RD:IR takes part in J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge 2016

RD:IR were proud to once again field a team to take part in the annual J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge held on the 20th and 21st July 2016.  The 5.6 km course wends its way around the iconic Battersea Park and attracts around 30,000 participants over the two days, raising money for charity.

The weather gods were kind to the 14 members of Team RD:IR, with the heat wave affecting London in the earlier part of the week giving way, on race-day Thursday, to balmy conditions. The team ranged in ability from regular runners to  “can-do” walkers.  Runners were joined by London’s new Mayor, Sadiq Khan, as part of his recently launched “London is Open” campaign.  The event was started by quadruple Olympian and Gold medal winner Sir Matthew Pinsent.

A full report of the event can be found on the event website here

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Post-event, J.P. Morgan will make a donation on behalf of all entrants to their chosen charity this year, Age UK. 

RD:IR also supports the charity CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) and our donation page will be open until the end of September. http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RDIRforCALM

RD:IR competes in the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge 2015

A 15-strong RD:IR team entered the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge on Wednesday 8th July 2015.

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There were near perfect conditions for the 5.6k run around Battersea Park and the planned strike action did little to affect the event or atmosphere. Each team member completed the race in a respectable time, with Peter Challis leading the charge for the boys with a time of 24.58 and Tom O’Grady a close second with 26.13. Sarah McKenzie (former RD:IR employee, now RD:IR client via Britvic plc) led for the girls, completing the course in a speedy 28.33.

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The turnout was fantastic, with over 14,000 runners participating on the evening and hundreds of Corporates represented. 

A full report of the event can be found on the event website here.

Post-event, J.P. Morgan will make a donation on behalf of all entrants to their chosen charity this year, Age UK.

RD:IR continued their fundraising for Save the Children and raised a total of £280 in sponsorship money.

Wear it. Beat it.

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The RD:IR office was awash with red today as staff participated in the British Heart Foundation’s initiative ‘Wear it. Beat it’,  a fundraising enterprise encouraging the nation to wear red and donate £3 to help fund life-saving research.

For over 50 years the British Heart Foundation has pioneered research that’s transformed the lives of people living with heart and circulatory conditions.Their work has been central to the discoveries of vital treatments that are changing the fight against heart disease.

For more information on the British Heart Foundation, please visit their website here.

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RD:IR selects Save the Children as chosen charity for 2015

Every year RD:IR staff vote for a charity to support and this year we have selected Save the Children.

Save the Children works in 120 countries, saving the lives of children – fighting for their rights, often fighting for their lives and helping them to fulfil their potential. In 2014 alone, Save the Children responded to 95 humanitarian crises in 53 countries around the world, including the ongoing struggle with Ebola in West Africa and delivering aid to the children affected by the civil war in Syria.

Throughout the year RD:IR aims to raise money via a number of charitable initiatives. Alongside our weekly Friday dress-down donation to charity, we will participate in sporting pursuits to raise funds and organise office activities such as cake sales, bring and buy sales, quizzes and sporting sweepstakes, to name a few.

In 2014, RD:IR raised a total of £1,795.88 for charity. Of this, £1,111.59 was donated to Water Aid, our chosen charity for 2014 and the remaining amount to ad hoc charities such as Movember and Jeans for Genes.

We will be updating our Charity and CSR page regularly in 2015 with our ongoing fund-raising activity, so please keep an eye out if you wish to support us!

For more information on Save the Children and the great work they do, please visit their website here and / or view this short video focusing on their activity in 2014.

 

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Christmas Jumper Day 2014

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There was a impressive display of festive knits on display in the RD:IR office for Save the Children UK’s annual Christmas Jumper Day on Friday 12th December. 

 

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RD:IR Supports Movember 2014

 

Never one to pass up the opportunity to have a bit of fun in the name of charity, this month, the RD:IR team have taken on Movember; the charity which aims to change the face of men’s health.

What began as an attempt to improve and even save the lives of men affected by prostate and then testicular cancer and now over a decade since its creation, the movement has turned its attention to men’s mental health issues.

Specifically, the campaign aims to address the stigma which has attached itself to men’s mental health. Even with the high rates of men affected by the physical illnesses, Mind CEO, Paul Farmer, highlighted the fact that suicide is the biggest killer for men under the age of 35, proving the importance that this third strand of the Movember campaign can have in the lives of the UK’s male population. On top of this, it was recorded that 6,045 people in the UK committed suicide in 2011, with over 75% of that number being male. If the stigma surrounding mental issues, particularly for men, can be broken down and those suffering can be encouraged to talk about their problems, this figure is sure to fall.

The charity has raised a mighty £346 million since 2003 and 2014 – with the help of RD:IR’s Mo Bros, Gawthaman Gobinath and Thomas O’Grady – looks set to be a great year for raising money in aid of Men’s health.

 

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The guys are going strong in their Mo growing efforts and seem to have already formed an attachment to their ‘taches. Who knows, we could have a couple of Mo Bros year round!

With over 40,000 men being diagnosed with prostate cancer each year in the UK, 1 in 8 men having been diagnosed with a common mental disorder at a time and cases of testicular cancer having more than doubled in the UK since the 1970s, the importance of the issues addressed by the Movember campaign cannot be understated.

RD:IR’s distinguished gentlemen have raised £212 for the cause. To donate, click here.

Written by Hayley McCrystal