Business against Poverty has a new website, www.businessagainstpoverty.com
Wiltshire aid charity People Against Poverty’s Black & White Ball also raised funds for children and families living in extreme poverty in Romania, Haiti and Nepal.
Guests were treated to musical entertainment by former international cricketer and singer, Henry Olonga, a raffle and auction and music to dance to by live band, Whytehouse.
The ball at the hotel saw the announcement of the result of the business competition, The Entrepreneur, an annual challenge where businesses compete to raise the most money for the charity.
The evening and fundraising by competitors is expected to total just under £20,000.
For its competition entry, the hotel ran a series of summer events and raised a total of just under £3,500, which put them narrowly in the lead to scoop the trophy at Saturday’s event. Runners-up were Celia Mannings Photography and the Insights Discovery south west mentor group.
Hotel general manager Tracy Tennant said: “We selected Business against Poverty as our nominated charity last year. Involvement with an organisation that pulls together corporate social responsibility alongside business principles has really benefited us as a staff team and raising our profile as an events venue.
“We were delighted to participate in the competition and winning really is the icing on the cake.”
Business against Poverty director Karen Ramirez said: “Bailbrook have been strong champions of our cause and winning really brings them the recognition they deserve.
“Our ethos is to work on the basis of a handshake, not a hand-out, and events such as the ball and activities leading up to it are a great example of a win-win relationship.”
Business against Poverty, which raises money for People Against Poverty, runs on a membership basis, and there are five membership levels, allowing businesses from sole traders through to corporates to get involved at the most appropriate level.
Emma Walker, who lives in Newbridge, was one of nine pupils from Stonar School who took part in the trip to help with building work to construct a new house for a single mother and her three children.
The sixth-former spent a week in the city of Iasi, working with the Trowbridge- based charity People Against Poverty, helping people living in a shanty town area.
The 16-year-old Year 12 student, who was there with the Wiltshire school’s nurse Sue Day and registrar Karen Ibbott, said the trip had made her look at her own life differently.
She said: “Looking back at my Romania experience, I’m unable pinpoint my strongest emotion as I experienced so many: shock, grief ,happiness, guilt and friendship.
“I met so many wonderful people who opened their arms to us so freely.
“They were all so loving and so proud, despite the fact they had such little and were struggling to survive.
“While on the trip Sister Day made the point that we cannot choose who we are born to and this has really stuck with me since I returned.
“Even though we were only there for a short period, the children still managed to make me fall in love with them and as I remember their smiles and giggles as we danced and swung them around in the air, I realise over and over how lucky we are.”
She added: “The trip has opened my eyes how many amazing people there are, who desperately need our help.
“It was an experience I will never forget and I encourage everyone who gets the chance to go out and help because you will have such a brilliant fun time just like we did.”
The pupils had raised £5,600 over the year to pay for a number of projects in the area, including the drilling of two wells, providing supplies for the a medical centre, food parcels for families, a shopping trip to buy winter boots for 11 children, and arts and crafts activities for young people.
It is the seventh year that Stonar pupils have visited Romania and so far they have raised more than £25,000 for programmes in the country.
The Business against Poverty Black & White ball featured a glittering evening to raise funds for children and families living in extreme poverty in Romania, Haiti and Nepal.
In addition to a sparkling welcome reception and fantastic food, guests were treated to musical entertainment by former international cricketer and singer, Henry Olonga, a raffle and auction boasting amazing prizes and late-night, toe-tapping beats to dance to by live band, Whytehouse.
Incorporating the announcement of business competition, The Entrepreneur, final funds raised through the event, fundraising by competitors and the auction and raffle are expected to total just under £20,000.
For their competition entry, Bailbrook House Hotel ran a series of events over the summer months and raised a total of just under £3500, which put them narrowly in the lead to scoop the trophy at Saturday’s event. Runners up were Celia Mannings Photography and Insights Discovery South West Mentor Group.
Tracy Tennant, general manager at Bailbrook House Hotel said: “We selected Business against Poverty as our nominated charity last year. Involvement with an organisation that pulls together corporate social responsibility alongside business principles has really benefitted us as a staff team and raising our profile as an events venue. We were delighted to participate in the competition and winning really is the icing on the cake!”
