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Footwear Charity Shoe Aid STEPS UP to footwear poverty this September


This September Shoe Aid will begin its month-long campaign to raise awareness about footwear poverty here in the UK and the rest of the world. We are calling this awareness campaign STEPTEMBER. In 2020 there are five Tuesdays in September each of these Tuesdays which we are calling SHOESDAYS we are asking everyone to raise awareness of footwear poverty. During these SHOESDAYS we are asking people to take part in wearing no shoes or odd shoes or something similar and creative which will focus on the importance of having ‘fit for purpose’ footwear. You can be as creative as you like, bake a cake in the shape of a shoe or lots of little cakes or biscuits in the shapes of shoes. Whatever creative idea you come up with what we are asking is for you to show your support for Shoe Aid as we tackle footwear poverty here in the UK and abroad.

From as little as a £3 donation, we can supply a suitable and fit for purpose piece of footwear to help someone to find a new job, for everyday general wear and use, to take part in sport or a pair of work boots to start a new job. Poverty is neither part-time full-time volunteer nor just a certain day of the week. In September, this year school children will return to school some of those children will not have a suitable fair of shoes to wear or a pair of trainers to take part in physical activity.

Shoe Aid is already STEPPING UP to help schools throughout the country provide suitable footwear for children whose families cannot afford school shoes for their child. Organising and taking part in events on a Tuesday in September will help Shoe Aid raise vital funds to combat footwear poverty. Our service is free, however, running Shoe Aid is not.

This September Shoe Aid is STEPPING UP to footwear property, will you STEP UP to, what will your event look like on a SHOESDAY in STEPTEMBER, contact info@shoeaid.co.uk for more details.

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Race to save our oceans: Four young men embark on tough rowing challenge for charity


LONDON: In the wee small hours of this morning (Sunday, 5th July 2020) four young men set off on a nautical charity challenge that, if successful, would make them the youngest team ever to row non-stop, unsupported around the UK.

The Exe Endurow team
1 who had no prior rowing experience, left Tower Bridge in London at around 2:30am to start the 2,000-mile GB Row Challenge 2020,

2 known as one of the toughest races in the world, that is estimated to take them around 30 days to complete, in order to raise money for marine conservation charity Just One Ocean.

3 and the British Red Cross, in support of their COVID-19 response.

“We are raising money for two charities that mean a lot to us,” said team member Charles Bromhead.

The crew of four, which includes the great nephew of Queen Elizabeth II, Arthur Chatto, have endured a tough few months training during lockdown, self-isolating as a team, for the challenge that has only ever seen 14 successful finishers, in four boats.

“With all the preparations completed it has become very exciting, but also quite nerve-racking as we realise how much of a challenge we have taken on, but we can’t wait to get started,” said Arthur.

David Jones, who is the Founder and CEO of Just One Ocean, as well as a researcher at the University of Portsmouth, said: “The team have put in an incredible amount of work in a relatively short space of time. We are extremely grateful for the support they are giving to Just One Ocean and wish them the best of luck.”

To support the Exe Endurow team, please visit their Just Giving page HERE

1 The Exe Endurow Team consists of Harry Lidgley, Oliver Dawe-Lane, Arthur Chatto and Charles Bromhead.
2 The GB Row Challenge is a non-stop, unsupported rowing race around the UK mainland, setting off from Tower Bridge in London. It’s a formidable race that will see the team face all manner of dangers and obstacles such as shipping lanes, 2,000 miles of open water, bad weather and strong tides.
3 Just One Ocean is a UK-based marine conservation charity that raises global awareness of the issues facing marine and coastal environments in order to protect and conserve them for future generations.

GRAPHIC: Left to right: Harry Lidgley, Charles Bromhead, Oliver Dawe-Lane, and Arthur Chatto.

Hi-res image and interview requests to:
Rachel Samuel, Make Some Noise Productions
07399 447705 | rachel@makesomenoise.tv

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PITTSBURGH KNIGHTS AND SOFTGIVING ANNOUNCE SERIES OF LIVE-STREAM CHARITY EVENTS WITH WIZ KHALIFA


Event to Mark Khalifa’s First-Ever Gaming Live Stream

JULY 11 “WIZ AND FRIENDS CHARITY LIVESTREAM” TO BENEFIT RISE ABOVE THE DISORDER

Funds Raised to Support People of Color in Need of Mental Health Care

PITTSBURGH / ATLANTA — Global esports team, the Pittsburgh Knights, and charity fundraising platform, Softgiving, have announced a partnership to create live-streamed charity events together. The first event, the Wiz and Friends Charity Livestream, will take place on Saturday, July 11, 2020, and will be hosted by multi-platinum recording artist Wiz Khalifa in his first-ever gaming live stream. Wiz is a strategic partner for the Knights and will be the featured personality at the center of these new philanthropic initiatives by the team. Additional charity stream events for 2020 will be announced.

