By Ramona Costea-Oracle on Nov 16, 2015
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...[Read More]
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...
This project is run by a group of young ladies who are unemployed and this helps them to make ends meet. The ladies in the project make briquettes and then sell them at a profit.
The briquettes are used for cooking or heating being an alternative to the traditional firewood used in the slums which degrades the environment.
This project in turn ensures preservation of the environment
as it helps deal with cutting down of trees. Briquettes also help keep the
environment clean as waste paper is recycled to make the briquettes...
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...[Read More]
This time our colleague Robert Harris wrote a short article about the #Oraclevolunteers in Poland and the support they gave to the Dom Dziecka nr 9 orphanage located in Warsaw.
Last autumn, during Global Volunteer Days our employees from Poland spent the day painting and redecorating the hall, the main space where children, staff and guests move through every day.
Nine #Oraclevolunteers spent a couple of hours on this activity – getting the paint on before the children returned from school! It was a great opportunity to integrate during the work and later on when eating a delicious dinner served by the orphanage’s canteen.
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On the 25th of October volunteers from Oracle Ireland took part in an event to raise money for the non-profit organization Variety, the Children’s Charity. The charity is dedicated to improving the lives of sick disabled and disadvantaged children in Ireland and donates wheelchairs through its Mobility Program.
Oracle’s sponsored Treasure Hunt was specifically aimed at providing a wheelchair for a little girl, 14 years old and diagnosed with McCune Albright Syndrome. Because of this rare and little understood syndrome she went through precocious puberty, meaning she went from baby to adult, with all the physical changes that come with that, with no child or adolescent stages in between.
From the age of 3 the little girl has spent most her life in and out of hospitals, and her health will worsen as she gets older. The Electrical Wheelchair will allow her to enjoy simple pleasures with her family, such as more mobility out of doors.
The Treasure Hunt gathered 23 volunteers
who were grouped in teams of four or five and accumulated points by answering
questions that involved visiting places all over the city...
Oracle South Africa’s smallest office, in Durban, spent Global Volunteers Day helping the Food Bank South Africa, a registered agency that focuses on addressing food insecurity in South Africa. Volunteers contributed food items including 270 kg of rice and 144 x 400 g canned fish. The agency sees to it that the food is distributed appropriately to the various needy communities – schools, pre schools, old age homes, drop in centres, HIV and Aids centers. Oracle selected a number of Pre Schools as beneficiaries of their donation.
This year volunteers spent the morning of the 19th of October at Prinshof School for the visually impaired and blind in Pretoria...[Read More]
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]
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...
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...