Featured Fundraiser: Team GAR

01/04/2011
Zorba

This week our featured fundraiser is Team GAR, made up of Paul Loader and Linda Blampied, who are running the Brighton Marathon this month for the Greek Animal Rescue charity. GAR was founded in 1989 after Paul and his wife saw the appalling neglect of animals when on holiday in Crete.

They are hoping to raise £5,000 to continue to alleviate the suffering of animals in Greece and to support a number of animal shelters sterilising as many dogs and cats as funds allow, while finding homes for the lucky few in the UK and other EU countries.

Zorba was the first dog GAR sent out to the UK to find a new home, who spent most of his time at Northvale vets. So much so that he became part of the family whilst having his chemotherapy.

Northdale Vets became more and more interested in helping Greek dogs, offering long-distance diagnosis from photographs and X-rays. Also sending vets to Greece for a week at a time to undertake sterilisations and assist with surgeries.

Unfortunately Zorba lost his battle against cancer 10 December 2010. When he died Zorba’s Legacy’ was born – a fund set up by the vets in his memory to continue to raise funds to give other Greek dogs their chance to come to a forever home in England.

Everyclick would like to wish Paul and Linda the best of luck in the marathon and hope they reach their target of £5,000 to continue their amazing work and passion for the Greek Animal Shelter.

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Everyclick reaches over £1.7 million!

21/03/2011

Everyclick users have been busy this weekend and have tipped the Everyclick total to over £1.7 million through fundraising, clicking and shopping online for their favourite charities.

The launch of our new Give as you Live™ shopping App, a new way to raise funds online, has been highly successful and now with over 1200 stores registered you can shop for almost anything and give to your charity at no cost to you.

We’d like to thank our users and charities for using our platform to raise money for their causes. It’s amazing how many people are actively supporting their charity be it through Fundraising, Give as you Live™ or simply by searching the web.

Let’s try and make it to £2 million by the summer and help thousands of causes all over the world. There are loads of national fundraising events coming up this summer, why not join in?

British Heart Foundation are celebrating their 50th Anniversary, join in with a wide range of bike rides all over the UK, from the legendary London to Brighton Bike Ride to 100 mile mountain bike rides to local family bike rides. By taking part you can raise vital funds to support their life-saving work and look after your heart too.

Cancer Research Race For Life events are held all over the UK, find your local 5k or 10k Race for Life events and walk, jog or run to help beat cancer.

Why not get involved in with Oxfam’s Trailwalker 2011 and join 500 inspirational teams for the UK’s most inspiring team challenge: 100km in 30 hours, across the South Downs.

If you know someone who’s raising money for their charity why not tell them about us, remember we’re free! Fundraising pages allow you to collect sponsorship online and keep track of your giving. You can even build fundraising groups at school, college or work and choose from over 200,000 UK charities to support.

However you support your charity, keep up the good work and happy fundraising!

Many Thanks
The Everyclick Team

UK-Japanese Communities Raise Funds in Aid of Japan Disaster

18/03/2011

On 11 March Japan was hit with an earthquake which caused widespread destruction across the country. Since then Japanese communities across the UK have been rallying around and raising money for those affected by the trauma in their homeland.

Two London-based Japanese students have started raising funds, the pair announced their campaign on Sky News and said proceeds will be distributed by a leading non-governmental organisation in Japan. Shuji Nezu and Ryuichiro Motoki, who are pupils at the London Business School, decided on the humanitarian action even though they are thousands of miles away.

“It’s shocking and devastating and although here in the UK we are safe and comfortable I wanted to do something for my country so I stated a fundraising campaign with my friends,” Mr Nezu said.

The London students’ action is now spreading across Britain as other Japanese students help raise funds. The students have raised a total of £18,119 so far.

Japanese people living in Nottingham are also doing their bit, they are planning a fund-raiser for survivors of the earthquake and tsunami in their home country. Martial arts demonstrations and Japanese cooking are some of the activities set to take place at the event called Gambare Nippon, which translates as Go Japan. The fundraiser is being organised by Hitomikai, the Anglo Japanese Society in the East Midlands, which includes 55 Japanese families from Nottingham and the rest of the region.

