If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to respond to a disaster, Oxfam UK is offering you the chance to take part in their ‘Emergency Challenge’ for a first hand experience. The charity are now looking for teams of four individuals to be challenged on a variety of skills that you would have to master in an emergency scenario.
The Emergency Challenge will be taking place on Saturday 2nd November 2013 at Wellington College, Berkshire, with the teams being tested on their mental, physical and strategic strengths as they deal with five different emergencies in –
Oxfam spokesperson, Tom Holloway, said –
Emergency Challenge is a fantastic team building and personal development opportunity that also provides the chance to network with other businesses. It’s a completely unique event and directly linked to the rapid response work that Oxfam is renowned for. The money raised will help save lives in real-life emergencies worldwide such as Oxfam’s work around the current crisis in Syria.
Various teams from across the country will be taking part, would you like to be one of them? This would make a great team building exercise for your company or even just a group of friends. All entries must be over 18, and a minimum of £1,600 is the required donation per team, so £400 per man.
All the funds raised from this amazing challenge will go toward Oxfam’s amazing work in regions like Syria, where over a million refugees are in desperate need of help due to displacement. Oxfam’s frontline staff aim to help over half of those in need of food, water and shelter in the coming months, but the money that is raised through this challenge will allow them to help more people quicker.
There will be be over 60 teams battling it out on the day to see if they can handle an Emergency Challenge. If you think you can, simply click on the link below to register your interest in this amazing initiative.
Category: Concern Worldwide, Poverty
It was great to see London Irish rugby player James Sandford get involved with some charity work for Concern Worldwide when he recently visited Malawi. The team are now an official partner of the charity, and aim spread the word amongst the rugby fraternity of the great work Concern put in to help some of the world’s poorest people.
Concern Worldwide CEO, Tom Arnold, said –
Concern is delighted to be partnering with such a great sporting team as London Irish. The club has a strong following internationally but firmly retains its Irish roots, and so it is with Concern. Here we have a fantastic opportunity to speak to rugby supporters and to share with them the difference they can make in the lives of those less fortunate. I look forward to a successful and engaging association with the club in the future.
Tom was pleased to be part of the work that Concern were doing in Malawi, and jumped at the chance to visit their overseas programmes to let the club know exactly what was happening from the front line. He received an amazing reception wherever he visited, and could certainly see why Malawi is know as the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’.
Whilst he was there, Tom had the pleasure of meeting a farmer called Frank, who lived in a small, isolated village selling small amounts of firewood to survive. Thankfully Frank was chosen to be part of Concern’s livestock programme, and was delighted to recently receive a sheep. When the animal had lambs, Frank was able to sell them at the market and also keep a few, giving him the chance to feed and clothe his family. These small charity gifts purchased by people like yourselves literately change people’s lives. People like Frank.
Malawai is one of the world’s poorest countries, with over half the population living below the poverty line, with more than 45% of Malawi’s children malnourished. If you would like to make a difference to someone’s life today, check out our Concern Worldwide page for more information on how your small donation can go a long way to helping turn someone’s life around.
Why not help Cancer Research ‘Shine’ this year, and help raise much needed funds to try and prevent this killer disease. The event is a night time walking full/half marathon which has been going strong since 2010, helping to raise a whopping £9million in the process.
All the money raised by the men, women and children involved goes towards translational research, which has helped make a huge impact on the fight against cancer. Here’s all the information on the next Shine if you would like to take part in what is sure to be an amazing fundraising event –
- Saturday 28th September 2013
- Battersea Power Station
- 8.15pm Full Marathon
- 9.45pm Half Marathon
- Minimum £35 Entry
Website entries finish on Sunday 15th September 2013, and places are filling up fast so please don’t delay if you are interested in helping raise much needed funds to finally put an end to this killer disease. So grab your glowsticks and crazy outfits and join over 10,000 people who will be decked out in neon and lights to help Cancer Research bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.
If you would like to learn more about Cancer Research UK, or find out other ways of how you can help raise much needed funds, check out our dedicated charity page for further information.
Category: Oxfam, Oxfam Unwrapped
Oxfam UK is celebrating their 70th year on the high street and to commemorate this landmark, have brought in a whole host of famous faces for their ad campaign. Leading the way is supermodel Jacquetta Wheeler, who was shot by international photographer Guy Aroch to showcase some of the amazing vintage pieces that can be found in Oxfam stores up and down the country.
