TRAFIGURA LONDON CHARITY COMMITTEE ELECTS CHILDREN'S CHARITY FOR 2014
Made up of just four members, the London Charity Committee (LCC) rallied staff and raised over GBP 13,000 in favour of their 2013 Charity of the Year, Refuge. The amount was matched by the Trafigura Foundation. This November, the LCC elected The Rainbow Trust – supporting seriously ill children – as a worthy cause to support in 2014.
The Rainbow Trust is a UK charity that looks after families of children with life-threatening illnesses. With a very hands-on approach, the organisation provides emotional and practical support, helping parents, siblings and children get through very tough times. Stuart Caie is based in Trafigura's London office and is Chairman of the Charity Committee. Here he explains the Charity of the Year election process.
"Every year employees choose a charity, and for those twelve months we focus all our efforts on that organisation. The election process is simple: we send an email to London staff for their nominations. They choose among the top three or four options and confirm their vote by using the voting buttons embedded in the email - easy! At the end of process, we inform every one of which charity we'll be supporting for the coming year."
Gifts for Christmas
"This year, because of the nature of the charity, our involvement is more delicate. We can't directly visit the children or families, but we're supporting in every way we can. Our office Christmas tree has paper baubles that display lists of gifts that the children would like. The Rainbow Trust has guided us as to what they need; people pick a bauble from the tree and donate accordingly: crayons, Plastiscine, books, Lego… these will be couriered to the kids before Christmas."
Elizabeth Marks, also from the London Charity Committee, recently whipped up a spontaneous cake sale for the Philippines, and she makes fundraising seem simple: "It doesn't take much to do good. If you like to keep fit, just tie it in to fundraising. Bake a cake and raise a few pounds. Our Charity Committee is successful because we make it easy to get involved. People then see that the money soon adds up, and that's a great motivator."