Thursday Feb 27, 2014

GVD Oracle France: Planemaking for Hospitalized Kids

Oracle and Robert Debré hospital in Paris have been working together since 2007 to make a difference each and every day, by changing the lives of sick children. Robert Debré, the most important paediatric hospital in Paris, is specialized in the care of children and young mothers located in the 19th district, near underprivileged suburbs.

Every month Oracle Volunteers participate in model aircraft workshops for the hospitalized children between 3 to 12 years, aiding them to construct, paint and customize the models. The children have a wonderful time playing with them afterwards.

Last year 24 Oracle France volunteers celebrated Global Volunteer Days at the hospital.

In addition, for those who cannot move from their rooms due to their heavy pathology...

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Thursday Feb 06, 2014

GVD Oracle Italy: Food for the Poor

In the frame of the Global Volunteer Days, Oracle Italy employees participated in supporting the “Banco Alimentare” food bank. Volunteers spent their time aiding the collection and distribution of food for poor people.

Banco Alimentare is member of the Italian Banco Alimentare Network, an organization with over 1,000 volunteers which collects still perfectly edible food which, having lost commercial value, would otherwise be destroyed. These foodstuffs originate from the food industry, organized large-scale retail trade, and collective catering services – by recovering them they become a richness for those who have too little.

Oracle Italy colleagues answered the call with great enthusiasm, the number of volunteers exceeding the maximum number of available places. They helped in checking sell-by dates and preparing boxes to be distributed to the local ONG...

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Tuesday Jan 14, 2014

GVD United Kingdom: Clearing Gorse for the National Trust

As part of Oracle’s Global Volunteer Days initiative, a group of almost 50 Oracle UK employees with family and friends travelled down to Corfe Castle in Dorset to help the National Trust clear an area of gorse. The project was organised by Carole Speed, Linux, Virtualization and MySQL GBU.

The host Ranger from the National Trust explained that Heathland is a manmade landscape, created by the earliest stone age farmers and maintained by grazing and wood cutting throughout the years. The aim of this project was to continue this traditional form of management by clearing an area of scrub and gorse to allow regeneration of the purple heather for which the heaths are renowned.

After the safety briefing and a round of bacon sandwiches the Oracle team set to work – sawing, lopping and dragging the gorse to create a huge bonfire. It’s amazing what a large group of enthusiastic volunteers can achieve...[Read More]
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