This week we have a guest blogger – George. George specialises in social media and creative branding and looks after all social media at BizFit. George’s focus this week is on the most important aspect of the BizFit project – the charities.
Over to you George!
We’ve written a lot lately about the founding members of the team and their progress, as well as our newer sponsors and team members. I thought it would be a good idea to highlight the reason we have all come together to do this project and that’s for our chosen charities.
As you’ll know if you have been reading our updates on a regular basis our main charity is The MS Society, and all entry fees will go directly to this worthy cause. But did you know that if you join us or enter a team you can raise funds for your favourite charity – a win-win for all concerned.
Andy Jarrett, Area Fundraiser of The MS Society, has been with the BizFit team since day one. The MS Society is a charity close to our hearts, with our founder, Terry Malloy, having a family friend and mentor battle the condition for many years before passing away.
Talking about his involvement Andy recently told us, “I wanted to get involved and I’m very passionate about this event because I think it’s a great way for people to come together and have a great time to work together as a team and challenge their own well-being and to get fitter and more active. And above all raise funds for a great cause”
As well as Andy, three charity representatives joined us for our launch day at Sixways:
HorseHeard is a charity that promotes positive emotional health and resilience in children, young people and adults through the use of horses. They facilitate equine learning programmes and have seen over 70% of the young people, retain and exhibit beneficial changes in confidence, self-awareness, emotional management. The Horseheard scheme gives them the ability to tackle challenges they may face in life.
Area Fundraiser of HorseHeard, Graham Dawson, is always up for a challenge – he’s facing Mount Everest later this year and will now be joining us in our virtual climb. Graham closely works with Sterling Networking, who have chosen HorseHeard as their charity of the year, 2017.
Deaf Direct (previously known as Worcestershire and Herefordshire Association for Deaf people has worked within the Midlands region since 1929 to create a society in which deaf and hard of hearing people enjoy equal participation and access without barriers or prejudice. With our specialist team of 30
Their specialist team of 30 staff, have become recognised as a trusted name providing high-quality bespoke services to deaf and hard of hearing people, their family members and carers, as well as professionals and other organisations.
We spoke to Sarah Hindley, Fundraising Manager of Deaf Direct at our launch and Sarah explained her reasons for getting involved, “We are taking on the BizFit challenge to raise awareness of our cause and to help local deaf and hard of hearing children and adults. Every year we support 6,000 people with hearing loss across Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Oxfordshire.”
“Imagine being unable to hear the birds sing, your child’s first words or someone say “I love you”. We are here to provide information and support to help people with hearing loss move forward with their lives. Our aim is to break down communication barriers, stop prejudice and ensure deaf and hard of hearing people have equal access to opportunities.”
“Hearing loss is invisible – we make sure the person isn’t – and we can’t wait to take on this challenge.”
MHA (Methodist Homes) Live at Home Scheme, Worcester
The Live at Home schemes, in Worcester, are community projects aimed at helping older people within the West Worcester area to support them and help them maintain their independence. Their scheme has many services from transport support to organising activities and events.
MHA rely on the commitment and dedication of 7,000 staff and 5,500 volunteers who share their values. Together they aim to provide more quality housing, care and support services to meet the needs of more older people across the country.
How can you get involved?
If you have a charity you would like to raise money for and would like to get involved it’s easy! Simply call us on 01242 387 900 or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can start your own fund raising page for the charity of your choice here.
Bye for now,
George, on behalf of the BizFit Team.