Nicola Burness-Smith: There's been huge interest recently in
INTO Giving by staff in our centres and the partner universities in
the US. We have initiated the first steps towards setting up INTO
Giving as a registered charity in the US and senior academics at
these centres are very keen to work with INTO Giving and set up
collaborative projects that will have a significant impact on
education for disadvantaged young people.
We would like to thank staff for all the effort and time they
have put in to organising a magnificent and successful range of
The highlight of the year so far has been the INTO University of
East Anglia (UEA) ArtBall, which took place at the Sainsbury Centre
at UEA. Forty-six pieces of artwork were donated by predominately
local artists, including Maggie Hambling, Gerard Stamp and Bruer
Tidman. The evening was a great success raising over £17,000 from
the silent art auction, the live auction on the night, a raffle and
sale of photos. INTO UEA also held their third annual Golf Day, a
popular and fun day out on the green for local business teams.
The Brighton Admissions team put on a brilliant INTO Giving
Comedy Night in the heart of Brighton's Lanes and have regularly
collected donations on their 'dress down Fridays'.
The first cohort of students on the INTO China summer school
took part in an INTO Giving Volleyball and Table tennis tournament
and HQ staff in London had fun raising money on their Thirsty
Thursday Pool Tournament night. Staff at INTO USF have also got
together to fund three orphans in Zambia.
All the money raised from these events has gone to our partner
charity, I-CCO, for the Orphans and Vulnerable Children's Centre in
Lusaka, Zambia. As usual, all the funds raised by staff, their
friends, families and colleagues will be matched by INTO Chairman
Andrew Colin. I-CCO cannot
thank you enough.
As a result of all the fundraising the OVC Centre is almost
finished - 80% of the roof is on, 95% of the wall plate is finished
and the trainee builders are working on the plastering, painting,
ceiling board, plumbing and electrical wiring. Two water reserve
tanks are being installed underground and the area will be
landscaped. The centre has both electricity and running water and
I-CCO are thinking about using their water and electricity as
income generating activities.
The administration services are already installed in the first
stage block and children's gatherings, caregivers meetings and
mini-workshops are now being held at the centre. The board has
recently set up a selection process for taking on more orphans and
is also advertising for qualified teachers.
If you'd like to help get the OVC Centre over the line, there
are loads of fundraising events coming up for you to get involved
in. Anna Rushbrook
from INTO Manchester is organising the Three Peaks Challenge for
next spring and hopes to have at least one team from each of the
centres or departments. Adam Rains, from Brighton
Admissions, is putting on two gigs in aid of INTO Giving (10th
December in Guildford and another in Brighton). INTO University of
Exeter staff are planning a Halloween event for students. Jim Jamieson at
INTO OSU is looking at a cycling event or a team running event in
Oregon next spring. If you'd like to get involved in one of these
events, either helping to organise it or participating, please get
in touch with the organisers!
INTO Giving also has 10 Brighton Marathon 2012 places (three of
which have already been snapped up) so please email me as soon as possible
if you're are interested in running. As a previous participant I
can highly recommend the Brighton Marathon as over half of it is
along the coast.
A huge thank you to everyone who has made this a fantastic year
for INTO Giving and, in particular, for those orphans in Chawama,
Lusaka, who will benefit from their new school and community
Andrew Colin, INTO Chairman, adds, "These are challenging times!
There is so much going on and everyone is more than busy at work so
I am particularly grateful for everyone who has gone that extra
mile for INTO Giving this year. As our organisation grows so too
should our ambition to help disadvantaged young people around the