Prudential RideLondon goes virtual, & other event news

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Melanie May | 24 July 2020 | News CHUF Virtual Toddle raises over £21,000Children’s Heart Unit Fund (CHUF) launched its first ever Virtual Toddle, and thanks to match funding from Sir Graham Wylie Foundation, raised £21,346 to help continue its support to babies and children living with heart conditions all over the UK.CHUF’s Virtual Toddle took place throughout June, replacing the annual Toddle event, which takes place at Close House. The Toddle is one of the charity’s biggest fundraisers which last year saw over 400 children and their families gathered for the one mile ‘Toddle’, raising over £25,000.The Sir Graham Wylie Foundation supported CHUF’s Toddle last year and agreed to again sponsor the event this year. When COVID-19 stopped the physical event going ahead, the Foundation offered £10,000 to match donations raised by people taking part in the first ever Virtual Toddle.All money raised from the Virtual Toddle will help CHUF fund the Children’s Heart Unit at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle and the charity’s work supporting babies and children living with heart conditions all over the UK.Charlotte Campbell, Director of Fundraising and Operations at CHUF, said:“We were really sad that our annual Toddle event couldn’t go ahead, but the support from families who have got involved with the Virtual Toddle has been overwhelming. Families have clocked up miles by walking, running, cycling and even bouncing, all whilst raising vital funds for CHUF.“Thanks to the Sir Graham Wylie Foundation generously offering £10,000 in match funding, the initial £11,346 turned into £21,346. We are so grateful for their ongoing support.” With many events going virtual for this year, here’s an update on some of those newly announced, as well as some updates on those that have taken place. “After the disappointment of the cancellation of Prudential RideLondon, we were determined to create something special for our riders, partners and the hundreds of charities that rely on the event for vital income.“Charities desperately need help to continue to provide vital services to every sector of society and fund critical research. In this socially-distanced world, it’s also vitally important to encourage people to get on two wheels rather than use public transport. The My Prudential RideLondon campaign has been created to achieve both these aims. [youtube height=”450″width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=222&v=PtZHxJ7X9Hg&feature=emb_logo[/youtube]First Virtual Tour de France raises funds for five global charity partnersZwift and Amaury Sport Organisation created the very first Virtual Tour de France and Virtual L’Etape du Tour de France this month. During the first three weekends of July 2020, men’s and women’s professional races were organised as part of virtual stages of the Tour de France, and non-professionals could take part in the Virtual L’Etape.The race was held via Zwift and had six stages, awarding jerseys based on team efforts rather than to individuals. Riders included Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas, Egan Bernal, Marianne Vos and Chloe Dygert.Part of Tour de France United, which raises money for cycling-focused charities, the Virtual Tour de France and Virtual L’Etape du Tour de France also raised funds for charity, donating to Emmaüs, Secours Populaire, Jeugdfonds Sport and Cultuur, BiJeWa and Qhubeka.  548 total views,  2 views today About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Tagged with: virtual event Reading homelessness charity makes annual Big Sleep Out virtualReading homelessness prevention charity, Launchpad is making its annual event, the Big Sleep Out, virtual this year. Taking place on World Homeless Day, Saturday 10 October, it will ask people to swap their bed for a sleeping bag in their garden, or a friend or family member’s garden, and join Team Launchpad on Facebook Live from 6pm.The virtual event will include activities such as den building and cooking with the contents of a food bank parcel; hearing from Launchpad clients who have experienced homelessness; and listening to a bedtime story from a special guest before bedding down for the night under the stars.Now in its 15th year, the Big Sleep Out has raised £250,000 to date to help prevent homelessness in Reading and in 2020, Launchpad is hoping the Big Sleep Out at home will raise a further £25,000 so the charity can continue its work.Participants are being asked to raise £250 and have been provided with downloadable digital resources in the Big Sleep Out at home guide on the charity’s website – which includes printable posters, social media images and instructions on how to set up a JustGiving page.Kate Martin, Fundraising Manager at Launchpad, said:“We simply couldn’t let the pandemic ruin Launchpad’s Big Sleep Out – not only as it’s one of the most popular dates in our calendar, but also because it’s our biggest fundraising events of the year and enables us to continue our work preventing homelessness. Helping people in Reading avoid rough sleeping is more important now than ever before as we see the devastating impact the pandemic and subsequent lockdown has had on our community, with many at risk of becoming homeless due to postponed eviction, furlough, redundancy or illness. Our teams have already seen an increase in enquiries from people in need and this is likely to continue.” Pass the Baton attracts over 1,000 runners from 31 countries across seven continentsVirtual global relay Pass the Baton has now raised over £6,000 for UNICEF, with over 1,000 runners taking place around the world to date.The relay was set up in April by a small group of friends in Nottingham to raise money for the charity.Over the last three months the event has grown exponentially and now attracts 1,200 runners from across the globe and has just had runners join from its seventh continent – Antarctica.In the first week, participants ran an equal section of a 26.2 miles marathon route and passed the baton after each leg over a dedicated WhatsApp group. One week later the concept matured – 48 runners from across the globe, all completing 5.2km in 30 min slots, over a 24-hour period.The initiative is now 12 weeks old and the Pass the Baton global community relay occurs every Sunday, with three groups of 48 runners completing 250km over 24 hours. During the week an online group of hundreds of runners between the ages of 6 and 55, from 31 countries, choose a 30-minute slot to run, then the relay starts on Saturday evening.One of the founding members of Pass the Baton and finance director at Nottingham-based 200 Degrees Coffee, Stephen Fern, said:“We have created a community of runners of all ages and abilities that encourage each other to do their best whilst sharing pictures, stories and encouragement online. The engagement never ceases to amaze us and every Sunday we watch how Pass the Baton provides a space for people to connect.” Prudential RideLondon goes virtual, & other event news  549 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Prudential RideLondon goes virtual this AugustThe first ever virtual edition of Prudential RideLondon will take place on 15 and 16 August, replacing the original event and taking place the same weekend.My Prudential RideLondon is free for riders of all ages and abilities and is based on the events included in the traditional Prudential RideLondon weekend.It includes four challenges:My Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100: 100-mile rideMy Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46: 46-mile rideMy Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 19: 19-mile rideMy Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle: An event that allows participants to set their own challenge (starting from 1km) on the wheels of their choiceParticipants need to register in advance and select their challenge at www.myridelondon.co.uk. They can then start fundraising for their chosen charity or charities.Hugh Brasher, Event Director of Prudential RideLondon, said: Advertisementlast_img read more

