The Carrots NightWalk 2014:
Raising Research Funds for Glaucoma
Remember? Your mother always said carrots would
help you to see in the dark!
Carrots NightWalks Go National
If you are looking for a fitness challenge, or you or a loved one has been affected by glaucoma, join one of this year's 'Carrots NightWalks'. In 2014, the Carrots NightWalks will take place in 3 major cities around the UK, during National Eye Health Week. Each walk will feature a 6 mile 'family friendly' route and a 15 mile 'challenging' route, and will take place during the following times on the following dates:
London: Friday 19 September 2014, 6 mile route / 7pm start, 15 mile route / 11pm start
Bristol: Friday 26 September 2014, 6 and 15 mile routes start at 7.30pm
Birmingham: Friday 26 September 2014, 6 and 15 mile routes start at 7.30pm
These fun night-time sponsored walks are 'flagship fundraising events', helping to raise thousands of pounds for research to prevent sight loss and treat eye disease.
Last year, over 400 participants – many dresses as carrots or sporting orange wigs! Over thwe past three years £300,000 has been raised for eye research, with £15,000 being devoted each year to glaucoma research as part of the partnership between Fight for Sight and the International Glaucoma Association. This year, the IGA is looking for a total of 30 walkers with the intention of raising even more for vital glaucoma research.
Anyone can be a Carrots NightWalker: for those wanting a real challenge, there's a 15 mile walk which takes in each city's iconic landmarks; and if that sounds too challenging, there's an equally scenic 6 mile route which has proved popular with families.
The Carrots NightWalks are a wonderful opportunity for our members and friends to raise funds for glaucoma research and through this partnership with Fight for Sight we are able to double the effectiveness of the funds raised. I hope that as many as possible will walk in September and that, if you can't walk, you will support the efforts and sore feet of our walkers by sponsoring their efforts.
The face of the 2013 Carrots NightWalk was former Paralympic runner and five times gold medalist, Noel Thatcher. He said: "I wanted to support Fight for Sight and Carrots NightWalk as I believe that research will eventually prevent sight loss and can help treat eye disease. I know first-hand the difficulties that sight loss can cause and it would be great if there is a future that everyone can see".
Chris Holmes, Britain's most successful individual Paralympian swimmer supports Carrots NightWalks: "To have so many people walking to raise funds for research to prevent sight loss and increase the awareness of the importance of eye health is just fantastic".
Sight is the sense that people value the most, yet it's often taken for granted. Walkers will take in some of Britain's most spectacular night-time sights, reminding themselves and other just how much the ability to see is valued.
Registration is free as a walker supporting the IGA, however we ask you to do your best to raise a minimum of £150.
If you have any questions or queries, please contact Tracey Fabre: firstname.lastname@example.org
Raise money for the IGA with Charity Flowers
With Charity Flowers you can send flowers or gifts to friends and family and donate 15% of the cost to the IGA at the same time.
It's simple: just visit: www.charityflowers.co.uk and select the IGA as your favourite charity.
Thank you for your support.
1. All bouquets are presented in a protective bouquet sleeve with tissue and curled ribbons or a gift bow (vases not included).
2. All deliveries are by first class post and UK delivery is normally within 24–48 hours after leaving the premises. Charity Flowers despatch 48 hours in advance to ensure that your bouquet arrives by the requested date.
3. Where possible, your flowers may arrive in bud for maximum freshness and vase life.
4. Flowers are dispatched from Guernsey Monday to Friday – there are no Sunday deliveries. Order before 12 noon GMT for despatch that day and arrival within 48 hours. Flowers requested for a Tuesday delivery will be despatched on the previous Friday.
5. Delivery is only to UK addresses.
6. If you require a delivery around a bank holiday, Charity Flowers normally post a day earlier to ensure the flowers arrive for the special day.
7. Due to postal deliveries, a precise time of arrival cannot be guaranteed.
8. Bouquets for Christmas and Mother\'s Day will be despatched from Guernsey, so they arrive with the recipient during the week leading up to the special occasion. This will ensure that the flowers which arrive in bud will be fresh and at their best for the special day.
9. Due to the stringent quality controls, Charity Flowers reserve the right in exceptional circumstances to substitute flowers or packaging of equal or greater value.
