The 4-10 May is UK Coffee Week. A week designed to celebrate the deliciousness of coffee by bringing together a variety of product offerings, activities and public events (including the London Coffee Festival) – all in aid of Project Waterfall.
Project Waterfall aims to improve the lives of those living in African coffee-growing countries by giving them better hygiene and sanitisation through access to clean water. Sickness from contaminated water is a constant threat for places like Tanzania, where only 54% of the population has access to a clean water source. Even then, these people may have to walk up to two hours a day just to reach a clean source of water. So, this week is in aid of a fantastic cause.
So what can you and your office do to help? Why not become a sponsor? After all, you don’t want all of this to disappear, right?
How else would you ever get through the working day without your cup of Joe!
World Water Day is considered a key date in the diary for any company operating in the drinks industry and this is certainly true for Eden Springs.
Created by the United Nations and celebrated every 22nd March since 1993, World Water Day works to increase awareness of the importance of water.
This year, World Water Day’s theme is based on sustainable development. We at Eden Springs have set out to support this, working with People Help People (PhP) – One World, to build more wells in Central Africa. As a sign of our commitment, with every bottled water cooler installed in March, we will make a contribution of £3 to PhP-One World.
PhP-One World is one of Eden’s long-term charity partners and works to help communities in Central Africa gain access to clean drinking water and development projects. The project is building several clean water wells in the Wakiso district of Uganda which in turn is helping to improve access to drinking water for this area’s 1.4 million inhabitants – 70% of whom don’t have a source of clean water. Could you imagine a life where on average you live 5km away from a clean water source? This is the case for many communities in Central Africa.
We have found that in many communities health, education, income and general development is negatively impacted due to a lack of water. That’s why we believe it’s vitally important to support where we can.
Did you know?:
17% of girls drop out of school due to poor hygiene
10% of boys spend time fetching water compared to focus on studies
17% of children under five die from diarrhoea
Eden Springs wants to help World Water Day in promoting and recognising the suffering that takes place across the world due to lack of water. Join us this month of March and support our campaign to make water a priority!
At Eden Springs, water is truly at the heart of our business. We go further than just providing office water and coffee solutions across Europe – we work with selected charity partners to help bring clean, safe drinking water to communities who need it, across the globe.
Eden’s “Every Drop Counts” corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme runs across all our European offices. A key focus of the initiative is supporting our current corporate not-for-profit partner, People Help People (PhP) – One World, in its work in Central Africa. Prior to this we worked with Unicef from 2007-2010.
Water is a basic human right. It doesn’t just for keep communities alive – it enables them to thrive. For example, many young people end up dropping out of school as a result of bad hygiene, either due to illness or because of the time it takes to travel to reach a safer water source each day. Increasing education gives people the chance to gain good employment and makes a real difference to their lives and the community for the long term.
We support PhP-One World because of the important work the non-profit organization is doing in Tanzania and Uganda to help improve living conditions, including access to clean water and education, in developing countries. We get a complete view of the results of the project’s work and know they are really making a difference.
As well as global charities, our individual offices support projects of importance to their local community. In Sweden, this has included the Noll-tolerans mot mobbning (zero tolerance against bullying in schools) project, in France, Solidarités, an NGO helping people in conflict and natural disaster areas, in Poland WOSP (the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity). In the UK, Eden Springs has raised funds for the British Teenage Cancer Trust.
So, water is truly at the heart of the business thanks to our Every Drop Counts initiative. We’ll keep you posted on the projects we’re supporting across the globe and closer to home.
Friday December 12th marks Save the Children’s third annual Christmas Jumper Day. You could encourage your colleagues to take part this year… Not only would you be supporting a good cause but, at the same time, you’d get to have a giggle at everyone’s jumpers. Why not ‘make the world better with a sweater’?
Christmas jumpers perfect for the office Scrooge
We get it, not everyone loves Christmas! So why not show your feelings for the festive season by donning one of these anti-Christmas jumpers?
