CSR Bristol donates to Grand Appeal

grand-appeal-noteStaff at CSR Bristol recently donated £2000 to Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal, a local charity fundraising for the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St. Michael’s Hospital.

Sarah Vipond and Helen Haskill from the charity collected the cheque from CEO Joep van Beurden while he was in Almondsbury to officially open CSR’s new Bristol R&D centre.

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CSR helps Shanghai beach clean-up

Allen Zhao, CSR China, writes:

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people clean up beaches worldwide to protect the marine environment. This year, volunteers from CSR’s Shanghai office did the same thing they did last year.

On the 25th of May, fourteen CSR colleagues and their family members volunteered to join the “Beach Clean-up” activity at Nan Hui, Shanghai. This project aims to mobilise volunteers to clean up local beaches in Shanghai, raise awareness for water resources protection, and ultimately reduce pollution to the water environment.

Together with over one thousand other volunteers, they cleaned 5 miles of Dishui Lake beach by picking up over 4,450 pieces of lake trash with a total weight of 320 kilograms. Every CSR volunteer devoted 6 hours to the activity in the sun.

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40 miles down, 60 miles to go in the fight against breast cancer

Avon Walk logoThis year’s 2-Day/40-Mile Boston Avon walk for Breast Cancer (17-18 May 2014) raised $3.9 million and started with a saturating downpour but quickly turned into a beautiful, fun-filled, rewarding weekend… writes CSR’s Frank McSorley [http://www.the3day.org/goto/frankmc]:

Day 1-26 Miles:

The day started at 6:30am with gear drop-off and the Avon Opening Ceremonies in a complete downpour. All walkers were totally saturated even before the first step was taken. However the rain couldn’t dampen the 1000+ walkers who were ready to knock out 26 miles on our way to knock out breast cancer. My Men with Heart team are the boy scouts of these walks and are always prepared. We immediately started passing out all the rain ponchos we carry with us for our fellow walkers.

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CSR hosts “Think Positive” math coaching program

CSR Israel hosted a gathering on the 1st of June to celebrate the end of the year-long “Think Positive” volunteering program, a mathematics tutoring initiative that matches volunteer math tutors to junior high school students:weekly one-to-one lessons take place at the CSR Haifa office.

The program is lead and driven by the “Haifa Coalition for Social Responsibility” partnered by CSR Haifa, Intel, IBM, Phillips, Taro, Qualcomm and the regional Ministry of Haifa. “Think Positive” has shown proven success in improving students math grades by as much as 15%.

The event included gathering of 200 people: students, volunteers and teachers, refreshments, a comedy show based on the program and thank you speeches by Zeev Rich (VP, VLSI Design & Architecture, CSR Haifa) and representatives from the Ministry of Haifa Education.

We would like to thank all CSR Haifa volunteers who take part in the program and to Shahar Gino, who is leading it in Haifa.

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CSR Israel participates in the annual Mountain to Valley race

CSR Haifa recently took part in the annual 215 km relay race which features day and night running in rural areas, from Northern Israel to the Yizrael Valley.

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From 15th to 16th May a large team of our engineers from Haifa, featuring special guest runners including Mark Redford( GM USA Operations & VP Advanced Technology, Operations Management) and  CEO Joep van Beurden took some time out and participated in the race. The M2V starts in “Tel Hai” and ends 21 hours and 215Km later in “Timrat”. Around 4,000 runners in 518 groups participated in what has become one of the biggest and most popular running events in Israel.

This is the third year CSR Israel has participated, and this year 40 CSR runners with the support of additional mountain bike riders and logistics volunteers, tackled the challenge of the 24 running sections. Particularly challenging was the heat on the first day, but this was compensated by the full moon night runs and the finish after the sun rise on the second day.

It wasn’t all hard work and running though. The team took time out to relax on the shores of the “sea of Galilee” and later at night to also eat and rest on the lawn of a colleague’s (Zeev Rich – VP, VLSI Design & Architecture, SoC Design) house near the running course.

CEO Joep van Beurden was later quoted as follows –  “Thank you very much for hosting Mark and me as your guests during this year’s edition of the M2V relay. If there was ever an event that exemplifies our tag-line ‘Push Every Boundary’ it is this one. It also makes clear that the best way to look for your limits is as a team. The whole event was meticulously organised, the logistics, the support from the bikers, the excellent food, the rest place after run 8 at the Sea of Galilee, the hospitality at Zeev’s house. What impressed me most was the sense of ‘family’ among the  team. An atmosphere where everybody  could relax, be his or herself, help each other or  –in my case- be helped by someone!See you all next year!

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CSR Taiwan raises funds for the Children are Us Foundation

Children Are Us is famous in Taiwan for operating bakeries and restaurants that employ people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The first Children Are Us bakery opened in Kaohsiung city in 1997, and the Foundation has since expanded, opening other branches in Taipei city and Hsinchu city.   It has operated an Italian restaurant in Taipei where people with such a disability are employed and a coffee shop at Taipei’s City Hall. 
 
The goal for this organisation is to inspire and promote the potential talent of its people. The Children Are Us Foundation is a non-profit private organisation (NPO) which provides long term care and job training to people with Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, multiple dysfunction and other mental illness. It works on changing people’s general perception, hoping the public can understand and respect its employees. 
 
