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Guernsey Overseas Aid & Development Commission have agreed to match fund monies raised in 2018 walk

Very good news for the World Aid Walk is that the Overseas Aid & Development Commission have agreed to once again match the funding from sponsorship raised by those participating in the 2018 World Aid Walk.

The Commissioners has agreed to extend the previous matched funding agreement and will offer up to £5,000 of matched funding per participating charity against their individual share of the overall sponsorship.

This agreement will provide match funding for the 2018, 2019 and 2020 World Aid Walk. The 2020 will be the 50th anniversary for the first World Aid Walk. The Commission’s decision reflects its recognition as to how much part of Island life the World Aid Walk has become since its inception in 1970 and the huge difference the funds raised by countless walkers since then has made to the lives of some of the poorest people in the world.

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Sarnia Hotels & Specsavers Optical Group confirmed as key sponsors for 2018

We are very pleased to announce that Specsavers have confirmed that they will sponsor the 2018 walk along with Sarnia Hotels.

The sponsorship from Sarnia Hotels and Specsavers ensures that every penny raised, by participants on the walk, will go directly to the beneficiary charities. Lets make this the best walk yet.

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New beneficiary charity – This Is EPIC

The World Aid Walk are very pleased to welcome the Guernsey based charity This Is EPIC onto the WAW committee. This means that 5 charities will all benefit from the funds raised in 2018.

Lets make this the best walk yet and help to reduce poverty throughout the world

This Is EPIC are a charity that is passionate about helping families rise out of poverty. It is focussed on implementing a scheme called ‘Village Savings and Loans’ within communities in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Village Savings and Loan projects provide people and communities living in extreme poverty, to have access to informal financial services. This access acts as a help up and catalyst for income generating activities. It empowers individuals and communities with knowledge and skills and has a sustainable and positive impact in the fight against poverty.

www.thisisepic.gg

 

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Sarnia hotels confirmed as key sponsors for 2018

The WAW is very pleased to confirm Sarnia Hotels as a key sponsor for the 2018 walk. The support of Sarnia Hotels is a vital element in helping to make the WAW a success. Thank you to Sarnia Hotels.

Sarnia Hotels

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Overseas Aid and Development Commission matches money raised by 2016 World Aid Walk

The Overseas Aid & Development Commission has matched the £22,000 raised by the 2016 World Aid Walk.

As a result six charities will receive £3,500 each from the World Aid Walk, and a further £3,500 from the Commission. The charities supported by the walk are ActionAid, Christian Aid, the Eleanor Foundation, Oxfam, Save the Children Fund and the Tumaini Fund.

In addition, the Walk’s sponsor, Standard Chartered, will receive £1,000 from the Walk and £1,000 from the Commission towards its overseas charity for 2016, Seeing Is Believing.

Deputy Emilie Yerby, the Commission’s President, said:

‘The World Aid Walk is a highlight of Guernsey’s charity calendar – an event many islanders enjoy participating in each year. One of the great things about the Walk is that it’s entirely home grown – it was started more 45 years ago by islanders who wanted to raise awareness of the challenges faced by people living in poorer countries, and how we could take action to make a difference.’

‘The Commission’s decision to match money raised by the Walk reflected its recognition of how much a part of island life the event has become since its inception in 1970.’

‘It was a privilege for the Commission to be able to boost the impact of the World Aid Walk this year, by doubling the funds raised by those who took part; and it is great to see that the charities involved have selected a range of projects which closely reflect the Commission’s ethos of making lasting change in poorer communities through health, education, sanitation and food security.’

Bella Farrell, Chairperson for the World Aid Walk Committee, said:

I was thrilled to hear this year that the Overseas Aid Commission had agreed to provide matched funding for The World Aid Walk.’

‘For the past 46 years this Walk has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds which has enabled Aid and Development projects to continue to impact on individual lives worldwide.’

‘Guernsey should be very proud of this event which has maintained its unique identity and support from local Guernsey people, who have compassion for the 3 billion vulnerable and impoverished people on our planet. Long may the Commission support our work. We are incredibly grateful to the Commission.’

‘We have also been immensely fortunate with our sponsors who have enabled the World Aid Walk to continue over the decades. Our 2016 sponsor is relocating so the organising committee is keen to discuss 2017 sponsorship opportunities with interested parties.

