BGL Group announces latest international charity project
We’re delighted to announce our latest international charity project in partnership with Build It International.
Fifteen BGL volunteers will travel to Lusaka in Zambia in June 2017 to put the finishing touches to a two-laboratory science block at Linda Community School which will be wholly funded by BGL Group.
The project forms part of BGL’s recently launched corporate social responsibility strategy, which aims to improve the lives of over 100,000 people by 2020, working both internationally and in our local communities back in the UK. During that time the company intends to give £3 million to good causes and enable a total of 75,000 volunteer hours.
The aim of the international partnership with Build It International is to reduce poverty in areas that need help, with typical projects including the building of schools, education centres and health clinics. In 2016, we funded a health clinic in Kapiri, while in 2014, the company funded a school in Kabaka, also in Zambia.
This year’s plan involves the construction of a two-laboratory science block at Linda Community School, just outside Lusaka. The science block will allow the school to offer practical Science lessons to Grade 8 & 9 pupils and enable it to become an exam centre for all Grade 9 exams. The project will offer BGL and its volunteers the chance to change the lives of thousands of children who will receive a better education whilst also training up to 20 young, unemployed men and women in construction skills.
The company received an overwhelming number of applications from employees keen to be involved in the project. The successful 15 are; Katarina Djuric, Ben Whitehouse, Gareth Simpson, Hannah McIntosh, Amy Goodacre, Samantha Ronnay, Sherry Pestonji, Josh Daniels, Kirsty Pugh, Anne-Marie Coe, Stephanie Garbe, Rachel Whitmore, Michael Taylor, Riffat Arif and Nicholas Rounce.
This year’s #ZamFam have each been tasked with raising at least £2,000 towards the project. The group will travel to Zambia in June next year to put the finishing touches to the science block, as well as visiting the two previously funded projects in Kapiri and Kabaka. A Lip sync battle, Fifa competitions, Christmas stockings for animal, running the Humber Bridge and Football tournaments are just a few of the ideas our volunteers are planning to raise funds. Keep an eye out for our coverage of these events over the coming months.
Anne-Marie Coe, who leads the Group’s CSR strategy, and is herself fundraising to travel to Zambia on the trip, says: “I’m excited to be making a hands-on contribution to this project, which will enable the students of Linda Community School to expand their horizons and learn the practical science they need to pass their Grade 9 exams.
“I can’t wait to see at first hand how thousands of lives have been changed for the better by our previous builds in Kapiri and Kabaka. In the meantime we’re relishing the challenge of finding fun and creative ways to raise funds for the trip – watch this space!”
Andrew Jowett, CEO and founder of Build It International, said: “This is the third project Build It International and BGL Group have worked on together, and the first of a new four-year partnership. We’ve got an excellent working relationship and it gets better and closer every year. I’d like to thank Matthew Donaldson, CEO of BGL Group, and the team involved with the partnership, for the support they and all their colleagues give to us. I’m very excited about what we can achieve together.”