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1. Avoid all holiday stereotypes with this jumper from River Island for just £30.
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2. Show your inner Scrooge with this jumper from Cath Kidston, priced at £70.
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3. Christmas is not just about Santa Claus and presents. For £19 you can make people remember who Christmas is really about.
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4. Are you a cat lover who hates Christmas? If so, at £14 this jumper could be yours…
Christmas jumpers ideal for the office film buff
Are you the annoying co-worker who has a movie quote for every situation? If the answer is yes, then these jumpers will be right up your street.
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1. Is Elf one of your favourite Christmas movies? If so, then why not rush out for this jumper, priced at only £12…
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2. If horror movies are more your thing, this play-on-words Christmas jumper is ideal for you at just £19.99.
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3. Home Alone, a modern day Christmas classic. Anyone who has seen and loves this film will appreciate your jumper – and for just £15, who can complain?
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4. If you are one of those people who has become obsessed with Disney’s Frozen over the past year, then this Olaf jumper is the one for you at just £19.99.
Christmas jumpers fitting for the office prankster
Are you the office comedian, constantly cracking jokes and making everyone laugh? If so, why should today be any different? Make your co-workers crack a smile with these jumpers.
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1. This jumper is bound to squeeze a smile out of even the grumpiest colleague. Now, isn’t that worth £18.99?
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2. This jumper has that Christmassy look, while its jolly slogan will help you get in the festive spirit. For £28 is this the jumper for you?
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3. You have probably seen this t-shirt done in dinosaur form, but can you pass up the opportunity to be Santa? At £24.95 I think not.
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3. If this jumper doesn’t make you giggle, then I don’t know what will! We’re sure it’s worth £39.99 anyway.
Christmas jumpers for the staff member who actually does love Christmas
There is always one, the person who wants to start playing Christmas music in the office in November and is raring to put the decorations up ASAP. If that is you, then you might appreciate these jumpers. No gimmicks – just nice, simple Christmas jumpers!
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1. If green and red is your favourite colour combination, then why not head to M&S and pick up this stylish candy cane jumper for £25?
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2. Are you on the naughty list or the nice list this year? Of course you are on the nice list; you are Mrs Christmas herself, so head to River Island for this jumper at just £35.
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3. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer? If not, then you definitely need this £20 jumper from BHS.
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4. There is nothing gimmicky about this sleek jumper and, for just £18, we think it’s a steal.
On Sunday 28 September 2014, 500 people of all ages took part in the the London walk to cure diabetes, and Eden Springs supplied each participant with a free bottle of water to keep them perked up and hydrated for their walk! Check out some photos from the day and to find out more information about what you could do to help raise money for type 1 diabetes visit www.jdrf.org.uk.
Want your colleagues to get behind a good cause and strengthen your team at the same time? A Macmillan coffee morning could be the charity and coffee fix your workplace needs to bring your employees together for a great cause. And now’s as good a time as ever – with Macmillan hosting “The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning” on September 26th.
What’s Macmillan About?
First founded in 1911, Macmillan Cancer Support has grown to become the largest cancer care and support charity in the UK. With 98% of Macmillan’s income generated solely from donations – they rely on the help of volunteers and fundraisers to support their essential work.
Cancer’s severe effects impact upon people’s lives in many ways. Macmillan work to provide support from diagnosis to recovery – helping cancer sufferers maintain as much control over their lives as possible. From providing counselling and guidance to financial help for those who have lost their job due to cancer, Macmillan are there 24/7 to support people struggling through an incredibly tough ordeal.
How Does The Coffee Morning Work?
With their first coffee morning held in 1990, Macmillan’s coffee mornings have gone on to be their biggest fundraising event yet. Their coffee mornings can be held at any time, by anyone – all you need to do is register and organise your very own event!
