Look­ing for next year’s good cause

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others -

KE edi­tor Robert Bar­man is look­ing for a good cause to cham­pion as Char­ity of the Year 2018.

The cho­sen vol­un­tary group, cause, or char­ity will also re­ceive the back­ing of kmfm ra­dio and Ken­tOn­line – which at­tracts more than two mil­lion unique browsers each month – pub­li­cis­ing its work to a mas­sive new au­di­ence of po­ten­tial sup­port­ers.

KM Group chair­man Geral­dine Allinson said: “The KM Group un­der­stands how im­por­tant vol­un­tary and char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tions are to Kent, and the Char­ity of the Year ini­tia­tive al­lows us to sup­port the in­cred­i­ble work they do day af­ter day across the di­verse com­mu­ni­ties of the county.

“The good cause se­lected to be Char­ity of the Year will take their turn in the spot­light, reach­ing more po­ten­tial sup­port­ers and gain­ing ac­cess to more fundrais­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

Last year a record 278 ap­pli­ca­tions were re­ceived with ed­i­tors pick­ing 12 causes to cham­pion in 2017.

Col­lab­o­ra­tive fundrais­ing events staged by the char­ity depart­ment at KM Group raised £200,000 over 12 months with char­i­ties of the year be­ing the main ben­e­fi­cia­ries.

Char­i­ties of the year can tap into ses­sions on press re­lease writ­ing, so­cial me­dia tech­niques and video me­dia train­ing.

Video tips to help pre­pare KM Char­ity of the Year ap­pli­ca­tions are avail­able to view at km­char­i­tyteam.co.uk

She added: “I would urge all char­i­ties in Kent and Med­way to ap­ply.”

KM Char­ity of the Year is open for ap­pli­ca­tions from re­gional or na­tional good causes of any size un­til the dead­line of noon on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 27. Visit km­char­i­tyteam.co.uk and click on the ‘char­ity and fundrais­ing sup­port’ link.

The se­lected cause will also be sup­ported by the char­ity depart­ment at the KM Group through col­lab­o­ra­tive fundrais­ing events in­clud­ing the KM Big Bike Ride, KM Colour Run, KM Char­ity Walk, KM Dragon Boat Race and KM As­sault Course Chal­lenge.

Si­mon Dolby, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the KM Char­ity Team, said: “This is a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for char­i­ties. Our edi­tor wants to get be­hind a good cause and trum­pet it for 12 months – and it could be yours.”

Char­i­ties could win free in­sur­ance through a prize draw staged by the KM Char­ity Team in con­junc­tion with Jelf in­sur­ance. Visit km­char­i­tyteam.co.uk/jelfin­sur­ance-com­pe­ti­tion-2017

Geral­dine Allinson en­cour­ages good causes to ap­ply to be KM Char­ity of the Year

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