Great British Duck Race raises £200,000 for charities

first_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.  22 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Events Research / statistics AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 5 September 2007 | Newscenter_img On Sunday 2 September 165,000 plastic ducks floated down the River Thames for the inaugural ‘Great British Duck Race’, beating the Guinness World Record for the ‘World’s Biggest Charity Duck Race,’ and raising over £200,000 for over 450 good causes.Two thousand spectators watched the face at Hampton Court. Duck number 157791 won the first prize of £10,000, with 29 others winning prizes including £2,000 of furnishings supplied by lead sponsor Bathstore.Over 450 charities from across the UK were involved and benefited from the funds raised. Once the winning ducks were verified by a Guinness World Record adjudicator, a clean-up operation began with the ducks being hooked, packed and ready to be used again next year. Advertisement Great British Duck Race raises £200,000 for charities The organisers, who worked closely with the River Thames Alliance and the Environment Agency, say they will run the event annually.last_img read more

TRAFFIC BOTTLENECK: Construction of P480-M Ungka flyover set to start

first_imgThe completed flyover will stretchfrom the Petron gasoline station up to the intersection of the Sen. BenignoAquino Jr. Avenue and the road leading to Parc Regency Subdivision. The three others are at the junctionof Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr. Avenue and Felix Gorriceta Jr. Avenue in BarangayAganan, Pavia; in Barangay Jibao-an, Pavia going to Mandurriao, Iloilo City;and at the intersection of the national highway and President Corazon AquinoAvenue in Barangay Buhang, Jaro. Project contractor InternationalBuilders Corp. will start mobilizing its heavy equipment Monday next week, Jan.13, said DPWH assistant regional director Al Fruto yesterday. Ilonggo senator Franklin Drilon wholobbied for these flyovers said, “We have to move quickly to solve this trafficcongestion which irks drivers, commuters and tourists. We must prevent beingcompared to Metro Manila and Cebu City in terms of the gravity of traffic. Itwill not be good for the image of the city that we have worked hard on forseveral years.” According to the assistant regionaldirector, DPWH has also been coordinating with the Iloilo City government’sPublic Safety and Transportation Management Office (PSTMO) head Jeck Conlu(also the chief of the Metro Iloilo Guimaras Economic and Development Council)for a traffic rerouting plan. Drilon initiated the construction ofthe Sen. Benigno S. Aquino Jr. Avenue and the President Corazon Aquino Avenueduring the Aquino administration. They now serve as main gateways to IloiloCity, easing traffic congestion. * private vehicles from Iloilo CityProper, Jaro and La Paz district going to the Iloilo Airport may take the roadtraversing BarangayTacas, Jaro stretching up to Pavia and Santa Barbara Fruto urged the public to be a littlemore patient while the flyover construction is going on. However, the rapid rise of Iloilo andthe influx of tourists, Drilon acknowledged, caused traffic congestionsparticularly during rush hours (from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 5 p.m. to7:30 p.m.). * one lane on both sides of the Sen.Benigno Aquino Jr. Avenue would be for public utility vehicles Construction of the 453.70-meterflyover (including the approaches, protection and right of way) will take 18months, said Fruto. The flyover at the intersection of theSen. Benigno Aquino Jr. Avenue and President Corazon Aquino Avenue in BarangayUngka II, Pavia is one of four that DPWH is building to ease traffic congestionon major points leading in and out of Iloilo City. * the traffic lights in BarangaySambag, Jaro district and Barangay Ungka II, Pavia will be operated manually The public should expect trafficcongestion because two lanes of the six-lane Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr. Avenuewould be closed, he added. * the local government of Pavia willbe making available 20 traffic aides * PSTMO would be making available 40personnel to help direct the flow of vehicles in Barangay Sambag, Jaro andBarangya Ungka II, Pavia Thesetwo have an initial fund of P180 million each./PN The 10-lane, 15-kilometer Sen. BenignoAquino Jr. Avenue serves as the main thoroughfare from Iloilo City to theIloilo Airport in Cabatuan, Iloilo. There’s going to be an initial50-meter road enclosure – from Petron gasoline station up to the intersectionof Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr. Avenue and President Corazon Aquino Avenue(Circumferential Road).center_img Conlu said the PSTMO is also exploringthe possibility of asking the help of residential subdivisions in barangaysUngka II and Aganan, Pavia; they could open their roads to private vehicles. For Iloilo City-bound vehicles fromthe Iloilo Airport and other Iloilo central towns, they have two options toavoid the traffic gridlock in Barangay Ungka II. These were the following: * when going to Jaro – take theIloilo-Santa Barbara Road (particular Rizal Street – Taft Street – BarangayAgutayan – Barangay Cabugao Norte – Barangay Tigum – Barangay Pagsanga-an toBarangay Tacas, Jaro) Fruto said all the proposed flyoversare projected to be completed by the end of 2021. Work on the Jibao-an and Buhangflyovers, on the other hand, will start in the later part of 2020, said Fruto. On this intersection in Barangay Ungka II, Pavia, Iloilo will rise a 453.70-meter long flyover that is expected to ease traffic congestion in the area. The flyover is expected to be completed early next year. IAN PAUL CORDERO.PN * limit if not prohibit the number ofprivate vehicles and trucks passing Barangay Ungka II, Pavia They came up with several measures.These were the following: DPWH would make sure the flyover isfinished without delays, he added. The roads are now a commercial strip,dotted by new hotels and business establishment.  The Ilonggo senator was referring tohis campaign, together with the Department of Tourism, to position Iloilo aspremier destination for meetings, incentives, conventions, and exhibits orMICE. * when going to Mandurriao or Molo –take the Oton-San Jose, Santa Barbara Road (Bangga Dama, Santa Barbara – BanggaSan Jose, San Miguel – left turn to Iloilo City ALEOSAN Road towards Hibao-an,Mandurriao) “We will address the trafficcongestion in the area. While traffic is a sign of development, we cannot letit continue as it will affect our reputation as one of the few livable citiesin the country, as well as our bid to make Iloilo a MICE destination,” Drilonsaid “This project will be beneficial toall when completed. It will bring more progress to Iloilo,” he said. Construction (for 24 months) of theP560-million 436.90-meter Aganan flyover will start in the later part ofFebruary or early March 2020. ILOILO City – The construction of a P480-millionflyover in Barangay Ungka II, Pavia, Iloilo may start this month as soon as allthe needed heavy equipment are in place. The public should prepare for a trafficbottleneck that may last for 18 months, according to the Department of PublicWorks and Highways (DPWH) Region 6. * private vehicles from Iloilo City’sMolo, Mandurriao and Arevalo districts going to the Iloilo Airport may take theroad traversing Barangay San Jose, San Miguel, Iloilo connecting to the SantaBarbara Road (Bangga Dama)last_img read more

