Christmas is almost upon us and this is my final update on IS Oxford's Christmas Giving.
For the 16th year running each member of our team gets to spend £200 of company profits on good gifts at Christmas.
We are paying for the delivery of 600 warm knitted items to Syrian and Iranian refugees to help them during the cold winter in Kurdistan camps.
We are also supplying 5 village loos in Sierra Leone, 7 drip irrigation systems and one deep pump for African villagers.
We have provided three goats for families in war torn regions. Goats are milk and fertiliser factories, improve local diets and help towards self-sufficiency.
We are also providing 70 mango trees, which ensure crops that are delicious, reliable, drought-resistant and will provide income for generations. And apparently they look terrific...
Merry Christmas everyone!
Our Christmas jumper day raised funds on their behalf.
We’ve been giving every staff member £200 to spend on charitable causes each Christmas for the last 16 years.
Here is more of what we chose…
We have funded a portable pharmacy in rural Africa and Asia, where access to healthcare hardly exists. This will enable doctors to treat up to 1,500 patients in remote emergency health camps, with pain killers, antibiotics, eye drops, ointments, creams, diuretics, water purification tablets and more. The pharmacy, which would normally cost £4,000, is donated by UK pharmaceutical companies and costs only £400 to assemble and deliver. Naturally, it’s a godsend in war zones, such as Yemen.
We are providing operations that correct cataract, trachoma and other blinding conditions for two children and five adults in Africa and providing medical treatment that will protect 2000 people from River Blindness and Elephantiasis.
We are also providing medicine to de-worm 2000 children in Africa and paying for midwives to attend two births to ensure safe deliveries.
We are really proud that profits from our business here can go to such good causes.
We all had £200 each to donate to charity. What did we choose?
Each Christmas every member of our team gets to spend £200 of company profits on charitable gifts from goodgifts.org.
This is our 16th year of doing this!
Today I want to tell you about the gifts our team have selected for those in the UK.
We are donating funds to plant trees and woods along river banks and flood plains.
We're helping to clear forest debris from bluebell woods to help them thrive.
We're buying 24m of greenbelt to protect it from developers.
We are providing a day's worth of dementia clubs, providing activities such as singing, knitting, baking and exercise classes to help slow deterioration.
We are donating money to feed UK schoolchildren through the holidays, who don't have access to the school meals they normally rely on, and providing housing for a homeless person for a week.
We are helping the elderly with pet food and vet bills and providing a Christmas hamper for someone who'd otherwise have nothing.
We are planting 35 trees for schools and community groups to combat global warming.
We're buying toys for zoo animals to make life more interesting, and buying 450g of wildflower seeds to help provide habitats for our bees.
We're also supporting many overseas projects. More details to come tomorrow!
Our monthly 'dress down' day raised funds on their behalf.
On the first Monday of each month IS staff can come to the Chapel in their casual clothes in return for a donation of £2 to the charity being supported. Staff can nominate any good cause they feel deserves a bit of extra help. This month we decided to support MIND, suggested by Debbie Bailey, our Finance and HR Officer
£250 to Wilts Air Ambulance
We were very proud of Rob Perkins in our Support Services team. His performance last weekend was very impressive and we decided to sponsor him £250 towards the money he is raising for Wiltshire Air Ambulance.