Afritrex - The Charities
By having three charities as our beneficiaries we hope to open up our appeal to potential supporters and sponsors by offering a range of charitable work which should hit a chord with most people.
The charities we’ve chosen are all close to our hearts with the causes they support and the work they are tirelessly involved with year after year, helping to improve people’s lives here in the UK, in Africa and throughout the developing world.
The Royal Star & Garter Homes - Official Charity no. 210119
The Royal Star & Garter Home cares for disabled ex-Service Men & Women and is where Ben worked for three years as an Events Coordinator, organising fundraising events at the Home in Richmond, Surrey and it was here that the idea of the VC180 Challenge germinated.
The charity will be launching a fundraising appeal in conjunction with this challenge towards the start of 2008, and hope to raise somewhere in the region of £250,000.
FARM Africa - Official Charity no. 326901
FARM-Africa is a well known UK based charity whose extensive work with farming communities throughout Eastern and Southern Africa is helping to people to manage their natural resources more effectively and build sustainable livelihoods on their own land.
We hope to visit some of FARM-Africa’s projects during our journey to see first-hand the work which is being undertaken and the improvement it is making to people’s lives. We have both been involved in fundraising for the charity in the past.
IDE UK - Official Charity no. 1087417
IDE-UK (International Development Enterprise) is a worldwide charity who works through Africa, and Asia. Their system is simple: charity to stimulate the market equals long term growth. They focus on supporting the market proliferation of basic technologies at affordable prices that enable the poorest farmers to double their income, and so stimulate economic growth from the bottom up.
Why have we chosen these three charities that are very different?
It is about doing the right thing:
The two charities that focus directly on Africa are charities whose focus we appreciate: a focus on the simple distribution of information. Using techniques readily available in the industrialised countries in those yet to industrialise to take farming and sufficiency to a level where real, year-on-year, community-based growth can occur. What could be more simple? Trickle up economics from the global information network.