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St. Andrews Ball Raises $100,000 for Landmine Removal in Angola

LUANDA, ANGOLA – On Saturday, 29 November the Luanda Caledonian Society hosted the second annual St. Andrews Ball at the Epic Sana Hotel raising over $100,000 to remove landmines from the rural villages of Angola. The sold-out, black tie event brought together 370 guests for an evening of Scottish haggis sampling and dancing with music provided the Craigendarloch Fiddlers,  a Scottish ceilidh band. 

Distinguished guests included John Dennis, British Ambassador to Angola, Tony Dolton, Unitel Chief Executive, Martyn Morris, BP Angola General Manager, and H.E. Mr.  Desidério da Graça Veríssimo e Costa, the former Angolan Minister of Petroleum and representatives from the National Demining Commission in Angola.

Mineclearance – Progress and Perspectives, a photographic exhibition highlighting the landmine problem and positive impact of clearance in Angola and worldwide, was on display at the Epic Sana Hotel from 25-29 November. The exhibition finale on 28/29 November was attended by numerous Ambassadors , government dignitaries, petroleum industry executives and mine action officials.  US Ambassador Helen La Lime, EU Head of Delegation Gordon Kricke and Dr. Madelana Neto of the national demining authority CNIDAH all gave speeches praising HALO’s work in Angola over the past two decades; November 2014 is the 20th Anniversary of HALO’s humanitarian mineclearance intervention in Angola. 

The events were organized by the Luanda Caledonian Society with the support of the British Embassy, the Luanda International School and a long list of generous corporate sponsors

This effort is especially important because funding for our work in Angola has reduced significantly over the last few years, despite the fact that the problem remains serious and widespread –threatening injury and death and preventing valuable, fertile land from being farmed in some of the country’s most vulnerable communities.  

The Luanda Caledonian Society (www.luandacaledoniansociety.com) was founded in 2013 by expatriates living in Luanda with the aim to promote Scottish culture and to encourage multi-national ties in both business and social arenas and raise money for charity. Their inaugural event last year raised $30,000 for our work to remove the deadly debris of war, including a generous gift of $20,000 from British Petroleum employees in Angola. 

Thank you to Laura Moore, all the members of the Luanda Caledonian Society, the British Embassy and all the corporate sponsors for their time, effort and enthusiasm. Together we can achieve a Mine Free Angola.  

 

Great Glen Paddle – 22 March 2014

Alistair Spearing and Claire Anderson both grew up in Perthshire but are now living in London. Two years ago, whilst serving with The Royal Engineers in Afghanistan, Ali was involved in a serious accident. After stepping on an improvised explosive device, he lost both his legs above the knee.

Positive as ever, Ali continues to be very active. Alongside his rehabilitation programme at Headley Court, he and Claire have been training for this year’s Great Glen Paddle: a non stop, 92km Kayak Race from Fort William to Inverness. They are setting off from Fort William early this Saturday morning around 0200hrs and aim to reach Inverness by sunset!

The reason they have chosen to raise money for The HALO Trust is that while they have been lucky enough to have benefited from a huge amount of support after Ali's injuries, there are thousands of people across the world who receive similar injuries as a result of landmines but who do not have the same network of support.  HALO continues its dangerous work throughout the world in order to minimise the number of injuries inflicted by legacy mines.

See Ali and Claire training

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ez8VwBtXnI

Support them by donating to –

www.justgiving.com/claire-anderson17

HALO is an Official Charity Partner for Runs - Join the Race to Clear Landmines

On 26 October 2014, the HALO Trust is an official charity partner of the Bupa Great Run South in Portsmouth, UK. The same day, in Washington, DC, HALO partners with the Marine Corps Marathon for the fourth consecutive year.

Bupa Great Run South – Southsea, Portsmouth (UK)

Join HALO in Europe’s leading 10 mile race. Enjoy beautiful views of the Isle of Wight as the crowds and music keep you moving. The race is broadcast on Channel Five. We’ll give you a free charity place if you pledge to raise a minimum of £250 in sponsorship. To join Team HALO for the Bupa Great Run South contact us at:  mail@halousa.org or +44 (0) 1848 331100. 

 Marine Corps Marathon – Washington, DC (USA)

This is one of the largest marathons in the world, with 30,000 runners racing through the nation’s capital. The race quickly sells out to the general public – but you can reserve your spot with us now. Our fundraising minimum for guaranteed race registration is $500. To join Team HALO for the MCM contact us at:  mail@halousa.org or +1-415-986-4852. 