Italian minister threatens to remove “Gomorra” author’s police protection

first_img ItalyEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Organized crimeCorruptionViolence RSF firmly condemns the interior minister’s threat and supports this courageous and determined writer who embodies both the verve of Italian journalists and the grit of all those who refuse to yield to the dictates of criminal gangs. Saviano is a member of RSF’s Emeritus Board. November 23, 2020 Find out more Roberto Saviano in 2015 / AFP News RSF_en June 22, 2018 Italian minister threatens to remove “Gomorra” author’s police protection Receive email alerts News Follow the news on Italy Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union ItalyEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Organized crimeCorruptionViolence Italy is ranked 46th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. A heated exchange between Salvini, the leader of the far-right League party, and Saviano,the author of “Gomorra,” a famous book about the mafia, has been under way on socialnetworks and in the media for several days and was continuing today.In response to Saviano’s criticism of the government’s hostility towards migrants, Salvini told state TV yesterday that the authorities would “evaluate whether he runs any risk” and then possibly withdraw the round-the-clock protection he has been receiving for the past 12 years. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled by Italian interior minister Matteo Salvini’sthreat to remove journalist and writer Roberto Saviano’s police escort after Saviano, whohas been getting police protection since 2006 because of mafia death threats, criticized thenew Italian coalition government’s migration policies. On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia News Adès-Mével added: “Blackmailing a journalist who is the target of the one of the world’s deadliest criminal organizations because he does not agree with government policy is not only irresponsible but also dangerous.” to go further RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive December 2, 2020 Find out more News Help by sharing this information Organisation Covering a mafia network or criminal gang in Italy exposes reporters to deadly danger. Ten Italian journalists are currently receiving close, round-the-clock police protection while around 200 others received occasional protection in 2017. “Living under police protection 24 hours a day is not a luxury, it’s a constant torment,” said Pauline Adès-Mével, the head of RSF’s EU-Balkan’s desk. “Despite being the target of repeated threats, Roberto Saviano continues to tirelessly cover organize crime and, for that, he should receive the Italian government’s unconditional support and protection.” November 19, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more