Sherlocks Benedict Cumberbatch Cycles For Charity

first_imgSherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch was among 3,000 cyclists saddling up for The Prince’s Trust Palace to Palace bike ride supported by Saudi Aramco on Sunday 14th October.Benedict Cumberbatch at the Prince’s Trust Palace to Palace Bike RideCredit/Copyright: 45-mile Palace to Palace ride from Buckingham Palace to Windsor Castle raises vital funds for the work of The Prince’s Trust. Every year, the sell-out event sees participants collectively cycle 135,000 miles between the Royal Palaces.Prince’s Trust ambassador Benedict, who stars in the hit BBC drama Sherlock, has raised more than £20,000 for The Trust for this year’s event.He said: “I don’t get the opportunity to cycle much so it was fantastic to take part on such a beautiful route through London. It wasn’t easy cycling 45 miles but it’s worth it for such an important cause and everyone has had a great time.“The Prince’s Trust is a charity which I am passionate about helping. Young people are our future, and with so many struggling to find work in the UK, I feel it’s vital we do everything we can to make sure all young people have the opportunities to succeed.”TV presenter Anna Williamson, who took part with her team Anna’s Angels, said: “It was hard work but lots of fun riding through the city. The best thing about Palace to Palace is that it’s not a competition so everyone was really relaxed and the atmosphere was absolutely brilliant.”A team from The Trust’s radio partner Magic 105.4 kicked off the bike ride, with breakfast presenter Dr Neil Fox taking part along with his co-presenter Verity Geere. Ex-Rugby international Victor Ubogu also took part in the ride.Supported by Saudi Aramco, cyclists embarked on a stunning 45-mile route along the River Thames and through three royal parks.A spokesperson for Saudi Aramco said: “We are delighted to support the bike ride for the third year in a row. This year was the biggest year so far and we would like to thank everyone for taking part and making it such a great day.“We are inspired by the work of The Prince’s Trust and we hope that the money raised today will help many more young people to find work in the UK.”To date, Palace to Palace has raised over £1,1000,000 to support The Prince’s Trust, helping disadvantaged young people into jobs.Source:Prince’s Trustlast_img read more