East Africa Rally 2016

Kenya

Location

£20,000

Donation by Arron Banks

Help us raise money for these two amazing charities


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The cars are ready for the 2016 East African Rally!

This year, we are supporting Sentebale, Care After Combat as well as other smaller charities.

Keep checking back for updates.

The East African Rally in November is a unique amalgam of gruelling conditions and 100 kph average speeds – it’s restricted to classic cars and covers sparsely-populated country. They are about to undertake the challenge as a means to raise money and awareness for Care After Combat and Sentebale charities. 

Care After Combat helps to maintain and promote camaraderie in the Veterans community for those feeling vulnerable or at unrest with society.  We look to provide professional assistance where possible for the well-being of the Veteran and their family.

Sentabale is a charity which reaches Lesotho’s most needy and vulnerable children, many of whom are the victims of extreme poverty and Lesotho’s HIV/AIDS epidemic. Set up by Prince Harry, the charity directs aid through funding and management support to voluntary, grassroots community services that attempt to fill the gaps in care. Whether they offer vulnerable children safe accommodation, hot meals or psychosocial support, these services can make a huge difference to children’s ability to lead a more rewarding life.

 

BloodHound Land Speed Record Car

£10,000

Donation by Arron Banks

Bristol

Location

Arron donated £10,000 to the Bloodhound SSC project in Bristol for research and development. 

The BLOODHOUND Project is a global Engineering Adventure, using a 1000 mph World Land Speed Record attempt to inspire the next generation about science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Their Objectives

  • Inspire the next generation about science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
  • Share an iconic research and development programme with a global audience.
  • Set a new World Land Speed Record of 1000 mph.

Their Mission Statement

Create a unique, high-technology project, focused around a 1000 mph World Land Speed Record attempt. Share this Engineering Adventure with a global audience and inspire the next generation by bringing science, technology, engineering and mathematics to life in the most exciting way possible.

Bloodhound Programme Ltd a UK registered company (6291631)

Tockington Manor School

Tockington

Location

£100,000

Donation by Arron Banks

Arron Banks donated £100,000 to Tockington Manor School in South Gloucestershire, for a new all-weather astroturf pitch. 

Nestled in the picturesque Gloucestershire countryside, just 3 miles from Junction 16, M5, Tockington Manor Preparatory and Nursery School offers you and your child something completely unique. As you drive through the beautiful village, Tockington Manor School’s stunning 28 acres provide a beautiful backdrop to propel your child’s imagination. Once in school, every pupil enjoys a curriculum which offers both breadth and depth throughout the school, culminating in an enviable success rate in the highly praised Common Entrance syllabus and Senior School Scholarship examinations. We welcome boys and girls aged 2 to 13+ throughout the Nursery, the Lower School and the Upper School. Our exceptional onsite facilities, including a 25 metre indoor pool, a large floodlit astro turf and a modern, well equipped science laboratory, provide your child with the perfect inspirational environment for learning and exploring.

Charity Number: 311716

Parish Church of Thornbury

Thornbury

Location

£50,000

Donation by Arron Banks

Arrons Banks donated £50,000 to the Parish of Thornbury in South Gloucestershire to help repair the roof of St Mary the Virgin Church in Thornbury. 

Money that remained over from the £50k donation is going be used for the Organ Project.  This covers the over-haul and refurbishment of the organ resulting in a third manual, extra pipes and a thorough cleaning.

There is always a warm welcome at St Mary the Virgin, Thornbury. Their beautiful grade I listed church dates back to Norman times. They are currently embarking on an adaptation of the west end to provide disabled access to the toilet and better space to enjoy chat and refreshments. 

Charity Number: 1137265

The Royal Commonwealth Society

London

Location

£66,000

Project funded by Arrons Banks

Arron Banks donated £66,000 to The Royal Commonwealth Society.

The Royal Commonwealth Society, founded in 1868, is a network of individuals and organisations committed to improving the lives and prospects of Commonwealth citizens across the world.

