Archive for the ‘charity’ Category

Action!

6 November, 2006

BBC Films are currently in Dublin filming The Baker Street Irregulars, a Sherlock Holmes mystery for BBC One and Children’s BBC. 

The exterior of the building which houses the 4Basra office (which was perhaps a sitting room or dining room once upon a time) is being used in the film. 

However, the crew have also hung blinds and curtains in the front window and left a bit of a mess in the office after filming yesterday. 

As they are due back next Sunday, on the very slim chance that you’re reading guys, could you please leave the room as you found it next weekend?

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Conscious Consumerism

6 November, 2006

Consumer tastes are notoriously fickle, changing at an ever-faster pace.  

Nonetheless, contributions from the ubiquitous ‘Red’ campaign – Motorola mobile phones, The Independent newspaper, Ipods, credit cards, etc. – recently topped $10 million. 

As yesterday’s Sunday Times reported, Ali Hewson’s Edun ethical fashion range is another recent example. 

Closer to home, Oxfam Ireland launched The Cake Sale: a 9-song CD by a loose and expansive collection of well-known musicians and writers. 

As the trend continues, it seems that like any other business, the companies and charities co-operating in these ventures will have to be both leaders and followers: shaping the direction of campaigns while at the same time adapting to consumer tastes.

Do Iraqi Terrorists Have Internet Access?

26 October, 2006

Last week I learned of the sad news of a well-known female gynaecologist in Basra. 

Dr Youssra Hashem was killed on her way to work, shortly as she left her home.

Read more on the subject in my piece for Village magazine.

 

Are You Experienced?

26 October, 2006

Having lunch with some relatives recently, my uncle mentioned he was thinking of doing some voluntary work. 

He runs a successful small business and there is no doubt that some of his skills and experienced would be valuable to a charity or NGO of some sort. 

My advice was that he should look into the idea and then his skills could then be matched to an organisation that needs them. 

Several months’ previously, I mentioned someone else to whom I’d spoken who had ‘time on his hands’ – another successful businessman, (although who had retired) and it struck me that he probably had skills and experience that would benefit an organisation as well. 

Reading through some media job descriptions recently, I noticed one or two companies whose employee benefits include charity days, for which I believe staff are paid, but can do voluntary work on those days.  

Imagine what could be achieved if every company did this…

BBC Radio 4 Today in Basra

25 October, 2006

Journalist John Humphrys reported from Basra this week for the influential BBC Radio 4 Today programme.

Listen to the ‘Reconstruction and Corruption’ report as he speaks to the Director of one of the city’s hospitals and describes the conditions there.