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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.

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.

 
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