Charities

Edison’s London to Brighton bike ride 2016

We are delighted to announce the first Edison London to Brighton Bike Ride. On 24 June 2016, join our 60 mile ride from the Edison office to the beach front in Brighton.     

The event is open to all abilities. There will be the option to be independent and cycle on your own, or in 3 groups of different speeds led by a professional coach. The event is fully supported with 2 feed stations at 20 and 40 miles, medical cover and technical support.

Itinerary

Registration: 08:00
Register and start at: Lincoln’s Inn Fields behind Edison’s office at 280 High Holborn
Feed Station 1: Merstham Village Hall
Feed Station 2: Haywards Heath Church Hall
Finish: From 14:00 at Queens Hotel Brighton
Return Transportation: 17:00
   
Getting to and from the start and finish

Bike Storage
The Edison offices at 280 High Holborn have storage for bikes under the building. If you wanted to bring your bike in before the event, you could store it securely. This is at your own risk, but it is a very secure area.

Parking
Parking is available in local car parks close to High Holborn. Visit the NCP website.

Return Transportation
There will be a van to transport all the bikes back to London after the event. The bikes will be carefully loaded, protected and secured on the van before we leave. You will be given a number which will match your bike number. You must produce this to collect your bike back in London.
The van will head back to Lincoln’s Inn Fields where the bikes can be collected.

There will also be minibuses to transport you back to London to be reunited with your bikes. The minibuses will leave at 17:00.

Your registration fee of £30 will be donated directly to our nominated charity. 

Register here and find out more!

WALKING WITH THE WOUNDED’S CUMBRIAN CHALLENGE 2016

Edison is proud to offer its continued support to Walking with the Wounded’s Cumbrian Challenge, their fun and testing, flagship, annual fundraising event in the Lake District for teams of four – with every team that takes part supporting another wounded veteran back into work. 

For 2016 there is a new, easier route – The Peak – in addition to the ‘Tough’ and the ‘Tougher’ to test you over the beautiful fells of the Lake District – so there is an option for everyone.   

In 2015, the Cumbrian Challenge raised more than £170,000.  Your participation could help WWTW support up to 200 more wounded veterans back into employment – one for each team that competes in Cumbria.

To enter your team, pre-register now and (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) you will be participating.

THE HUNGER PROJECT - ENERGY AGAINST HUNGER CHALLENGE 2014

The Hunger Project is a global, non-profit, strategic organisation committed to the sustainable end of world hunger. The charity seeks to end hunger and poverty by helping people to lead lives of self-reliance, meet their own basic needs and build better futures for their children.

Two teams from Edison competed in the Energy Against Hunger Challenge, which took place over a 5km obstacle course set in the stunning Surrey countryside.

Who emerged victoriously from the muddiest trenches, cargo net climbs, tyre walls, pontoon lake crossings and the unforgettable Hell River to be crowned the top corporate, legal, accounting, banking or advisory team in the sector? Click here to see more photos!


Vital funds are being raised to support The Hunger Project’s work empowering people in 15,000 villages, over 12 countries worldwide, to sustainably end their own hunger! Donations can still be made through Just Giving.

Join Edison at the 2015 Cumbrian Challenge

Edison is proud to offer its continued support to Walking with the Wounded, which raises funds to retrain and reskill our wounded servicemen and women and support them in finding new careers outside the military. Once again, Walking with the Wounded will be hosting its annual Cumbrian Challenge and we invite you, your colleagues and friends to join us in Cumbria on 16 May 2015 to participate and raise money for this worthy cause.

The breathtaking routes will take you through the stunning peaks of the Lake District and not only will you meet and race against members of previous expeditions, but there will also be an opportunity to meet some of the incredible men and women WWTW has been able to support during their career transition from the military and which is entirely due to your extraordinary fund-raising efforts.

Your participation could help WWTW support up to 200 more wounded veterans back into employment – one for each team that competes in Cumbria. Pre-register your team now!

Please email (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to let us know you’ve registered!

Supported charities

Build IT International is a young, dynamic charity working mainly in Zambia, with plans to expand in southern Africa. It builds schools, health clinics and low-cost housing in some of the poorest parts of Africa. But what makes Build IT different and attractive to us is that its projects are used to train men and women in basic building skills. This is proving to be a powerful way to change people’s lives by supporting local enterprise – 97% of people find further work in construction after training with Build IT.

For further information visit Build it International.


Lendwithcare.org, is an innovative scheme that allows us, and you, to lend small sums of money directly to entrepreneurs in developing countries to help them turn their business plans into life-changing opportunities. Lendwithcare is operated by experienced aid and development charity, CARE International.

For further information visit Lendwithcare.


Our support

Edison has provided £10,000 to invest in this scheme, which has been overseen by Edison’s Care Committee. Since August 2011, Edison has made loans to 124 entrepreneurs totalling £23,000. Typically investing a sum of £2,000 a time, divided between 10 entrepreneurs, with loans of c £200. Below are the profiles of some of the entrepreneurs to which Edison is currently lending support.

Auto Rickshaw Drivers via Seedfinances

  • Activity: Transport
  • Total amount requested: £18,581.08
  • Location: Quezon City, Philippines
  • Edison loan: 500


In the first initiative of its kind on lendwithcare, we are collaborating with our local partner in the Philippines, SEEDFINANCE, to reduce air pollution by encouraging local tricycle taxi drivers to switch from two-stroke petrol and diesel-powered engines to liquefied petroleum gas. The first loan was fully funded in just a few days, so this loan will benefit a further 50 drivers.

