At least £500 of the £1000 minimum per team has to be donated to Cool Earth. Beyond that teams can carry on raising money for them or choose another registered charity of their choice. Over the years we have worked with some most excellent charities who do fine work in various corners of the planet.
If you are looking for a corker of a project to support, look no further, give one of these a shout:
Frank Water (India)
FRANK Water saves lives through funding innovative and sustainable clean water projects in developing countries. Communities are provided with safe, clean water by employing ultra violet and reverse osmosis technology to filter water and remove diseases causing both chemical and biological contaminants.
The projects are community owned and run, with a priority on community ownership, education and longevity. Each project is managed and operated by local villagers and an affordable user fee model is implemented to ensure sustainability and achieve maximum community uptake well into the future. FRANK Water have funded 88 projects reaching over 400,000 people to date and aim to extend our effectiveness to improve public health and reach many more communities throughout the world.
Practical Action (Peru)
Reducing poverty through technology. Practical Action works with communities to find practical solutions to the poverty they face. Technology has a vital role to play in building livelihoods - and technology can include physical infrastructure, machinery and equipment, but also knowledge, skills and the capacity to organise and use all of these
Mercy Corps (Mongolia)
The herders and livestock that roam the vast Gobi Desert seem like they've always coexisted there — but the times are rapidly changing. Mercy Corps supports families and communities in rural Mongolia with programmes focusing on economic opportunity, civil society and natural resource management. Since 1999, they have worked with local governments and agencies, businesses, associations and civil society organisations to help build a robust economy and engaged community that respect Mongolian traditions.
Operation Smile (Siberia)
Operation Smile is an international children’s medical charity, working with a team of dedicated medical volunteers who provide safe, effective reconstructive surgery for children born with facial deformities such as cleft lip and cleft palate.
Lotus Children's Centre (Mongolia)
Lotus works with vulnerable children and families to provide the basic human rights of shelter, food and education. They care for up to 150 abused, orphaned and abandoned children at any one time.
Harapan Forest via Bridlife International (Indonesia)
The Forest of Harapan (Hope) is an incredible project in Sumatra, Indonesia set up to protect vast tracts of rainforest from being decimated by logging. Funds donated to this project via Birdlife International will help with the reforestation work and training of local people to become forest wardens. This will save many species from becoming extinct and make the planet more jungly and foresty, which is rather important.