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Jan 24, 2020

January Update

Following a fantastic visit from Memphis Inner City Rugby, and an inspirational appearance at the Chairman's Annual Dinner in September, there is a lot to look forward to in the US!


We are jsut comign up to the start of the coaching season where we look forward to working with more kids in schools and helping them achieve the best they can achieve. PLUS we've got two exciting things of note are coming up in February. 

 

1. On 13th February we are delighted to be co-hosted by Milbank LLP at their New York office in Hudson Yards. The event will be the official launch of Atlas USA, our new US legal entity which will allow greater tax benefits for US donors, and therefore we will be able to send more money towards the amazing projects we support, not only in the US, but also across the Americas. The event will introduce the amazing progress of the Memphis Inner City Rugby project as well as Atlas USA Chairman Laurence Geller. There will be an auction with lots of exciting prizes to be won, as well as ample opportunity to donate generously to our project.

 

2. Coinciding with the launch is the visit of Charlie Line - the boy who ran onto the pitch at the 2015 RWC Final and (after being tackeld by a security guard) was given the legend, Sonny Bill Williams' winner's medal. They formed an amazing friendship and 5 years on are looking to use that friendship for good. They have started up a Charitable Fund called Gold For Good which will help support projects inspired by Atlas across the world. Charlie is embarking on a tour of Atlas projects, and will be filming, photographing and interviewing the amazing projects we work with - from this we will be able to build up a bank of stories to tell and share with our friends. Memphis will play host to Charlie in February and get him involved right up until March.

Dec 19, 2019

December 2019 Update

Atlas has been going from strength to strength recently, and we are beginning to on board many more projects, with recent additions in Kenya (South Coast Pirates), Cambodia (fund for Kampuchea Balopp) and the Philippines (supporting the Pot Bellied Pigs with their youth development).

The next year is gearing up to be a big one, with our Annual Trek taking place in Kenya providing the kids in the Kibera slum with a mobile classroom - a bus which will be fitted out with hi-tech screens and equipment to encourage learning and supports the deprived children who come along to play rugby.

We are also seeing the support of the rugby community really make a difference, as people from across the globe have helped raise almost £300,000 for the Nicholson Memorial Fund which is now targeted to raise £500,000. This money will go towards supporting projects similar to the Jungle Crows in India and Sri Lanka. The legacy this will create is being formed as 'Atlas Asia' with many friends in Singapore and Hong Kong, plus the amazing projects we already support in South Asia and South East Asia, there is an amazing Atlas family network across the world beginning to build.

We also have special guest visitor, Charlie Line travelling his way from Memphis, Tennessee, all the way to the Philippines, via half a dozen projects in between, collecting stories, taking pictures, interviewing kids and coachs as well as helping out on the ground with our programmes and their active work with our kids.

This leads us nicely onto our project in Israel, which althoguh Charlie wont be visiting, we are hoping to stop by ourselves to take a look at the progress made so far, as the project enters its 3rd year of funding.

We'd like to thank anyone and everyone who has supported an Atlas project or fund in some way over the last year. As these reports show, every penny counts and truly makes a difference to thousands of kids across the world.

Dec 2, 2019

December Project report

Since our last report, we have had we have had several more donors come to the project with an exciting amount of interest building around this fund.

Our CEO is meeting the project manager in London before Christmas to start the recruitment of players, which is a major next step in the development of this project.

 

Summary

Rugby players are increasingly concerned about the possibility of getting dementia. Recent research points at potential causation between concussion, vascular damage and dementia. This proposal is for a study to look for ways to treat vascular damage.

Challenge

This project looks to establish what damage, if any, is done to the vascular structures in rugby players brains; what impact this has on cognitive function and dementia outcomes in the long term; how any damage can be identified and treated immediately and after extended periods of time. 

Solution

The Advisory Board will put out a call for project proposals from universities and research institutions with experience in this field. The brief: to identify the causes, diagnostic tools and treatments for new and historic vascular damage in the brain. Ultimately finding a means to regenerate the vascular supply to avoid or cure vascular dementia.

Long-Term Impact

Ultimately to be able to repair vascular damage, ensure uncompromised brain function and find a cure for vascular dementia.

 
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