In addition to Wiz, Twitch streamer Austin (formerly “RajjPatel”) will be featured at the event. Additional talent will be announced.

The July 11 event will benefit Rise Above the Disorder (RAD), which provides a universal mental healthcare system accessible to youth all over the world. Since 2017, RAD has covered the cost of mental health care for more than 35,000 people across 132 countries. All funds raised will support people of color in need of mental health care.

People of color in the U.S. experience a significant degree of marginalization and discrimination, which is a top risk factor for poor mental outcomes. As in health care, mental health care disparities associated with access and lack of insurance are substantial.

“In light of this extraordinary time when the Covid-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests have swept across the U.S. (and the world), we believe it is an especially important time to support those who are suffering and in need of mental health care,” said Knights president James O’Connor. “This charity live stream is a direct way to help those who do not have easy access to the care they need and deserve.”

The live-streamed event will feature guests including music artists, professional athletes and gaming influencers, as well as members of Khalifa’s artist collective, Taylor Gang. For a chance to play with Wiz during the livestream, fans can donate now at wizandfriends.com. Two winners will be chosen.

A Forbes-profiled entrepreneur, Wiz Khalifa is recognized for his business acumen, creative excellence, and charitable efforts. He has had his finger on the pulse of the video-gaming scene for several years, including the launch of his own top-rated mobile game in 2017.

Khalifa has said: “Nowadays artists are breaking music as well as premiering on different platforms like Twitch. I have always tried to be at the forefront of technology and I think this is another amazing moment in history. I am happy to be a part of it.

O’Connor added: “We’re looking forward to using both our platform and our network to bring attention to worthy causes. We believe that esports is a wonderful way to bring people together and promote community, especially during such an unprecedented and isolating time. Softgiving is an amazing resource for us to bring everything and everyone together in order to make this all happen.”

Softgiving, an Atlanta-based fintech company, creates innovative and convenient fundraising solutions for nonprofits and is the first charity streaming platform to have a 0% platform fee. Their technology provides all of the tools and resources necessary to produce online charity events, such as custom landing pages, live support, streamer tech, and prize giveaways. Softgiving will also be instrumental in matching complementary nonprofits to the Knights and their associates.

“This partnership with the Knights is truly an amazing opportunity to help bring attention to the needs of so many charities all around the country … especially at a time like this when they may need support more than ever,” said Softgiving CEO Matt Pfaltzgraf. “Gaming brings communities together, so we are pleased to be a part of the efforts the Knights are making to impact people in a positive manner by supporting Rise Above the Disorder.”

“We’re thrilled to be teaming up with the Knights, Softgiving and Wiz to put on an event that will completely change the way we talk about mental health,” said Rise Above the Disorder CEO Jason Docton. “Now, perhaps more than ever, mental health care is so greatly needed. Through this event we’ll be able to raise the critical resources needed to provide free mental health care to people around the world.”

Softgiving and the Knights have developed integration opportunities for brands to sponsor the charity streams. Brand and donation partners for the July 11 charity stream will include Schell Games, MetroStar Systems, DREAM Clothing, and NFL Alumni Association.

Additional details about the July 11 charity stream are available at knights.gg/.


ABOUT PITTSBURGH KNIGHTS

The Pittsburgh Knights are a global esports organization headquartered in Pittsburgh. Since launching in 2017, the Knights have focused on entertaining fans, sharing esports, and bringing people together. They solidified their spot in the City of Champions by partnering with six-time Super Bowl winners the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2018. Since then, Pittsburgh-native and multi-platinum recording artist Wiz mKhalifa has come on board as a strategic partner. Adding to their troop is Pittsburgh Penguins’ alternate captain Evgeni Malkin – 3-time Stanley Cup winner. To cap off their powerhouse group, they brought on Mexico City-based media fund MX LATAM in 2019. Officially recognized by Pittsburgh as a premier team, they have partnered with the most talented, innovative, and prestigious sports and entertainment industry leaders – both in the city and around the world. Their team includes some of the top Rocket LeagueⓇ, Super Smash Bros. Melee™, PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUND©, SMITE©, TrackmaniaⓇ, Gears 5™, and Madden NFL© players in the world. Please go to https://www.knights.gg for more information and the latest news on the Knights.