The idea was the brainchild of William Banks-Blaney, who is Oxfams’s 2013 fashion patron and brought together this ‘dream team’ absolutely free of charge to help with the charity’s latest campaign. At the end of last year, William spent 6 months visiting Oxfam stores to unearth his favourite hidden treasure to create his first ‘Oxfam Edit’, and was over the moon with what he discovered.
Oxfam Fashion Patron, William Banks-Blaney, said –
I am delighted to be the Oxfam Fashion Patron for 2013 and excited to work with Oxfam, showcasing their amazing selection of clothes and the great work this global charity carries out. I wanted to show the relevance of vintage and second hand clothing and to show how beautifully pieces from different decades can work together.
The final product ended with not just a two day pop up shop in London to showcase the best Oxfam fashion finds, but also a special feature on the Vogue website as part of their ‘Online Fashion Week’.
It’s great to see these amazingly talented individuals coming together for free to celebrate 70 years of Oxfam on the high street. Here’s hoping the extra exposure created by this fashion ‘dream team’ go a long way to helping raise much needed funds to help those less fortunate in the world.
If you would like to help to this amazing charity, why not purchase a gift through the Oxfam Ethical Collection at our dedicated page? Here you’ll find loads of gifts that will help the charity to give a helping hand to those that need it the most.
Category: Animal Charities, RSPB
Great news emanating from our friends at the RSPB shop, where you can now receive free delivery on all your goods when you spend £25 or more. Simply order online before midnight on Monday 5th July 2013 to enjoy this great offer –
- Add voucher code – T13ITH0036
- Free delivery on £25 plus spend
- Offer ends 05/07/13
They are also offering loads of different gifts with up to 50% off, including rucksacks, bird feeders, kitchenware, notebooks, toys, and loads of other amazing goodies. 150 Suet balls are only £19.99 instead of £25.50, whilst a 5.5kg of table is is now available at half price when you spend over £35.
So why not save yourself some serious cash and help the RSPB with every purchase you make. Your purchase provide much needed funds to help the RSPB to protect the amazing birds and countryside of Great Britain.
Category: Concern Gifts, Concern Worldwide
Father’s Day is this weekend on Sunday 16th June 2013, and we know it can be hard to find a gift that really shows you care. This year, why not give something a little bit different – like a fish pond or a cow?!
Concern Worldwide is an international charity that tackles hunger and poverty in the world’s poorest communities. By choosing your deserving dad a Concern gift, you can help another father and his family out of extreme poverty and transform their lives – what more special gift could there be?
Below are some ideas – or you can browse the range to make sure you find something perfectly suited for your dad!
- For the outdoors type… A Fish Pond £8
Dig and stock a fish pond to help benefit a community for the long term. Fish are easy to keep, a great source of protein and can be sold for extra income too.
- For the protective dad… Land rights £20
Land rights confirm a family legally own their land – vital in countries where people can be exploited and denied access to their own crops. The rights can be passed on to their children too.
- For the hard worker… A Cow £44
A hard working cow is a valuable asset. It also provides calcium-rich milk, manure for farming and hopefully a calf too. An udderly brilliant way to feed the family and earn a living.
These make the perfect last minute gifts too, as you can order an e-card right up until Father’s Day. You could even order it on the day, though I wouldn’t leave it THAT late!
For more information on the charity, check out our dedicated Concern Worldwide page for extra gift ideas on how you can help people in the world who really require our assistance.
Category: National Trust, National Trust Gift Shop
Olympic medal winning brothers Alistair and Jonny Brownlee will be holding their first ever triathlon at the National Trust site Fountain Abbey and Studley Royal. The brothers, who won gold and bronze respectively, will be holding the ‘Brownlee Tri’ on Saturday 21st September 2013 in their home country of Yorkshire, and they couldn’t be any more pumped for it!
Jonny said –
It’s great to be holding our first Brownlee Triathlon at Fountains Abbey. As young children, our parents used to take us there for walks to try and wear us out so we have good memories of the place. We want this triathlon to be part of our legacy and to see as many people take part as possible.
