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Aussie Cricket Player helps out Room to Read

On the 30th of June, one of the most recognized names in cricket will be helping to fund the Room to Read event, ‘Beer for Books’.  Shane Watson will be the The Pawn in Wan Chai (Hong Kong) donating $10 for every beer.  When the Aussie Champion All-Rounder was asked about his feelings he responded “Reading is the most important skill you can have, without [the ability to read], it’s that much harder to achieve your goals. People who don’t have the opportunity can get stuck in a certain environment.”

Watson has been a Room to Read ambassador for some time and has helped promote events around the world.  For the ICC Cricket World Cup, the partnership benefited over 20,000 young people.

This will be a great night to help with a great cause and meet a world famous athlete that wants to offer his time to help as well.

For more details on how to run your own B4B take a look here

To keep up to day with all of Room to Read’s events, check out their events page at


Cool People Do It on Bikes

Ahead of Quintessentially Foundation’s own sponsored bike ride from London to Edinburgh, Paralympic champions Sarah and Barney Storey will be participating in the ParalympicsGB, ‘Ride Across Britain’ from 11-19 of June.  The pair are campaigning to be part ofBritain’s Paralympics team in London 2012 and in preparation for this, they will be biking in this World Champions event for 950 miles from John O’Groats toLand’s End.

To give you an idea of exactly how gruelling the ride will be Quintessentially Foundations London toEdinburghevent, which starts only a day after this is finished,  is nearly a full 500miles shorter than the Paralympic ride, stopping atScotlandcapital.  They must think we are amateurs!

When talking about last year’s event, one of the participants, Jody Cundy,  said  “It had such a profound effect on my training that in 2010 I added an endurance event to my sprint events on the track and it paid off as I won silver in the 4km pursuit at the recent Track World Championships.”  Cundy will only be riding fromGlasgowtoBath, but is encouraging other riders to continue on.

This event is not only great for endurance training, but a well-organized, marshalled event that is a safe environment for the athletes to train in.

For more information to participate in the events or to find ways to donate please visit the websites below.

And to check QF’s bike ride go to:

Read This-If You Can: One Million UK Adults Can’t Read

Yesterday (6th June), the London Evening Standard launched a literacy campaign to get the 1 million adults and 1 in four illiterate children in London reading. Joining forces with the charity, Volunteer Reading Help, the LES is beginning to tackle the affliction of illiteracy. They ask for volunteers to go into schools and support children who are struggling to read, and also appealing for money to pay those volunteers. According to the article, one in four children are practically illiterate after completing primary school, that one in three does not own a book and that 1 million working adults cannot read. Today on the 7th of June, the Duchess of Cornwall joined along with 300 other volunteers already signed up to offer their help. To join Ed Miliband, Louis Walsh and Nigella Lawson and other celebrities in the fight against illiteracy by helping or donating, or for more information please visit  and

Some Micellaneous Fundraising Ideas.

Here are some random ideas that can be done at the office, school, home, or with your group of friends.

Back to Front Day– pay someone to wear their clothes backwards for the day.

Bingo/Games Nights– A night of fun for all. Can have small prizes for winners.

Book Drive– ask people to donate books for schools

50/50 Raffle– this can be for anything; 50% goes to the winner, 50% to the charity.

Car Wash– Tell you friends and family you want to wash their dirty cars.

Culture/International Night– Have friends from around the world? Get together to share food, dancing and fashion styles with each other.

Dress Down Day– pay to wear jeans to school/the office.

Egg Painting– Get ready for the holidays. Decorate some eggs with some friends.

Gold Party– Get together with you friends and neighbours and sell your old gold.

Head Shaving– Have some curly locks? Cut them off and donate.

Fundraising Ideas for Online and Sports.


Facebook– Everybody uses it. Create an event, and invite everyone you know.

Just Giving– Online page to sponsor those raising money for charities.

Virgin Money Giving– same as above


Cycle-a-thon– ask people to cycle for charity.

Cricket Match– organize a game with friends and charge for admission to the game.

Easter Egg Hunt– Hide eggs and invite your friends to find them.