ABOUT SOFTGIVING
Headquartered in Atlanta, Softgiving makes it easy for influencers to fundraise for their favorite causes in a fast, convenient, lifestyle-based way. As the first charity streaming platform with a 0% Platform Fee, Softgiving is committed to raising more money for more nonprofits to make an even greater global impact. For more information, visit softgiving.com and follow the company on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

ABOUT RISE ABOVE THE DISORDER
Too many people can not afford mental health care. We’re working to change that. Rise Above The Disorder, RAD, provides a universal mental healthcare system accessible to people all over the world. Since 2017, Rise Above The Disorder has covered the cost of mental health care for over 35,000 people across 132 countries. If you believe in a world where everyone has access to the hope, health,and happiness they deserve, visit YouAreRAD.org.

Pittsburgh Knights media contact:
Angelica Sirabella
412-953-8362 | sirabella@knights.gg

Softgiving media contacts:
Melissa A.E. Sanders, Tadpole Communications | GEPRA
404.909.6726 | melissa@tadpolecomm.net
Mitch Leff, Leff & Associates | GEPRA
404.861.4769 | mitch@leffassociates.com

Rise Above the Disorder contact:
Michael Chavez Booth, The Story Mob
619.757.6392 | mike@thestorymob.com

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MIGRATE PARTNERS WITH MAJOR VISUAL ARTISTS TO CREATE REVERSIBLE FACE MASKS FOR CHARITY


https://www.prfire.com/

Project will benefit the Refugee Community Kitchen by raising £10,000, which will supply 15,000 hot meals for the UK’s homeless.

Migrate Art, the art organization fundraising to support displaced and homeless people, has partnered with 10 major contemporary artists and illustrators to create limited editions of re-usable, reversible face masks.

Artists include the creative duo from FriendsWithYou, who have collaborated with Pharell Williams, J. Balvin and Alice + Olivia, as well as British artist Helen Beard, architecture and art polymath Richard Woods, and the king of doodling Jon Burgerman.

An initial set of five masks will be released on Monday June 1st, with a new design released every Monday at 11am for five concecutive weeks.

https://www.prfire.com/

The masks will be sold for £19.99, or as packs of five for £79.99, and be produced with, and support an independent business in the UK, with all profits benefitting Migrate’s charity partners, Refugee Community Kitchen, who have been feeding homeless people in the UK throughout lockdown The campaign aims to raise £10,000 which would allow Refugee Community Kitchen to provide 15,000 meals.

The masks will be available for pre-sale through the Migrate website from Monday June 1st at 11am.

“This pandemic and lockdown has had a serious effect on charity funding, which ultimately negatively impacts the lives of the most vulnerable people in our societies. Refugee Community Kitchen have continued to put themselves at risk and have been out on the streets every week to feed the UK’s homeless- they are some of the unsung heroes of this crisis. When we saw for-profit businesses start to pre-sell face mask designs, we saw an opportunity to raise money for a good cause, and create a beautiful, high quality product with some of our favourite artists. We want to offer a more morally- balanced alternative for people and to put some positivity out into the world during a challenging time”
– Simon Butler, founder, Migrate Art

“Despite the chaos and devastation of the COVID-19 crisis, Refugee Community Kitchen has continued to serve nourishing food to people in need at points throughout the UK. In London and Edinburgh, we are carefully preparing and serving hot meals every week. We also provide food to vulnerable individuals, families, food banks and other food outreach projects. We are deeply committed to addressing food poverty in Northern France and the UK and continue to adapt our systems and procedures in order to best be of service moving forward. We need your support as more and more people feel the crushing impact of COVID-19. The demand for our food service continues to increase as the government scheme to putthe homeless in hotels has ended and more people lose their incomes.”
– Refugee Community Kitchen

“We are always looking for ways to help our fellow human. We feel wearing a mask is the safe and considerate measure to containing this virus, and we wanted people to be able to spread good vibes to themselves and others with our Little Cloud pattern.”
– Sam Borkson, Friends With You art to aid

‘I’m delighted to be building my ‘brick wall’ masks for Migrate Art , I initially worked with them on their Multicolour project last year and have kept up to date with the amazing work they do helping those affected by the ongoing migration crisis’
– Richard Woods, artist

‘It’s a privilege to help, in some small way, an organization such as Refugee Community Kitchen, who have helped many many people and fed millions. Helping and supporting others in need is the positive good-kindof-infectious we should be spreading around these days.’

