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London Irish Tackling Hunger in Malawi with Concern Worldwide

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Jul 23 2013
James Sandford in Malawi

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.

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Spend £25 for Free Delivery at RSPB Shop – Offer ends 05-07-13

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Jun 21 2013
Free Delivery with 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.

> > Click here to order online

Another way help the RSPB is to purchase a membership, meaning you can gain entry to over 100 different nature reserves across the country. They make the perfect charity gift for nature enthusiasts.

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Join KidsCan for Their Manchester to Chester Bike Ride

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Jun 5 2013
Join KidsCan for Their Manchester to  Bike Ride

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.

> > Click here for KidsCan bike ride

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Jaro – Helping Charities to Raise Money Through Technology

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Jun 1 2013
Jaro

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 –

  • WSPA Australia
  • WWF UK
  • MacMillan Cancer Support
  • NSPCC
  • 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

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WSPA Ask Australia to Stop Live Exports

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May 20 2013
Help Protect the World's Cattle

WSPA charity officials are asking Australia to stop exporting cattle from Egypt after terrible footage was uncovered on how the animals are being treated. Animals Australia managed to take the footage showing the Egyptians treating the cattle with extreme cruelty at their abattoirs, and now WSPA want the exports to be halted.

This isn’t the first time this has happened though. Back in 2006, cattle exports were halted from Australia to Egypt for nearly four years after concerns over the treatment of cattle were raised. Live exports to Indonesia were also stopped in 2011 after evidence of animal cruelty emerged.

Chief Executive for WSPA, Mike Baker, said –

This is not a one off; there is a history of cruelty and animals being subjected to the worst kind of abuse in the live export trade. It is unacceptable given there is a humane and economical solution to live export of animals. The live export industry would have us believe that conditions in abattoirs meet ‘suitable’ animal welfare standards and that they are improving animal welfare all over the world. This footage demonstrates this is evidently not true.

If you would like to help improve animal welfare for Australia cattle, why not stand up and be counted alongside WSPA by signing their petition to ask for a more ethical solution. Simply click on the link below to add your voice to those who want change, and want it now.  It literally takes 30 seconds, and will go a long way to protecting Australian cattle from cruelty.

> > Click here to sign petition

If you would like to learn more about the work of the WSPA, why not check out our dedicated charity page for more information. With your help, WSPA will try to stop animal cruelty at the source, protecting the world’s animals from mistreatment.

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Festival Stewarding with Oxfam UK

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Apr 11 2013
Becomme an Oxfam Festival Steward

If you’re an avid festival goer, have you ever thought working as a steward at an event through Oxfam UK? It’s a great way to help raise donations for the charity, as the festival organisers make a donation for every steward that Oxfam provides, and with 4,000 places at 15 festivals, you could be part of raising almost £1million.

Being a steward at a festival can be great fun, and also a fantastic way to meet new people and provide a friendly service for attendees. The majority of the time you will answering questions, giving directions, and working alongside the security staff to ensure everyone is safe and having a great time.

There’s a great selection of festivals to choose from, with places still left for –

  • Boomtown Fair     07 Aug to 12 Aug
  • Boardmasters     06 Aug to 12 Aug
  • Shambala     21 Aug to 26 Aug
  • Leeds             21 Aug to 26 Aug
  • Reading     21 Aug to 26 Aug
  • Bestival     04 Sep to 09 Sep

Glastonbury and Latitude are already full, but come on, Boomtown Fair and Bestival will be much better than Glasto in my humble opinion! You need to attend training to learn a few tricks of the trade, be over 18 years old, and have a good command of the English language. A deposit is required of £205 to secure your training place, which is completely refundable when you finish your festival shifts.

Simply click on the link below to apply for this amazing chance to work at some of the best festivals in the country, whilst helping to raise much needed funds to aid Oxfam UK’s life changing initiatives across the globe.

> > Click here to apply online

If you would like to learn more about the fantastic work Oxfam perform across the globe, or would even like to purchase a virtual charity gift for a friend our a loved one, check out our dedicated page to find out how you can help people less fortunate than ourselves.

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Special Places with the National Trust

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alister
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Apr 4 2013
Cliveden House by David Watson

Do you have a special place that means a lot to you? Somewhere that stirs memories, or brings a smile to your face. Maybe even somewhere that you got married, or a place that makes you happy. My special place would be Old Trafford (a bit of a cliché I know!), having spent some of my favourite times there watching my favourite football team, but The National Trust has asked a few celebrities where their special place is, with some amazing results.

Many of the people asked have a deep affinity with National Trust sites, and who can blame them? The National Trust care for some of the countries most majestic manor houses and places of interest, so why not check them out for yourself and see what all the fuss is about. For example –

  • Jude Law loves Cliveden House in Berkshire
  • Kim Cattrall is a big fan of Blickling Estate in Norfolk
  • Nell McAndrew love Ham House in London
  • Austin Healey has a special place in his heart for Conwy Bridge

Check out the video below to hear from actor Nick Moran, rugby star Austin and model Nell on why they hold these places in such affection.

Actor Jude Law said –

One of the great scenes of Sherlock Holmes was shot at Cliveden House – It’s such a gorgeous place. I had no idea the National Trust looked after the gardens and grounds there, they are glorious and I love spending time wandering around them. We can rest assured the Trust will look after them for generations to come.

