CEO Carolyn Douglas and Online Marketing Manager Rachel Lai connected with Intranet Connections clients over Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook with an offer to donate $100.00 to a charity of their choice.

“Intranet Connections would not be the company that it is today without the feedback and input from our clients. We wanted to recognize their efforts and support the causes that are important to them over the holidays,” reported Carolyn Douglas. “By using social media, we hoped to introduce clients to new ways that they can connect with us and build community with our other intranet software users.”

The aim of the ‘Give Back’ campaign was to contribute to a cause that customers are passionate about in an easy, no strings attached way. There was a great response to the campaign and donations were made to charities ranging from a local animal rescue shelter in Nova Scotia, Canada to large national charities such as the American Cancer Society. This was the second year in a row where Intranet Connections has run this campaign over the holiday season.

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

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

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

The site will be found at JesseWillmsPhilanthropy.com.

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

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

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

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Co-operative Awarded For Charity Partnerships

The UK’s largest community retailer, The Co-operative Group has been honoured with two prestigious awards for its pioneering charity partnership work, which focuses on young people, in this year’s Business Charity Awards.

The Group scooped both the Employment Award and Best UK Project Award at London’s Grosvenor House last week. The winning projects are prime examples of The Co-operative’s work to inspire young people to change their world for the better.

The Employment Award 2010 went to the retailer for its pioneering Making Opportunities scheme which was set up to ensure that it’s stores reflected the diverse nature of the communities in which it trades.

Through the programme, The Co-operative, working with the charity Mencap, introduces people with learning difficulties into paid employment, through the process of a work trial, which replaces the interview process.

Gwynneth Smedley, Regional Operations Director for The Co-operative Food, said: “By working with the charity Mencap we are engaging one of the most excluded groups of disabled people, providing them with the opportunity to reach their potential, gain meaningful work experience and employment, and contribute to society.

“There are currently over 1.3 million disabled people in the UK who are available for work and who want to work. Our Making Opportunities scheme is unique in that it offers guaranteed paid employment to people with learning difficulties on successful completion of a work trial. So far, 154 people have taken part in the work trial and 92 have been offered permanent employment within our Co-operative Food stores (80 of which are 25 or under).”

During the event, The Co-operative Group also received The Best UK Project Award for its Co-operative StreetGames Young Volunteers programme. The product of a close working relationship with national sports charity, StreetGames, the programme supports 16-25 year olds from the most deprived communities across England and Wales to develop their talents and abilities through sports volunteering in their local communities and is just one part of The Co-operative’s contributions towards corporate social responsibility.

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Charity Golf Outing Planned To Help Fight Child Abuse

The Starfish Alliance will hold its annual golf outing on Saturday, July 10 at Bent Tree Golf Club, 350 Bent Tree Road in Sunbury. This event will help continue its support of Royal Family Kids’ Camps of Dublin (RFKC). RFKC provides a free one-week residential summer camp to hurting children, ages 7 to 11, from the Franklin County foster care system.

Charity Golf Outing Planned To Help Fight Child Abuse

The golf match is open to the public.

Registration begins with lunch at noon followed by a modified shotgun start at 1:30 p.m.

Registration is $75 per golfer and includes 18 holes of golf, riding cart, lunch, dinner, and various awards. Additional tickets for drinks, mulligans, and a chance at the MILLION DOLLAR SHOT will be available for purchase the day of the event.

“This event is, of course, lots of fun,” said Steve Fox, Executive Director of The Starfish Alliance. “But more importantly, it helps RFKC create a week of positive memories for abused, abandoned, and neglected kids who otherwise might not have the opportunity to attend a summer camp.”

Business sponsorships are also available for holes, events, and trophies.

Though players may register at the golf course on the day of the event, early registration is recommended as there is a limit on the number of players.

Reservations may be made by calling Brian Osborne at 614.305.5170 or via The Starfish Alliance website, www.starfishalliance.org.

About The Starfish Alliance :

The Starfish Alliance is a 501(c)(3) public charity whose goal is to financially support services for children who have been left behind. Children who many people have simply abandoned. Children who need to know that someone really does care about them.

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Appliance Repair Company Give Back – Repairman Donates Washing Machine to Sunderland Royal Hospital

0800 Repair’s Appliance Repairs Engineer Paul Short recently donated the money drummed up by holding a raffle for a brand new washing machine, with the takings being donated to Cancer Research at the Sunderland Royal Hospital.

The generous act was done as a thank you to the hospital as it was at the Royal that Paul’s wife was treated for Leukaemia for three years. It isn’t the first time Paul’s generosity has benefitted the hospital’s cancer research as Paul and his friends have participated in the Coast to Coast cycle race as well.

Paul had this to say about the donation, “It was great to raise this money for the hospital. The three years my wife was treated there were an extremely difficult time for us both, but the staff at the Sunderland Royal made it that much more bearable”

“You really feel like one of the family when you went into the ward” Paul’s wife Sharon had been successfully treated for Leukaemia at the Sunderland Royal’s cancer unit and ever since Paul has tried to help raise money for the progression of cancer research at the Royal Hospital.

The washing machine was donated to Paul’s Sunderland franchise of the North East company 0800 Repair which specialises in household repairs of some key household appliances such as washing machine repairs across all household brands such as Bosch Repairs. Holding the raffle Paul managed to raise £250 that was donated to the Sunderland Royal Hospital.

