The final two weeks in the build up to the London Marathon was like nothing I had experienced before. After tapering the long runs in preparation for the big day, the excitement had really started to take hold.
How time has flown since my last blog: Christmas has come and gone, we said goodbye to 2012 and have welcomed 2013 with open arms – and in that time my training for the London Marathon has had its ups and downs.
Instead of cards, at Christmas time we decided to send an email that allowed our clients to select one of our Ecoscheme charities for Acre to donate £5 to on their behalf.
Cool Earth have dropped us a line to let us know that Acre’s support through our Ecoscheme has helped protect 9 acres of rainforest this year:
Having watched the London Marathon on a number of occasions, I’ve often wondered about the emotion you might feel after completing the distance…
The last time I wrote about Kiva I had recently started at Acre. As it’s now been a year, I thought I should give you an update on how my loans are going.
Recently my colleague Steve and I participated in Acre’s volunteering scheme.
As part of the Acre Foundation programme, Lydia and I recently began the first of what will hopefully be a long-term volunteer relationship with Thames21.
Karma often pays you back in strange and round-about ways. Sometimes it’s more direct!
For 16 days London was ablaze with flags, fireworks and festivities from all around the world. Every country, big or small, must be proud of their finest athletes for the hard work and dedication they put in to training and participating in their races, games and events.
As an Australian and a former Sydneysider living in London, I’ve just celebrated my second hometown Olympics.
The first of my three half marathons of 2012 came around very quickly, but with all the training runs I’ve put in, I felt that I was as prepared as I was ever going to be.
In the build up to the skydive the forecast was typical of our summer so far: wind and rain – so I didn’t mentally prepare myself for the jump, assuming it would be called off.
For the last couple of years I have been trying to unite my love for sports and my passion for making a difference in the world. This year I finally managed my time and energy to do something.
Tomorrow, Saturday 23rd June, Acre’s Lydia Langford is attempting a parachute jump from 10,000 feet to raise money for the charity War Child. I caught up with her to ask how she was feeling ahead of her act of daredevilry.
This month we announced the launch of Acre’s enhanced staff volunteer scheme.
After beginning my new role with Acre Resources, I was introduced to the Kiva programme.
The realisation of my challenge has recently dawned on me. I wish I had reality checked myself when I signed up for 3 half marathons in such a blasé way.
When I decided to brave the London roads and take to the bike, there was only one negative thought in my mind: the fear of arriving at work all sweaty from the exertion of the daily commute!
We recently received a first quarter update from our friends at Cool Earth – a charity Acre supports through our Ecoscheme.
In conjunction with our community engagement work for the Acre Foundation, we’ve been engaging in some fun and games to raise money for our charity partners.
I attended my first War Child event last night, where I felt incredibly humbled by the difficult and dangerous work they undertake in areas that are often active war zones.
This week we had a visit from Cool Earth’s Corporate Manager, Ben Gray.
I hadn’t heard of Kiva before coming to Acre, but I thought the idea of creating a loans system which helped individuals from around the world struggling to start businesses was a great idea.
Today we received a nice update from our friends at Cool Earth explaining how Acre’s support through our Echoscheme has helped protect 10 acres of rainforest:
As a new employee to Acre I was given a chance to make a donation to one of charities we support. I chose Kiva.
Here at Acre, we are all personally and independently passionate about the community, charity and ‘giving back’.
Welcome to the newly launched Acre Foundation. The Foundation was conceived as a way to bring together Acre’s charitable work under one roof, and as a method of communicating how we aim to have a positive influence on our staff, customers, local communities and the world at large.