16 Sep 2014 Leave a comment
Comedian Will Ferrell announced this week, an effort to battle cancer by offering gamers a chance to participate in a two-hour gaming event with him in San Francisco.
The initiative was launched on Indiegogo and it aims to raise US$375,000 for non-profit organizations, Cancer for College and Donate Games. Basically, the deal is a gamer will be required to contribute at least $10 for chance to play. A single randomly selected person will win an all-expenses-paid trip to San Francisco, including the opportunity to play games with Ferrell on Oct. 26 of this year.
The non-profit organization, Cancer for College, gives scholarships to cancer survivors. The funds that are raised through this latest effort will allow the organization to offer 150 new scholarships for cancer survivors.
Ferrell said in a statement:
“Our two-hour gaming extravaganza will be live broadcasted on Twitch for the world to watch, allowing everybody to watch in awe as I, Will Ferrell, show off my gaming skills and crack jokes with fellow top gamers and surprise guests!”
There will also be a variety of other perks, prizes and giveaways, he said, including a tube of Will Ferrell’s SuperMegaUVBlastMax Gamer’s Sunscreen, apparel, and a signed XBox 360 controller amongst other things.
This effort by Ferrell has brought to mind the recently popular (ALS) Ice Bucket Challenge, Lewis Ward, IDC’s research director for gaming, informed TechNewsWorld:
“When I see things like this, it brings to mind the idea of celebrities helping to raise funding for charities through public acts of dorkiness. I think because gamers tend to be tech-savvy and are online often, they’re probably more likely than other demographic groups for this kind of online fundraising.
This is probably going to be a huge hit after the fact on YouTube and elsewhere…I suspect this isn’t the last time we’ll see something like this, I think it will probably be part of a larger trend.”
16 Sep 2014 Leave a comment
16 Sep 2014 Leave a comment
We all carry our mobile phones with names & numbers stored in its memory. If we were to be involved in an accident or were taken ill, the people attending to us would have our mobile phone but wouldn’t know who to call. Yes, there are hundreds of numbers stored but which one is the contact person in case of an emergency?
Hence this ‘ICE’ (In Case of Emergency) Campaign. The concept of ‘ICE’ is catching on quickly. It is a method of contact during emergency situations. As mobile phones are carried by the majority of the population, all you need to do is store the number of a contact person or persons who should be contacted during emergency under the name ‘ICE’ ( In Case Of Emergency).
The idea was thought up by a paramedic who found that when he went to the scenes of accidents there were always mobile phones with patients but they didn’t know which number to call. He therefore thought that it would be a good idea if there was a nationally recognized name for this purpose.
In an emergency situation, Emergency Service personnel and hospital staff would be able to quickly contact the right person by simply dialing the number you have stored as ‘ICE’.
Inspirational Hero Mark Ormrod, Former Royal Marines Fundraising For The Royal Marines 350th Birthday
15 Sep 2014 Leave a comment
in British Forces, Charity, Events, Inspirational, Politics, Uncategorized Tags: Always A Marine, Inspirational, King George III, Mark Ormrod, Once A Marine, royal marines, Royal Marines Charitable Trust, The Royal Marines 350th Birthday
Inspirational former Royal Marine Mark Ormrod life changed drastically on Christmas Eve 2007 whilst out on a routine foot patrol in Afghanistan, when he was injured by an Improvised Explosive Device. Mark became the UK’s first triple amputee from the conflict. Since leaving the military in 2010 He said he was fortunate enough to be offered a job as the Welfare & Operations Assistant within The Royal Marines Association.
I have been doing the job ever since. Over the years that I have been in the job I have been involved in several of my own fundraising events & I have had the privileged to assistant many of the associations generous friends and supporters in their fundraising endeavours.
The Royal Marines celebrate their 350th Birthday this year so Mark and many others connected to the Corps are putting in the extra effort to raise as much money as possible to help the association carry on the fantastic work that they have been doing for over 65 years
My plan this year is to undertake a range of different fundraising activities to reach my goal of £50,000 but I am also leaving the page open for the entire year so that anyone who feels like randomly donating to my page can do just by the click of a button, so hopefully through the course of 2014 you’ll see me falling out of the sky, bouncing down the road on my running legs or getting some part of whats left of my body waxed.
My target is £50,000 but I’m hoping to go well beyond that so that I can help the charity continue its sterling work helping Veterans, Widows, Bereaved Families, Injured, Sick & Wounded Royal Marines and all other members of the Royal Marines Family that find themselves in times of distress.
Mark’s motto is – ”Once A Marine, Always A Marine”
The name Marines first appeared in the records in 1672 and in 1802 they were titled the Royal Marines by King George III. Since then, Marines have taken part in more battles on land and sea around the world than any other branch of the British Armed Forces, so numerous are the Corps’ battle honours they are simply represented by the famous Globe and the single honour ‘Gibraltar’.
Today, the Royal Marines are the UK’s Commando Forces and the Royal Navy’s amphibious troops. An elite force held at very high readiness, they are trained for worldwide rapid response, able to deal with a wide spectrum of threats and security challenges.
The main deployable force is 3 Commando Brigade RM with a Lead Commando Group ready and held at five days’ notice to deploy globally, in support of the UK’s national interests.
The main purpose of the RMA is to support the Serving Corps, including the Royal Marines Reserve and the Royal Marines Band Service. In addition to helping these the RMA also raises funds for veterans and their families.