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Fundraising MCM May 2017

For MCM London Comic Con this May, we will be continuing our tradition of holding a charity raffle to fundraise for a cause that we believe in. Last year, we raised money for the Kumamoto Earthquake Relief Fund in Japan and the launch of Polished Man in the UK.

This time, we’d like you to decide. Below you’ll find six different charities close to our hearts – each picked by a different team member – but it’s up to you to choose which cause will eventually be the recipient of this show’s fundraising campaign!

Vote using the poll at the bottom of the page – the charity with the most votes by May 15th will be our winner. Then, keep an eye on our social media pages as we will launch an online raffle in the run up to the show that will culminate in a prize draw over Comic Con weekend!

The National Autistic Society
Chosen by Jerome Mazandarani – COO

The National Autistic Society

The National Autistic Society

“Why? Because March 27-April 2 was World Autism Awareness Week. One of our ex-employees has a young son with nonverbal autism who is starting school this year. After speaking with them and understanding what it must be like for a child like him to start his first day of school, being unable to communicate with his new classmates or even introduce himself is heart-breaking and I know more can be done to ensure kids like him are better understood and accepted in mainstream society. In addition, it is no secret that there are a lot of teenage and adult anime fans who have this condition and I think it’s important for us to contribute to awareness raising and fundraising for autism.”

From their website: We are the leading UK charity for autistic people (including those with Asperger syndrome) and their families. We provide information, support and pioneering services, and campaign for a better world for autistic people.

 

Alzheimer’s Society
Chosen by Charles Fotheringham – Head of Commercial Development

Alzheimer’s Society

Alzheimer’s Society

“Because Dementia and Alzheimer’s are cruel diseases that rob people of memories, character, relationships and life history – this is the next major epidemic which is likely to touch all of us at some point in some way…”

From their website: We are the only UK charity investing in research into dementia care, cause, cure and prevention. We’ve committed to spending £150 million on cutting-edge research over the next decade. Every project we fund directly addresses the needs and concerns of people affected by dementia.

 

Special Effect
Chosen by Fraser Overington – PR Executive

Special Effect

Special Effect

“Special Effect use video games as a tool to put fun and inclusion back into the the lives of people with physical disabilities. Many people find it difficult, or can’t take part in physical activities with their friends. So gaming using modified controllers and other tech from the Special Effect team can offer them inclusion.”

From their website: By using technology ranging from modified joypads to eye-control, we’re finding a way for people to play to the very best of their abilities. But we’re not just doing it for fun. By levelling the playing field, we’re bringing families and friends together and having a profoundly positive impact on therapy, confidence and rehabilitation.

 

Trussell Trust
Chosen by Darcy Giles – PR Associate

The Trussell Trust

The Trussell Trust

“Foodbanks should not be needed but the sad fact is that they are, and desperately so. I struggle to stomach the fact that millions of people in the UK cannot afford to feed themselves or their families despite their best efforts, and that this crisis is seemingly being swept under the rug by those in power. Poverty and hunger are not being suffered by abstract people, out of sight – the people using these foodbanks are your family, friends, neighbours, schoolmates, co-workers, caregivers. No-one deserves to go hungry.”

From their website: Thirteen million people live below the poverty line in the UK, with individuals going hungry every day for a range of reasons, from benefit delays to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. The Trussell Trust’s 400-strong network of foodbanks provides a minimum of three days’ emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis in the UK. In 2015/16, we gave 1,109,309 three day emergency food supplies to people in crisis. We recognise that stopping hunger is about More Than Food, which is why we’re working with foodbanks to provide a range of new services like money advice and Fuel Banks, helping people to break the cycle of poverty.

 

Disasters Emergency Committee: East Africa Crisis Appeal
Chosen by Tamara Small – Marketing Coordinator

Disasters Emergency Committee

Disasters Emergency Committee

“There’s always lots of worthy causes to get behind, but I felt the need to start donating to this cause and nominate it for our fundraiser because this is a humanitarian crisis on such a large scale that has primarily been man-made. Everyone has a right to safe drinking water and food supplies.”

From their website: Hunger on a massive scale is looming across East Africa. If we don’t act now, it will get much worse. Drought and conflict have left 16 million people on the brink of starvation and in urgent need of food, water and medical treatment. People are already dying in South Sudan and Somalia. In Kenya, the government has declared a national emergency and Ethiopia is battling a new wave of drought following the strongest El Nino on record. Women, children and older people are suffering the most; more than 800,000 children under five are severely malnourished. Without immediate treatment, they are at risk of starving to death.

 

Oska Bright Film Festival
Chosen by Jen Roberts – Production Manager

Carousel: Oska Bright Film Festival
Carousel: Oska Bright Film Festival

“I’d like to support this Brighton based charity as it gives a platform for creatives with learning disabilities to realise their ambitions. Oska Bright have developed national touring packages, and the festival includes short films, music videos, virtual reality, and digital art. They rock!”

From their website: The Oska Bright Film Festival is the leading international festival of films made by, or featuring, people with learning disabilities. It is produced, managed and presented by a learning disabled team.

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