In partnership with leukemia charity "Laurette Fugain", the Paris VIVA team organized a collection of toys and donations for children spending Christmas at the hospital. The initiative raised 480 EUR (US$510) and a collection of 57 gifts delivered to the Necker children’s hospital.
SITA London held a donation drive in the last few weeks of 2016 around the clever theme of a "reverse advent calendar". That meant giving rather than receiving on each day approaching Christmas. The campaign resulted in 12 big shopping bags of non-perishable food and goodies for the Hillingdon Foodbank to distribute to local families needing support during the holidays.
In October, SITA staff had a chance to enjoy some great food and learn about the compassionate and inclusive Sikh tradition of “langar”. It rhymes with hunger and it means free food for all, regardless of faith, gender, age or social status. This year the Langar Week event raised £650 (US$805) in spontaneous cash donations and more than £100 of donated food.
In September our London Gate office once again played host to The World's Biggest Coffee Morning and raised more than £505 (US$620) for Macmillan Cancer Support. And at our Royal Pavilion office a cake sale fundraiser raised 230 GPB (US$300) towards the purchase of a specialized wheelchair for a local three year-old, born at 34 weeks and suffering a number of health complications as a result.
In the run-up to Christmas our SITA Rome office prepared a holiday "ethical purchase" in the form of gift packs of goods sourced from small producers and farmers hit by the earthquake in central Italy earlier in the year. The initiative was part of SITA Rome's ongoing work with Jay Nepal, an action-based humanitarian NGO working on post-earthquake responses, relief and recovery in communities across Nepal – and now Italy. In total they produced 35 gift packs and raised 780 EUR (US$815) to support small food businesses still recovering from damage in the quake area.
A group of SITA volunteers took a day out from the office to help a local organization run a football tournament. Inclusion was the goal of the day, bringing people with and without disabilities together, across generations and across cultures.