The premise is simple. Lay on a spread with coffee, tea and cakes – even sandwiches if you’re feeling fancy – and ask your colleagues or friends to make a donation to Macmillan instead of paying for their drinks and snacks.
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Planning The Ultimate Coffee Morning
So now you’re well informed and prepared to start raising money, why not see if you can push your donations to the max? With our tips, you can make your office coffee morning a huge success:
Get everyone on board by asking permission from your managers and checking your colleagues are up to the challenge. You may be allowed to shift your work’s lunch hour forward or, alternatively, organise it on a weekend.
Send out invites by emailing your whole team – and make sure they RSVP so you know how much coffee and cake is required on the day!
Recruit volunteers to help on the day. Unless you plan to spend the week baking and folding napkins, you’re bound to need a helping hand. Ask your employer if they are willing to assign a budget for supplies and snacks. Alternatively – put your colleagues’ baking skills to the test by asking volunteers to each bring a cake along to sell. Check out Eden’s handy cake recipes if you’re in need of a little inspiration.
Ensure things run smoothly by keeping organised on the day. Remember to assign tasks to your volunteers during the event – from setting up the cake stand to collecting the rubbish at the end.
Spread the word to make your coffee morning a raging success and drum up business. Macmillan have created free posters which you can download and print-off – or you can get creative and make your own for that extra special touch.
Boost your donations by holding fun activities throughout your coffee morning. Not only will this mean more money to donate to a great cause, but it will also provide entertainment for attendees. From raffles and tombolas to games and novelty auctions, there’s always a way to raise more money and have fun in the process. Ask your boss if you can raffle-off an extra day’s holiday if they’re feeling generous!
Make the money go further by asking your attendees to Gift Aid their donation. For every £1 donated, Macmillan can receive an extra 25p if the donation has come from a UK taxpayer – simply print off the handy Gift Aid form and ask your attendees to fill it in between sampling cakes!
Although you can host your Macmillan coffee morning anytime, this September brings an extra special date to the calendar. On September 26th 2014, Macmillan are attempting to host the “World’s Biggest Coffee Morning” by encouraging people around the country to hold their own event. Last year, Macmillan managed to raise an incredible £20.5 million for cancer support and the bar is set high for 2014. Don’t forget to order your free fundraising kit from Macmillan to help get your coffee morning off to a great start!
Who’s bringing the coffee then? Eden Springs supply coffee and hot drinks machines to offices around the UK. So if your office is in need of some caffeination, or your staff need a warm cuppa to get motivated in the morning, we’ve got the solution.
Eden Springs recently helped out celebrations of the Big Brownie Birthday, celebrating 100 years of Brownies, by donating some free bottled water to their celebrations. Here’s hoping the water helped them wash down all those cakes!
Eden Springs’ Darryl Johnson is running the Virgin London Marathon for the Charity Children with Cancer and to highlight Eden’s free water for charity fundraisers initiative.
Running through the wall
Nobody said training for a marathon was easy – far from it. Darryl has been running hard and putting in some good miles for his training, including a particularly tough 14.5 run that took it out of him (although he doesn’t look too bad afterwards in the first picture below!).
He’s also been working on speed, taking part in timed 5k ‘Parkruns’ that are organised around the country.
If you’re pushing yourself hard for a charity cause, consider applying for a free case of bottled water from Eden to help you meet your goals! Apply for a charity water donation
UK Coffee Week runs from 7–13 April 2014 and brings together lovers of coffee in an effort to provide safe access to clean water, through Project Waterfall, for people in the countries that so often grow the coffee we consume.
5 bean challenge – win coffee stuff!
This year Eden Springs Coffee Machines have partnered with Garraways.co.uk to offer a £50 voucher as a prize in the fantastic ‘5 bean coffee challenge’.
Complete five coffee-related achievements, ranging from downloading the delightfully-named Hot Coffee theme song to purchasing a limited-edition London coffee guide, to be in with a chance of winning, have some fun and know you’re supporting a charity project in Tanzania that could directly save lives.