I am passionately raising funds and awareness for FIVE charities, please support here here and read below why they are so important to me.
I feel a strong connection with all of them for a number of reasons. Some are big charities, some are small charities. Some are working worldwide, some are focused on one region of the world. Some focus on health, some focus on planet earth.
ALL of them are changing millions of people’s lives collectively.
- Macmillan Cancer Support If you followed my #15in15 marathon challenge then I’m sure you’re aware of the personal connection I have with them. Here’s a blog I wrote to explain how I ‘Turned a negative into a POSITIVE’
They are a UK based charity but their online services are being increasingly accessed abroad to support people living with cancer as they believe no one should face cancer alone.
• Their nurses reached over half a million cancer patients last year and helped many more carers, family and friends.
To find out more or get support have a look at http://www.macmillan.org.uk
- SEED Madagascar (Sustainable Environment, Education and Development in Madagascar) have had a huge impact on the community and conservation of Sainte Luce, in the Anosy region of South East Madagascar. They also had a great impact on me, when I was volunteering in Sainte Luce on their conservation programme.I had always wanted to explore Madagascar, well before Pixar picked up on its wonderment. I went from curiosity to I MUST go there thanks to BBC’s Madagascar series presented by Sir David Attenborough.
As a small NGO I want to share all the worthwhile work which is happening, show you the beauty of the Malagasy people and their country and possibly INSPIRE YOU to travel to Sainte Luce and be a part of SEED’s work.
SEED’s projects include school building, natural resource management, well provision, conservation, healthcare, sanitation and sustainable livelihoods development.
They work with communities to address their health and education needs, promote diverse livelihood strategies, and facilitate sustainable natural resource management.
Their four key areas for projects are community health, education, sustainable livelihoods and environment. Using a holistic approach to development and conservation – all of our departments and projects work together to make a greater impact on our aim – eradicating poverty, suffering and environmental damage.
My time in Madagascar was spent in the rainforest, searching for lemurs, chameleons, frogs, even snakes! Plotting a tree nursery, collecting habitat data and night walks to see nocturnal life. On Saturday mornings we had conservation club for 3-25 years olds, showing them how important it is to look after and appreciate their environment. In the afternoon was English class for all ages, I remember being inspired by a 44 year old man wanting to learn English. I spent the whole time camping in remote Sainte Luce.
“Madagascar is an unrepeatable experiment; a set of unique animals and plants evolving in isolation for over 60 million years. We are still trying to unravel its mysteries; how tragic it would be if we lost it before we even understood it” Sir David Attenborough
Find out more here www.madagascar.co.uk
- Right To Play use the power of sport and play to educate and empower children to overcome the effects of poverty, conflict and disease in disadvantaged communities around the world.Right To Play reach out to over one million children every week. 14,400 specially trained volunteer coaches deliver programmes focused on the most critical areas of child development: the quality of their eduction, their ability to stay healthy and their potential to help build peaceful communities.
When children play, the world wins.
Sport is one of my biggest passions, which is why I believe in the power of sport and play. It is a vital part of a bright and happy childhood, I was fortunate to have sport in my life from a young age and by fundraising for Right To Play I hope to give that opportunity to many millions more globally.
- World Bicycle Relief use the Power of Bicycles, they believe in a world where distance no longer prevents access to healthcare, education and economic opportunity.World Bicycle Relief distribute bicycles to communities in southern African countries where a bicycle can change a life. In just 10 years they have distributed nearly 300,000 bicycles and trained over 1,000 bicycle mechanics in the developing world.
My connection to the charity is through the bicycle. I feel fortunate to be in a position where I’ve had a bicycle since I was a young boy and throughout my life, now to the point where I’m about to ride the world on one.
To me it’s only right I give that same opportunity to others.
See more on their work at www.worldbicyclerelief.org
- Disasters Emergency Committee is group of 13 charities proving humanitarian and medical aid in response to natural disasters, war and disease across the world.They work by only supporting major disasters, most recently the Nepal earthquake, whilst still helping in Nepal they are now building up funds to be able to respond immediately to the next disaster.
They have raised over £1.4 billion across 67 appeals dating back to 1966, saving millions of lives and rebuilding communities devastated by disasters.
DEC is one of my charities as I believe in their values of uniting races and religions by uniting charities from various background to unite and provide for humanity. Some of the most beautiful places on earth are often some of the most in need and the DEC look after our brothers and sisters around the world.
To see more of their work and charities visit http://www.dec.org.uk/