Pandemic’s height saw over £2m raised through Donr text giving platform

first_img  956 total views,  2 views today Just over 2,000 charities raised a total of £2 million through Donr’s text giving platform between March and July.Donr saw a 653% year-on-year increase in funds raised for this time period due to charities organising emergency appeals, virtual events and using text giving as an alternative to cash donations. It now has over 3,000 charities now registered on the platform.The pandemic has seen many charities using text to give for emergency appeals, including Chester Zoo, which launched the ‘Save Our Zoo’ appeal to offset a funding gap caused by forced closure during lockdown.Fundraising Manager, Julie Platt said:“Donors are looking for simple ways that they can quickly and safely donate to their favourite causes. Text to donate is still a really popular way to give, so it’s great to be signed up and using it.”Several charities, including Keech Hospice Care used text giving during a series of quizzes streamed online, while National Theatre and Barn Theatre have used text giving to ask for donations during broadcasts of performances, raising funds from supporters unable to visit the theatre in person. Other charities, such as Tottenham Foodbank, have used text giving as an alternative to donations of cash or physical items.A Tottenham Foodbank spokesperson explained: Advertisement Melanie May | 13 October 2020 | News Tagged with: mobile sms AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis “People want to donate food to us, but they often can’t because – they can’t make it during our opening times, they are self-isolating, they are avoiding public places during lockdown or they simply cannot find anything on the supermarket shelves. Texting is the most immediate thing they can do to help.”A total of 250,469 charity supporters made donations through Donr’s platform between March and July.The platform allows charities to receive one-off or regular donations at a cost of 5% plus VAT. Due to the pandemic however, it has made two features free for the rest of 2020: the option to send an additional text message to request donors complete a Gift Aid declaration, and to send a conversion message to encourage a one-off donation to be turned into a regular gift. Pandemic’s height saw over £2m raised through Donr text giving platform  957 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

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FBI and Air Force jointly investigating deadly vehicle crash at Travis Air Force Base

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — The FBI and the Air Force’s Office of Special Investigations are jointly looking into why a vehicle crashed shortly afterward gaining access to Travis Air Force Base in California Wednesday night, the Air Force confirmed.Investigators are trying to determine what the possible motive may have been for the incident that left the driver dead after the vehicle was engulfed in flames. A U.S. official said it appears that there were propane tanks inside the vehicle.The vehicle gained access to the main gate at Travis, crashing shortly afterward and catching fire, the base said in a statement. “The driver of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene,” the statement read. “There were no additional injuries.” The incident began when guards at the main checkpoint to enter Travis AFB saw a vehicle moving slowly towards the checkpoint, said a U.S. official.When they motioned for the vehicle to stop the car ignited and ended up rolling onto a median towards the opposite lane of traffic, the official said.It appeared there were propane tanks inside the vehicle, the U.S. official said. There were no shots fired during the incident, a defense official told ABC News. The official added that the driver of the vehicle was a civilian, not a service member.The U.S. official said investigators are looking at a broad range of potential motives, including whether the driver was mentally unstable, or whether it could be possible terrorism or a suicide.The official said investigators are in the initial stages of the investigation and there are more questions than answers about this incident.The Air Force said there are no current known threats to Travis or its community. The main gate has reopened, and all facilities are operating normally.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Labor unions strike, stage rallies to oppose controversial new jobs law

first_imgTopics : Labor unions and civil society organizations across the archipelago have staged nationwide protests and strikes to oppose the newly passed Job Creation Law, demanding the House of Representatives revoke the controversial law feared to infringe on workers’ rights.The Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (KSPI) said that around 2 million workers representing 32 labor unions would take part in mass rallies and strikes in various cities for several days.”Workers from various sectors, such as textiles, mining, electronics, pharmaceuticals, tourism, logistics and other sectors, will stage protests in Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Cilegon, Purwakarta, Semarang, Surabaya, Yogyakarta, Aceh, Medan, Deli Serdang, Batam, Pekanbaru, Palembang and other cities,” KSPI president Said Iqbal said in a statement on Monday.Thousands of workers in Pulogadung Industrial Complex in East Jakarta staged a protest opposing the jobs law in front of their respective factories on Tuesday morning.”Workers in Pulogadung agreed to skip working today to show support for [movements] against the Job Creation Law. We planned to stage rallies in front of our factories and on roads in the Pulogadung area until Thursday,” protest coordinator Hilman Firmansyah said as reported by kompas.com.Thousands of workers from factories in Karawang, West Java, also staged protests in front of their factories to oppose the law on Tuesday.The workers opted to conduct sporadic protests in order to limit the risk of COVID-19 transmission during the rallies, especially since many virus clusters have emerged in Karawang industrial areas.They also limited the number of people participating in the protests and ensured that protestors wore masks and maintained physical distance.Read also: Amnesty dubs new Omnibus Law ‘catastrophic’, petition urges no confidence motionIn Bandung, West Java, thousands of workers from various labor unions rallied at the Bandung Legislative Council compound and City Hall on Tuesday morning.The protestors, carrying umbrellas and wearing masks, sat on the road while voicing their concerns over the impact of the law on their working conditions.Dozens of workers under the Central Java Federation of Trade Unions (KSPN) opted to stage a protest in front of their office in Semarang, Central Java on Tuesday.KSPN head Nanang Setyono said despite workers under the labor group having decided not to hold a strike, they would still oppose the law through legal process.”We’re planning to file a judicial review against the omnibus law with the Constitutional Court,” Nanang said.The Jakarta Police had deployed 2,300 personnel around the House compound in Senayan, Central Jakarta to anticipate rallies.The Jakarta police had previously refused to issue permits for protests and rallies over concern for COVID-19 transmission.The House and the government on Monday passed into law the contentious omnibus bill on job creation, sooner than its original plan to enact the bill on Thursday.Despite mounting objections over fears it would negatively impact the environment and labor rights, the government continued to insist that the law was necessary to improve bureaucratic efficiency in order to boost business and investment. (nal)last_img read more

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Shell leases Grupo R rig for Gulf of Mexico operations

first_imgMexican operator Grupo R has signed a contract with Shell for the lease of the La Muralla IV drilling rig to operate in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico.Source: Grupo RGrupo R said on Tueday that the integrated contract model signed with Shell would provide Shell with the drilling rig, as well as the support team to drill three wells, with option for extensions, in deep water since the third quarter of 2020.“At Shell we are committed to promoting the development of a modern, innovative and competitive energy sector for Mexico. With the hiring and promotion of Mexican companies with extensive experience and capacity for the exploration and extraction of hydrocarbons, we favor the generation of quality jobs and help promote the development of the economy,” said Pablo Tejera Cuesta, Upstream Director of Shell México.David Stewart, Global Vice President of Shell Deepwater Wells, said: “We are convinced that by combining the experience of Grupo R with our global experience, we will contribute to the development of deepwater exploration in Mexico, always in line with the highest standards in industrial safety.”Ramiro Garza, President of Grupo R, said: “We are proud that Shell has chosen Group R to provide the leasing services of the La Muralla IV deepwater drilling rig. For our Group, this contract is proof that we are a growing company with the ambition and the ability to become an international marine drilling company.”La Muralla IV is a 6th generation semi-submersible drilling unit of a GVA7500 design. The rig is designed to operate in 10,000 ft water depth.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product, or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

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