Issue 23 * November 2011 Constituency noticeboard
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MyDonate is a new free online charitable fundraising service from BT . The service is free and every penny donated through MyDonate goes to charity, except for charges levied by donors' own credit/debit card companies. It's also the first no fee, no commission online fundraising service in the UK. So every fundraiser and charity that gets involved with MyDonate will benefit.
Charities, fundraisers and donors can get free online support from the MyDonate website to help them set up their events pages, plus fundraising tips and links to social media sites to help promote fundraising sites.
If charities in your constituency would like to know more they should visit www.bt.com/mydonatefindoutmore where they'll find out all they need to know about donating, setting up an event page or sponsoring somebody. They'll be in good company as hundreds of charities have already registered.
From 5-12th of September comedian and actor David Walliams swam 140 miles of the Thames from Lechlade in Gloucestershire through to Westminster – and BT was with him all of the way. The swim (the equivalent to seven cross channel swims) kicked off this year’s Sport Relief fundraising activities - capturing the support of the nation.
This year BT is aiming to raise a £1million for Sport Relief 2012 across a series of celebrity challenges and a range of other fundraising activities.
BT has supported Comic Relief from the outset (1986) providing support to take donations from the public every year in March. Recent years have seen sponsorship and fundraising activities grow – including last year’s BT Red Nose Desert Trek which raised over £1.5million in total.
You can find out more about BT’s support for Sport Relief.
BT Business has launched a finance scheme offering start-ups the chance to lease up to £15,000 worth of technology and telecommunications solutions. Under the ‘Kick Start Scheme’ in conjunction with Shire Leasing, new businesses trading for under three years will be eligible for funding subject to credit vetting.
For more information about ‘KickStart’ and other BT Business products and services business in your constituency can contact their BT Local Business at www.btlocalbusiness.co.uk.
Talk Gym is a free resource from the BT Learning & Skills programme that enables young people to build their communication skills in readiness for life after school. Easy to follow online activities help young adults aged 14-19 to discover how others see them as communicators, and to discover which skills they need to develop to enjoy better friendships, improve family relationships, do better at school and get the kind of job they want.
For more information, encourage schools in your constituency to visit www.bt.com/talkgym.
My Hearing My Future is a competition conceived by Deafness Research UK in collaboration with The Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre (DCAL) and supported by BT, Advanced Bionics and Phonak. It aims to get young people excited and involved in hearing research and encourages more to consider a career in science.
Young people are being challenged to prepare a short essay, video, comic strip or other creative piece about what they would invent to help a hearing impaired superhero and winners will have the opportunity to discuss their ideas directly with leading researchers in the field.
The competition opened nationwide on 10th October 2011 with two age categories, 10-14 and 15-18. The closing date is 20th January 2012 with the awards ceremony taking place in March 2012 at the House of Commons.
Please encourage schools in your constituency to take part. Teachers can find lots of resources and lesson plans at www.my-hearing-my-future.co.uk.
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