Hitomikai secretary Kiyoko Naish from Wollaton, said: “We are appealing to Japanese people in the East Midlands to come forward and help with our fundraising.”

Thierry Bourret has friends and family in Japan and lived there for many years. He has set up a fundraising page on our website; Visit The Japanese Earthquake Appeal to make a donation.

This story represents just a small proportion of the effort being made to help Japan. The Everyclick team would like to wish all those fundraising for this cause the best of luck in raising as much money as possible. We are certain the funds will provide great relief for those affected.

Featured Fundraiser: Bertrand Olivier

18/03/2011


This week our featured fundraiser is Bertrand Olivier, an inspiration to us all, over the past three years Bertrand has collectively raised over £12,000 for charity by running the London Marathon.

He was a featured fundraiser back in 2010, when he raised over £7,451, an Everyclick record, for a new medical and eye hospital facility.

This year Bertrand has set a target to raise £10,000 for The Friends of Julius and Dora Childrens Centre, Maseno, for which he is a trustee. With the money he hopes to complete an orphanage for Kenyan children.

“There is an overwhelming need for places for either orphaned or abandoned children in Kenya and the Friends of Julius and Dora Centre Charity raises funds in the UK to bring hope to a few.”

In just 66 donations Betrand has already raised a staggering £2736 for his fourth marathon, which he hopes to complete in 3h42m or less. Everyclick wish him all the best and hope he raises the much needed money to complete the orphanage.

Featured Fundraiser: Tilly Wiltshire

11/03/2011

This week we have nominated Jo and Karla Wiltshire as featured fundraisers, they raised £2,680 from 37 kind donations in just one week and that figure is still increasing!

The money is being raised in memory of their daughter Tilly, who sadly died at the age of five and a half months, from a very rare disease called Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis. Only 1 in 200,000 children are affected by LCH and the disease is so rare that very little research is done into its causes and treatment.

Jo and Karla are donating all of the funds raised to The Histiocytosis Research Trust, so that they can improve the chances of other sufferers of LCH surviving in the future. We would like to say well done to Jo and Karla for raising so much money for this good cause.

Technology is the key to successful fundraising in the charity sector says Race Online 2012

11/03/2011

Race Online 2012 is a fantastic initiative – it challenges everyone to make the UK the first nation in the world where everyone can use the web. Supported by the Government and led by digital entrepreneur Martha Lane Fox, the initiative has already helped to get more than 1.7 million people online.

Most recently Race Online 2012 reported on the benefits of technology for the charity sector. In their ‘Survive & Thrive’ casebook they look at how a variety of charities are using technology to achieve fantastic results. Survive & Thrive acknowledges the demands placed on the third sector through current funding shortages, and illustrates how technology can enable charities to reach more supporters and crucially tap into an additional fundraising stream.

The Race Online 2012 casebook highlights that 58% of the UK population shops online, but only 7% of people give to charity online. This is where Give as you Live™ can make an impact. Through this online app, anyone who shops online can give to their favourite cause, without spending any more than they usually would. For Everyclick, technology is the enabler but it is what charities do with it that will make the real difference. We are supporting charities along that journey.

My Experience: Beating Bowel Cancer

18/02/2011

Each fortnight we ask users to tell us their Give as you Live story. Today, Claire Walker describes her experience;

“I was introduced to Give as you Live™ in November by a good friend who knows my husband is very ill with colon cancer (stage 4). I’ve done parachute jumping, firewalking, running, marathon walks, and I’ve regularly badgered family, friends and colleagues for sponsorship. With the current family pressures taking up so much of my time, Give as you Live™ offers a completely different and easy approach to fundraising – I just raise funds while doing my normal shopping online. This is how it has worked for me.

“I work full-time, have 3 children and so I do much of my shopping online after 9.30pm – as do many Mums. I book holidays online, house and car insurance online and of course just recently I racked up many purchases of Christmas presents.