Through youth empowerment, education and advocacy, the Royal Commonwealth Society promotes the value and the values of the Commonwealth. We champion human rights, democracy and sustainable development across the 53 member states which are intrinsically linked through their common history and shared values.

Charity Number: 226748

Federation of Lesotho Women Entrepreneurs

Lesotho

Location

£83,000

Donation by Arron Banks

The Federation of Lesotho Women Entrepreneurs is an independent umbrella body for women’s economic empowerment with an overarching objective of facilitating as much as possible, all Basotho women and women entrepreneurs into mainstream economic activity nationally, regionally and globally, as well as influencing relevant policy, legislation and implementation thereof.

It is committed to strengthening women entrepreneurs to assist entry and sustainability in all markets, in line with local and global treaties that Lesotho is a party to.

The FLWE mentors and guides women to achieve excellence in business, encourages them to be supportive of each other and be energised as members as of the Federation individually or collectively.

The Federation of Lesotho Women Entrepreneurs (FLWE) is present and active in all the ten districts of Lesotho and has individuals, companies and affiliate associations in its membership. The membership represents the transport, agriculture, tourism, hospitality, food, services, art and crafts and professionals etc. The association also affiliates and network with local and external bodies which help achieve its mandate in fulfilling the needs and interests of the members.

The Federation of Lesotho Women Entrepreneurs (FLWE) has a membership of about 30 000 people, mostly women but more recently included men and youth.

The purpose of the FLWE is to Grow the Economy Together.

 
 

Arron Banks has:

  • Directly injected over R600 000.00 seed-funding into several projects to get them up and running.
  • Sponsored international travel for members of the FLWE to enable broader perspective and engender cross cultural skills transfer.
  • Provides ongoing support and training for the future development of the FLWE including branding, motivation and management.

Mrs Magdalene Rakuoane is the President of the FLWE and has expressed her and the FLWE’s gratitude for Mr Banks’ assistance and investment.

I have never known a person with such a big heart. Mr Banks has no reason to invest in us or our future. Lesotho is such a small country and is often forgotten and overlooked. So to
have a champion on our side is such a blessing. I don’t know what we would have done without him. We will do everything in our power to make a success of the projects that he has helped fund.
Thank you, Mr Banks. May God bless you and your family...”
— Mrs Magdalene Rakuoane, President of the FLWE

Projects Love Saves The Day has funded include:

Green house/tunnel farming

Members have secured a site at Koung Morija of about 20 hectares and have signed a lease agreement for ten years with the respective owners of the land. Payment for connection of utilities water (borehole) and electricity has been made. The electricity company has already installed electricity, whilst the borehole contractor is yet to commence work. Members have also collected M800,000.00 and continue to contribute for the purchase of 14 tunnels of 40m x 10 m capacity.

The plan is to grow high value cash crops as well as to produce and supply the cannery with tomatoes. A contract has been signed with the Mountain Kingdom Cannery for the guaranteed supply.

Pig Farming

The piggery project is taking place in partnership with Lesotho nationals residing in South Africa and a shareholder in WIPHOLD (PTY) Ltd. Sites have been identified in Mafeteng (Ha Mojela) and another site in Maseru (Masianokeng) has been secured for the construction of the pigpen and slaughter plant. Members have started contributing to raise capital for investment in the project.

The organisation has a working relationship with South African Poultry Producers Organisation and have committed to training members on production. Members have been invited to SAPPO annual conference in Cape Town in September, 2015.

Textile Manufacturing

Approximately 100 members have been trained in textile manufacturing such as sewing and intend to start their own manufacturing satellite factory. They have completed their apprentice ship at a Chinese garment factory and intend on establishing their own factories in Maputsoe and Thetsane Industrial areas.

