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Run in the Dark: The London Chartwell team join Mark Pollock’s global movement to find a cure for paralysis

As darkness swept around the globe yesterday, thousands of people – including Ben and Leo from the London Chartwell team – pulled on their running shoes and red flashing armbands and headed into the night. In over 30 cities worldwide, these runners were part of a living light show flowing through the parks like lava. The reason? To help fund research in finding a cure for spinal cord injury, as part of the Life Style Sports’ Run in the Dark.

Ben and Leo - Run in the Dark

The Life Style Sports Run in the Dark plays a vital role in funding The Mark Pollock Trust’s mission to find and connect people around the world to fast-track a cure for paralysis. Unbroken by blindness in 1998, Mark Pollock suffered a tragic spinal cord injury in 2010 that left him paralysed. As Mark strives to walk again, his most complex journey lies ahead of him – to find a cure for spinal cord injuries for him and the millions of paralysed people around the world.

With 100% of money raised going directly to The Mark Pollock Trust, Chartwell were proud to join the global movement to raise awareness on spinal cord injury. Click here for more information.

For more information, or to book Mark Pollock as a keynote speaker for your conference or event, please contact Leo von Bülow-Quirk at leo@chartwellspeakers.com or call 0044 (0) 20 7792 8000.

The real way to help develop Africa: Douglas Carswell explains

In MP Douglas Carswell‘s latest column for the Daily Telegraph he explains why, to help develop Africa, we should buy its products rather than giving money to the foreign aid industry.

He opens his article with the points that some charity chiefs have over £15,000 salaries, a figure which has increased over the past few years, whilst research has shown that public donations have gone down.

Reflecting on his childhood in Uganda in the 1970/80s he says, “I am highly sceptical about big Western corporate charities.” Douglas goes on to describe his first-hand experience of the “gap between” claims made by organisations and the reality of what they achieve. Small organisations were helping Ugandans through civil war, invasion and famine until “the big corporate charities decided Uganda would be a great gig.”

Douglas admits that with their huge budgets, it would have been hard for charities not to do some good, however, a lot of money was wasted – “Many development programmes sank without trace in a sea of dollars and wishful thinking.”

Interestingly he notes studies which have shown that there is zero correlation between per capita overseas development assistance and changes in GDP.  His example of Uganda also reveals this as the country is now greatly improves “despite, not because of, Western aid”, instead thanks to the number of Ugandans joining the global economy.

Concluding his article Douglas encourages us to help develop Africa by buying “some Kenya roses, Zimbabwe fish, Zambia vegetables.”

Click here to read the article in full.

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