Oxygen8 was privileged to have been part of the Band Aid 30 team and able to help and support this incredible cause in its money-raising efforts to fight Ebola. We would like to thank everyone that has helped in making this great campaign come to life. Especially our suppliers, partners and the Mobile Network Operators.
Rather than waiting for the elite of British music to gather and record their version of Do They Know It’s Christmas to start raising money with record sales and downloads, this year mobile has been used from the off as the platform – Oxygen8’s Mobile Platform to be precise on which to start the money raising. All the public had to do was text into Oxygen8’s short code 88833 to be entered into this great competition, with the proceeds excluding VAT going to charity.
On Tuesday 11th November, the 72-hour competition was announced allowing one lucky winner (plus a guest) the chance of being a special guest at the recording of the Do They Know It’s Christmas single on November 15th. This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see history-in-the-making and meet the likes of One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding, Sam Smith, Emeli Sande, Elbow, Disclosure, Coldplay’s Chris Martin and U2’s Bono.
The 20 strong team of volunteers from around Oxygen8 Group’s global offices had a week of hard manual labour, working on the Christine Model Farm project for the Soul of Haiti Foundation in October 2013. The team managed to raise a total of £65,000 to build a new training facility for the farm and local school and we donated a week of our time to help refurbish it and do some work around the farm.
To ensure the sustainability of Christine we are now focussed on progressing the farm to a viable enterprise; planting high yielding crops for better return on investment, ensuring proﬁtable routes to market and identifying and delivering more speciﬁc training to workers. This will lead to more jobs being created, building a sustainable future for families within the community.
“Thank you everybody for all that you have achieved this week, it means such a lot for the people and communities of Haiti and in particular, Christine Farm, and we are delighted with the new training facility. You have helped take the farm to the next level of developing sustainable livelihoods and for that we are really grateful.”
Damien Meaney, Country Director, Soul of Haiti Foundation.
Starting on Tuesday 15th of October in Canary Wharf, London, Oxygen8 representatives Gary Corbett and Simon Brennan, as well as a wide range of Telemedia industry representatives, embarked on an epic 210km bike ride to Amsterdam where the World Telemedia event officially opened.
The 2013 World Telemedia event was dedicated to Alex Ruff, former Owner of Mediatouch and will also mark the launch of “The Ruff Riders Appeal” to support The Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK that raises money for research into bowel cancer.
Project O, South Africa
We supported the ‘Project O’ charity by pledging to raise £40,000 in 2010 and sent 15 staff from our international offices to Durban during September 2010 to build a new house for HIV/AIDS orphans. Oxygen8 embarked on a series of fundraising activities between April and July 2010 appealing to all partners to chip in in order to ensure that the £40,000 target is exceeded. It will use its own micro-billing and mobile technology platform to facilitate donations via mobile phones.
There are now over three million orphans of HIV/AIDS in South Africa; Project O has been established to help with financial assistance, support, education, and basic medical care.
“The developing orphan crisis in South Africa is now critical. Oxygen8 is a global business, and we have a strong presence in South Africa so we wanted to get involved in Project O in order to give something back to the region, and to help orphans to grow and prosper."
Shane Leahy, Group CEO