Currently these members are working from home and business premises in Maseru. With their new skills, they have been able to expand their product offering and have attracted new clients, especially in the corporate sector to produce staff uniforms. They have also started their own fund with which will serve as a deposit for the satellite firm.

Poultry 

There are currently financial challenges with the farm houses and abattoir which have halted operations. The plan to expand production by 50 farm houses has been put on hold due to the operational challenges experienced and the funding will be committed to address the immediate pressing issues and recapitalise the operations.

The FLWE leadership is in the process of preparing a buyout of the existing shareholder and a bailout plan.

The FLWE National Executive Committee has an action plan to resume operations and all parties have agreed to a six month period for the preparation and finalisation of the buy-out and transition in the company. During this time there will be an audit to establish the current financial status of the company, handing over and ancillary matters.

Beekeeping for honey and propolis

Currently members are still continuing with small scale production. They are currently undergoing training at the Ministry of Forestry and Land Reclamation on bee keeping and scaling up production capacity in preparation for large scale production to feed into the envisaged honey processing plant.

Hatchery – Plymouth Barred Rock Chickens

The project has resumed hatching of the highly specialised and in demand chick for market and household organic egg production. The incubator that was last reported broken has been fixed. Members are still pursuing their plans to expand by investing in a bigger incubating machine to meet the high demand.

Other Projects

The organisation and members continues to seek other investment opportunities in
the following sectors/industries: 

  • Animal Feed Mill
  • Rabbit Farming
  • Dairy Farming
  • Water Bottling
  • Hatchery Broiler Chicken

Olveston Scout Group

Olveston

Location

£10,000

Donation by Arron Banks

Arron Banks donated £10,000 to the Olveston Scout Group in South Gloucestershire. 

1st Olveston Scout Group aims to promote the physical, intellectual, social and spiritual well-being of young people aged 6–14 years, based on the principles of the UK Scout Association. 

Charity Number: 273206

East Africa Rally - Various Charities (Sentebale, Alive & Kicking)

Lesotho

Location

£244,202

Donation by Arron Banks

Arron Banks donated £244,202 to Sentebale and other charities by competing in the East Africa Rally.

Arron Banks, has personally pledged to raise £100,000 for Sentable’s most vulnerable children: launching his campaign with a gala dinner at Old Down Country Manor and increasing the momentum by driving the East African Safari Rally.

The East African Rally in November is a unique amalgam of gruelling conditions and 100 kph average speeds – it’s restricted to classic cars and covers sparsely-populated country. They undertook the challenge as a means to raise money and awareness for Sentebale.

Sentabale is a charity which reaches Lesotho’s most needy and vulnerable children, many of whom are the victims of extreme poverty and Lesotho’s HIV/AIDS epidemic. Set up by Prince Harry, the charity directs aid through funding and management support to voluntary, grassroots community services that attempt to fill the gaps in care. Whether they offer vulnerable children safe accommodation, hot meals or psychosocial support, these services can make a huge difference to children’s ability to lead a more rewarding life.

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Wellchild Trust

Cheltenham

Location

£200

Donation by Arron Banks

Arron Banks donated £200 to Wellchild Trust.

The Wellchild Trust is best known for their UK-wide team of WellChild Nurses who provide practical and emotional support particularly in the home, they also invest in countless other projects as well as influence policy makers to help enable families with seriously ill children to get the support they need for every step of their journey.

Charity Number: 289600

The Peoples Kitchen

Newcastle upon Tyne

Location

£1,521

Donation

Arron Banks donated £1,521 to The Peoples Kitchen.

Founded in 1985 as a soup kitchen, The Peoples Kitchen have now evolved to offer a range of services all with food and friendship at their heart during the evenings and weekends when professional support is not available. They serve around 140 hot meals a night, provide sleeping bags, blankets and warm clothes and offer advice on drugs, health and wellbeing.

Charity Number: 1036149 

Special Olympics

Worldwide

Location

£600

Donation

Arron Banks donated £600 to Special Olympics.

