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Facebook Fans racing for Great Ormond Street Hospital

1 Apr

I’m really thrilled to be writing my first blog post as Team Captain for the RBC Race for Kids Facebook Team.  Being a fan of the fantastic work done by Great Ormond Street Hospital’s charity team, as well as a Facebook Fan, I just couldn’t resist getting involved.

Every year, Great Ormond Street Hospital needs to raise over £50m to help replace cramped wards with new modern facilities, provide important equipment and fund essential research to find treatments and cures for complex and difficult illnesses. And, every year, hundreds of people take part in a whole variety of challenge events to raise that vital funding for such a precious cause.

A while ago, I decided I wanted to offer up more of my time to support important causes. 

Over the past two years, I’ve volunteered at a rough sleepers’ temporary shelter providing essential housing, food, warmth and company over the Christmas period. 

I’ve volunteered as a regional co-ordinator for Global Twestival – a twitter festival raising over $400,000 for education programmes for children in the poorest countries. 

And last year, captained a team for the Great Ormond Street Hospital trek along Hadrian’s Wall, raising over £10,000.

Twestival was a huge eye-opener for me in how they rallied support across hundreds of cities around the world simply by using the social networking site Twitter  – “using social media for social good”  

So, in applying that same principle with Facebook, let’s rally some support to raise funds and awareness for Great Ormond Street Hospital.
First up, I’m looking for team members. All we need is for you to be a Facebook fan, up for raising some funds (every penny counts) and available to run, walk or even crawl 5k in London’s Battersea Park on Sunday 6th June 2010. You can find out more information on the run, the route and the cause here


Virgin Media twits twekked for Great Ormond Street Children’s Charity

22 Jun

Virgin Media twits twekking for Great Ormond Street

18 Jun

On 19th June, six of us from Virgin Media will be setting off on a sponsored #trek, raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) to fund a state-of-the-art cardiac theatre in the new heart and lung centre for children. The trek will retrace the steps of the Romans and their great feat of engineering – Hadrian’s Wall. Starting at Lanercost Priory, we’ll trek over two days alongside the only remaining sections of the wall to Broccolitia Roman Fort.

So far, we’ve raised over £6.5k between us and obviously we’d love to raise more. So, if you’d like to sponsor me, you can do so through my justgiving site at http://justgiving.com/abisignorelli.

I’m going to be tweeting and also phonecasting with iPadio so you’ll be able to follow our progress in the build up to and during the trek – below is my latest phonecast.

And, if you’d like to follow or sponsor my fellow Virgin Media trekkers…

Regan Atkinson: @Regan1976 on twitter – click here to sponsor him
Ben Cotton: @yawdogs on twitter – click here to sponsor him
Mel Whiteley: @MelWhiteley on twitter – click here to sponsor her
John Cunningham: @johnpc on twitter – click here to sponsor him
Jane Parry: @janiepops on twitter – click here to sponsor her

Thank you so much!

My body is [now] a temple

17 Apr

For how long, I’m not sure, but I’m hoping my new regime will last until at least after my ‘big birthday’ in May next year! So why the change? Well, as Buddha rightly said, “to keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” Hmm, yes, well, there’s that and also the fact that I’ve been completely rubbish at looking after myself physically lately. Annnnyyywwwaaayyyy…

I’ve just got back from an amazing trip to the Atlas Mountains near Marrakech (such a stunning place – click here to see my pics) – it was basically a week long retreat with in:spa holidays focusing on getting fit, healthy eating, and cutting out all those nasty things we pump in to our bodies like caffeine, alcohol and nicotine (well, I do anyway!). Each day consisted of either a hard-core hike or full-on circuit training, two yoga sessions, nutrition talks, personal training, sports massage etc etc.

Ok if you’re already fit, but a complete killer if you’re someone like me! Yep, had major problems walking for the 1st four days and even had to tackle going down all stairs backwards until about day 5!!

I’m over the moon as during the week, with the help of some wonderful trainers etc, I managed to completely remotivate myself to get fit again, change my eating habits and, the best of all, stop smoking!! I never thought I would manage that – fingers crossed I’ve quit for life and without piling on a load of weight at the same time!

It’s also really motivated me to properly train for the hike I’m doing along Hadrian’s Wall in June for Great Ormond Street Hospital. It’s a 25 mile trek along the central section of the wall and all proceeds raised will go towards the Challenge Event team’s commitment to fund a state-of-the-art cardiac theatre in the new heart and lung centre for children. And, of course, I’d love you to sponsor me – all pretty easy through http://justgiving.co.uk/abisignorelli.

So, it’s a big focus on health for me from now on – just hope I make sure I sustain that when I return to the big busy world of internal comms on Monday. I haven’t taken 2 weeks annual leave for a very long time – but, with a slightly smug feeling, new posture and my packed lunch, I’m hoping to take it all in my (slightly stronger and wider) stride!