Join #TeamTBBT for the Virgin Money Virtual London Marathon 2021
50,000 runners to take on the world’s biggest virtual marathon on Sunday 3rd October.
50,000 runners to tackle the traditional London Marathon route on the same day.
With the result of the 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon Ballot announced recently, The Bouncing Bal Trust has three places available for anyone who wants to raise crucial fund while making history as part of the world's first 100,000-person marathon.
Following the announcement that London Marathon Events plans to stage the world’s first 100,000-person on Sunday 3rd October, The Bouncing Ball Trust is inviting its supporters across the UK – and the world – to be a part of it by running to raise funds in its name.
On Sunday 3rd October 50,000 participants will take on the traditional course from London’s Blackheath to The Mall – an increase of more than 7,000 on the previous finisher record – while another 50,000 people around the globe run the 26.2 miles on the course of their choice, any time from 00:00:00 to 23:59:59 BST, in a virtual event.
The physical and mental health benefits of being active have been brought sharply into focus during the pandemic, and this biggest-ever London Marathon offers more people than ever before the chance to experience these benefits while raising much-needed funds for charity.
The Bouncing Ball Trust has a limited number of places available in the virtual event and is encouraging anyone who was unsuccessful in the ballot to contact them for a chance of taking part.
Hugh Brasher, Event Director of London Marathon Events, said: “With the national vaccination programme underway, we are delighted to announce our exciting plans for the world’s first 100,000-person marathon. The London Marathon is the most popular marathon on the planet, with a world record 457,861 people applying in the ballot for a place in the 2020 event, and the incredible success of the 2020 virtual event shows the huge appetite to be part of the world’s greatest marathon.”
If YOU would like to join #TeamTBBT please complete this interest form and we will be in touch!
WANTED: Social media expert to make a difference in the lives of children in Kenya
We are advertising for a voluntary Social Media and Digital expert who would like a challenge in improving our social media output and to build up an audience (which in turn will increase our donor base) for our exciting fundraising project to build a new primary school and community education centre in Kangawa. As we emerge from the lockdown we need to be in a position to be able to shout as loud as possible about the project so we can reach our fundraising and deliver on our plan to build a new primary school and community education centre for the people of Kangawa in Kenya. We are looking for someone who will be proactive and able to identify new potential opportunities. Working closely with the five Trustees (and occasionally keeping us right!) you will manage our social media and marketing output with the ultimate aim of turning posts into pounds!
Skills required: Creative campaigns, Social media and digital marketing, Comms Strategy and planning
For further information and to apply online please click here to visit the Media Trust's website.
#SmallButMighty - The Bouncing Ball Trust joins bid to save small international development charity sector
The Bouncing Ball Trust has today announced that it will join thousands of other small international development charities across the UK in their call for Government support. This comes following the announcement that, due to lack of financial support, nearly half (45%) of the UK’s small charities working with the world’s poorest people are expected to close.
Surveys from the Small International Development Charities Network show that 89% of these charities are on the frontline responding to COVID-19. The crisis has had a disproportionate effect on the sector, which is seeing a 27% increase in demand and a 33% loss in income.
Small international development charities support millions of people across the globe and employ tens of thousands of people in the UK. The Bouncing Ball Trust, whose fundraising opportunities has been cancelled this year leading to a massive drop in its income, which will have an impact in Kenya.
Since its formation in 2014 The Bouncing Ball Trust has supported educational projects in Kenya. We are currently fundraising to build a primary school in the Kangawa district of Ngong town in Kenya.
COVID-19 is a global crisis, which requires a global response. In recent months, The Bouncing Ball Trust been focussed on strengthening the organisation to meet the challenges ahead. This includes appointments of new Trustees, new student volunteers working with us and working with a pro bono management consultancy. The Bouncing Ball Trust is also working collaboratively through the Small Charities Coalition to apply for job placement for 16 to 24 years old on Universal Credit through the Kickstart Scheme.
Chris Orman, Founder and Trustee of The Bouncing Ball Trust, said:
“The Small But Mighty campaign is highlighting the tremendous work undertaken by small international development charities like The Bouncing Ball Trust overseas. The current COVID-19 pandemic has prevented us from fundraising for the new primary school. This has denied the children of Kangawa the opportunity to go to school once the Kenyan Government has announced it is safe for children to resume education (from January 2021 for primary school children).”
A collapse of the small international development sector would mean a collapse in their impact overseas and in the UK. The Small But Mighty campaign is calling on the UK Government to commit to a £50 million package of support over two years, funded from the Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) budget. It will ensure the survival of these charities, including The Bouncing Ball Trust.
February 2021 Newsletter
You can read our February 2021 Newsletter here (link to Mailchimp website).
Appointment of Trustee
We are pleased to welcome Adelaide Morgan to the Board of Trustees.
Adelaide is a Director of a management consultancy company, an accomplished resilient leader with demonstrated ability to deliver mission-critical results, offering outstanding presentation, communication and cross-cultural team management skills. Adelaide has a wealth of voluntary experience working with children charities, including founding the "Life Map Planning" programme that enabled 90% of at-risk young people achieved employment and recognised certifications.
Adelaide's biography can be found here.