-Jon Burgerman, artist and illustrator

About Migrate Art:
Migrate Art has raised has raised over £175,000 for their charity partners, which has funded projects that offer food, shelter, education and psychological support to tens of thousands of displaced people in the UK, France, Greece and Iraq. They collaborated by over 30 of the world’s leading artists including Anish Kapoor, Rachel Whiteread, Shepard Fairey, Antony Gormley, Mona Hatoum and many more. Simon Butler founded Migrate Art in 2016 after first visiting the Calais Jungle refugee camp in Northern France, and was later joined by Ian Syer through their mutual desire to use art to improve lives. Simon had previously worked in a number of London’s most prominent contemporary art galleries, including Newport Street Gallery, White Cube and Lazarides, and Ian is the founder of www.myartbroker.com, one of the UK’s leading online art market places.

About Refugee Community Kitchen:
Refugee Community Kitchen serves hot, nourishing meals to displaced people in the UK and France, having supported almost 3 million people since December 2015. Refugee Community Kitchen have delivered almost 3 million meals to homeless and displaced people in the last four years. Their operation started in Calais, but they now feed people across Northern France, throughout the UK and also in parts of Belgium. Although they had to stop their operations in France due to the French lockdown, they re-focused all their energies to feeding people in the UK. During this time when we are all vulnerable, people living on the streets become even more vulnerable. RCK help these exposed people in the most direct way possible- by providing regularly hot meals for anyone that needs them.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS:
Initial 5 masks,
Monday June 1st 11am:
Kai & Sunny (16.5k followers)@kaiandsunny
Helen Beard (90.8k followers)@helenbeardart
Jon Burgerman (115k followers)@jonburgerman
Miaz Brothers (8.4k followers)@miazbrothers
Richard Woods (10.2k followers)@richardwoodsstudio

Subsequent weekly mask releases (order TBC):
Camille Wahala (153k followers)@camillewahala
Friends With You (134k followers)@friendswithyou
Craig & Karl (68k followers)@craigandkarl
Mike Perry (96k followers)@mikeperrystudio
Philip Colbert (17.7k followers)@philipcolbert
Swoon (148k followers)@swoonstud

@migrateart / www.migrateart.com / #masksformeals / press@migrateart.com

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COV-AID™ ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH DOORDASH TO DONATE MEALS TO THOSE IN NEED DURING 10-HOUR STREAMING CHARITY EVENT ON #GIVINGTUESDAY, TOMORROW, MAY 5


All Proceeds from COV-AID Event to Support Americares and Boys & Girls Clubs of America Initiatives Related to Covid-19 Relief.

Giveaways to Include Signed Gloves from MLB Hall of Famer John Smoltz; Signed Gloves from Boxer Evander Holyfield; Custom Hand-Painted Shoes from Subnation and King of Sneakers; Gaming Equipment from HyperX and KontrolFreek; Opportunity to Participate in “Millionaire DJ Academy” Hosted by Grammy Award-Winning Producer DJ Babey Drew; and Free Esports Clinics from University of New Haven.

Talent to Feature Lil Jon, Rob “Gronk” Gronkowski, Waka Flocka Flame, SiLLY, SoaR Gaming, Jessie T. Usher, Donovan Carter, Slim Jxmmi, DJ Babey Drew, Harrison Bader, DJ Infamous, Lea Salonga, MonsterDFace, AussieAntics, Ghost Gaming, FaZeBloo, Stephanie Styles, FroZone, Kim Lee, Leah Culver, Brandi Cyrus, Corey “Mr. Hanky” Dennard, Kelly Olynyk, Kris Lofton and More

Event to be Hosted by Leading Gaming Personalities Joshua Gray, Michele Morrow, Rachel “Seltzer” Quirico, Sam Seum, Erin Simon and djWHEAT

ATLANTA –– As part of the upcoming COV-AID™ event — a massive, multi-platform, one-day online charity event — DoorDash, the nation’s leading on-demand local logistics platform, will donate up to one million meals to those in need (one meal per viewer). The streaming event, scheduled for #GivingTuesday tomorrow, May 5, 2020, at 1pm EDT, will feature more than 10 hours of content showcasing popular gamers, athletes, artists and other personalities streamed across top social game-streaming platforms including Twitch, YouTube, Mixer, Twitter and Facebook. All proceeds will be donated to Americares and Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BCGA) to help the fight against COVID-19, and to support front-line medical professionals, first responders, and families most directly affected by COVID-19 (Watch video HERE).

