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Mar 16, 2020

March Update

We are hoping to visit this project soon as we are approaching the end of our three year funding.

We were hoping for Charlie Line to join the visit as part of his tour of Atlas projects, although complications arose with passports which meant that the visit did not happen. 

From the visit we will hope to gain first hand insight in how our All Schools programme has been delivered and the impact it has made on the children in Israel.

This project started early in 2018 and is now working in four cities across Israel, with twelve schools regularly, and bringing in a further 32 for festivals. These include Jews, Druze, Arabs, and Christians; local people and refugees.

As with many new rugby projects, we use "tags" rather than "tackles," allowing any child between the age of 6-12 years to experience rugby without fear of physical contact or the need for prior technical or physical knowledge and skills.

Mar 10, 2020

Aon Singapore 2020 Round the Island Challenge

Exciting times ahead for Atlas Asia and ANMF. Not only have we reached the £500,000 mark, but our fantastic supporters keep going above and beyond for ANMF with physical challenge after physical challenge. We have the Round the Island Challenge coming up this weekend with Senior Insurance Executives and more taking to the waters to circumnavigate the Island of Singapore; then in June we have the Atlas Cycling Challenge, where ANMF supporters will join the rest of the Atlas peloton to help raise funds in the Tour of Cambridge, and finally at the start of July our ANMF team are partaking in the Race to the Stones in Wiltshire.

We also saw cousin of Alex and Annabel, Lily Kiely, do an amazing job raising more funds by selling wristbands and her school fairs over Christmas and New Year. She is an incredibly brave young girl who has done this off her own back without asking for any help!

These people are all superhumans who go above and beyond for such a fantastic cause. See below for the latest update ahead of this weekend's Round the Island Challenge from Geoff and Fiona who are leading this amazing group... 


"The ‘Aon Singapore 2020 Round the Island’ team have been training since October 2019, completed a 6, 12 and 21-hour training session along Sentosa and as a collective paddled over 13,000 km.  Based on that distance the team could have paddled from Singapore to the UK! 

And now, bags are packed and paddles are at the ready to hit the open water, the team determined to come back to shore with that record in place. 

As many of you know as a team we committed to supporting two important charities that are close to our hearts. Whilst the fundraising evening has been rescheduled the team have done a fantastic job and have raised a combined total of SGD 189,379 for the Singapore Children’s Society and SGD 159, 379 of this has been personally raised for the Anita, Alex and Annabel Nicholson Memorial Fund.  Whilst there is still much more to come we want to thank everyone for all your support and generosity. 

For those looking to see the team off you are welcome to come down to Ola Beach Club; home of Singapore Paddle Club on Friday 13th February. We will be looking to depart Ola Beach Club (weather dependent) at approximately 4pm.

We are looking to finish on Saturday 14th March at the home of Singapore Paddle Club, Ola Beach Club at approximately 2pm. Timing of course is subject to change and you should refer to the tracking device to see where we are and if we are schedule!  We would be delighted to have you all there to greet us as we come in along with what we expect to be another armada of paddlers. Please quote ‘SPC’ if you are purchasing any food & beverage at Ola Beach Club as you can get a 15% discount.

Whilst the team will be exhausted and no doubt in need of a well deserved drink the team will need some time to get belongings off the boats and get the Outriggers back to shore. The team will all want a shower and change of clothes. We will meet everyone at Trapizza for the finale party from 3.30pm onwards. 

We look forward to seeing you!

Geoff, Fiona & the Aon Singapore 2020 Round the Island team"

Feb 28, 2020

February Update

On 13th February we were delighted to be co-hosted by Milbank LLP at their New York office in Hudson Yards. The event was be the official launch of Atlas USA, our new US legal entity which will allow greater tax benefits for US donors, giving us the ability to send more money towards the amazing projects we support, not only in the US, but also across the Americas. The event introduced the amazing progress of the Memphis Inner City Rugby project as well as Atlas USA Chairman Laurence Geller.

This project is of particular interest to Laurence, and it was he who initially brought this to us. Our next step will be to meet with an eminent professor, who is one of the world's leading authorities on vascular systems in the brain. We will keep everyone updated.

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