Category Archives: Featured Charity

Featured Charity – Shelter

When I was a child I was told by a teacher at my primary school that I should fear and ignore homeless people, they could be dangerous or infectious and they’re probably violent drunks waiting for their bodies to fail and a demise that will go unnoticed.

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Hence my apprehension when a few years later, aged about 10, I sat in the front seat of my father’s car as he picked up a man with no shoes on his feet and hardly a tooth in his mouth, driving him across more than half an hour of land to his desired destination.

Suddenly I was curious, the stranger had seemed pleasant enough. He certainly hadn’t made any threatening or violent gestures towards my old man or I, it didn’t seem to line up with the scaremongering of past role models.

Soon I realised just what a horrible plight homeless people face and how many different ways there are to end up in that situation, we’re all only a couple of bad moves from scavenging in bins for discarded bread crusts.

That’s why Shelter are this month’s featured charity, the easy access to information that they provide for those in need of residence is unprecedented in the UK and a cause that deserves to receive more recognition than it currently does.

If you’re feeling generous then please take a peek at the Shelter website and Facebook page, if you’re in fine spirits then take it a step further and offer to volunteer or get involved in other ways – every kind gesture is so appreciated.

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me.
I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Featured Charity: WaterAid

WaterAid’s history stretches back to 1981, when on 21 July they were officially established as a charitable trust.

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In the last 33 years, they have gone from strength to strength, evolving into one of the most respected organisations dealing solely with water, sanitation and hygiene issues.

Over the course of those three and a bit decades money and support has assisted in influencing policy and practice to ensure that the vital role of water, hygiene and sanitation in reducing poverty is recognised globally.

Thanks to the amazing and continued commitment of WaterAid supporters, by the end of 2013  they had reached 19.2 million people with safe water and 15.1 million people with sanitation.

 

WaterAid’s four global aims are;

1. To promote and secure poor people’s rights and access to safe water, improved hygiene and sanitation.

2. To support governments and service providers in developing their capacity to deliver safe water, improved hygiene and sanitation.

3. To advocate for the essential role of safe water, improved hygiene and sanitation in human development.

4. To further develop an effective global organisation recognised as a leader in our field and for living our values.

 

To donate to this amazing cause please click —–> here <—–

 

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me.
I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Featured Charity: GAIN

From its inception in May, 2014, Kureen has always been keen to promote charities that we feel have the correct motives for assisting people in need rather than siphoning the majority of donations for their own gain.

Gain is an appropriate word though, with today’s featured charity being the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, also known by the acronym GAIN.

GAIN works with governments and producers to fortify salt with iodine in countries plagued by iodine deficiency. By fortifying staple foods and condiments with iodine – an essential micro-nutrient for optimal intellectual and physical health – GAIN helps to reduce incidence of iodine deficiency disorders and make millions of people healthier, smarter, and more productive.

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Food fortification is one of the least expensive and most effective nutrition interventions to tackle malnutrition, often called the “hidden hunger”, on a global scale.

GAIN supports salt iodisation programs in 17 countries across Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. Current countries supported by the charity’s universal salt iodisation (USI) program include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Senegal, and Tajikistan.

These countries have high incidences of iodine with more than 500 million people at risk–including more than 19 million newborn infants every year.

GAIN’s mission is to create a world free of malnutrition. The organisation works to build partnerships between governments, the private sector, and local communities to design and implement effective and sustainable salt fortification programs.

GAIN works with governments and salt producers to establish and sustain supplies of potassium iodate, improve iodisation quality, effectively implement salt quality laws and put monitoring systems in place.

To find out more about GAIN visit their website, where you’ll be able to see some of the fantastic work they’re doing around the globe.

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me.
I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Featured Charity – The British Heart Foundation

The British Heart Foundation was founded in 1961 by a group of medical professionals wanting to fund extra research into the causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of heart and circulatory disease.

After half a century of extraordinary scientific and societal progress they have helped to transform the landscape of heart disease.

Coronary heart disease is the UK’s single biggest killer, with BHF leading the fight against it. Their pioneering research has helped to transform the lives of people living with heart and circulatory conditions.

The work they’ve done thus far has been central to the discoveries of vital treatments that are helping to change the face of the UK’s fight against heart disease.

Their vision is a world where people don’t die prematurely from heart disease.

As with most charities, the BHF’s research is powered by your support. Every pound raised, every minute of your time and every donation to their shops (make sure you buy some of their moth ball filled suits) will help make a massive difference to people’s lives.

To donate to the British Heart Foundation, simply click on the link —> HERE

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me.
I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Featured charity – Isle of Wight Foodbank

With the British economy in a state of flux, more people than ever require assistance in order to receive adequate supplies of sustenance. A number of food banks have sought to address this issue by offering free food to those most in need.

The Isle of Wight itself has one such resource, the Isle of Wight food bank, which relies upon generous donations in terms of food, time and space to operate. The idea is that people truly on the bread line (no pun intended) are given tokens to exchange for a basic collection of food supplies.

The official Isle of Wight food bank website puts it in these words;

The Isle of Wight food bank provides emergency food and support to around 500 local people in crisis every month.

No Money + No Food = Crisis.