Business against Poverty Director, Karen Ramirez, said: “Bailbrook have been strong champions of our cause and winning really brings them the recognition they deserve. Our ethos is to work on the basis of a “handshake” not a “handout” and events such as the ball and activities leading up to it are a great example of a win-win relationship. Congratulations and huge thanks to Tracy and her team.”
Thanks go to sponsors of the ball: Bailbrook House Hotel (headline), Lingua Communications (Henry Olonga), Whytehouse (band), studiohope (tickets & programme design), Mail Boxes Etc (printing) and the Bath Chronicle (Media Partner).
Business against Poverty runs on a membership basis, and there are five membership levels, so businesses from sole traders through to corporates can get involved at the most appropriate level. For more details please contact Karen Ramirez, email@example.com or visitwww.peopleagainstpoverty.com.
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Robin Hood Ministries was founded in 2003 and since then has evolved significantly. Their new brand – People against Poverty – encompasses the focus on communities and brings together individuals, companies and other supporters, and the projects that they work with in countries of operations, Romania, Nepal and Haiti.
Chief Executive Officer, Valerie Huxley, commented: “Over the last few years, specific groups have developed and worked together to raise funds and collaborate with us. It was time to take a step back, look at how the charity is structured and bring these groups together under one umbrella whilst retaining the sector identities of Music, Business, Churches, Education and Art. I am delighted with the new look, focus and structure, which can be seen on our redesigned website www.peopleagainstpoverty.com. I believe that we now have something to offer for everyone – and let’s face it, fighting poverty is everyone’s business!”
In addition to individual supporters who contribute through one-off donations and child sponsorship, the other communities are growing fast. Many local businesses are familiar with Business against Poverty which runs on a membership basis and to date comprises around 90 companies. The group offers tangible business benefits such as a members’ directory, social media profile, corporate social responsibility accreditation and a series of events including a training day on 11 October and Black & White Ball on 12 November.
Music against Poverty has launched its first major event – Jamboree (www.jamboree-bath.co.uk) – a festival of live music, great food and drink, and something for all the family. Jamboree takes place in Victoria Park, Bath on 6 August and features a great line-up including Tom McRae, whose debut album was nominated for The Mercury Prize, a Q Magazine Award and a Brit. The full line-up can be viewed on the website.
Artists against Poverty are aiming to raise £30,000 through sales of 1001 handmade journals, Education against Poverty takes groups of school children out to a project to build a dwelling for a family in just five days and Churches against Poverty run a series of fundraising events.
The new-look People against Poverty is the launch pad for turning the charity’s vision into a reality: to work with communities in Romania, Haiti and Nepal providing food, shelter, clothing and education for those in extreme poverty.
Val Huxley summed up saying: “People against Poverty makes a real difference by meeting basic needs whilst encouraging and promoting self-sufficiency, new hope and a sustainable and brighter future. I am really excited about growing the charity and making an even bigger difference to families in communities who desperately need our help.”
To find out more see www.peopleagainstpoverty.com.
Businesses Reap Rewards of “Giving Something Back”
Last month, around 30 local companies were hosted by Grangeside Business Centre near Trowbridge for an event to launch the new Business against Poverty (B>P) website, www.businessagainstpoverty.com, an initiative set up by charity, Robin Hood Ministries, to engage and work with businesses locally, nationally and internationally.
A presentation by Chair, Bill Huxley, gave attendees an overview of the initiative and website, and Celia Mannings of Celia Mannings Photography showed a heart-rending display of photos from her trip to Romania to support one of Robin Hood’s child sponsorship projects.
Business against Poverty is a membership brand of Robin Hood Ministries developed specifically for the business community. A Steering Group of local business men and women provides strategy and direction, and members can take advantage of a number of benefits such as online marketing opportunities through the B>P website and LinkedIn group, as well as exclusive networking events. Used to its full potential, B>P helps companies fulfil their corporate social responsibility mandates and even contribute to continuous professional development through projects such as team-building exercises.
In the words of their Patron, Matt Graham, writer of TV hit series Ashes to Ashes and Life on Mars: “Business against Poverty is so easy, so affordable and so effective that it is simply impossible to say ‘Why?’ and so logical to ask “Why Not?” … Talk to Val and her team. Hear their stories – because they’ve got some humdinger tales to tell you! And please pledge your company’s support to the local charity made up of ambitious dreamers.”
The next exclusive B>P event will be held in Bath on Thursday 27 May. If you would like to find out more please visit the website (www.businessagainstpoverty.com) or call 01225 712048.
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