Back for 2014, businesses and schools across the Island are encouraged to dust off their aprons and take to the kitchen to support the Isle of Man’s very own Great Manx Bake Off – Cakes for Kids.
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More than 100 competitors battled it out in the Island’s first ever off-road triathlon on Sunday October 26. The Granite Mann event – organised by The Children’s Centre and sponsored by PwC, one of the leading firms of chartered accountants on the Island – featured more than 50 individual competitors and 30 teams. It began with a 400metre swim in the chilly waters of Cringle Reservoir, the first time a competitive swimming event has been held in the reservoir. The triathletes then tackled a 10km mountain bike ride along fantastic trails through Cringle Plantation, and a 5km run along plantation tracks
Two ultra-distance runners raised £1,640 for The Children’s Centre's charitable projects by completing a 100km run along the River Thames.
A group of business people cut a dash through the rush hour traffic by cycling to work in suits to raise funds for charity. The Children’s Centre’s Suits On Bikes event saw 14 fundraisers leaving their cars at home and commuting by bike wearing a suit and tie. To take part they could either ride on all five days of the working week starting on October 20, or just on Friday October 24. Funds are still coming in, but the final total raised is expected to be around £2,500 which will go towards The Children’s Centre’s charitable projects.
A team of fundraisers made it to the top of the highest mountain in North Africa as part of a charity challenge organised by The Children’s Centre. The group of 17 trekkers set off for the summit of Mount Toubkal which is 4,167metres (around 13,600 feet) summit above sea level and the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains. Fifteen of the party made it to the top and the whole group raised a total of £12,750 which will go towards helping The Children’s Centre’s charitable projects.
The Community Farm hosted a Harvest Moon Festival which featured a magnificent evening of Manx music, dance and food for all the family. Around 80 visitors were also entertained with a good old-fashioned ceilidh featuring Manx artists, and a hog roast. Dot Tilbury MBE was compere for the evening, and well-known livestock auctioneer Peter Quayle presided over a mhelliah auction of local produce.
Interest in the social impact of business is growing both among the general public, and local and national government. There is a growing recognition of the importance of an ethical dimension to business – and the emergence of social enterprises is one solution which provides an alternative to the traditional corporate model.
The Community Farm is opening its doors on Wednesday 1st October from 1pm – 3.30pm to anyone interested in finding out about the Inclusion Programme.
The concept of ‘social value’ in regard to public services is growing in importance both here and in the UK. In a nutshell, social value is the additional benefit to the community from a commissioning/procurement process over and above the direct purchasing of goods, services or outcomes. This is the most widely accepted definition, and one which is used in the NHS social value ‘toolkit’.