Kosair Charities grant supports SIEF

The Shriners International Education Foundation (SIEF) was created to support and expand educational opportunities and leadership development of our fraternity members and allied organisations. Since establishing SIEF, we’ve expanded offerings to include distance learning programs via live webinars and on-demand video training, and enhanced program content at our seminars.

Kosair Charities also believes that education is a critical component to the success of our fraternity and we are pleased to announce their support of SIEF, through a generous grant of $50,000 to further enhance training programs for current and future fraternity leaders – helping to provide the necessary tools to more effectively lead our hospitals and temples.

John Piland, executive vice president of Shriners International, accepted the grant on behalf of Shriners International at the Shriner Appreciation Reception hosted by Kosair Charities on Oct. 3. The evening celebrated the history of both organisations, while providing an update on grant recipients, future goals, and recognising key honorees.

“Shriners International Education Foundation is extremely grateful to Kosair Charities,” said Piland. “This partnership will allow the fraternity to make a sustaining impact by providing education, training and leadership development at the 2020 Assistant Rabban Seminar, and strengthening other efforts.”

Representatives of Kosair Charities will attend the 2020 Assistant Rabban Seminar in Tampa, Florida, March 9-11, 2020, and the closing reception will be named in their honor.

“We are proud of this grant and are looking forward to great impact with it as we help future Shrine leaders better understand leadership, responsibility and our mission to help children,” said Keith Inman, president of Kosair Charities.

We thank the board of Kosair Charities for their support of Shriners International and their commitment to preparing future leaders of the fraternity.

About Kosair Charities

Kosair Charities enhances the health and well-being of children by delivering financial support for healthcare, research, education, social services and child advocacy. We envision a word in which children in need live life to the fullest.

Advisory Excellence is fundraising for Get Kids Going!

Get Kids Going! is a national charity which gives disabled children and young people – up to the age of 26 yrs – the wonderful opportunity of participating in sport. We provide them with specially built sports’ wheelchairs so they can do: athletics, marathons, tennis, skiing, rugby, sailing, boccia, basketball, sledge hockey, table tennis, fencing, shooting, archery, powerlifting and many more sports. Get Kids Going! inspires British disabled youngsters to compete in sporting events, from start to paralympic level, by also giving them sports grants to help with their; training, physiotherapy, travel, competition fees, design and development of sports’ equipment etc. With your help many can become world record holders and paralympic champions!

Our aim is to give support to all our budding paralympians in the build up to the 2020 Tokyo Summer Paralympics, the 2022 Beijing Winter Paralympics and many more such events. Like any aspiring athletes all our youngsters need long-term support, often over many years, to achieve their sporting dreams. Sadly, we are aware of cuts in funding for such youngsters from the government and other sources, and so many of our youngsters are forced to rely on friends and family for financial help. As you can imagine, this causes enormous burdens on many, already cash strapped, families and a constant worry as the cost of participating in their favourite sport is forever increasing.

There are hundreds of talented, disabled, youngsters who have the potential to participate in events throughout the UK and all over the world but receive either none or very little funding and are desperate to achieve their life-long sporting dreams. With your help, together we can turn their dreams into reality and help make them into sporting heroes!

Not only does Get Kids Going! focus on helping disabled young athletes but it also provides manual wheelchairs for children to use every day; at home, at school, and to enable them to play with their friends. These are our wonderful athletes of the future! We believe that all disabled children and young people should receive the right equipment to get them going!

We support children with all disabilities and from all backgrounds. We take pride in ensuring that any equipment which is out grown is recycled to other children, so our supporters’ valuable donations are never wasted. Many people who support Get Kids Going! feel a marvellous sense of achievement and satisfaction. They see that even the smallest donation makes an amazing difference! Get Kids Going! gives disabled children and young people the chance of a life time, freedom, and many wonderful opportunities that you and I take for granted. Opportunities they may never have without you and the support of Get Kids Going! No other charity in the UK focuses on helping disabled children and young people with sport in the same way.

The cost of a bespoke sports wheelchair is about £4,000. A lightweight manual wheelchair is around £3,000. All are designed individually, and perform just like a Formula 1 Racing Car!

The cost of a sports grant can be anything from £500 to £15,000 per year for each youngster.

In general there are over 200,000 disabled children and young people in Britain who need the help of Get Kids Going!

Help us turn their dreams into reality!

mfg Solicitors backs Prostate Cancer UK through Go Dad Run donation

KIND-hearted law firm mfg Solicitors has donated £1,000 to Prostate Cancer UK to support the charity’s ongoing research and awareness campaigns.

The donation follows the firm’s backing of Worcestershire businessman Edward Kimpton in the Sanlam Go Dad Run – a 6k run for men and boys which took place earlier this year around Worcester Racecourse.

The law firm supported Mr Kimpton, a chartered wealth planner at Sanlam, who took part in the race for the third time this year alongside his sons.

Helen Gough, a senior associate at mfg Solicitors said: “Raising awareness of prostate cancer is a matter very close to my heart given that I lost my father 12 years ago to the disease.

“We were therefore delighted to support Edward and the charity with our donation this year which will go towards finding a cure and supporting organisations who help to care for those with the disease.

“It means a lot to us to go that extra mile. It’s a tragedy that so many men die needlessly of the disease every year, both as a result of lack of awareness and the fact that simple tests are not done as standard.

Edward Kimpton added: “I am extremely grateful to Helen and the team at mfg Solicitors for not only supporting us, but for such a generous donation to a charity which does so much for so many. The firm has always been strong supporters of the event.”

Mr Kimpton has now raised a total of £2,024.80 over the past three annual events.