 

Opening of HALO's 25th Anniversary Exhibition, Pristina, Kosovo - and the New "4 Year" Challenge

The visit of HALO’s 25th Anniversary Photographic Exhibition to Kosovo’s National Museum was marked with on opening reception on 23rd January. 

Speaking at the opening, Ambassador Krystyna Marty Lang of Switzerland, a long-standing donor of HALO in Kosovo, said that is “alarming” that the recent joint survey conducted by HALO and the Kosovo Mine Action Centre has identified 130 minefields and cluster munition strikes remaining in Kosovo. She commented that “with the current low intensity and speed” of clearance it will take ten more years before Kosovo is “truly free from the effects of mines and cluster munitions.”

HALO’s Director, Guy Willoughby thanked the Government of Kosovo, HALO’s donors, and HALO’s dedicated staff for making possible HALO’s successes in Kosovo. He then challenged everyone with an interest in Kosovo to aim for a Kosovo free of mines by December 2017, so reducing the clearance time from another 10 years to four.

Responding to this Mr Agim Çeku, Minister for the Kosovo Security Force said that this target was currently “optimistic” but it could be achieved if the international community were to step in with additional funding. Mr Çeku then presented HALO with a Letter of Appreciation for its 14 years of clearance in Kosovo.

M. Pascal Gregoire, Head of Mission of the Belgian Diplomatic Office, also spoke at the opening – The Kingdom of Belgium has been HALO’s other major donor in Kosovo in recent years. 

The link below is to the opening of the exhibition as covered on Kosovo’s Albanian-language TV21 news.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OswjXgWdCg0&list=UUYmqeHyBPCpW0HsHk5euQDw...

Another Race to Clear Landmines

The HALO Trust had 16 runners Race to Clear Landmines in Washington, DC’s Marine Corps Marathon last Sunday 27 October, 2013. Together they raised over $10,000 for HALO’s global landmine removal efforts.  

 Charlie Henshall who raised over $3,000 for the HALO Trust

Runner Charlie Henshall of Madison, NJ was motivated to complete the Marine Corps Marathon for HALO after his daughter Meghan Henshall, a 2012 Kenyon College graduate and Community Health Education Volunteer with the US Peace Corps working and serving in Cambodia, told him about HALO’s great work in her adopted country.  

While Charlie was training for his challenge, his daughter Meghan visited HALO Cambodia’s headquarters in Siem Reap to learn more. Meghan Henshall shared on her blog: "This coming Sunday, the 27th, my Dad will get up and run the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C. while I eat dinner with my host family and the sun slowly sets and the stars come out.  He is running for a better, safer tomorrow, for people in a country halfway around the world; a tomorrow that will come sooner than it seems.”

Charlie finished the marathon in 4:18:15 and has raised $3,083 of his $3,000 goal.

HALO has been an official charity partner of the Marine Corps Marathon for three consecutive years now, as well as the San Francisco Marathon. Forty-six runners have raised over $30,000 in support of HALO’s mission “getting mines out of the ground, for good”. 

If you are interested in running a marathon for HALO please contact us at mail@halousa.org or +1-415-986-4852.

Prince Harry Praises HALO at British Ambassador Dinner in Washington DC

On 9 May 2013 Prince Harry, Patron of HALO’s 25th Anniversary Appeal, greeted more than 200 guests at a reception held at the residence of British Ambassador, Sir Peter Westmacott.

Following the reception, he joined the Ambassador and Lady Westmacott, Senator McCain, Senator Leahy, Teresa Heinz Kerry, wife of Secretary of State John Kerry, and HALO donors for an intimate dinner party.

The Prince later made a speech which recalled the passion his mother, Princess Diana, had for landmine clearance and paid tribute to HALO donors, including the US Government, the largest donor to humanitarian mine action worldwide.

“This evening gives me great personal pleasure too,” the Prince said. “My mother, who believed passionately in this cause, would be proud of my association with HALO. In her special way, she adopted it as her own. She would join me – along with all of you, I’m sure – in praising HALO for the amazing work that it has done over the past quarter century, and in hoping that one day soon its humanitarian work will be done".

You can read Prince Harry’s speech in full here.

Photographs courtesy of the British Embassy Washington 

HALO an Official Charity Partner for US Marathons

The Race to Clear Landmines.

