Vodafone picks winning fundraisers


The Vodafone Foundation has announced six fundraisers who will work full-time towards helping their charity of choice for a year.

Vodafone will supplement fundraisers salaries with £25,000 for the year, and £20,000 in expenses through its World of Difference programme.

“We were bowled over by the calibre and number of entries the foundation received – choosing the finalists was a tough decision,” said Vodafone UK chief executive Nick Read, who Monday confirmed he will move to a Vodafone Asia role.

“Seeing the successes that other World of Difference winners have accomplished around the globe I am certain that they will all achieve great things during the forthcoming year,”

Actress Samantha Morton, lending the scheme her support, added:

“It is inspiring to hear the dedication and passion that these individuals have. Now, with the support of The Vodafone Foundation, these charities will be able to extend their reach or embark on new projects that might not previously have been possible.”

The winners are Alexander McLean for African Prisons Project to improve conditions of African detainees; Miguel D Ramirez for researching renewable sources of energy with SolarAid; Lucy Calson for Msizi Africa helping children in Africa; Naomi Glass for Spitalfields City Farm educating disadvantaged young people and parents; Jean Westmascott for Cerebral Palsy Africa; and Andrew Lamb with Engineers Without Borders UK helping to relieve poverty worldwide.