Throughout the event, COV-AID will have hourly giveaways for donors, which will include:
● One-of-a-kind signed items including:
○ Signed gloves from MLB Hall of Famer John Smoltz
○ Signed gloves from World Champion Boxer Evander Holyfield
○ and More!
● HyperX gaming equipment including keyboards, headsets and more
● Custom, hand-painted shoes from Subnation and King of Sneakers
● KontrolFreek equipment including performance thumbsticks, performance grips, and gaming
lights
● Free slots to The Millionaire DJ Academy hosted by Grammy-award winning producer, DJ
Babey Drew
● Free spots at the University of New Haven’s Youth Summer Esports Clinic and a new
esports scholarship opportunity will be announced

“It’s so amazing to see artists from all sectors of the entertainment industry coming together for #GivingTuesday to help Americares and Boys and Girls Clubs of America,” said United in Gaming Co-Founder Andrew Smoltz. “I want to extend special thanks to our partners, brand sponsors, and in-kind donors for stepping in to support these efforts. This is such an extraordinary time for everyone all around the world, but we know gaming brings communities together — so that is what we’re doing
on May 5.”

The COV-AID event will feature a mix of interactive, live-streamed competitions and performances, plus pre-recorded content from entertainers, athletes and other personalities. Event Talent includes:

Lil Jon: Grammy Award-winning artist
Rob “Gronk” Gronkowski: Super Bowl champion
Waka Flocka Flame: Rapper
Jessie T. Usher: Actor
SiLLY: Call of Duty champion
SoaR Gaming: Esports organization
Donavan Carter: Actor (HBO “Ballers”)
Slim Jxmmi: Rapper
DJ Babey Drew: Grammy Award-winning producer
Harrison Bader: Former St. Louis Cardinals outfielder
Hungrybox: Three-time, number one Super Smash Bros. player in the World
DJ Infamous: Grammy Award-winning record producer
Lea Salonga: Tony Award-winning actress and singer
MonsterDFace & AussieAntics: Fortnite Commentators
GhostSean: Professional Fortnite Player
Kelly Olynyk: Professional NBA basketball player for the Miami Heat
Garrett “FaZeBloo” Underhill: Call of Duty professional gamer
DJ Whoo Kid: Hip Hop DJ
Stephanie Styles: Actress, singer, and dancer
Corey “Mr. Hanky” Dennard: Musician and Producer
FroZone: Streamer and content creator
Kim Lee, Leah Culver and Brandi Cyrus: DJs
Event Hosts:
Michele Morrow: On-Camera host, Actor, Producer, Voice Over Artist and all-around gamer
Joshua Gray: On-air host, as well as writer and producer for segments in the video game and
digital entertainment industry
Rachel “Seltzer” Quirico: Gaming and esports host
Sam Seum: Streamer
Erin Simon: Writer, producer, host and contributor for The Shadow League, and host of
Cheddar Esports and Grass Routes Podcast
djWheat: Popular commentator and streamer in StarCraft II community

COV-AID was created, and is being produced by, a consortium of media and technology firms with close ties to the gaming and esports community, including: United in Gaming, Skillshot Media, Uspech Marketing, Film Quality Services, Subnation, Visual Weaponry, Softgiving, KontrolFreek, Mojichat, Lunchbox.gg, and Enthusiast Gaming.

For more information, or to make a donation, please visit cov-aid.org.

