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Jul 10, 2020

July Update (Covid-19)

Our projects this month are us reacting to the corona virus pandemic. Many have them been able to continue as we provide masks, food, hand sanisiter, and educational zoom videos, but we are hoping to return to normality soon whereby we can visit this project again before the end of the year and end of funding. See our previous report for updates on what we have been up to. 

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.

Jul 8, 2020

July Report (COVID-19)

Most fundraising activities for the Memorial Fund have been put on hold as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Luckily we were able to get the RTI challenge in just before most of the world went into lockdown - and just as well as the team smashed the record they aimed to beat, and raised over £10,000 in doing so!

We reported on our website back in March:

"Congratulations to the team who smashed the world record, and powered past the SG $200,000 mark in the AON Singapore 2020 Round the Island Challenge on 13-14th March 2020. A group of senior executives from across the Asian (and some further afield) insurance industry came together to set a Singapore Record, circumnavigating Singapore in 3 outrigger boats, and raising money to support children's projects across Asia in partnership with the Nicholson Memorial Fund and Atlas Asia."

The team even managed to feature in national newspapers and make a world record entry! 

Since then, everyone has tried their best in the wake of the difficult circumstances to continue the enormous efforts that have been the theme of the ANMF up until now. First there was the RAF Police Rugby Team's Around the World in 7 Days Challenge which saw a collective effort from the whole Atlas family, as well as many more, come together to raise money to help kids in with food vouchers, masks and other essential provisions. Special mention to Fiona who racked up over 70 miles per day, on her own! The money they raised is being used to support migrant workers living in dormitories in Singapore, in terrible cramped conditions and basic rations.

Upcoming in the next few days was meant to have been the Race to the Stones in Wiltshire, UK, but this has been moved to a virtual event and the team just got their shipment of AN/Atlas branded kit for their home efforts - good luck guys! The 'Race to the Stones' is a 100 kilometer challenge (50K on Saturday 4 July, 50K on Sunday 5 July).

The money raised will go to projects which promote three key themes :

  1. Projects that promote equality of opportunity for girls;
  2. Projects that support children with physical and/or intellectual disabilities;
  3. Projects that use rugby as a hook to engage disadvantaged children and support personal development and education.

We visited Sri Lanka in December of last year to evaluate how best we can enact the above to help underprivileged children there.

Jun 24, 2020

June Report (COVID-19)

Last report it was noted that "This project is of particular interest to Laurence [Geller], 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."

Progress on this front has been slow as global developments regarding the coronavirus pandemic have been stark, and put pressure on human resources and financial resources alike. We are delighted, however, to see a steady stream of income to many of our projects, including this one despite the obvious financial difficulties that many people are facing. We are hoping to take some very positive steps forward once we exit lockdown in the UK.

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