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Renowned Freerunner and Ninja Warrior does Backflips for Charity

Freerunner Levi Meeuwenberg is using his amazing abilities to give something back. Levi is known for his numerous appearances on the Japanese game show Ninja Warrior on G4 where he made it further than any other American competitor. His backflip fundraiser will raise money to teach disadvantaged children in Washington how to overcome obstacles through Parkour. As pledges are made, Levi will do a backflip for each donation.

When a donation is made on Levi’s website SkyNative.com, a message is immediately sent to Levi’s phone telling him to do a backflip. No matter where he is or what he’s doing at that moment he will do a standing backflip. He will then tweet explaining who made him do the backflip, where they made him do it, and what happened.

Renowned Freerunner and Ninja Warrior does Backflips for Charity

Some recent backflip tweets from Levi:

– Ahenricks made me do a backflip in the surpermarket. toothpaste aisle.

– AdamAH64 made me do a backflip at Unos pizza. the server thought it was cool, and has heard of parkour.

– Corndogg made me do a backflip in front of the capitol building. theres an earth day convention going on!

– CarolynG made me do a backflip in the foothills of the rockies in boulder,co. why is it snowing here!?

– Bob king made me do a backflip while constructing a steadycam out of a tripod, masking tape and a hammer.

Thousands of young people in Washington are homeless or from very low-income families who consistently fall through the cracks of society without support from a positive community. Many are missing out on their potential in life by not having anything to develop a passion for or to build goals from. This Parkour Visions project will affect more than 500 at-risk youth from the lowest-income housing in King County, crisis centers in Seattle, and public schools in Tacoma’s poorest neighborhoods.

Through parkour, these at-risk youth in Washington will improve their self-esteem and fitness by learning to run, jump, climb, crawl, and vault over obstacles, transforming their everyday world into an epic playscape. The Parkour Visions classes use parkour basics to teach young people how to creatively use the environment around them to improve and challenge themselves. Lessons encourage pride in achievement, respect for training grounds, and responsibility in facing fears.

If you have the creative ability to turn a simple set of railings into a playground, a gym, and a public stage then you have the potential for lifelong physical and mental fitness. This is what parkour can build when taught correctly.

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Sharon’s out in the Cold for Charity

A mum of four has experienced life as a homeless person after taking to the streets to raise money for charity.

Sharon Leung, who lives in Sutton-in-Ashfield, battled the freezing weather to take part with 40 others, including the right honourable Lord Mayor of Mansfield, in the‘Big Snore’ event on Friday 29 January to raise funds for Framework, the homeless charity.

Sharon, who has been a Sales Executive at the Priestsic Road branch of ACF Car Finance Limited for the past six years, gave up her comfortable bed and warm duvet to take part in the sleep-over event held in the grounds of St Mark’s Church in Mansfield. She then returned to work on the Saturday morning, after a not so good night’s sleep.

All money raised from the event will now be donated to Framework to help provide housing, support and training services to vulnerable and homeless people throughout Nottinghamshire. So far the fundraising has totalled over £9,000, already beating last year’s total by almost £2,000.

Sharon, who also took part in the event last year, commented: “I would like to thank everyone who sponsored me for taking part in the Framework sleep-over event, including my employer ACF Car Finance who donated £100. My colleagues have been incredibly supportive!

“Whilst it was bitterly cold on Friday night it was great to get the opportunity to do something for such a worthy cause. Sleeping under the stars for one night was challenging but it is nothing when you think about the many people who have to sleep rough everyday. I hope that our help can make a difference to the lives of others by raising awareness of this charity and raising such much-needed funds.”

Framework currently helps provide support to rough sleepers, substance misusers, people experiencing mental health difficulties, vulnerable women, young people, care leavers, older homeless people and people at risk of losing their home. Framework is funded through local authority grants, local trusts and foundations and public donations.

To donate to Framework visit their page at http://www.justgiving.com/framework/.

CAPTION: Sharon Leung – Sleeping rough for a worthwhile cause.

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A Video Name Tag Authorized Reseller pledges $10.00 to the Clinton Foundation for Haitian Relief Fund

George Mandell, an authorized reseller for the Recom Group, Inc. was touched deeply by the earthquake in Haiti and as a result of that, he is going to donate $10 for each unit sold of the Video Name Tag, a device that is providing businessess in many sectors an easy and effective way to deliver important news to customers regarding their new offers, products, daily specials and services.

The device is easy to carry around with you because of it’s size but the video screen is much clearer than LED screeens as it’s organic OLED.

If anyone is interested in this marvelous product and who wishes to be part of the donation process and still get something in return, please visit the website of Video Name Tag and purchase one for a friend, family member or yourself.

Their website is: http://www.videonametag.com/

Mr. Mandell will also make it more affordable for you as he is offering a $10.00 credit for every unit ordred by providing all of you with a Discount Code to enter at the end of the order. The Discount Code is:

Discount Code: George135

He wants to help those people in Haiti as he has seen the damage and he’s put himself in their shoes as it would be heartbreaking for him and his loved ones, so he fully understands the strife and inconveniences that they are going through and he wish them God’s love in every way.

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The Dental Clinic And Optical Express Sponsor Cycle For Charity

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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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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