COV-AID media contact:
Melissa Sanders, Tadpole Communications
melissa@tadpolecomm.net

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ADDITIONAL TALENT ANNOUNCED FOR COV-AID™ 10-HOUR STREAMING CHARITY EVENT ON GIVING TUESDAY


Event To Feature Lil Jon, Rob “Gronk” Gronkowski, Waka Flocka Flame, SiLLY, SoaR Gaming, Donovan Carter, Slim Jxmmi, Michele Morrow, Dj Babey Drew, Harrison Bader, DJ Infamous, Lea Salonga, Sam Seum, Ghost Gaming and More

All Proceeds to Support Americares and Boys & Girls Clubs of America Initiatives Related to Covid-19 Relief

Partners Include United in Gaming, Skillshot Media, Uspech Marketing, Film Quality Services, Subnation, Visual Weaponry, Softgiving, KontrolFreek, Mojichat and Lunchbox.gg

ATLANTA –– Additional talent has been announced for the upcoming COV-AID™ event, a massive, multi-platform, one-day online charity event on Giving Tuesday, May 5, 2020, at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT. The event will feature more than 10 hours of content showcasing popular gamers, athletes, artists and other personalities streamed across top social game-streaming platforms including Twitch, YouTube, Mixer, Twitter and Facebook. All proceeds will be donated to Americares and Boys & Girls Clubs of America to help the fight against COVID-19, and to support front-line medical professionals, first responders, and families most directly affected by COVID-19.

The event will feature a mix of interactive, live-streamed competitions and performances, plus pre-recorded content from entertainers, athletes, and other personalities. Talent will include Grammy Award-winning artist Lil Jon; Super Bowl champion Rob “Gronk” Gronkowski; Rapper Waka Flocka Flame; Call of Duty champion SiLLY; esports organization SoaR Gaming; actor Donavan Carter (HBO “Ballers”); Rapper Slim Jxmmi; television presenter, actress, writer, video game journalist and producer Michele Morrow; Grammy Award-winning producer DJ Babey Drew; MLB players including former St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Harrison Bader; Grammy Award-winning record producer DJ Infamous; Tony Award-winning actress and singer Lea Salonga; streamer Sam Seum; and esports organization Ghost Gaming. Additional talent will be announced.

“This is such an extraordinarily challenging time for people all over the world — I am grateful to my partners for coming together so we can help make a difference for these beneficiaries,” said United in Gaming Co-Founder Andrew Smoltz. “This is meant to be a fun event for everyone to enjoy. I know that I, personally, can’t wait to see some of the talent-driven gaming challenges come to life for this great cause.”

Skillshot CEO Todd Harris added: “Everyone is at home. Everyone. Some people are feeling isolated and we figured this was a great moment for digital-native talent to step up and take the lead in bringing people together, albeit remotely, to enjoy each other’s company while also addressing the urgent challenges we all face.”

“We’re especially thankful for our amazing talent, all of whom are all donating their time to participate in this event,” added Uspech Marketing Consultants Founder Jennifer Erdman. “No one involved in COV-AID is taking any fee or percentage, which allows us to ensure every penny raised goes directly to these two essential organizations at this critical time.”

“Americares is heartened to see such an outpouring of support to help health workers on the front lines of the pandemic,” said Americares President and CEO Christine Squires. “With support from COV-AID, we can provide even more masks, gloves, gowns and essential training to protect our health care heroes.”

“For 160 years, Boys & Girls Clubs have navigated times of tragedy and crisis to provide safe places for kids and teens. Today, we are committed more than ever, to ensure Club staff, members, families and communities have the resources and support they need to navigate these uncertain times,” said Boys & Girls Clubs of America President and CEO Jim Clark. “Thank you to COV-AID and its partners for helping support our work during this critical time.

For more information, or to make a donation, please visit cov-aid.org.

HOW TO WATCH
COV-AID will be live-streamed on May 5 at 1pm EDT on platforms including: Twitch | YouTube | Mixer | Twitter | Facebook

ABOUT COV-AID

COV-AID is an egoless alliance of talent, distribution and nonprofit partners coming together to fight COVID-19. Event organizers and logistical partners will earn no revenue from COV-AID. All proceeds
will support the event’s nonprofit beneficiaries and their work.

ABOUT AMERICARES
Americares is providing desperately-needed personal protective equipment (PPE), training and emotional support to ensure health workers on the front lines of the pandemic can continue their lifesaving and life-changing work.

ABOUT BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF AMERICA
Boys & Girls Clubs of America is committed to remaining open to support the children and families of front-line medical professionals and essential workers while also providing meals and virtual learning at thousands of Clubs around the country.