The charities receiving funds have advised the Commission that they will use this money to:

ActionAid: Fund a project in Nepal to assist with post-earthquake rebuilding.

Christian Aid: Help towards the cost of constructing a plinth-raised cluster village in Gaibandha in the north of Bangladesh. The total projects costs are just over £14,000 and the village will house 15 households. The balance of the funding will be raised by Christian Aid locally.

The Eleanor Foundation: Construct a shallow well in Kagera, Tanzania. The work is part of the charity’s wider programme to provide clean water to this region of Tanzania. The cost of each shallow well is approximately £7,000 and each well serves a local population of around 2,000 people.

OXFAM: Support an ongoing food security programme it has established in the Somali region of Ethiopia.

Save the Children: Support an emergency feeding programme for a small school in Ethiopia. This proposal is part of its wider response to the famine disaster relief that the charity undertaking in Ethiopia.

Tumaini Fund: Buy mosquito nets for families it supports in Kagera, Tanzania. The charity will purchase the nets locally and each costs about £4, enabling two children to sleep under it and significantly reduce the risk of them contracting malaria.

Seeing Is Believing: Support a new project in Zambia providing eye care services (through cataract surgery, treatment, eye examinations, distribution of spectacles, eye health education and training of eye health workers) in four underserved districts in Muchinga and Eastern Provinces. A sight restoring cataract operation costs as little as £23, while a pair of spectacles can cost just £12.

 

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11 Facts About Global Poverty

11 Facts About Global Poverty

1. Nearly 1/2 of the world’s population — more than 3 billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day. More than 1.3 billion live in extreme poverty — less than $1.25 a day.
2. 1 billion children worldwide are living in poverty. According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty.
3. 805 million people worldwide do not have enough food to eat. Food banks are especially important in providing food for people that can’t afford it themselves. Run a food drive outside your local grocery store so people in your community have enough to eat. Sign up for Supermarket Stakeout.
4. More than 750 million people lack adequate access to clean drinking water. Diarrhea caused by inadequate drinking water, sanitation, and hand hygiene kills an estimated 842,000 people every year globally, or approximately 2,300 people per day.
5. In 2011, 165 million children under the age 5 were stunted (reduced rate of growth and development) due to chronic malnutrition.
6. Preventable diseases like diarrhea and pneumonia take the lives of 2 million children a year who are too poor to afford proper treatment.
7. As of 2013, 21.8 million children under 1 year of age worldwide had not received the three recommended doses
of vaccine against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis.
8. 1/4 of all humans live without electricity — approximately 1.6 billion people.
9. 80% of the world population lives on less than $10 a day.
10. Oxfam estimates that it would take $60 billion annually to end extreme global poverty–that’s less than 1/4 the income of the top 100 richest billionaires.
11. The World Food Programme says, “The poor are hungry and their hunger traps them in poverty.” Hunger is the number one cause of death in the world, killing more than HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined.

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And the winners are…

Awards 2014

GUERNSEY WORLD AID WALK, 2014 AWARD WINNERS

The Highest Amount for an adult was Brian Guille £305.

Highest Girl was Elicia Stephens from Vale Primary School  £180.

Highest Boy was Sam Woodington from Vale Primary School – £190.

Highest family was the Stephens Family (Abigail, Joshua and Haidee and Stuart Taylor) – £232.20. Abigail and Joshua are 9 and 11 and at the Forest School.

Highest Team was Methodist Madness £470. Team members were Brian Guille, Janet Foss, Pam Gidney and Murray, Callum, Ryan and Michelle Gilson.

Schools Trophy – highest amount from a school was the Vale Primary£1,124.70.

Schools Merit – Forest Primary School

Individual Merit Trophy – Mr and Mrs Holland who do the Port Soif Checkpoint.

Top 10 schools:

  1. Vale  £1,335.70
  2. Grammar £913
  3. Vauvert  £590.65
  4. Amherst £549.50
  5. The Ladies College £547.50
  6. Les Beaucamps High £422.33
  7. Forest £397.20
  8. St Sampson’s High £368.50
  9. Notre Dame £354
  10. Elizabeth College £330
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Ipes Sponsored World Aid Walk 2015

This year’s World Aid Walk, once again sponsored by Ipes private equity fund services, will be started by the Bailiff in Market Square, St Peter Port at 9am on Monday 4th May.

