, London United Kingdom (PressExposure) December 08, 2008 -- The RIAS Marie Curie Daffodil Appeal burst into bloom this week with an action packed Road Show at RIASâs Bournemouth head quarters. Organisers launched the year long fund-raising project, which aims to raise Â£25,000 for the cancer care charity, by inviting RIAS employees to sign up for a range of adventurous fund-raising activities including skydiving, mountain climbing, half marathons and driving challenges.
As well as motivating potential volunteers, the team of Marie Curie staff and RIAS volunteers, dressed for the occasion in official Marie Curie daffofil yellow t-shirts, shook their buckets to collect donations from the sale of Marie Curie daffodil pins, and ran a âName the Marie Curie Teddyâ competition to win a large, very cuddly, teddy bear. Even the staff restaurant got into the fund-raising spirit by baking special edition muffins with bright yellow icing, which were sold with all proceeds to the charity. Including the money collected on the day, over Â£4,000 has so far been raised towards the target.
Janet Connor, RIAS Managing Director, said: âThe RIAS Marie Curie Daffodil Appeal has got off to a really promising start, and we are hoping everyone will get involved in some way. Whether itâs climbing to the top of Ben Nevis, or doing a sponsored âno chocolateâ week at home, every single penny counts. Our aim is to reach the Â£25,000 target by the end of next June, and it will be exciting to see all the different ways people raise money for this worthwhile cause over the coming months.â
Marie Curie will also be benefiting benefit from the money raised on RIAS âdress down dayâ, the last Friday of every month when staff can come to work informally dressed in return for a Â£1 donation. There will also be a monthly âthemeâ to motivate potential fund-raisers into action. This month the theme is: âGet in shape for Christmasâ.
A simultaneous event was held on the same day at the RIAS office in Belfast. For more information about Marie Curie visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/
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About RIAS - RIAS was established in 1992 and is a specialist provider of insurance products for the over 50s age group - RIAS negotiates with a panel of insurers to secure competitive, value for money products - RIAS has over 970,000 customers and employs over 1,100 people across two locations - Bournemouth and Belfast - In December 2007 RIAS won the âPersonal Lines Broker of the yearâ award at the Insurance Times awards - RIAS was ranked 2nd in the 2008 Auto Express Driver Power Survey on motor insurance and was rated best for claims payout - In August 2008 RIAS was awarded 2nd place by Which? magazine for home insurance customer satisfaction and rated best for settlement time on claims - RIAS received a Commendation at the 2008 CCF European Call Centre awards in the âbest people practiceâ category - RIAS was a finalist at the 2008 UK Broker Awards in the âIntermediary of the Yearâ category - RIAS is a finalist at the 2008 Insurance Times Awards in the âPersonal Lines broker of the yearâ
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