Our colleagues in CSR Taiwan are closely involved with this project and help deliver products from the bakery to children in remote districts who wouldn’t normally benefit in this way.  A total of 904 dessert boxes were delivered to four primary schools in the remote mountain areas for children who do not have the opportunity to enjoy bread, cake and sweets daily.  
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In addition to this, employees have raised a significant sum to support the bakery and the workers who feel so valued in this Foundation. In addition the CSR Office in Taipei organised a market for second-hand goods and these were all brought into the office on one day where they were bought and sold by other employees. Some of this money went to the Children Are Us charity.

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CSR Cambridge contibutes to a minibus for Rowan art therapy charity

Rowan logoRowan, an arts and crafts therapy charity based in Cambridge, was the recent recipient of a donation of £5,000 as one of CSR’s three “UK charity of the Year” selections.

Rowan was started in 1984 to improve the lives of learning-disabled people through the provision of services and meaningful activities. This was against the background of change that, quite radically at the time, sought to move people out of institutions and into the community. Very quickly, the medium of arts & crafts was identified as a highly effective way to enhance the lives of learning-disabled people, as well as being a platform for reducing social isolation and progressing skills development.

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Andy Skelton, Deputy CFO of CSR hands over the cheque

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The official unveiling of the Rowan bus
Both pictures taken by Natalie Faux

With grant assistance from the NHS and Cambridgeshire County Council, four Cambridge professionals backed the formation of the charity, called The Rowan Foundation, in 1984. In order to provide studio space and a secure home for Rowan the current premises, in Humberstone Road, were purchased in 1993.  In 2003 a new charity, Rowan Humberstone, was established to provide a strong social enterprise ethos, thereby enhancing the sustainability and future of Rowan for its beneficiaries. This is the vibrant and active charity you see at work today, which is known simply as Rowan.

Judith Jones, Marketing and Fundraising Manager for Rowan was quoted as saying  “This donation has helped to buy a minibus for Rowan. Our previous minibus had to be scrapped three years ago, depriving students of the transport that allows them the freedom to explore outside places and activities. The students have been raising funds for a replacement ever since. Through the generosity of CSR as well as White House Arts in Chesterton and  Marshall Aerospace we now, at last, have our minibus. The students, learning-disabled adults, have made their own contribution, undertaking sponsored walks and selling their art work to help raise the funds. Having a minibus again means that Rowan’s students can easily visit new places, take part in community activities and benefit from the cultural heritage of Cambridge
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Art rides again for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

pmc-badgeFor the third consecutive year CSR Burlington’s Art Weeks will be riding the Pan-Mass Challenge to raise money for adult and pediatric cancer care at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Donations to help fight the battle against cancer can be made by visiting the rider webpage for Art Weeks: http://www2.pmc.org/profile/AW0120

Last year, with the help of CSR and its employees, Art raised $6850 as part of the $39 million total donation. 100 percent of every rider-raised dollar goes directly to the cause. This year Art has set a personal goal of raising $7000 and once again will look to CSR for support in achieving this goal.

As an incentive to donate to his ride, Art will be raffling off a pair of front row Red Sox / Yankees tickets for game on the 2nd of August. Every $10 donated by the 30th of June will get one entry into the raffle with the drawing to take place in early July.

 

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Good Deeds Day

good_deeds_day_logoIn Israel, the annual Good Deeds Day, held this year on the 11th of March, includes hundreds of schools, youth groups, thousands of academic students, and employees from 500 businesses. More than half a million people pledged to do a good deed, creating more than two million hours of volunteering in some 8,000 projects.

CSR Israel is also participating in this event by volunteering and giving back to the community in the following projects:

painting and renovating at a daycare center for children with autism by Haifa Operations team; painting and renovating of a youth center by the System Group together with the teens from the center, also employees and kids cooking dinner in the Haifa woman shelter, holding a sports event for less fortunate children in an after-school daycare and donating computers at all of the above.

In the spirit of CSR’s volunteering activities, at the end of this month CSR’s Haifa office holds its bi-annual blood drive and fund-raising campaign for the purchase of food packages for the upcoming Passover holiday.

Tali Senesh (Team Lead, Q&R, Operations) says: “The kids will get a big surprise when they come to the daycare facility tomorrow afternoon and this makes us all feel proud of giving back to our community”

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CSR Cambridge donates to Country Park to aid cyclists charity project

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                            Will Gardiner hands over the cheque to Mick Woolhouse, Company Secretary for Cambridge Sports Lake Trust who manage Milton Country Park

CSR Cambridge has donated £7,500 towards one of its 3 charities of the year for 2014. The Milton Country Park is located close to CSR’s HQ and is used extensively by its employees during lunchtimes for fitness and time out from the office.

The management of Milton Country Park was taken over by the charity Cambridge Sports Lake Trust (CSLT) in April 2008. Since then the Park has not received any regular local council, or central government support for its day-to-day running costs.  The Park has to be entirely funded by the Park users, partnership arrangements and where possible grants & donations.

CSR already have a close working relationship with the park as last year we funded, and a group from CSR planted, a hedge around “The Wild Place” which is their outdoor education facility

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The donation is going to further develop their All Abilities Cycling Project (You Can Bike Too) – this is a partnership which aims to give accessible cycling opportunities to both disabled and able bodied people. In addition they will be able to provide power and water to “The Wild Place.”

Will Gardiner, CFO at CSR handed over the cheque and said: “Milton Country Park is a fabulous local amenity, which many of our employees use on a regular basis. CSR strives to support community organisations and charities in Cambridge, both with contributions and volunteering. We are thrilled to continue our relationship with The Park, where our employees have volunteered their time to plant hedges and are currently raising funds for the ‘You Can Bike Too’ scheme.

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