10. At Christmas and Mother's Day due to the large volume of orders they have to restrict the number of bouquets available for this period. They reserve the right to substitute any bouquet if not available for a bouquet of equal or greater value.
11. Charity Flowers offer a 100% guarantee. If you are not entirely satisfied, please contact them via their website, below. They accept orders by telephone on their 24 hour hotline – 08705 300 600 (calls cost 6p per minute) or online at www.charityflowers.co.uk
Mobile phones & cartridges recycling
Do you have any old mobile phones or used inkjet printer cartridges, which could be recycled and benefit the IGA?
Over four million used cartridges (92%) are thrown away each year and end up in landfill sites. Not only is this a huge waste of resources, but the empty inkjets are worth £1 to our charity when recycled.
Did you know that your old mobile can also be recycled?
How often have you heard that a product you use can be recycled which will benefit the environment - only to find that a major hassle is required by YOU to recycle the product. Not any more!
Just call us or click on the recycling link on our website and insert your details and we will send you a box or supply of freepost bags. Once you have received your bags / box you can order more via the small order form on the back of them
The bags can be sent free of charge and the boxes will be collected for free too! The proceeds then come to the IGA. On average, this will amount to £1 per inkjet cartridge and £5 per mobile phone (prices may vary).
We have joined up with Recycle4charity who will administer the scheme for us. They accept most inkjet cartridges (the small ones) and all mobile phones, but not Epson ink tanks or laser/toner cartridges (the big ones). The IGA will receive a cheque every quarter for the combined efforts of us all.
Please tell your friends and family and ask your employer if they can get involved in the scheme. The more individuals and companies that we can involve, the more money we raise to benefit glaucoma patients
You can decide to help in three different ways.
1. A collection box (holds over 50 inkjets). This would be suited to being used in a large office, shop or high traffic area. Once you have a minimum of 50 inkjets you can call 01273 400185 and arrange a free collection.
2. A freepost bag (holds 1-3 inkjets or one mobile). Recycle 4charity can send you 5 or 10 freepost bags to be used from home or a small office. Once the inkjet is empty pop it in the bag (holds 2-3 items) and stick it in the post. Don't forget you can order more bags by filling in the form on the back of the bag.
3. You can also check how much you have raised for us via the "view breakdown statement" button on the www.recycle4charity.co.uk website. Enter your unique donator ID number (printed on your bags and stated when you sign up) and select the date period you want to view.
For more information, please contact us on 01233 648162 or email@example.com
You can also access our page directly by clicking here: Recycle4charity - IGA
Raise money to help us from the comfort of your home
Why not help us while treating yourself?
More and more websites and companies offer the option to raise money for your favorite charity while doing your online shopping or just simply searching the web. It is a fun and easy way to help us without any extra cost for you.
Below, you will discover a selection of sites we thought you might find interesting. Please do not hesitate to contact us on 01233 64 81 64 if you have any questions.
Thank you very much for your support.
Easyfundraising is a shopping directory listing some of your favourite online stores. All you need to do is logon to the easyfundraising site: http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/uk/iga and use the retailer links provided whenever you shop online, and at no extra cost we'll receive up to 15% of every purchase you make - it's that simple!
You can shop with Amazon, Tesco Direct, Toys R Us, John Lewis and over 250 online stores, and it doesn't cost a penny extra to shop and raise funds in this way. In fact you can even SAVE MONEY as many retailers give exclusive discounts, special offers and even 'e-vouchers' when you 'shop-through' the easyfundraising site.
Why not raise extra funds for us by using this completely FREE service. Visit http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/uk/iga and when you register select International Glaucoma Association as the organisation you wish to support.
Are you looking for a new and unique way to support the International Glaucoma Association?
Now you can sell an item on eBay and donate from 10% to 100% of the final sale price to help us ensure that all people with or at risk of glaucoma have the knowledge and access to care that will enable them to maintain a good quality of life.
Clean out that closet or loft - you can sell practically anything on eBay and donate a percentage of your proceeds to the IGA.
How Does It Work?
eBay has partnered with MissionFish, a not for profit service provider, to create the eBay for Charity fundraising programme which makes it easy for charities to benefit from trading on eBay. While listing an item on eBay you can choose to donate a percentage, or all, of your item's final selling price to the IGA. Your item will feature a charity ribbon, our name and logo and the percentage you are donating so that buyers know that they are supporting a worthy cause.
