|Thursday, November 21, 2013|
The second annual Right To Play UK gala dinner, the Big Red Ball on Wednesday 20th November was a huge success. Held at the Roundhouse- a unique grade II listed building that was once a steam engine repair shed, 500 guests attended to celebrate the power of sport and raise money for our work.
Athlete Ambassador Q&A: Greg Rutherford, Mark Hunter & Anna Watkins, hosted by John Inverdale
20 Right To Play Athlete Ambassadors, including gold medallists Anna Watkins, Greg Rutherford and Mark Hunter, were there to support the night- in total the Ambassadors had a medal count of over 50 Olympic, Paralympic and World Championship medals! John Inverdale and Chemmy Alcott hosted the night and guests heard from Johann Koss, the CEO and founder of Right To Play and were also treated to an inspiring talk from Doreen, a Right To Play Coach from Ghana.
Right To Play Coach Doreen
You can see photos from the evening here.
We would like to say a big thank you to everyone involved, from the Event Committee to Microsoft for supporting the event, auction prize donors, Athlete Ambassadors and of course, all the guests. It was a truly fantastic night raising an outstanding amount of money for Right To Play.
|Wednesday, November 20, 2013|
The partnership is helping bring play to more than 77,000 children in East Africa and strengthening our core technological capacity
An innovative partnership with Microsoft YouthSpark was announced by Right To Play President and CEO Johann Koss in London, during the organisation’s 2013 Big Red Ball – the flagship fundraising gala dinner for Right To Play UK, supported by Microsoft.
Microsoft YouthSpark is a three-year global initiative to create education, employment and entrepreneurial opportunities for 300 million youth. Through more than 30 programmes and partnerships with 186 youth-serving nonprofits, in its first year alone Microsoft YouthSpark has created new opportunities for more than 103 million young people in more than 100 countries worldwide.
Established in early 2013, this partnership represents both a direct investment in Right To Play gender-focused programs in East Africa, as well as an investment in the charity’s technological capacity and digital resources.
“This is a wonderful partnership, and it is just the beginning,” Koss said. “Play is an inherently creative and innovative process. I believe creativity, innovation and collaboration are all critical elements to building effective, impactful programmes that will change the world. Our partnership with Microsoft YouthSpark is all of these things.”
Microsoft’s investment in the Raising Her Voice programme has already helped Right To Play reach more than 77,000 children in Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania and Mozambique. With a goal of expanding that reach to 110,000 by 2015, Raising Her Voice puts special emphasis on promoting gender equality and empowering girls to become engaged in their communities. More than 50 per cent of the programme participants are female.
“We fundamentally believe that investing in youth will help them change their world, and secure a better future for us all,” said Lori Forte Harnick, general manager, Citizenship & Public Affairs, Microsoft. “Right To Play’s Raising Her Voice programme is already having a real impact upon the lives of thousands of young girls in Africa. We believe that our investment in their organisation will help create opportunities for many, many more.”
In-line with Microsoft YouthSpark and the company’s 4Afrika initiative, which aims to ignite African innovation by investing in youth education, workforce development and small and medium enterprises, the Microsoft investment will allow Right To Play to create an interactive digital portal of its more than 600 unique games and play-based activities so staff and Coaches worldwide have easier access to the resources.
To ensure the more than 13,500 local volunteer Coaches who lead Right To Play activities can fully benefit from the partnership, a pilot programme will also be launched to train 3,000 Coaches in basic computer skills and digital literacy.
|Friday, November 08, 2013|
|Meryl Davies has been appointed as National Director, UK National Office. Her first day will be 14th November 2013.
Meryl comes to Right To Play with more than 12 years' experience in fundraising and communications. Most recently, she was Director of Fundraising at the NGO SOS Children’s Villages where she was responsible for the strategic direction of all aspects of leadership giving. She was also a Global Partnerships Manager for SOS Children's Villages International and worked with corporate partners to launch SOS in Hong Kong. Prior to that, she was in charge of establishing fundraising at Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge, generating funds and raising the profile of this unique women's college.
Meryl has a degree in Social Anthropology from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and a M.Sc. in NGO Management from Cass Business School, City University, London.
|Monday, October 07, 2013|
Athletes, runners and volunteers supported Right To Play at the Royal Parks Half Marathon on Sunday 6th October.
Team Right To Play had over 50 runners, including two Right To Play Athlete Ambassadors and Olympians Mark Hunter and Kate Dennison, take part in the scenic half marathon that goes through four of London’s Royal Parks to raise money for our programmes around the world.
Athlete Ambassador Kate Dennison
Dennison said; "It was such an amazing experience to take part in the royal parks half marathon, the crowds were amazing and the Right To Play cheerers really picked me up when I was beginning to feel tired. As an Athlete Ambassador for the charity I urge you to do what you can to support the cause and help educate and empower children through sport and play around the world."
Athlete Ambassador Mark Hunter
Thank you to the volunteers who came along to encourage and cheer on our runners, and of course a big thank you to all the Right To Play runners!
You can see our photos from the day here.
|Thursday, October 03, 2013|
Top GB skier Chemmy Alcott and other athletes show their support for new initiative between Snow+Rock and Right To Play
GB skier and Sochi hopeful Chemmy Alcott attended an evening at the flagship store of UK's number one ski clothing & equipment retail chain Snow+Rock, to launch their new charity ski socks. £5 from each pair of the performance ski socks will be donated to the international children’s charity Right To Play.
The evening saw attendees enjoy a Q&A session with Alcott, as well as fellow Right To Play Athlete Ambassadors George Robson (Harlequins rugby player) and Andrew Steele (Olympic 400m runner). Alcott spoke about her recent injury and recovery to secure a place at the Winter Olympics in Sochi next year.
Guests also purchased items from Snow+Rock’s winter ranges with 10% of sales on the night going to Right To Play, a charity that uses sport and play to educate and empower children to overcome the effects of poverty, conflict and disease in disadvantaged communities around the world.
The special edition socks, manufactured by Horizon, will be available to buy online here and in Snow+Rock stores nationwide at the end of October.
Check out photos from the event here.
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