September only means one thing in Saga offices – the charity Fundraising Fortnight. Saga staff and customers raise money all year round for good causes, but our people will up their game between 15th and 30th September to attempt to raise a whopping £65,000. In addition Saga Group will match every pound raised by staff.
Different areas of the business will go head to head to attempt to raise the largest ever target. People will run marathons, bake cakes and skydive for two charities that are close to the hearts of Saga employees.
The money raised will enable The Saga Respite for Carers Trust to provide well-needed breaks to hundreds of unpaid carers in the UK who look after their loved ones and to pay for professional respite care if needed.
The Saga Charitable Trust supports sustainable projects in developing countries where our holiday customers travel and the money raised during the fundraising fortnight will help the following projects: supplying mosquito nets in Zambia, constructing dams in Kenya, building a medical clinic in Nepal and, setting up a learning centre in Morocco.
There will be an assortment of activities taking place at every Saga site: holiday raffle in Hastings, Tombola in Thanet, Sports day in Sandgate, football matches in Folkestone and a cyclothon in Cheriton. Rumour has it that there is even a chance for Saga employees to dunk directors and gunge their bosses.
Saga has also been inspired by the recent success of the Olympic torch relay. On one day, employees and local volunteers will run, bike, horse ride and even travel by boat across the South East passing every Saga site along the way.
Paul Green, Director of Communications commented: “The charitable fortnight gives everyone the chance to take part in some fun, and even some not so fun activities for some very good causes. This year I’m doing a sponsored slim. My aim is to lose a stone for each charity and keep my sense of humour in the process.”
For information on the charities and their work please visit www.saga.co.uk/saga-charitable-foundation
Notes to Editors:
• Pictures of the projects are available on request
About Saga Charitable Trust
The Trust’s mission is to benefit underprivileged communities in developing countries visited by Saga holidaymakers. Projects earmarked to benefit from this year’s fundraising activities are:
• The Butterfly Tree in Zambia – The SCT has been working with the Butterfly Tree since 2007 and is now funding a two-year malaria prevention programme. Each household in Mukini Chiefdom only has access to one mosquito net but further funding will provide 2,750 additional nets enabling each household to receive the recommended three nets.
• Haller, Kenya – The SCT has previously worked with Haller to support the Mitedi and Mitsemerne communities by funding training in sustainable farming and aqua culture. Following the success of this project, Haller would like to further rehabilitate the Kashani area by constructing two rain-fed dams, benefitting more than 1000 people and by appointing a full-time community mobilise to help all communities in the area become self-sufficient.
• Tiger Tops Tharu Clinic, Nepal – The Tiger Tops clinic is currently made out of wooden beams, elephant grass and mud and cow dung. It is only open for treatment sessions once a month and sees around 100 patients with a variety of injuries from snakebites, bear and rhino attacks to rabies. The SCT hope to raise enough funds to build a new clinic and supply a small selection of medical instruments and a two-year supply of medicine.
• Berber Education Programme, Morocco – The SCT aim to prepare young Berber children for primary school by teaching them Arabic as well as teaching illiterate young girls and women to read and write. The centre would assist children with their homework and provide local people with a library and computers.
About Saga Respite for Carers Trust
The Trust provides hundreds of unpaid carers all over the UK with a well-deserved holiday. During this time their loved ones back home will be given the very best care. The money raised this fundraising fortnight will be used to cover the cost of respite care and provide carers with some spending money for their breaks.