The HALO Trust is again an official charity partner of the San Francisco Marathon (June 16, 2013) and Washington, DC’s Marine Corps Marathon (October, 27 2013).

San Francisco Marathon - 16 June 2013

The San Francisco Marathon is one of the most beautiful and challenging urban road marathons in the US. Raising money for HALO will make it Worth the Hurt. The minimum fundraising for free guaranteed race registration is $500.To join Team HALO contact Amy: mail@halousa.org or +1-415-986-4852

Washington DC's Marine Corps Marathon – 27 October 2013

The Marine Corps Marathon is one of the largest marathons in the world, with 30,000 runners racing through the nation’s capital. The race quickly sells out to the general public – but you can reserve your spot with us now. Our fundraising minimum for free guaranteed race registration in the ‘People’s Marathon’ is $500. To join Team HALO contact Amy: mail@halousa.org or +1-415-986-4852

Racing to Clear Landmines

The HALO Trust had two runners Race to Clear Landmines in Washington, DC’s Marine Corps Marathon last weekend - 28 October, 2012. 

Runner Kurt Chesko is the former Vice-President of HALO USA. On Sunday, Kurt ran his first marathon in support of the charity that he’d worked for nearly 10 years.

Kurt, currently a Masters Candidate at New York University, joined HALO in 2002.  He did his mineclearance training in Afghanistan and worked in Somalia, Sudan, Abkhazia, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Mozambique, before being promoted to run US operations.  Kurt’s marathon training took him through the streets of New York City, his current hometown, too many times to count.  It was worth it.  Kurt finished his first marathon in 4:10:44, while raising a fantastic $2,670 to clear landmines.     

The second runner is also no stranger to HALO’s work. Jay Kimmel witnessed HALO’s mineclearance firsthand while living in Angola with the U.S. State Department. He finished with a personal record in his fifth and fastest marathon - 4:04:09.

Jay encouraged his friends and family to give to HALO, a charity and mission he feels passionate about, by personally matching their donations. In Jay’s words, “Even without this focal event -- running the Marine Corps Marathon -- I would encourage anyone serious about charity to support The HALO Trust…The staff of The HALO Trust are serious professionals, many working under extreme conditions, truly demonstrating the heroism that donors often expect from charity groups.”

This is the second year HALO has been an official charity partner of the Marine Corps Marathon, as well as the San Francisco Marathon. Twenty-seven runners have raised $20,876 in support of the HALO’s mission “getting mines out of the ground, now”. 

If you are interested in running a marathon for HALO please contact us at mail@halousa.org or +1-415-986-4852. 

Art Exhibition at the Old Royal Ship Luckington, Wiltshire

Veronica Hargreaves very kindly organised “A Family Exhibition” at Luckington in May to raise awareness and funds for the HALO Trust. 

The artists exhibiting were all relations: John Thorneycroft, and his son, Richard Thorneycroft, sister Victoria Nathanson and her daughter Susannah, Veronica Hargreaves and Fiona Willoughby.

We had a very successful opening night with around 200 people from all over the South West supporting the HALO Zimbabwe programme and buying many paintings  - with a percentage donated to HALO.

The exhibition ran for 4 days and attracted a lot of local interest including the schools who came in for a few hours to hear about HALO’s work across the world from Chief Executive, Guy Willoughby.

Many thanks to Veronica and all the team at Luckington for putting on such a wonderful event.

Visit the participating artists' websites at:

www.susannahnathanson.co.uk

www.thorneycroftfineart.com

www.victorianathanson.co.uk

www.fionawilloughby.com

Svalbard Expedition - Skiing for Landmine Awareness

Dave Leaning successfully led a team attempting an unsupported ski crossing of the Arctic Island of Svalbard. 

Read about the expedition at ampair-aquair.blogspot.co.uk/2010/02/cold-shores-skiing-for-land-mine.html

Cape Town Expedition - Miles for Mines

Three Oxford undergraduates, Toby Hodgson, Carl King and Quentin Macfarlane, drove from London to Cape Town during the summer collecting donations in support of HALO Mozambique. 

They reached Maputo at the end of June and camped at HALO’s compound.  

The HALO South Pole Expedition

On 21 January 2004, Alex Blyth, then a Trustee of The HALO Trust, and Ray Middleton, a senior pilot with Cathay Pacific, reached the South Pole after a 730 mile trek from the coast of Antarctica.

They raised over $200,000 for The HALO Trust.

26 years of clearing the debris of war and helping millions of families return home