The National Trust survey also showed that four out of five people felt that visiting their favourite place give them a much bigger sense of well being than shopping, and people do love to shop! Over a third of those asked named a place that reminds them of their childhood, whilst 10% named somewhere that reminded them of something romantic.

Everyone has a special place, and maybe you could discover some new ones with a National Trust membership card. This nifty piece of kit will gain you entry to all of the National Trust sites across the country to discover parts of British history that you maybe never knew existed. It’s a great way to not only visit amazing sites, but also ensure the charity can keep them looking majestic for future generations to enjoy.

Photograph of Cliveden House by David Watson

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WWF Earth Hour 2013 – 23-03-13

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Mar 15 2013
Earth Hour 2013

Not long now until Earth Hour 2013 folks, with just 8 days left at the time of writing. The whole spectacle kicks off at 8.30pm on Saturday 23rd March 2013, as millions of people turn off their lights for an hour to support pleas for more consideration to the planet and climate change.

This amazing annual event focuses on our need to protect the planet, after all, we only have one! Will you be one of the million supporters who choose to join in this year? If you do, there’s some amazing audiobooks available read by the likes of –

  • Kevin McCloud
  • Alistair McGowan
  • Miranda Richardson

who have recorded exclusive stories for you to listen to, simply by signing up for Earh Hour 2013. The series is called ‘Just So’, and will feature world renowned stories such as How the Camel got his Hump, The Crab that Played with the Sea and How the Whale got his Throat by celebrated author Rudyard Kipling. These have been specifically created for you to listen to on the night whilst your lights are off, and last a total of 60 minutes. They will be the perfect accompaniment to your hour of darkness, so why not light a candle, snuggle up under a duvet, at let these amazing actors read to you during Earth Hour 2013.

> > Click here for more info on ‘Just So’ stories

By turning your lights off for one hour this Saturday at 8.30pm, you will be showing the world that you want a better future for our planet. Here’s hoping that the world’s leaders join us in our stand against dirty fossil fuels and put plans into motion to use more green, renewable energy to help the planet during it’s hour of need. Earth Hour 2013. Are you doing enough to save the planet?

If you would like to help this amazing charity and the planet, why not purchase a WWF membership to help save threatened species and preserve life on Earth. This is a great charity gift for an eco-friendly family member or colleague, and your donations really count in helping to save the planet.

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Live Below the Line with Oxfam UK

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Mar 8 2013
LIve Below the Line

Do you think you could live on just £1 of food a day, for FIVE days?! This is the challenge that Oxfam UK are setting people to help them raise much needed funds in their new ‘Live Below The Line’ Campaign to make a difference to the lives of those effected by poverty.

This amazing new fundraising campaign is a innovative way to help raise awareness in the fight against extreme poverty. By challenging the people of the UK to live off just £1 per day, they will be experiencing the same hardship as up to 1.4 billion people worldwide every day. This will hopefully help them to see what it’s like on the other side, and help them to make a meaningful change in their lives.

More than 20 times the population of the UK live every day in extreme poverty. By taking part in this truly testing challenge, you will be helping Oxfam to make a real difference. The money you raise will go a long way to providing things like water pumps, community vegetable gardens and helping children back to school. Together, we can fight poverty and by taking part in the Live Below the Line initiative, you will be helping to raise awareness to this great cause.

> > Click here to sign up to Live Below the Line

If you would like to help Oxfam in another way, why not purchase a charity gift from our Ethical Collection range? There’s a great selection to choose from, with 100% of the profit from each gift going back to help poor communities that are living in poverty. Together we really can make a difference.

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International Women’s Day 2013

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alister
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Mar 5 2013
Doris Malinga in Malawi

Friday 8th March 2013 is International Women’s Day, a very special 24 hours for everyone to come together to celebrate the empowerment of women. It is a great day to reflect on how females are now receiving better opportunities for education and jobs, and also to help raise awareness on the gender gap that unfortunately still remains. Concern Worldwide work in tackling hunger, but believe that they cannot address extreme poverty without looking at gender inequality.

Many women across the world are still disadvantaged in terms of what they are entitled to, and their opportunities to work, study and learn. For example in Malawi, gender inequality creates a cycle of vulnerability and poverty. Our picture show Doris Malinga, who is a lead farmer in Concern’s Conservation and Agriculture programme. She has been trained to dig planting basins and prepare ‘mulch’, which helps to protect the soil from the baking sun. Thanks to her involvement, Doris and her family now have enough food to eat.

Doris said –

I harvest the crop and have enough food for my family. I also get more yield from a small piece of land and it means that I can spend more time with my family. I have so many friends who also want to try conservation agriculture, so I have been showing them what I have learnt.

Doris’ story just goes to show that change is slowly beginning to happen across the globe, as more and more women are given the chance to address their health and financial needs. As the change in attitude towards women’s participation and ability in agriculture continues, they now feel more confident in producing greater yields through support from Concern Worldwide.

Here’s hoping that more is done to invest in female farmers so they can overcome the challenges and issues that still exist around the world. Women are just as vital a part of agriculture and food production as any man, so let’s celebrate their role on Friday 8th March for International Women’s Day 2013.

If you would like to support Concern Worldwide, why not purchase a virtual charity gift for a friend or loved one from our dedicated page? Here you can find out more about their work, and how you can help provide much needed funds so they can continue to help some of the world’s poorest people.

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