Locura Rows the Atlantic
On 2nd December 2013, a truly epic race will begin. Mike Burton, MD of A B Graphic International Limited (ABG), together with his team mate Tom Salt will be participating in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in which teams from across the world will be rowing from La Gomera, Spain to Nelson’s Dockyard in Antigua some 2600 nautical miles distant.
Known as the toughest rowing race on earth (unsurprisingly), the pair will alternate the rowing in two-hour shifts, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week for between 40 and 90 days before reaching the safe haven of Antigua. This they do in support of their chosen charity, the Generous Hearts Foundation. Their fund raising target is £150,000.
Their 6m long boat named ‘Locura’ (Spanish for ‘madness’) is designed and equipped to tackle the ocean’s toughest conditions and will be stocked with 90 days’ worth of food. Solar panels provide sufficient power to supply the chart plotter, satellite phone, water maker and the stereo.
Since 1991 ABG and GEW have enjoyed a long and special relationship. In fact ABG was GEW’s very first customer. When GEW manufactured it’s 10,000th UV system in 2011, GEW proudly presented it to all the staff at ABG along with gifts of wine. Because of this special relationship, GEW is particularly proud to be a £10,000 Platinum Donor to the heroic rowing team and we wish them every success in this challenging adventure.
Every penny raised will be donated to the ‘Generous Hearts Foundation’ in Romania and none will be directed towards the cost of the challenge. The foundation’s mission is to help the most vulnerable social groups: abandoned children, old people, children and adults with disabilities, but also turns attention to gifted young people in need of financial support. Based on volunteer work, they run a number of centres providing care, protection, support, counselling and accommodation for groups such as children with disabilities, for mothers and children exposed to domestic violence to name but a few.
If you want to find out more about this amazing challenge please visit: www.locurarowstheatlantic.com.
There is a tracker on board too and you can track them at: www.taliskerwhiskyatlanticchallenge.com.
To see more about the Generous Heart Foundation please visit: http://rowtheatlantic.co.uk/?page_id=841.
There are many alternative ways to donate – competitions, t-shirts, auctions, sponsorship opportunities and more. To find out more please visit: http://rowtheatlantic.co.uk/?page_id=815.
ChallengersThe 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. GEW donated £5000 towards their Challengers' Big Build Appeal which aims to raise funds for some much needed redevelopment work.
HERMA Bike Trip
A team of seven brave bike riders from HERMA UK undertook a gruelling 300 mile charity bike ride from the HERMA UK headquarters in Newbury, Berkshire, to the steps of Labelexpo Europe 2013 in Brussels where they had the honour of opening the show. GEW gladly sponsored the team whose aim was to raise at least £15,000 for their chosen charities, Cancer Research, Breast Cancer Care and Namuwongo Children's Charity in Africa.
The eight-day schedule took them to Brussels on a 300 mile route, stopping at Horsham, Tonbridge, Ramsgate, Ostend, Gent and Dilbeek and included a refreshment stop at GEW's new headquarters in Crawley on day two.
Post Labelexpo, GEW received the happy news that the team completed the course in good time and in high spirits. They raised a staggering amount, just short of £38,000. Well done Team HERMA!
If you wish to donate or want to find out more about it, please visit www.herma-biketrip.com
Surrey Air Ambulance Air Aid Ball
Today, there are many people alive and well in the South East thanks to the Air Ambulance service. It currently costs about £5million a year to keep both helicopters flying but this figure will rise to £6million with the new night flying service. The charity receives no statutory Government or National Lottery funding and relies almost entirely on public donations.
June this year saw another Air Aid Ball supported by GEW. The event proved to be a great success, raising £70,000 for the charity.
Crawley Mariners Yacht ClubThe factory move to Crawley released the company’s leaf sweeper and, with a thought to recycling and reusing, it was given a new home at the yacht club. They have a large dinghy park in a heavily wooded area where fallen leaves had been a real problem to them.
INFX Free Tennis for SchoolsGEW has donated towards this programme which provides free tennis lessons to state primary schools in and around Reigate. Sponsorship of park matches will allow the children who have participated in the programme to have something to strive for and will maximise the chances of them staying in the game. Perhaps we have the next British Wimbledon winner in the making… let’s hope so.
Cherry Trees Respite CareCherry Trees provides home from home respite care for children and young people with severe learning and physical disabilities. From time to time both they and their families need a break and Cherry Trees are able to provide professional care in a safe and loving environment, where every child is valued for who they are. It is a community that values them and enables them to spend time with friends whilst their families have a much-needed break. GEW was pleased to make a generous donation to this very worthy cause.
London Marathon 2013Two members of staff undertook the marathon this year, one of which was a seasoned runner and the other was a first-timer. Both successfully completed the course in aid of their chosen charities, The British Heart Foundation and Dementia UK. Once again, GEW added to their sponsorship totals.
Local RoundaboutsGEW continued to sponsor two local roundabouts into 2013, a large one located on the A217 as you enter Reigate and the other near the entrance to East Surrey Hospital. Both provided a wonderful splash of colour this summer and helped to brighten the day of all who passed.
The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea
The RLNI provide, on call, a 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service and a seasonal lifeguard service. Their purpose is to saves lives at sea and their vision is to end preventable loss of life at sea. This service is provided wherever possible by volunteers, generously supported by voluntary donations and legacies which allow them to run a fleet of 330 lifeboats and provide lifeguards on 200 beaches.