We are a registered charity seeded by The “Trussell Trust” and operate solely from public donations to provide food for those in need.

Every bit of food that is donated is then sorted at our warehouse and dealt out to our seven distribution centres across the Island. Front-line care professionals such as health visitors and the IOW Job Centre give food bank vouchers to people in crisis and these can be exchanged for three days worth of food at one of the distribution centres.

Our volunteers at our distribution centres will always take time to listen and signpost clients to further support. Thank you for visiting our website.

To find out more about Isle of Wight food bank click here to take a look at their website.

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me.
I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Featured Charity – Sparks

On May 2nd Sparks are hosting a fundraising walk across the Isle of Wight, so what’s the event and what does money raised go towards?

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The fundraising challenge

Walk, Jog, or Run it! A stunning backdrop for an endurance challenge, the Island’s 106 km coastal path heads out from Cowes, past the Needles, and on through areas of outstanding natural beauty with spectacular coastlines, dramatic white cliffs & sandy beaches.

24 hours or so later faster walkers will be boarding a ferry to complete the last few hundred metres of their epic challenge, exhausted but elated as they cross the finish line!

The charity

Sparks raises money to fund pioneering children’s medical research. 1 in 30 children in the UK is born every day with a condition that may affect them for life.

Sparks supports clinicians and scientists who have the skills, innovation and passion to improve children’s lives forever.

Since 1991, we have funded more than 275 ground-breaking research projects in over 80 hospitals, universities and research institutions across the UK and overseas.

Each new project is carefully reviewed by both medical professionals and a panel of parents. This ensures that we are funding high quality science as well as investing in those projects most likely to have a benefit for children and families across the UK and beyond.

Every child matters – that’s why we support research into any medical condition affecting children’s health, from rare diseases to the most common illnesses

To find out more information regarding Sparks, simply click on this link to their website.

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me.
I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Featured Charity: The Kerry Green Trust

An integral purpose of this website has, from the start, been to promote and spread awareness of charitable causes where possible, this time we take a peek at the Kerry Green Trust.

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The Isle of Wight based charity aims to help relieve the suffering of Island children up to the age of 18, with life threatening or terminal illnesses by helping them to fulfil their wishes or dreams.

In its first 10 years the Trust has helped over 60 children and their families by providing holidays, a pony, video game machines and a number of multi-media or internet computers.

The Trustees wish to ensure, to the best of their ability, that future beneficiaries are afforded total discretion and anonymity, should they so wish.

To find out more about the Kerry Green Trust or express an interest in making a donation, please give them a ring on 01983 533431.

 

 

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me.
I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Featured Charity – ALS

*WARNING: The first video contains nudity and is intended only as an example of how far some took the ALS ice bucket challenge*

It’s the charity most regularly linked with the recent spate of online ice bucket challenges, with everyone and their dog taking a soaking in the name of charity – But what exactly is ALS?

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.

Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body.

The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost.

With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralysed.

To donate to the charity simply click here and follow the directions on screen.

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me.
I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Featured Charity – Friends of the Animals

Imagine a goat gorging on sesame seeds and button mushrooms, living its dream, surrounded by siblings and parents.

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But what if that goat was to suffer the indignity of having shoes thrown at it by its owners, would that be fair? The goat doesn’t have a voice, it merely creates a vocal sound known as ‘mehhh’ to communicate and as a species we humans have yet to provide a billy whisperer.

There is no Dr Doolittle to offer therapy and life coaching to the creature, it suffers in silence as the cruel keeper bashes it with all manner of clod-hoppers, knowing that his acts of brutality will ultimately go unpunished.

Now – what if that goat was a dog? What if that shoe was attached to a foot as it hurtled towards  the pooches stomach? Damaging intestines in an outburst of barbaric rage.

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By their nature dogs are loyal and cannot comprehend meaningless violence from the owner they’ve become devoted to, but it happens, and there are some damn cruel people on the planet.

That’s where ‘Friends of The Animals’ come in. Based both in the Midlands and on the Isle of Wight, the charity aims to re-home these mistreated pets, taking time to ensure that they find a suitable environment before allowing the new placement to occur.

A cause that relies upon the kindness of strangers, this is a charity that is ideal to donate to for anyone who loves animals and would like to see them treated with love rather than used as a tool for stress relief.

Please get involved and check out their website – whether you wish to donate, adopt or just take a look, any assistance is always appreciated.

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me.
I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Featured Charity

May charity spotlight: Foyle Search and Rescue


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 was established as a charity in July 1993 and has adopted the role of protecting human life in and around the River Foyle in Derry / Londonderry, one of the most dangerous and fastest flowing rivers in Europe, infamous for its high level of mortality.

The charity and its volunteers are keenly aware of the huge responsibility that goes with this role. Their dedication in patrolling the river and its banks in all seasons and in all weathers is the single greatest asset of the charity.

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Damon Albarn’s Gorillaz band mates looked different in real life.

Around 3000 lives have been saved since the group was founded. As a small, independent charity, Foyle Search and Rescue are dependent on the kindness of the public to continue their amazing work, that’s where you can help.

If you’d like to donate to the cause or find out more information, simply follow this link

Thanks!

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me.
I meditate and wash daily when possible.