Towards the end of last year, CAN ran a 'Chat for Charity' competition to launch an instant messaging feature, CANNECT Chat, on its internal social networking platform, CANNECT.
One person from each Mezzanine who had the most unique chat sessions (with different people) won £250 for their chosen charity.
AMF provides funding for long-lasting insecticide-treated net (LLIN) distributions in developing countries in order to protect people from malaria. It also works with distribution partners to distribute nets and ensure use, and conduct net use surveys and track monthly malaria data.
Jade said, “Half a million people die each year and 400 million fall ill from malaria. 70% of them are children under 5. Malaria is also the number one killer of pregnant women. There is strong evidence that distributing nets reduces child mortality and malaria cases.
I chose AMF because they are regularly rated as one of the most effective and efficient charities – meaning the money donated goes further or has a more significant impact. These ratings come from a number of organisations, including Give Well, which independently evaluates charities to provide donors of all levels with information they need to make informed donations.
100% of public donations goes towards buying nets. Each net costs $2.50. With £250, AMF can buy 125 nets. That’s 125 people – maybe more if those people are pregnant – who will be protected against malaria thanks to this donation.”
He said, “PAIH are a Glasgow based organisation supporting refugees and asylum seekers, specifically in terms of their housing. Although they are based in Glasgow, they connect agencies and individuals nationwide. I got to know them through their initiative called Room for Refugees. We have been hosting a gentleman since October who would become homeless as he waits for his Indefinite Leave to Remain to be processed. I live in a housing co-op and have a spare room and feel very fortunate to have that roof over my head. The twin concerns of the ongoing homelessness and Refugee crisis are both addressed by this charity.”
He chose to donate the £250 prize to human rights charity, Liberty, also known as the National Council for Civil Liberties. Founded in 1934, it is a cross party, non-party membership organisation which works to preserve fundamental rights and freedoms in the UK.
Jack said, “Liberty is a charity I have always supported as it does great work within the civil liberties and rights in the UK. It works on some of the new issues around collection of everyone's personal data online and calling information. The donation will help Liberty to take on key legal cases, give free legal advice, produce campaign materials and campaign for human rights and civil liberties around the country.”
CAN will be donating the money to the charities directly on behalf of the winners.