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Sotogrande School

Spain

Location

£2,291

Donation by Arron Banks

Arron Banks donated £2,291 to Sotogrande School.

Sotogrande School are a passionate learning community which inspires, challenges and encourages students to become the best they can be, whilst developing open views of the world and helping others. Students benefit from stunning facilities and the exclusive life & Style of Sotogrande which allows them to make a difference and follow their dreams in creative pursuits, sports and much more.

Serve on Ltd

United Kingdom

Location

£10,420

Donation

Arron Banks donated £10,420 to Serve on Ltd.

SERVE ON is a non profit humanitarian response organisation that saves lives. They supply search and rescue teams, dogs to anywhere in the world, disaster planning and management, critical incident management and fire safety training and audits.

Charity No. 1156504

Bristol & West Hockey Club

Bristol

Location

£2,000

Donation

Arron Banks donated £2,000 to the North Bristol Hockey Club in Gloucestershire.

Bristol & West is one of the biggest hockey clubs in the Bristol area.

In the spring of 2008 North Bristol and West Gloucestershire Hockey Club merged to form Bristol and West Hockey Club. Both clubs have a long history and West Gloucestershire Hockey Club became affiliated to the Hockey Association over 100 years ago on the 23 September 1893 – making the new club one of the oldest in the West Country. 

 

Mencap

London

Location

£250

Project Cost

100%

Complete

Arron Banks donated £250 to Mencap.

Mencap work in partnership with people with a learning disability, and all their services support people to live life as they choose. Mencap is the leading voice of learning disability. Everything they do is about valuing and supporting people with a learning disability, and their families and carers. Mencap also works with people to change laws, challenge prejudice and support them to live their lives as they choose.

Charity Number: 222377

Lord's Taverners

London

Location

£1,500

Donation

Love Saves The Day donated £1,500 to Lord Taverners.

Lord's Taverners enable young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and those with disabilities to enjoy sport. In addition to the young people they support, they measure our impact by the 'sporting chances' they create. Their latest Impact Report highlights how they supported over 216,000 young people last year. It also illustrates how they created over 8.6 million 'sporting chances' across all of their programmes. If you're still wondering what a sporting chance is, this short animated film should help explain:


Charity Number: 306054

Llancarfan Primary School

Llancarfan

Location

£500

Donation

Arron Banks donated £500 to Llancarfan Primary School.

Llancarfan is situated in the heart of the beautiful Vale of Glamorgan, between Barry and Cowbridge. The official catchment area of the school is the ward of Llancarfan which includes the villages of Llancarfan, Llancadle, Llanbethery, Llantrithyd, Moulton and Walterston. Subject to places being available at the school, and upon application to the Local Education Authority, children may be admitted from outside the official catchment area. We currently have many pupils at our school from Penmark, Rhoose, St Athan and Barry.

Llancarfan Primary School is a Local Authority, co-educational, community day school.

Little Hearts Matter / Trek Fast

Birmingham

Location

£250

Donation

Arron Banks donated £250 to Little Hearts Matter / Trek Fast.

Little Hearts Matter offers support and information, and raises awareness of those affected when a child has only half a heart, due to conditions such as Complex Pulmonary Atresia, Tricuspid Atresia, Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS) or Double Inlet or Outlet Ventricle (Univentricular Heart).

Charity Number: 1123290

Kicking out for Kids

Bristol

Location

£2,000

Donation

Arron Banks donated £2,000 to Kicking out for Kids.

Their sole objective is to raise money for the care and support of children with life-limiting, or life-threatening illnesses, and their families.

Their main beneficiary is Childrens Hospice South West, whose motto is "Making the most of short and precious lives across the South West". Those few words sum up the real reward for everyone involved with Kicking Out for Kids. With the help of local people, local businesses and some of the UK's leading sporting personalities, they create unique sporting events for all to enjoy. Through the generosity of those involved, they can ensure that every penny raised, goes to those who need it most.