Charity Spotlight – Médecins Sans Frontières

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Neutral and Impartial. How Humanitarian principles help Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders deliver emergency medical care in conflict zones. How much do you know about their 9-5 job?

It is clear why Médecins Sans Frontières was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for their humanitarian work in 1999. That award helped fund partnerships to lower the impact of HIV/Aids, malaria and other tropical diseases. Here we explore not only the medical and humanitarian work they do but how they help give a voice to those in desperate need through MSF Pulse, Dispatches or social media.

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Reflecting on 2-years of Charity Spotlights

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Starting these Charity Spotlights two years ago was important to us to balance how we can support the charitable sector. Here, we celebrate our 50th Charity Spotlight and look back over the last year.

It was Blue Sea Philanthropy’s CEO, Brian Carney, that first identified that running a consulting business was just not enough for me. We think giving a spotlight to charities is important and one way we can be socially responsible.

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World Bicycle Relief | Charity Spotlight

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In sub-Saharan Africa, 34 million children are missing out on their education. Knowledge is a way forward, and bicycles are making a difference.

World Bicycle Relief is mobilizing people through the Power of Bicycles. They envision a world where distance is no longer a barrier to education, healthcare, and economic opportunity. World Bicycle Relief has a goal of raising 1,400 bicycles on Giving Tuesday.

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1.5 million reasons – Pinehurst Club Breakfast

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2017 represents a new milestone for Sleeping Children Around the World. 60,000 bedkits will be delivered bringing the total number of bedkits distributed since 1970 to over 1.5 million in 34 countries.

Chair, Dave Dryden, announced that in the past 4 months SCAW has given bedkits to 40,000 children.

“That’s an average of 330 children a day, with 50 of our volunteers [who] have paid their own way to go overseas to India, Kenya, the Philippines and Togo.”

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Too many Empty Bowls

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In place of our usual Charity Spotlight here is my edited Medium post challenging whether we can actually have too many charities. This applies to nonprofits supporting homelessness and disease areas in either one country or indeed worldwide.

It seems to me that we should be striving for collaboration.

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Charity Spotlights revisited

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Happy Easter. Opencity Inc. think giving a spotlight to charities is important and one way we can be socially responsible.

Here is a round-up of the charity spotlights we have featured in the last few months.

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Charity Spotlight – Ray of Hope

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Ray of Hope thoroughly deserve this charity spotlight after topping the fundraising for the Coldest Night of the Year. They are doing amazing work for those living on the bubble at risk of homelessness in Waterloo Region.

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Charity Spotlight – Orange Sky Laundry

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Orange Sky Laundry is doing something very innovative to support the homeless in Australia.

Just this week Orange Sky Laundry won Young Australian of the Year Award 2016. In just 18 month’s the two friends Lucas Patchett and Nic Marchesi and a passionate band of volunteers are making a real difference for the homeless across communities in Australia.

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Charity Spotlight – CCFC

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The Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) works to create a future of hope for children, families, and communities by helping them develop the skills and resources to overcome poverty and pursue justice.

I have a very personal connection with the The Christian Children’s Fund of Canada. Almost 10 years ago my then 8 year old son called to say he had seen an advert on TV and thought that Daddy should adopt a little boy from Africa. He misunderstood a little. He thought the boy would come to live with me, because Daddy was on his own and needed company and the boy in the advert needed help. On behalf of my kids I have been sponsoring a boy in Ghana, who is the same age as my daughter, ever since. The boy in Ghana and I continue to exchange letters.

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Reflecting on our Charity Spotlights

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Over the past months we have focused each Friday on a different charity. Our Charity Spotlights reinforce our ethos in finding ways to be socially responsible.

While we have no new charity spotlight on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day we especially think of all those who are alone, homeless, in poverty and in desperate need. Here is a quick round-up of the charity spotlights we have featured.

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