There are some fantastic charities right in our neighbourhood whose work we deeply admire and continue to support.
THE KARAM FOUNDATION
The Karam Foundation is a non-profit organisation on a mission to build a better future for Syria. They seek to restore the dignity and quality of life for people affected by conflict by eliminating barriers to success through innovative education, entrepreneurial development, and community-driven aid.
To celebrate 10 years of PYC we held a day of free yoga with all donations going to support this inspiring charity.
“Amelie, your generous donation gives a voice to those who need it most. The Karam team is inspired by your dedication to helping others who need it desperately. Your donations enable us to create tangible change in the lives of the Syrian people.”
– Reem Karmouta, Karam Foundation
ST DIONIS CHURCH & THE LIVING SPACE PROJECT
One of our local churches, St Dionis, is hosting a ball this June in aid of the Living Space project. The project is to renew the church so that it will become a new, approachable space that can serve the community more effectively. Somewhere to work, share, laugh, meet people, take classes and deepen friendships. Somewhere that connects and contributes to our Parsons Green community. We supported a similar event two years ago which raised funds for the first phase of building work, and are donating again this year.
THE MERLIN SCHOOL & THE ROYAL HOSPITAL FOR NEURO-DISABILITY
The Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability is a charity, independent from the NHS but working closely with it, to provide the best possible care for people living with neuro-disability. Every year The Merlin School has a silent auction to raise funds for the charity. We are proud to provide prizes and support this important local charity.
Music’all is a not-for-profit, extra-curricular music school based in south-west London for children age 4-18. Since 2009, the Music’all charity has been providing musical educations to children who don’t have access to music in their school or community. Every year, it runs a bursary scheme which is financed by our fundraising activities. PYC is proud to support its great work bringing music to all.
PROSPECT HOUSE SCHOOL & ALBARACA NURSERY CHARITY
For their Christmas fair, Prospect House School asked the PYC to participate in their fundraising and we were happy to do so by donating kids classes as raffle prizes. This year, all the Christmas fair proceeds went to the Albaraca Nursery School in Gambia who educates 160 children as well as provides for the wider community. Albaraca means “thank you” in the local language.
Prospect House School
“On behalf of the Christmas Fair Committee, all the children at Prospect House School and especially from The Albaraca Nursery School in Gambia we would like to say a very big thank you for your kind donation towards our Christmas Fair.”
– The Christmas Fair Committee, Prospect House School
The WildHearts charity believes that business can and must be a force for good. This is a conviction they share with global business leaders, international brands and indeed our wider culture. Their business ethos continues through to social impact: from funding micro-loans for poor entrepreneurs in the developing world to helping young people at home develop business and employability skills and gain work experience, apprentices and jobs.
Action Against Hunger
ACF is an international humanitarian organisation committed to ending child hunger. Every day they work to save the lives of malnourished children while providing communities with sustainable access to safe water and long-term solutions to hunger.
With over 30 years of expertise in emergency situations of conflict, natural disaster and chronic food insecurity, they run life-saving programs in 45 countries helping over 9 million people last year.
The Willow Foundation
For some their Special Day is the opportunity to return some normality to their lives. For others it is the last chance to fulfil a dream. But for all, at what is the most difficult of times, a Special Day can lift spirits, reunify families and be a source of strength when it’s needed most.
International Animal Rescue
International Animal Rescue saves animals from suffering around the world. Their work includes cutting free and caring for dancing bears in India, rescuing primates from captivity in Indonesia and sterilising and vaccinating stray dogs and cats in developing countries.
The Holy Cross Charity Ball
The Holy Cross Charity Ball is an annual fundraiser that supports Holy Cross Primary School and the Children’s Hospital Trust Fund at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. The Chelsea Children’s Hospital Charity cares for children and their families, raising funds to purchase equipment and provide services which would not otherwise be available. We are proud to be part of this important community event.
Room to Read
Room to Read is a leading non-profit focused on education and children’s literacy in Asia and Africa. It seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in developing countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Working in collaboration with local communities, partner organisations and governments, it promotes literacy and reading alongside relevant life skills to succeed in school and beyond.
Room to Read invests in nearly one million children each year and aims to invest in the lives of at least 15 million children by 2020. On December 7th 2013, Aram Raffy and The Power Yoga Company held a juicy power yoga class with all proceeds going to Room to Read.
The Octavia Appeal & friends of Royal Brompton
The Octavia Appeal is run through The Friends of Royal Brompton, a world renowned hospital which looks after children with often life threatening heart and lung conditions. The charity raises money for specific items in the paediatric intensive care and paediatric ward. It is run by one of our members, Lynda Mackie, who has firsthand experience as a parent with a child in the intensive care unit there. The specialist unit takes the sickest children in the country, most of which are on life support when they arrive and have become too sick to be cared for at other hospitals.
Sinclair House School in support of their library and Clic Sargent
We were delighted to support Sinclair House School Sinclair House School at their Christmas Fayre on December 1st, 2012. The School raised funds not only for their school library, but also donated 25 per cent of the proceedings to CLIC Sargent, a charity that supports children and their families affected by cancer.
Zeebeedee & Whizz Kidz
At their Nativity Fair on December 6th 2012, local nursery Zeebeedee Nursery School held a Christmas fundraiser to raise money for the school as well as for Whizz Kidz, a charity based in Richmond which supports the purchase of electric wheelchairs for children who would not otherwise be able to afford them.
The Stroke association believes in life after stroke. They support stroke survivors to make the best recovery they can, campaign for better stroke prevention and care, and fund research to develop new treatments and ways of preventing stroke. Read more about the Stroke Association’s work here.
For the “Diageo City Challenge” in June 2011, 18 teams from the world of business journalism battled it out on the football pitch in order to raise money for the Stroke Association. The BBC, Channel 4 News, Sky News, Times, Financial Times, Bloomberg, Guardian, Wall Street Journal and the Bank of England were just some of the teams taking part. Marie-Laure, co-founder of the Power Yoga Company, made sure teams were properly stretched before their games to prevent any injuries. Check out the photos here.
The National Association for Children of Alcoholics (Nacoa) was founded in 1990 to address the needs of children growing up in families where one or both parents suffer from alcoholism or a similar addictive problem. This includes children of all ages, many of whose problems only become apparent in adulthood. Together we can give these vulnerable children the chance of a brighter future.
Reality Gives provides young people from underprivileged communities in India quality education and experiences to help them reach their potential. Through its relationship with sister organisation Reality Tours and Travel, they are uniquely placed as an NGO to access resources. Reality Tours was created in 2005 to break down negative stereotypes about the slum areas of Delhi, Dharavi and Rajasthan. Every day they are able to connect with socially minded individuals who, upon completion of a tour are inspired to create change for the communities they have visited.