COV-AID was created, and is being produced by, a consortium of media and technology firms with close ties to the gaming and esports community, including: United in Gaming, Skillshot Media, Uspech Marketing, Film Quality Services, Subnation, Visual Weaponry, Softgiving, KontrolFreek, Mojichat and Lunchbox.gg

COV-AID media contact:
Melissa Sanders, Tadpole Communications
404.909.6726 | melissa@tadpolecomm.net

Americares media contact:
Donna Porstner
516.607.1180 | DPorstner@americares.org
Boys & Girls Clubs of America contact:

Ashley Keyes
404.285.2326 | akeyes@BGCA.org



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COVID-19 sucks, but charity record don’t need to… in aid of NHS’s Royal Medical Benevolent Fund


Released on Monday (6th April 2020 ) was a charity record in aid of the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund – a charity who support medical staff and their families in a time of crisis. This is a time of crisis.

The song; Home (City of Dreaming Spires) was recorded by #1 producer George Shilling, who has worked with the likes of Blur, Frank Turner, Yazz, Teenage Fanclub, and Suede’s Bernard Butler. It is written and performed by the Oxford based 3-piece band ‘The Ideas’.

The video features a live recording of the band from their separate homes, in current COVID-19 isolation.

The lyrics, although written last year, are uncanny in their representation of the current circumstances, “Take me to Rome, take me anywhere, just take me home. From the city on fire, to the City of Dreaming Spires, take me home…” – “You can’t run, from the places you love, no matter how obscene, or how serene…”
All proceeds from this incredibly uplifting record will go
directly to the charity.

The Ideas, wear their influences on their sleeves, with obvious references to other Oxford bands like ‘Ride’ and ‘Radiohead’, as well as other notable rockers like ‘The National’ and ‘David Bowie’.

The band said “We’re so happy to be able to help this great charity. Many of us are at home feeling helpless, we just wanted to get up off the sofa and do something…

Both the Ideas and the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund ask for as many people as possible to share this charity release online as possible to enable them to raise important funds at this time.

It is a fantastic record and a fantastic cause.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjP2T58-BGI?feature=oembed

The UK’s doctors and even medical students will be in dire need of support, during and after the COVID-19 outbreak. They are on the frontline saving lives, whilst potentially risking their own.

Please share content about this record where possible – thank you, it is appreciated. Help us make this uplifting record the soundtrack of 2020. Remember: COVID-19 sucks, but charity records don’t have to…

The Royal Medical Benevolent Fund was formed in 1836. Their Patron is Her Majesty The Queen. Find out more via https://rmbf.org/about

The Ideas are from Oxford. They are Gary S Creigh, Steve Hare and Nick Aspey. Find them on social media via @theideasband or at www.covidsucks.co.uk

Contact Details
Claire Arnott
carnott@rmbf.org
Or, press@covidsucks.co.uk
Media enquiries via 07527317245

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ClickBid offering free charity online auction licensing in response to Coronavirus


Generous Response to Upheaval in Fundraising Events

Norton Shores, MI — March 17, 2020 — ClickBid announced today the immediate availability of a free license to any new ClickBid customer conducting an online auction by April 30. The move is a direct response to the widespread postponement and cancelling of charity fundraising events due to the measures being implemented to combat the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

“As we embrace a temporary normal of social distancing, cancelled events and face new challenges, I wanted to reach out with help,” said Matthew Burnell, CEO of ClickBid. “I’ve been moved by the outpouring of support from small, medium and large businesses to help people with discounts and extended services. It’s appropriate to offer similar assistance to charities in need.”

Initial feedback to the program has been strong. Maura Buckley, founder of Incredible Occasions, an event planning company in New York City, was thrilled to be able to offer a solution to her customers who have seen their spring fundraising event plans collapse.
“This generous offer from ClickBid is going to have a major impact on the fundraising efforts of my clientele,” said Maura. “They call to cancel their event, and by the end of our conversation, their online auction is up and running.”

This free license offer was driven by the dynamic nature of today’s fundraising environment and demonstrates ClickBid’s commitment to support the efforts of charities and schools across the US and Canada. To take advantage of this offer, complete the signup form at https://cbo.io/signup and use sales code GOBID20. Or visit https://clickbidonline.com/online-auction-waived-license/ for more information.

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“They made such a huge difference”: Kent accountants choose hospital’s Twinkling Stars appeal as 2020 charity


Charter Tax Supports Twinkling Stars Campaign

A charity which helps families who have lost a baby will benefit from a whole year of fundraising support from a Kent accountancy firm.

