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May 26, 2020

May Report (COVID-19)

Currently we are diverting most of our funds to be able to support emergency coronavirus relief efforts by our projects around the world. Initially we were terribly worried about what Covid-19 would do when it hit the slums and shanty towns in which our kids. What has actually devastated them is the loss of food, crime from people desperate for something to eat, and the risk of disease and starvation.

In South Africa, our coaches have been making masks and distributing food vouchers to our kids and their families, and in Memphis, USA the team have coordinated an amazing community-wide effort to help support kids with their education and wellbeing through donated laptops, gym equipment and online educational programmes as well as delivering vital food and health supplies.

We have recently been part of a large online effort organised by the RAF Police Rugby team, the Flying Pigs, who led the Around the World in 7 Days Challenge. 

The RAF Police Rugby team want to show their support and raise money for rugby and forces charities doing great work to support kids and families in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

 

In the UK, Atlas will be one of 5 charities (NHS Charities Together, The Atlas Foundation, Rugby For Heroes, RAF Benevolent Fund, Scotty’s Little Soldiers). In the USA, Atlas will be the sole charity.

 

It is also a great opportunity to pay tribute to the men and women of the forces who lay down their lives to keep us safe. We are privileged and humbled to be nominated by the RAF Police Rugby Club.

So far the challenge has completed its target miles twice and raised £6,616 in the UK and $4,744.52 in the USA.

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"

 
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