Every year, we choose a charity to fundraise for, with everyone across the team casting their vote from a shortlist of nominations. For 2018, ShelterBox won out as our charity of the year and it will be the focus of our fundraising efforts throughout this year. Volunteers from all our three offices will be part of a fundraising team, which co-ordinates money-raising events throughout the year.
Who is ShelterBox?
Right now, around 85 million people worldwide are homeless because of natural disaster or conflict. By providing emergency shelter and tools for families robbed of their homes, ShelterBox is transforming despair into hope. Since 2000, ShelterBox has helped more than one million people rebuild their lives by providing ShelterBoxes and ShelterKits (which contain essentials like family-sized tents designed to withstand the elements, cooking sets, solar lights and activity sets for children).
How much we raised for our charity of the year in 2017, WE Charity
We raised a total of £71,000 ($93,000) for WE Charity, our charity of the year in 2017. WE Charity is an international initiative that helps communities to lift themselves out of poverty. Most of the money we raised went to fund a community health clinic in rural Kalthana, northern India. The clinic, which provides medical care to pregnant women and young children, was in such poor condition that it was unable to be used.
How did the fundraising team get involved?
Our team of fundraisers flew to rural Rajasthan to see how the project was developing. They were joined by Audley’s founder, Craig Burkinshaw, local WE Charity representative Lloyd, and Gabby from the ME to WE arm of the charity. The team stayed at Araveli Cottages and Tented Camp and visited local people to get a sense of how the charity was changing their lives. In their spare time, they helped to lay the foundations of a new school.
How was the money raised?
By all manner of activities, big and small, from our country specialists teaching language lessons to sponsored charity events, such as a talk by Planet Earth II producer Dr Chadden Hunter at Cadogan Hall in London.
Read more about our charity work on the Audley website.