Triathlon is the by far the fastest growing Olympic Sport, with 31% growth per year, with a massive 20% completing in their first event in 2012. It really is becoming that popular. The Brownlee Tri will be a supersprint triathlon, featuring –
- 400m swim
- 10km cycle
- 2km run
These grueling tests will all take place in the stunning surroundings within the National Trust’s medieval deer park.
Alistair said –
The whole area around Fountains Abbey is fantastic to train as triathletes and a perfect fit for us. The paths and trails in the abbey’s estate are a lovely setting for a run, with great views of Ripon Cathedral and the Yorkshire Dales. The lanes close to the abbey are some of the best in the country for cycling. We’re very lucky in Yorkshire to have some of the finest countryside around, and Fountains is a great place to see a lot of it.
Click on the link below to find out more about this exciting event, and if you’re in the area, why not pop down and cheer on the competitors? Good luck to all those taking part
If you would like to help preserve the countries heritage sites, or would just like to visit them, why not pick up a National Trust membership from our site and help keep Britain GREAT!
If you love a bit of super cycle action, why not sign up for the KidsCan Manchester to Chester bike ride and help raise some much needed funds for the children’s cancer research charity?
This awesome event will be taking place on Sunday 23rd June 2013, and starts at Platt Fields Park in Manchester and finishes at The College of Law near Chester. The course is some 53 miles, and will travel via Lymm, Comberbach and Kelsall as you race through the glorious British countryside in aid of children who are battling against cancer.
KidsCan Fundraising Manager, Holly Bond, said –
We are all extremely excited to be participating in the Manchester to Chester bike ride for the first time this year and are asking people to support us and take on the challenge. Whether you’re an accomplished rider or complete beginner, this challenge is ideal for all abilities, and a great way to spend a Sunday with your family, while raising money for a great cause.
The charity themselves recently celebrated their 10th birthday, and what better way to join in the celebrations than to take part in this amazing bike ride. All participants will be provided with everything they need in a fundraising pack to help them with their efforts, so if you are interested, why not click on the link below to find out more information on how you can help children to fight cancer.
Jaro is a brand new game that will help to raise millions of dollars for some of the world’s most deserving charities. It is the brainchild of Anthony Farah, who came up with the vision whilst studying economics in High School.
His dream was to see how the world could be changed for the better if everyone on the planet gave $1 to those that couldn’t. Jaro is being run by Vivant Ltd, a digital marketing company in Sydney, Australia, with the aim to help charitable causes through digital engagement.
The game itself is billed as a ‘numeric battleship’, which was conceived simply by Anthony looking at the keypad on his phone. Over five years, Anthony and his team worked on various different ideas and concepts to create the ideal platform to engage the player, and help raise money for charities across the globe.
Their aim is simple –
to raise hundreds of millions of dollars for the world’s most deserving charitable causes.
They already support –
- WWF UK
- MacMillan Cancer Support
- Great Ormond Street
- British Red Cross
- Plus many many more…
Every person that plays Jaro can even choose which charity they want to contribute to, which will make the world of difference to people’s lives who desperately need our help. To find out more about this amazing cause, simply click on the link below to find out how you play the game and how you can be part of what is sure to be a global phenomenon.
It’s the perfect blend of fun, strategy and reward.
> > Click here to learn more about Jaro
Category: Concern Gifts, Concern Worldwide
Tuesday 28th May 2013 is World Hunger Day and Concern Worldwide are quite rightly celebrating sustainable solutions that will go a long way to ending extreme hunger and poverty. 875 million people across the globe are hungry right now, yet providing simple and effective solutions can help change this.
Concern gifts are such practical solutions. From piglets and goats to seeds and tools, families and communities can have the means to provide their own food. You can help tackle hunger by buying a Concern gift, which make great presents for friends and family. Here is a suggestion, but you can browse the wider range by clicking on the link at the bottom of the post.
A donation of just £15 offers a nutritious gift that supplies around 500 pineapple plants for a family like Mubiru Mburabwicho in the picture above. She was able to grow pineapple plants on her land in Kaisoko, Uganda. Now the plants are bearing fruit, and Mubiru sells the pineapples at local markets.
From this she earns vital extra cash to help feed her children, and because pineapples are easy to grow and sustain, Mubiru still has time to look after her other crops.
All Concern Worldwide gifts are selected especially because they will benefit people for the long term. So browse the Concern shop today and know that whatever gift you choose, you’ll be empowering people to provide for themselves both now and in the future.