1. Visit http://www.ebay.co.uk/ebay-for-charity
2. Register for your eBay and MissionFish seller accounts
3. Choose an item to sell
4. Write an item title and description
5. List your item on eBay and indicate that it will benefit the IGA
6. Complete your transaction - MissionFish will collect your donation, claim Gift Aid (if you declared) and pass both on to us
The International Glaucoma Association is now listed on everyclick.com a search engine (similar to Google) that gives 50% of its revenue to charity. Using everyclick.com as your search engine does not cost you or us any money, but every time you use it you raise money for International Glaucoma Association . Please start raising money for us whenever you search the web.
Just go to http://www.everyclick.com/uk/internationalglaucomaassociation you can then click on the links in the top right hand corner to either set it as your home page or add it too your favourites.
'Through my eyes' by Jay Menon
Jay Menon is a consultant eye surgeon at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in South Wales, with a sub-speciality interest in glaucoma, one of the leading causes of preventable blindness in the UK.
Having always been a keen hobby musician, over the past year Jay recorded an album of 12 self-penned songs, initially as a purely personal project in his spare time. Following the reactions of listeners, he decided to promote the album commercially, with a view to raising funds for a worthwhile charity.
Jay says: 'I quickly realised that this was my 'once in a lifetime' opportunity to achieve something positive and worthwhile - to actually make a difference - with my music. The International Glaucoma Association (IGA) immediately sprang to mind, as a charity that carries out sterling work in raising awareness about glaucoma and one that makes a worthwhile contribution to patient care. I very much wanted to support it and it struck me that I could – and at the same time do something constructive with my music.'
Jay's CD - aptly titled 'Through my eyes' - has now been released is available to purchase from the IGA on-line or over the phone, or directly in the Royal Glamorgan Hospital on the 13th and 20th of May 2010.
'Through my eyes' is an album of 12 of Jay's original songs, and all instruments and vocals, bar a saxophone and a flute solo, were played by him. All proceeds accrue to the charity and he hopes to sell enough copies to raise at least £10,000 '...that would be a dream come true...' muses Jay.
Price: £10.00 (incl. P&&)
To order a copy of the CD, please visit our online shop or contact the IGA on 01233 64 81 64
To listen to a few songs, visit: www.myspace.com/jaymenon
Promote your fundraising event with JustGiving.com
Organise your own fundraising event and use JustGiving to promote it!
JustGiving is an online sponsorship service that makes it easier for you to raise money and claim Gift Aid on any donations. It is an ideal fundraising tool for fundraising events you would like to participate in such as the Flora London Marathon.
On the site you are able to create personal fundraising pages (you can even add a photo or picture), which can then be emailed to all your friends and colleagues.
They can then sponsor you directly through the Justgiving website by clicking on a link. It is completely secure, and the money will then be passed on to the IGA. Another added benefit is that Gift Aid is automatically claimed, which means an extra 25p for each pound donated goes directly to the IGA (and will be added to your fundraising total).
Just go to www.justgiving.com/iga and follow the easy steps to start creating your own fundraising page (registration is FREE).
'Wake Up To My World' by Andrew Coleman
The IGA is delighted to again bring you Andrew's first and wonderful CD consisting of 10 easy listening songs with beautifully written lyrics that will take your breath away.
Andrew has formed a band and performs around the Liverpool area, they are also recording his music on a studio. Andrew has performed in the Royal Albert Hall, in Athens (Greece) and on numerous occasions in Switzerland. His music can be heard on his official website: www.andrewcolemanmusic.com
The IGA would like to take this opportunity to share with you the story of Andrew, a young patient with glaucoma, who, despite his visual impairment, is making his dreams come true. We hope that his story will help many other young glaucoma patients stay positive.
Andrew Coleman, now 23 years old, was born with Congenital Glaucoma (Bupthalmos) in both eyes. During his childhood he underwent many operations including Goniotomies and Trabulectomies.