Charter Tax, which has offices in Kent and London, is supporting East Kent Hospitals’ Twinkling Stars campaign as its chosen charity for the coming year after it helped two of its own members of staff.

The charity has provided a private suite at the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford where families who have lost a baby can have their own space to say goodbye together.

The suite is next to the labour ward so that mothers are close to the medical team, but are away from families who are celebrating the birth of a baby. It has its own kitchenette and bathroom, and families are looked after by a specially trained midwife.

The couple from Charter Tax who were supported by Twinkling Stars said: “They looked after us from the moment we got to the hospital to the moment we left. They couldn’t have done more for us and also offered support after we got home.

“Without this charity, we would have been on the main labour ward giving birth with all the other mums. This organisation makes such a huge difference to the emotional wellness of the people involved and we can’t praise and thank them enough.”

Dee Neligan, East Kent Hospitals Charity’s fundraising and development officer, and maternity matron Jo Olagboyega visited the Charter Tax office to tell the team more about Twinkling Stars, and Charter Tax principal Mark Howard presented them with a cheque to start the year of fundraising.

The firm donated £1,000 to the charity instead of sending Christmas cards in December, and will match whatever funds the team raise over the coming year.

Twinkling Stars was founded by Charlotte Bassett-Rogers, whose son Blake was stillborn at just 25 weeks in 2014.

She had to cope with the ordeal while still on the maternity ward, so she and her sisters, Leigh Knight and Georgina Varnals, made it their mission to see if they could provide something better for other families.

The suite at the William Harvey opened in 2018 and has inspired a similar facility at the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital in Margate, called Precious Memories. Twinkling Stars’ next goal at Ashford is to create an entrance to the suite that is separate from the labour ward, and to redesign one of the labour rooms.

The charity’s Justgiving page explains: “Women and their families who are dealing with the loss of a baby are experiencing a unique form of grief, needing physical and psychological support.
“The suite will require charitable support to keep it looking as good as new and replace the soft furnishings, toiletries and decorations when required.”

Founded in 2009, Charter Tax has offices in Kent and London and works with both businesses and individual clients from around the world. We specialise in international tax, including tax for non-doms, company expansions and offshore trusts.

Call our Kent office on 01580 313108, or visit us at Suite 1, Bedgebury Business Park, Forge Farm, Goudhurst TN17 2QZ. Alternatively, contact our London office on 020 7084 5771 or visit us at 1 St James’s Place, SW1A 1NP.

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Why is it Good to Make Charitable Donations?

Each year, millions of people make donations to causes that mean so much to them. Giving to charity is a wonderful way to improve the lives of others. Not only that, it can also have such a positive impact on the people who are kind enough to contribute as well. So how is it that giving to charity provides so much gratification?

Research shows that donating to charity can boost a person’s overall mood. Helping others is shown to make people happier. This is backed up by scientific research which found a link between making a charitable donation and an increase in brain activity in the part that is responsible for registering pleasurable feelings.

We spoke to Damien Sartip-Zadeh, a business owner in a company called -Limit Limited. Damien, along with fellow company members Dale Sartip-Zadeh, Diane Sartip-Zadeh and Mahmud Sartip-Zadeh. -Limit Limited recently donated a moderate sum of money to help fund a charity for a rural school in north-west Ghana. The money will help the school acquire much needed school desks and other essential equipment. After making the donation, Damien said:
“It is such a good feeling to donate money to charity. Supporting others brings a lot of joy to my life and the very idea of helping others is really nice.”

No matter what age we live in, there will always be people out there who need help and support. A charitable donation can quite literally change the lives of others. For example, the ‘Against Malaria Foundation’ provides the funding for insecticide treated nets to reduce the number of malaria cases. The nets themselves cost in the £3 to £4 range to buy and distribute throughout countries with the disease. There are still countries throughout the world where many people live in extreme poverty. So, although giving a couple of pounds might not seem like much, it really can go a long way in helping others who are less fortunate than ourselves.

We have come to the rightful conclusion that the feeling of happiness is a two-way thing when it comes to giving to charity. Many businesses donate to such charities. Tonic SEO, for example, plan to donate money to several charities. The company, who specialise in search engine optimisation, recognise the benefits of giving to charity. Donating can bring a lot of happiness to a person and this is shown through our case study and external scientific research. Giving to charity in turn improves the lives of others and can even reduce mortality rates in some of the world’s poorest countries. Therefore, we encourage you to give what you can to your favourite charity today.