Doing it for charity
As most of our team are on a Corporate Social Responsibility day with Kidsco (more about that later next week) it’s a good time to reflect on our achievements for 2014 and our 30 things to do when you are 30 campaign.
We managed to exceed the 30 tasks but have had the chance to enjoy a variety of activities and donations , and what we have learnt is that it doesn’t matter how small or big you donation the very act of giving has many rewards and creates an overall feeling of goodwill. As a small (ish) recruitment company it has always been hard to represent the interests of everyone when deciding which cause we should sponsor or how we raise funds. Some of our sponsors were overwhelmed with the number of requests for charitable donations and we are truly grateful for any gift or donation we have been given.
We did try to stick to the themes closest to us as a company, namely education and work and of course homelessness affected both. We also sponsored The Whitechapel Mission in particular, after we discovered that our founder Anthony Boyce had been secretly donating to the homeless in the years before he died. Kidsco became the charity of choice elected by half the company but shortly after adopted by the whole company and today our volunteers take a group of their supported young children to visit the London Aquarium. We are looking forward to hearing about the events of the day.
Here is our list for 2014 and our deeds
- We attended the local Macmillan Coffee morning
- We all took part in Jeans for Genes day
- In May we helped with Give and Gain day Charity day 2014 working with the Bengali Workers’ Association involved in projects at the actual community centre and also at the local estate which is home to around 9000 people from a huge variety of countries and backgrounds to help bring the community together and teach local school children about recycling litter
- In July we held a raffle for Kidsco a fantastic London based charity
- In November we held a charity Spinning class in aid of Kidsco
- We are supporting, monthly, the education and food subsidies for two orphan children in rural Zimbabwe via Sethule Trust. –
- In July some of our colleagues took part in an initiative donating bras for breast cancer
- We took part in the Christmas Shoe Box appeal for the Samaritans
- In June we donated our Whiteboards to a local school maths group
- In January we attended a North London Secondary school careers fair to talk about the benefits of working in market research
- One of our colleagues ran the London 10K to raise money for Whitechapel Mission a fantastic homeless charity donations
- Jodie baked cakes to raise money for cancer research
- Gave £20 to a homeless ex-soldier
- Donated over £1000 worth of furniture and clothes items to North London Hospice
- We donated computer equipment to Computers for Africa
- Participated in the No makeup selfie on facebook for Breastcancer
- Participated in the Ice bucket challenge
- Sponsored Nordic fliers who attended Maggie’s Night Walk
- Donated food tins, bedding and warm clothes to Whitechapel Mission
- Sponsored a friend walking Great Wall of China for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity-
- Donated clothes to smartworks
- Donated food to the Trussel food bank
- Sponsored Shelter charity in lieu of sending xmas cards
- Had a “give a donation to a Big Issue seller” week
- Made annual donation to the choice of our Temp of The Year Chris Shields 2014 Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association
- Volunteered at the Barnet Horse show which was sponsored by The Stables Activity Centre : an integrated riding centre in North London using horses and riding as a therapy for all and ensuring social integration to ensure everyone meets their true potential.