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AA sale could generate £750,000 for charities via ShareGift

AA sale could generate £750,000 for charities via ShareGift

first_imgAA sale could generate £750,000 for charities via ShareGift  14 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 15 November 2004 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. All the donated cheques will then be pooled by Lloyds TSB Registrars who are operating the scheme on behalf of Centrica and ShareGift. ShareGift’s trustees will distribute the funds to a range of UK charities once donated cheques have stopped coming in.“If you think it’s a waste of time banking such a tiny cheque yourself, it’s absolutely worth making the effort to turn over the cheque, sign and send it back so that ShareGift can use it for charitable donation”, said Claire Mackintosh, ShareGift’s Chief Executive.ShareGift was set up in 1996 to provide a charitable solution to the problem of tiny, unwanted shareholdings that would cost more to sell than they are worth. The charity has now given away over £5,000,000 to over 700 charities by pooling donations of unwanted shares. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Centrica is working with share donation charity ShareGift to give AA shareholders the opportunity to donate a potential £750,000 to charity.Centrica is selling the AA and will be sending out cheques to 600,000 shareholders that average just £1.25. It is hoping that most people won’t be interested in banking such a sum, so has teamed up with ShareGift to make it easy for them to donate it to charity.Shareholders will be invited to sign the cheque on the reverse and return it to the company’s registrars in the pre-paid envelope provided. Advertisementlast_img read more

Wolfson accused of suppressing free speech

Wolfson accused of suppressing free speech

first_imgWolfson College has been accused of a “disgraceful” suppression of free speech after cancelling a talk from a prominent anti-Zionist at the last minute.Dr Taj Hargey, the chairman of MECO (Muslim Educational Centre of Oxford), had organised a talk from Rabbi Ahron Cohen. The title of the talk was “Zionism is not Judaism-Anti-Israelism is not Anti-Semitism”.According to Dr Hargey the talk was organised months ago, but was only cancelled by officials at Wolfson College on Wednesday evening, less than 24 hours before the event was scheduled to take place.The talk was quickly reorganised however, eventually taking place at St. Edwards School on Woodstock Road. Rabbi Cohen is a member of the Neturei Kart, an ultra-Hasidic sect of Judaism which is deeply opposed to Zionism. Dr Hargey points that he is not necessarily anti-Zionist, but believes in the power of free speech. “This man with views that are contrary to the conventional popular view should be given a hearing.”“This is a disgraceful episode in the history of Oxford University, when we allow a group of people to say ‘no, you can’t come’.”Hargey claimed the talk was cancelled on “the pretext that MECO hadn’t given advanced identity of the speaker”.However, MECO have a long history of holding talks at Wolfson, and have had a number of prominent speakers at the college over the past 5 years. MECO claims to have followed exactly the same protocol that they have used in the past. A spokesman for Wolfson College defended the decision, saying that “the booking was not made transparently.”“Wolfson supports free speech, and is happy to host speakers of all opinions. However, where a speaker is likely to be controversial or provocative, or has the potential to cause offence to college members, it is the college’s policy to discuss among the Governing Body whether and how to hold the event, including whether opposing voices should be included in the event.”He added, “As this speaker was booked under the identity of a college member who knew nothing about the booking and the real identity of the speaker became apparent only yesterday, there was no opportunity to hold these discussions.”Israeli Cultural Society President James Fox said he didn’t feel that Wolfson’s actions had violated freedom of speech. “It seems that calling it a suppression of free speech might be a convenient excuse for MECO’s lack of compliance with Wolfson College’s own procedures. “The talk went ahead at St Edwards School on Thursday evening. The location of the talk, which was attended by more than 60 people, was kept secret until a few hours before the debate.Dr Hargey has recently won a 3 year libel court case after being branded a heretic. He wants to bring reforms to the Muslim society, and often encourages females and males to pray together. He also brought a female imam to Oxford to lead prayers on one occasion.He commented that the cancellation of the talk was the day that “free speech lost and censorship won.”last_img read more