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We have limited funds to donate to charity however, we do try to make a contribution every year to a number of key causes.
In this financial year (2010 – 2011) we attended the bpma (British Promotional Merchandise Association) Christmas lunch. The lunch is the annual industry get together and key opportunity for raising money for the charity of the day. We made a donation to Great Ormond Street Hospital. All monies raised help them to fund life-saving equipment and ground-breaking research to find cures and treatments giving children everywhere a brighter future.
If you would like to find out more or to make a donation click here: www.gosh.org/why-we-need-your-help
Whilst we love to send a physical Christmas card to our customers and suppliers we hope you agree that sending an E-Christmas card, which allows us to donate the funds to a charity instead, is a good option! This year we decided to select Oxfam as our chosen charity and we purchased 8 lovely goats!
An "unwrapped" goat makes a massive difference to people’s lives – giving them milk to drink and sell, fertiliser for their crops and, eventually, kids to take to market. “The goat will increase our income, and help us educate our children and our grandchildren – it will bring a lifetime of change for us.”
Check it out for yourself http://www.oxfam.org.uk/shop/content/unwrapped/how_it_works.html
Another of our favourite great causes this year is OneLife a charity run by Wayne Eldridge and Mete Alpsakarya. Established in 2009, OneLife has since opened its own DJ and Music production Academies and has set up many programmes for under achieving and deprived kids. All are housed in sports venues such as Crystal Palace, Millwall, Chelsea, West Ham and Leyton Orient and they now have their own ONELIFE Centre in South East London. ONELIFEs outreach programmes run at schools or local community halls across the south east within deprived areas.
Danceaid is the original charity, which was set up by the duo in 2006. Boosted by friends in the industry (with innovative use of the UK Press, social networks and internet campaigns via the boys very own danceaid.tv and clubtown.tv) their events in top London venues such as Scala, SeOne, Ministry of Sound and Pacha London have raised more than £350,000 for NSPCC, BHF, Great Ormond Street and Action for Children. This is great for the four major charities and has given thousands of happy clubbers a night to remember!
Check them out click here: http://www.onelifeuk.org/onelifeuk/
Macmillan Cancer Support helps improve the lives of people affected by cancer, both those living with cancer and also their families and carers. Today, more people in the UK are living with cancer and one in three of us will get cancer at some point in our lives. Cancer affects us all and we can all help to make people's experience of it better.
So this September we will be running an “alternative coffee morning” to raise funds for this great charity. To find out more about the charity and running your own coffee morning activity click here: http://coffee.macmillan.org.uk/Home.aspx