In the Philippines, motorised tricycle taxis (similar to a rickshaws) are the most common mode of transportation, particularly for people on a low-income. Approximately 84% of the country’s population depends on tricycles for transport. 70% of the c 1.5m registered tricycles in the Philippines have polluting two-stroke engines. In many large Philippine cities, vehicle emissions are one of the primary causes of air pollution, which in turn leads to various respiratory illnesses. The local council of Mandaluyong City, part of Metropolitan Manila, the largest urban area in the Philippines, has recently enacted legislation requiring all tricycles to switch to cleaner liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). While beneficial in the long term, it is a significant expense for tricycle taxi drivers in the short term.

A company called Clean Engines Incorporated (CEI) has introduced an LPG toolkit to enable existing tricycles to switch from polluting diesel and petrol to LPG. Once this kit is installed, not only is air pollution significantly reduced, but tricycle drivers also spend less money on fuel. On average, a tricycle driver uses three litres of petrol/diesel a day, costing 150 Philippine pesos. Assuming the driver works an average of 22 days a month, the total monthly cost of fuel is 3,300 Philippine pesos. Switching to LPG means the driver will spend an average of 99 Philippine pesos a day, or 2,178 Philippine pesos a month; this results in a monthly saving of 1,122 Philippine pesos (approximately US$28) for the same number of days worked.

CEI entered into a partnership with lendwithcare’s microfinance partner in the Philippines, SEEDFINANCE. CEI initially installed LPG toolkits on 15 two-stroke tricycles as part of a pilot project to test the effectiveness and efficiency of the product. Some minor maintenance issues were rectified during this pilot stage and as a result CEI has improved and modified the toolkits.

SEEDFINANCE has requested a large loan of $25,000 to provide smaller loans of $500 to 50 motorised tricycle taxi drivers in Mandaluyong City so they can pay for their vehicles to be switched to LPG. The loans will be provided through a local financial co-operative, the Rizal Technological University Employees Multi-Purpose Co-operative (RTU-KMPC). The loans will be repaid over 18 months. The RTU-KMPC will require tricycle drivers to become members before providing them with a loan to purchase the LPG toolkit. As members, they will also be entitled to access other financial and non-financial services from the co-operative and also share in its profits.

The various parties involved, SEEDFINANCE, CEI and the RTU-KMPC, are liaising with the Mandaluyong City local government not only to stress the environmental and fuel-efficiency aspects of the switch from diesel to LPG, but also to assist local tricycle drivers to pay for the change. CEI will provide training and warranties to LPG toolkit users and establish several maintenance shops throughout the city. The aim eventually is to extend the project and provide loans to more tricycle drivers, to make Mandaluyong City a cleaner, less-polluted and more pleasant place to live and work, and hopefully a role model for other cities in the Philippines.

Jhon Cristian Rodríguez Fernández

  • Activity:Welder
  • Total amount requested: £743.24
  • Location: Catamayo, Ecuador
  • Edison loan: £200


Jhon Cristian Rodríguez Fernández is a welder. He is 20, single, and lives in the neighbourhood of ‘Buena Esperanza’ in the town of Catamayo. He started learning to weld when he was just 12 at his neighbour’s workshop, where he used to help out after school. He is now employed from Monday to Friday in a workshop for an established ‘maestro’. At the weekend, he works for himself in his own workshop, which he is just starting to develop. He receives small jobs from neighbours. He requested a loan to buy supplies and materials for the jobs, including various types of steel-welding electrodes and steel wires. As well as working, Jhon is continuing with his education – he attends evening classes and is about to graduate. He intends to repay the loan over 10 months.

Henry Estalin Medina Muñoz

  • Activity: Farming
  • Total amount requested: £1,476.51
  • Location: Catamayo, Ecuador
  • Edison loan: £398.57


Henry Medina is a farmer from the town of Catamayo in southern Ecuador. He is 52 and married with two children. Together with his wife Señora Doris Guajala, who is 44, he usually farms maize. However, he typically rotates the crops to maintain soil quality, and for the next season he intends to grow mainly peppers – he will also grow tomatoes from time to time. He requested a loan to buy fertiliser and seeds, and to pay for the manual labour he needs to help him plough and prepare the land. He sells the harvest himself at the weekly farmers’ markets in Catamayo. Don Henry plants in succession, so he can keep harvesting over several weeks. He hopes his children will
complete their further education studies and that he can construct their own home – presently, they live in his parents’ home. The loan is for 15 months.

Phalla Hun

  • Activity: Sewing/tailoring
  • Total amount requested: £475.54
  • Location: Ousthouk Village, Cambodia
  • Edison loan: £200


Phalla Hun has been sewing in her village for the past 10 years. She can sew both Khmer traditional and modern-style fluently. She charges her customers between $2 to $15 per cloth. In a period of one-to-two days, she can finish one shirt. Since she has been in this business, her family’s income has increased and the money is used to send her youngest child to school. To make the business more attractive to her neighbours and customers, she has applied for a 12-month loan to build a space for use as a shop/dressmaking workshop in front of her house. She will use the loan to purchase wood, zinc and other building materials and to pay for the carpenter’s cost. The rest of the loan also will be used to purchase fabric for the clothes. She aims to purchase a new and more efficient sewing machine in the future.


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