Andrew went to St Vincent's school for the blind from the age of 4 and left at age 17 with 9 GCSE's. At that stage the school tried to convince Andrew that he should attend one of the specialist blind colleges. However Andrew at the age of 11 had realised he had a talent for music and enjoyed singing. He was a member of a local children's entertainment group and was involved in this most weekends. He was also a keen Liverpool FC fan and realised that going away from home to a specialist college would mean that he would not be able to continue with the two loves in his life.
At the age of 13 he appeared on TV on two talent shows. Firstly 'Talent of Tomorrow' on ITV followed shortly by two appearances on Michael Barrymore's 'My Kind of Music'. He later appeared in other TV programmes show casing his singing talent, 'The Next Big Thing' and 'Popstars: the Rivals' where he was successful in getting to the last 30 boys before being dismissed at the dance stages. Dancing was difficult for Andrew due to his poor sight. Following the airing of the programme Andrew was approached by Robin Millar, a record producer, who invited Andrew to work with him on an album. While doing this at the weekends and holidays, Andrew continued with his studies at Knowsley Community College and successfully gained a triple distinction National Diploma in Music. Whilst studying he was invited to perform at The Royal Albert Hall by the UNHCR in a concert to raise funds for the refugees of Darfur. Andrew had written a song through the eyes of a refugee and he played this whilst accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. The music from his song became the theme tune to the DVD of the concert, which included stars such as Mick Hucknell, Joycelyn Brown, Sir Willard White, Cat Stevens, Chrissie Hynde, Mario Frangoulis and many other well-known stars. Mario Frangoulis was so impressed with Andrew's song writing that he asked Andrew to write a song for him to sing. Andrew did this over the next couple of months and in 2007 Andrew joined Mario in Athens to duet the song 'Wounded Heart'.
After completing his college course Andrew was successful in gaining a place at LIPA to study for a BA Honours degree in music. Throughout his time at LIPA Andrew continued to work with Robin Millar who inspired him to write his own music and lyrics. In July 2008 Andrew graduated from LIPA with a first class honours degree. Andrew performs on a regular basis both for payment and for charitable events. He has travelled to Switzerland and Greece to sing for worthy causes and has been involved with his family into raising funds to purchase an ambulance for the hospital at MIR, Belarus.
During Andrew's teenage years his eyesight although poor was by this time stable. However in December 2006 he was assaulted whilst travelling on a bus during the late evening and consequently sustained an injury to his left eye, which in turn caused the intra-ocular pressure to rise. Two months of treatment did not reduce this pressure and his consultant made the decision to implant an Ahmed valve. Andrew underwent this surgery in January 2007. Unfortunately this didn't reduce the pressure significantly and Andrew still has to rely on eye drops. The level of his eyesight has been reduced as a result of the assault.
Andrew is an outgoing young man who continues to use his talent for singing to help others. Andrew is also a keen sportsman and currently plays football for Liverpool FC Pan Disability team. Last April, Andrew ran the London marathon for The National Blind Children's Society and completed the run in 4hours 42 minutes 2 seconds.
Andrew has now found full time employment at Knowsley Community College as an AV Technician.
James Coleman & Sarah Zerbib
To purchase Andrew's CD, please visit our online shop or contact us on 01233 64 81 64
We at the IGA couldn't operate without the time, money and effort that you put in. And we'd like to take the opportunity to recognise those who make our work possible.
That's why we've launched the IGA volunteer awards.
So, if you've helped raise awareness of glaucoma or raise funds for the IGA, we'd like you to put your name forward. Alternatively, feel free to nominate someone else.
How does it work?
What are the award categories?
There are three categories, each of which is split between professionals and non-professionals, making six awards in total:
Most successful fundraiser
Quite simply, the fundraiser who has raised the most for the IGA in the year.
Most imaginative fundraiser
Have you come up with a great new fundraising idea? The IGA's own Russell Young took part in a sponsored bobsleigh challenge, but it doesn't have to be daring, just different!
Glaucoma awareness award
Have you got your fundraising campaign noticed by the local media? Perhaps you've even made it on to TV or radio. Or maybe you've worked tirelessly to set up and publicise a glaucoma patient support group. Anything you can do to raise awareness of glaucoma and of the IGA makes a big difference to people's lives.
This is our way to say thank you for what you're doing. And, although only six awards will be presented, we feel that this will be the perfect opportunity to thank everyone who's been involved in supporting the work of the IGA.