SDL Sheffield organised a Donor Recruitment drive for stem cell donors for DKMS, the blood cancer charity - a cause very close to the hearts of the PMO team in Sheffield. 4 volunteers (Sara Whitwell, Helen Canetti, Audrey Spina and Claire Armstrong) went round taking registration details from our potential donors and Charlotte Cooke organised a bake sale to raise funds alongside the recruitment drive - fundraising is important as it costs the charity £40 to register each new donor.
Lots of employees brought in contributions and Charlotte's gin and tonic and prosecco and raspberry cupcakes, were a big hit. It was brilliant that SDL Sheffield managed to get 36 potential stem cell donors registered and they managed to raise £600 from donations as well as the bake sale.
Employees from SDL Maidenhead channelled their inner Mary Berry by baking a wonderful spread of cakes and savouries to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support and Endometriosis UK.
Their fellow employees were quick to tuck into the array of treats and successfully raised £430 for the two charities. Well done to everyone who participated and donated.
For many years, SDL, through the SDL Foundation, has been working with The Prince's Trust, a UK charity which supports disadvantaged young people in the UK. One of the ways we support the charity is by participating in the annual Palace to Palace cycle ride from Buckingham Palace to Windsor Castle, a distance of 45 miles.
This year, led by our CEO, Adolfo Hernandez, and supported by our Chairman, David Clayton, a team of 18 people from SDL's Sheffield and Maidenhead offices pedalled their way out of London and headed for Windsor Castle. There was a great welcome for all riders as they crossed the finish line at Windsor Racecourse in the autumn sunshine, where photos were taken, medals handed out and lunch provided for everyone. The team has currently raised £3,750 for The Prince’s Trust. Well done team!
If you put your mind to it and work together, a lot can be achieved! This was certainly the case when 33 SDL Cluj colleagues volunteered as part of an SDL Foundation project with Blythswood Romania to renovate two apartments. Blythswood Romania has been providing care to young men who have grown up under state care since 2000.
Through the Daniel Centre project, up to 20 young men can be housed with the end goal being that they are mentored to successfully find employment and be able to live independently.
“Thank you! These are two very small words but they come in response to a HUGE effort from your good selves from all of us at Blythswood Care and Centrul,” says John McKellar, Head of Donor Development for
Blythswood. “You’ve sanded. You’ve painted. You’ve cut and laid laminate flooring. You’ve put together furniture. You’ve sweated. But most importantly, you’ve helped us and we are extremely grateful. Each
and every one of you should be proud of your efforts and we cannot thank you enough for your help!”
John continued: “These flats will offer low cost accommodation to young men and allow them to start saving money so they can put down a deposit for a mortgage. Without your help, we would not be able
to make this happen.”
As well as volunteering their time, SDL Cluj colleagues also gave up little luxuries around the office, such as coffee and juice during the Global Pedometer Challenge, and donated the money they would otherwise have spent to Blythswood – they raised 945 RON (over £180), which was put towards the completion of the apartments.
Employees of our Wakefield office enjoyed two days in July and August voulunteering for Habitat for Humanity Boston as they helped renovate and rehabilitate simple, decent accessible homes for families in need. They worked hard painting, putting up strapping and helping to clean up the site. A huge well done to Maureen Marshall, Shazia Gray, Marilyn Brady, Carol Bumbaca, Margaret Thomas (Carol's Sister), Kevin Keating, Maggie Keating (Kevin's Daughter), Rob Panyi, Allison Hurley, Dick Csaplar, Max Hamburger, Katelyn Enos, Lorraine Cooley, Adam Kmetz and Jon Romano. The teams all agreed that they would do it all again in a heartbeat!
As part of her ride, Rachael raised money for Alzheimer Society; a foundation very close to her heart. Her total raised so far is an impressive £891.82 from 52 supporters - 17 of which were SDL employees! Well done everyone for supporting such a worthwhile cause and helping to give Rachael the motivation she needed to make it up Box Hill! Well done again, Rachael (and Mark!).
The landlocked country of Paraguay, tucked into the heart of South America, has some of the worst poverty in the continent. This is particularly so in rural areas, where young people are eager to escape the hardships of
subsistence farming that is the only life their parents have ever known.
In 2000 our SDL colleague Dominic Hebblethwaite’s mother went to live for a year in the small rural town of Santa María de Fe where she felt compelled to do something. Margaret set up the Santa Maria Education Fund, which is now a small UK-registered charity run with shoestring administrative costs, and with a track record of 15 years of providing education for those who cannot afford to pay.
This year, Dominic’s mother found the work had grown too much for her to manage alone, and as she is reaching retirement age it was time to find a successor and give the charity a more permanent future. With Dominic’s help she approached the SDL Foundation, which after going through all the proper processes made a donation of £15,000. The money has given the Fund a firm footing for beginning the employment of a former volunteer, Sarah Clarkson, as the charity’s first paid local Field Officer.
“I’ve been struck by how many of the Institute’s students have found jobs over the last fifteen years, because of the English training they have received,” says Sarah. “The key thing about the Santa Maria Education Fund is that we are providing people with what they need to have a better future”
Read more about the Santa Maria Education Fund here.
SDL Superior colleagues used two of their five volunteering days to take part this month in the Habitat for Humanity Metro Denver build. Jean Ingram, Susan Wooster, Piper McDougall, Evgeni Pavlov, Doug Waffle, Jenny West, Megan West, Christine Hale, Jackie Yanus, Andrew Williams, Martin Soederhamn, April Bukoski, Liberty Solari, Kerry Viney, Tanida Sitchawat, Ingrid Donato, Maria Garcia, Drew Agras, Yael Bierkatz and Naoko Jones all helped to put up siding, hang insulation and install doors in four units in North Denver.
Habitat for Humanity builds, renovates and rehabilitates simple, decent and accessible homes for families in need with the help of volunteers and community resources, and the charity has built over 800,000 homes, benefiting four million people across 80 countries. SDL, with the support of the SDL Foundation, has also signed up for another three builds in Bangalore, London and Boston over the coming months. Find out more here.
Adrian Gocan, said: “The combination of the team working, collaboration, a sense of doing something unusual but useful, meeting and being an example for the younger generation, made it a very special day!”
Gabriella Estève, Isabelle Kercoff, Kerstin Engdahl, Thomas Vinatzer,Johan Nordström, Per Lönnqvist all did several stints in the saddle and raised £130, which was matched by SDL Sweden.
Isabelle said: “I enjoy spinning and it seemed like a nice idea to do it for a good cause.” “It was a win-win situation,” agreed Gabriella. “We got some exercise and were able to raise money to help children
The ladies ran a 5km race to celebrate Women’s Day and to raise money for youngsters suffering from chronic renal failure, who are on dialysis or who have undergone a kidney transplant.
Wanting to develop a better understanding of the Nepalese culture and the issues that this nation was facing, Catalin made contact with Helpx.net, a worldwide network that enables people to volunteer in exchange for food and accommodation, and it was arranged that he would help out in an orphanage in the small village of Sauraha.
Catalin met the 12 children living in the home where he helped with daily tasks, which started at first daylight (5:30am) and ended around 7pm when the sun sets. He helped with cooking breakfast and dinner, keeping the place tidy and clean, preparing homework and, most important, playing with the children! Movie nights and small sweet treats made children very happy and they grew attached to Catalin and the other volunteers.
Catalin said: “After the earthquake in April 2015, Nepal needs a lot of help and volunteers are always welcome in reconstruction and education projects. I would encourage everyone to enroll with
volunteering agencies or just look up volunteering projects on the internet.”