The Bailiff, Richard Collas, has supported the event for several years and will start the walk from the balcony in Market Square where he will sound the horn signalling the start of the event.

The 20km walk sponsored by Ipes for the 15th consecutive year will start and finish in Market Square on 4th May, with walks also taking place in Herm and Sark on the same day.

It is the third year the walk will take an alternative route as the new format proved very popular in previous years. Walkers will go through the High Street and along the seafront into the Vale and onto the West Coast before returning to St Peter Port up the Rohais.

More than 1,000 walkers are expected to take part in the annual event and it is not too late to enter. You can enter online via Race Nation, download an entry form from our web page or you can enter on the morning of the event at Market Square.

This year the World Aid Walk also welcome a new charity, The Eleanor Foundation, to the fold. Action Aid, Christian Aid, Save the Children, Oxfam,The Tumaini Fund and The Eleanor Foundation all benefit from the funds raised by walkers. Each charity has its own projects earmarked that the funds from the walk will go towards. Please visit their pages on our website for more information on each charity.

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Ipes Sponsored World Aid Walk To Be Started By The Bailiff

GUERNSEY, 24 April 2014 – This year’s World Aid Walk, once again sponsored by Ipes private equity fund services, will be started by the Bailiff in Market Square, St Peter Port at 9am on Monday 5 May.

The Bailiff, Richard Collas, has supported the event for several years and will start the walk from the balcony in Market Square where he will sound the horn signalling the start of the event.

Chair of the World Aid Walk Bella Farrell says, “We are so pleased Richard Collas has agreed to start the event once again. His support is very much valued, as is that of our sponsor, Ipes, who through their sponsorship makes it possible for every penny raised by walkers to go directly to the charities the walk supports.”

“We hope as many people as possible will take part in this year’s event and help in the global fight against poverty. The event is suitable for all ages and is also a great day out for the family.” Bella Farrell concludes.

The 20km walk sponsored by Ipes for the 14th consecutive year will start and finish in Market Square on 5 May, with walks also taking place in Herm and Sark on the same day.

It is the second year the walk will take an alternative route as the new format proved very popular last year. Walkers will go through the High Street and along the seafront into the Vale and onto the West Coast before returning to St Peter Port up the Rohais.

More than 1,000 walkers are expected to take part in the annual event and it is not too late to enter. You can download an entry form from www.worldaidwalk.org.gg or can enter on the morning of the event at Market Square.

Action Aid, Christian Aid, Save the Children, Oxfam and The Tumaini Fund all benefit from the funds raised by walkers. Each charity has its own projects earmarked that the funds from the walk will go towards.

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The route for the 2014 World Aid Walk

The 2014 Guernsey’s World Aid Walk will start at 9 a.m. on Bank Holiday Monday 5th May in Market Square. Walkers should try and obtain their sponsorship money from donors before the day of the walk if they can. There will be over 900 taking part so you are advised to arrive really early in Market Square to register with the Committee, collect your walker number, and pay in any sponsorship money collected.

The walk will leave the Square on the East side, going through the Arcade, up High Street and down the Pollet, crossing at the traffic lights at the bottom of St Julian’s Avenue, then into Royal Plaza with a stop at No.1 – the offices of our Sponsors Ipes, then along the inside footpath to the traffic lights at Admiral Park, then on towards St Sampson’s then down the West Coast, returning to St Peter Port up the Rohais towards the finish in Market Square. This route is much safer than the previous route which was clockwise, but nonetheless walkers must be careful, make room for the elderly and those in wheelchairs and take special care at all road crossings. Marshals are in place at the key strategic crossings – so do not stray from the established route; maps will be provided in your walker-pack.

After the stop at Ipes’ offices in Royal Plaza, there are three checkpoints with water and facilities at Vale Douzaine Rooms, Port Soif and Les Beaucamps School.

ActionAid, Christian Aid, Save the Children, Oxfam and The Tumaini Fund all benefit from the funds raised by walkers. Each charity has its own projects earmarked towards which funds from the walk will be directed.

Entry forms will be available on this website for download or can be picked up from Beau Sejour or the Oxfam shop in St Peter Port.

Ipes have kindly sponsored the walk, for the 13th year – this means that every £1 raised will go directly to the benefiting charities.

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