Last year the GEW Christmas Charity Raffle proved to be very popular with employees and provided a fun way to raise money for a chosen charity organisation. All the corporate gifts given to GEW over the previous year were placed in a raffle and tickets were sold to GEW employees. As the raffle proved to be so successful it was repeated this year and Challengers was the chosen charity. A total of £276 was raised for the organisation.
About Challengers: The Challengers' strap line says it all: "Serious about fun for all disabled children and young children". Established in 1979, the charity is dedicated to providing exciting and challenging play and leisure opportunities through youth centres in Farnham and Guildford and through community based projects across the county. Children and young people between the ages of 2 to 25 can enjoy fun activities, meet new friends and just have a place to go. Their families benefit too, enjoying short breaks during high pressure times and allowing them to do ordinary everyday activities.
The Rainbow Trust Childrens Charity
The charity's 'Christmas Wishes Poster' was displayed in the GEW canteen over the Christmas period. Instead of writing Christmas cards to each other, employees could write their festive messages on the poster and make a donation to the charity. This year a total of £60 was raised.
***UPDATE*** Locura Rows the Atlantic
On 2nd December 2013, a truly epic race began. Mike Burton, MD of A B Graphic International Limited (ABG), together with his team mate Tom Salt set off as participants in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in which teams from across the world rowed from La Gomera, Spain to Nelson’s Dockyard in Antigua some 2600 nautical miles distant.
We are thrilled to say that, after 41 days, 2 hours, 38 minutes and 54 seconds at sea, Mike and tom crossed the finishing line... in first position! An astounding achievement during which they battled 40ft waves, tropical storms, seasickness, sleep deprivation, excruciating body sores, a capsize and even an encounter with a six-metre marlin that punctured their boat.
Together with GEW's £10,000 Platinum Donor contribution, every penny they raised will be donated to the ‘Generous Hearts Foundation’ in Romania. More information about the charity and about the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge can be found on our "2013" page.