Friday Mar 07, 2014

GVD Bosnia & Herzegovina: Breast Cancer Cure Race

The 6th Race for the Cure took place on October, 5th in Vilsonovo Setaliste, the most beautiful park in Sarajevo. The race is to raise funds for the victims of breast cancer and has become a tradition in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is one of the only events at a national level that brings all Bosnians together: Muslims, Serbs, Croats and Jews, from all over the country and from both political entities.

Ten Oracle Volunteers participated, providing cash and logistics support, including transportation, race promotions, food and drinks during the day, security, gifts and prizes for the runners – including breast cancer survivors – and technical assistance.

More than 5,500 people participated, travelling from 42 cities and towns. Among them were 500 women who have survived cancer and cheated death, all wearing pink race T-shirts...

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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]

Friday Jan 10, 2014

GVD Nigeria – Gift of life

Nigeria is one of the many countries where #Oraclevolunteers are agents of change in their community. This new article by Robert Harris shows the contribution they have made to the society in 2013: GVD Nigeria – Gift of life.

Oracle Nigeria’s first Global Volunteer Days activity involved a blood drive in favor of the Lagos State Government Blood Transfusion Committee.

“It was fantastic initiative,” said Ihuoma Okoroafor, CSR Coordinator Nigeria. “At first people were a bit uncertain about donating but after the health talk that the Lagos state officials gave prior to the commencement of the donation, all doubts were cleared.”

The volunteers got to see the bigger picture and embraced the joy of knowing that this was not just about giving blood, but in fact it was giving to someone...

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Tuesday Jan 07, 2014

GVD Germany: Pumpkins for Potsdam Children

Thousands of Oracle employees take part annually in the Global Volunteer Days by donating their time and talent to community service projects all around the world. We’re starting a new series of articles by Robert Harris about the various contributions #Oraclevolunteers have made to the society in 2013.

GVD Germany: Pumpkins for Potsdam Children

In October volunteers from Oracle Germany’s Potsdam office hosted a Fall Festival for the Red Cross Children’s Home Kinderheim am Stern. Oracle Potsdam has a long standing relationship with this orphanage, just as Oracle Munich has similar ties to local children’s homes.

The 15 volunteers spent many hours playing with the children and also livened up the garden with a dozen craftily carved pumpkin heads. Oracle and the children also prepared the garden for the spring, planting seedlings and cleaning weeds...

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