Egg and Spoon Race– Bet on who has the steadiest hand.

Football Match– organize a game with friends and charge for admission to the game.

Fun Runs/Walks– Ask people to do a 5k for a charity.

Office Olympics– Want to have a fun afternoon in the office? Have a spinning chair competition.

Swim-a-thon– ask people to swim for charity.

Fundraising Ideas for Food.


Apple Dunking– Get a bin, fill it with water and a few apples and have your friends bob for them.

Bad Taste Day– Have some rare food that know one wants to try? Bring it to work (or anywhere) and have people sponsor a brave soul to eat it.

Bake Sale– Have a friend that like to bake? Ask if they whip up some delicious sweets to sell.

Pet Food Drive- Collect pet food for a local animal shelter.

Tea Party– Get together with friends for some tea and crumpets.

36 hour Famine– Sponsor someone to go without food (except water) for a poor child that goes without food all year long.

Wine Tasting Night– Have some nice wine you want to share? Have a wine and cheese party.

Fundraising Ideas for the Arts.

Creative Night/Show– Know some artist? Have them display their work for a night of pleasure to the eyes.

Film Night– Put together a collection of movies to watch with family and friends. Go to a park or other large space to hold the event and charge for admission.

Magic Show– Know any magic tricks? See which of your friends is the next Houdini.

Music Night– Love playing instruments? Listen to your friends show their personality in a new way.

Talent/Fashion Show– Everyone’s got talent. Get together with your friends and family and see who really has the best talent. Want to show your style? Put together a collection and show it off to your friends and family.

Poetry Slam– Invite talented poets to come and recite their poems or world famous poems.

Check back next week for the some more ideas!

For the next few weeks QF will be posting some fundraising ideas that you can use.

Royal Parks Half Marathon

Quintessentially Foundation have 5 places for The Royal Parks Half Marathon. Please email to sign up.

Date: Sunday 9th October
Start: Hyde Park
Length: 13.1 miles
Minimum fundraising: £500 each

L2E Cycle Ride

Quintessentially Foundation will be hosting an annual cycling challenge from 20-24th July 2011.  The London to Edinburgh cycle ride will take 100 participants 468 miles in order to aid The Place2Be.  The Place2Be is a school-based counselling service dedicated to improving the emotional well being of children, their families and the whole school community.  The funds raised by Quintessentially Foundation fund the Croydon and Enfield hubs.  Our fundraising target is an impressive £500,000.

The five trip will go as follows:

Day 1: We will be meeting at Alexandra Palace in London at 6:30 am for registration and will begin the journey at 7:30 am.  We will head north towards Potters Bar and will travel through Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire.  We will have lunch at Caxton, 54 miles in, and arrive at our hotel in the heart of Peterborough for our overnight stay.

Day 2: After an early breakfast we set off through the city and through the Lincolnshire Fens situated between the Humber and the Wash.  Huge expanses of its countryside and coast are still undeveloped drawing wildlife and bird watchers.  We will be cycling along quiet roads and really get to feel how peaceful and unspoilt the area is.  We arrive at our overnight accommodations in Broughton which is a spa hotel where you can relax after a long day in the saddle.

Day 3: We start the day with an early breakfast and crossing the Humber Suspension Bridge which “opened up” two previously remote areas of England allowing them to realise their potential in commercial, industrial and tourist development.  We will have lunch in Malton at 58 miles and continue to our overnight accommodations 6 miles outside Middlesborough.

Day 4: Our journey today takes us first to Sedgefield (Tony Blair’s constituency) and then we begin climbing up the moors.  We will have lunch at 65 miles in Stamfordham.  Our destination for the day is Alnwick, the market town in Northumberland with its castle, oft referred to as “The Windsor of the North”.

Day 5: Our final day of cycling takes us over the border and into Scotland.  Crossing the Lammermuir Hills we stop at Gifford for lunch before the final stretch to the wonderful city of Edinburgh.  We finish close to Arthur’s Seat and Holyrood Palace with great views and plenty of space for the whole group.