“I downloaded the Give as you Live™ application apprehensively. Will this slow down my pc? (No it didn’t). Will this muck up all my searches? (No it doesn’t). Will this be really distracting and annoying? (No it isn’t).

“I chose Beating Bowel Cancer as my chosen charity and began shopping. My first purchase was wine from Wine Hound. All went to plan, the wine arrived at home and I’d clocked up my first purchase. I then bought a new printer for home from John Lewis and a couple of Christmas presents from Firebox and Send It. It was so satisfying to see that for relatively no extra effort, and from great retailers, I had raised £10 for Beating Bowel Cancer in just 4 fairly minor purchases. The instant gratification is addictive.

“My New Year’s Resolution is to continue to Give as you Live™ all year round – I reckon given my existing online spending habits I can easily raise £500 in 2011 for Beating Bowel Cancer. The next big purchase coming up is a replacement washing machine and then a holiday.

“Please try it. You have nothing to lose and much to give – for no extra cost other than the couple of minutes it takes to download an app.”

Anyone can use the Give as you Live™ App. Download now and start raising funds for a cause close to you.

Tell us your experience by commenting below.

Featured Fundraiser: Reamonn Gormley

18/02/2011

This week, our featured fundraisers are a group of Celtic supporters from Celtic Quick News who are remembering Reamonn Gormley.

19 year old Reamonn was tragically murdered in Blantyre on Tuesday 1st February while on his way home after watching Celtic vs. Aberdeen at a local pub.

Before setting off to University, Reamonn travelled to Thailand and taught English at the Good Child Foundation (See photo above). This charity has the only school offering placements to children of all ages and abilities including pupils with Downs Syndrome.

At the time of print, his fundraising page has raised £14,812.01 in just 7 days, thanks to kind donations from 558 people that want to help to remember Reamonn.

All monies will be donated to the Good Child Foundation via the Celtic Charity Fund, on behalf of the Celtic support and in memory of the young man. Ami Smith was in Reamonn’s class at John Ogilvie High School in Hamilton.

Ami, 19, said: “He was the loveliest guy. Reamonn never had any enemies, he was friends with everyone.”

Online Shopping: The Power to do Good

09/02/2011

In a report released in the Independent newspaper, online sales for January rose by 49%; the highest increase for nearly a year. Internet shopping now accounts for 20% of all retail activity in the UK. That means that for every £5 spent, £1 of that is spent online. This report tells us that not only is a large chunk of consumers spending now done online, but it is clearly a growing trend.

For businesses, this means there is enormous potential in this market to make money. However, Everyclick has also recognised the enormous potential in this trend to do good.

Everyclick has calculated that there is £1.25billion available in 2011 for the UK’s 200,000 charities through Give as you Live™. If online shopping continues to grow at this rapid rate, then a substantial amount of fundraising can be done through the internet using Everyclick’s technology and just think of the difference that Give as you Live™ could make if charities could take a slice of the £1 in every £5 spent in the UK.

The ‘Giving Pledge’ – would it work in the UK?

04/02/2011

Across the pond over in the US, philanthropy by the super wealthy has taken off thanks to a campaign called the ‘Giving Pledge’. It encourages the rich to give a substantial amount of their wealth to charity. So far the campaign has been a success with pledges of nearly $125bn set to be raised for good causes.

Would this campaign be as successful in the UK? Newspaper giant, The Guardian, asks: Who do you think should lead the pledge if it was brought to the UK?

The results are interesting, with the majority of people thinking either Richard Branson should back it, but many also saying that it simply wouldn’t work at all. Surprised by the results? We were! Does it imply that Britain is lacking a moral and social conscience? Or, as we suspect, does this reflect a lack of time or money to raise funds for charities?

We kept these restrictions in mind while we were developing Give as you Live™. The app empowers everyone to be a philanthropist, simply through their online shopping, but without donating their own money. At no extra cost, each user can raise an average of £75 per year.

So, If you want to give more to charity this year, but aren’t a billionaire yet, we suggest you Give as you Live™ instead.