Last month saw eight teams of fundraisers in “banger” cars complete a five day rally across Europe in support of Parenta Trust.
As a result of the fundraising efforts of the rally participants and their supporters, we’re delighted to announce that £13,000 has been raised to build a fourth pre-school in Africa.
This means Parenta Trust, along with our partner Fields of Life, will shortly be able to commission the build of our next school for disadvantaged young children and orphans in Africa.
Our partnership with Fields of Life enables 93p of every pound we raise to be effectively spent on the ground in Uganda, whilst also allowing Parenta Trust to fundraise with no administration costs.
However, for every school we build, we still need to find loving sponsors who will support each child and make a positive impact to their lives. Sponsorship enables a child to have an education, as well as a school uniform, a daily hot meal, and even a present at Christmas!
PRESS RELEASE: On June 17, eight teams of fundraisers in “banger” cars started their epic journey across Europe for a five-day, 2,200 mile rally.
It was all in aid of raising money to build a new pre-school in East Africa. The rally, organised by Parenta Trust, saw participants make their way from Maidstone to Monaco in a car bought for £350.
Parenta Trust has committed to build 10 pre-schools in East Africa, and the rally will enable them to build number 4. Each pre-school is designed to support orphans and disadvantaged young children in Africa.
Parenta’s managing director, Allan Presland, who participated in the rally, said:
“Last year, I was privileged to be able to open the first Parenta Trust pre-school at the Good Shepherd School in Luwero, Uganda; housing 150 orphaned and disadvantaged children under five. Since then, we have been able to commission two more schools and the money raised from this year’s rally will enable us to commission our fourth school.”
Mr Presland added: “With the fourth school added, Parenta Trust will be looking after 600 disadvantaged children each year. I am so proud of the Parenta team who have enabled these fantastic schools to become a reality.”
The rally ran from Wednesday, June 17 to Sunday, June 21, with teams undertaking various challenges along the way.
Teams can sign up to take part in next year’s rally, which starts on June 22 at parenta.com/charity and will need to purchase a £350 roadworthy car and raise £1,000 to take part.
Notes to Editors:
Parenta Trust is the charitable arm of the Parenta Group of Companies. Charity number 115 3051
See how you could support the Parenta Trust, its charitable events, or sponsoring a child in a Parenta Trust school:
The very first Kent Digital Awards were presented in Maidstone on 18th June, celebrating the online achievements of businesses, charities and schools from all over the county.
The evening saw nominated finalists come together for dinner, drinks and an award ceremony to celebrate digital talent and innovation.
We entered our website into the category “Best Website for a School, Education or Charity” and came away with a Bronze Award in recognition of parenta.com.
Our company expanded its marketing team in 2013-14, taking on a Head of Marketing, copywriter and marketing executive. This has enabled us to create and deliver a very successful content strategy plan, which has seen an uplift of visitors to our website.
There were fifteen different award categories ranging from “Best Blog” to “Best Mobile App” and 18 digital specialists on the judging panel.
To find out more about the Kent Digital Awards, visit their website.
(Left to Right) Bryony Abbott, Dan Carlton and Natalie MacDonald celebrating Parenta’s win at the Kent Digital Awards
On Thursday 18th September, the customer service team at Parenta took on a challenge of epic proportions: they ran, rowed and cycled 240 miles. This is the distance from Maidstone to Paris!
The Parenta to Paris team was made up of Luke Francis, Emma Reeves, Tommy Dellar, Amy Johnson and Richelle Sparks. The money they raised was for the Parenta Trust charity, to help build pre-schools in deprived areas of Eastern Africa.
A gym was set up in the office at the start of the challenge, complete with a treadmill, rowing machine and a bike. The team of five started their triathlon at 9am on Thursday morning, running the equivalent distance to Dover, rowing across the Channel and then hopping on the bike to ride the distance to Paris.
Before the day got underway, team leader Luke Francis said, “One of us will be sweating on the machine, while the others cover the phones. We’ll keep swapping until we’ve done all 240 miles.”
Everyone in the office lent their support with a special menu of English and French food being served for the day to raise extra money, as well as a £1 sweepstake to guess the team’s final completion time.
The team worked hard through the night and managed to finish in 23 hours 12 minutes. Despite the lack of sleep and very sore legs, Parenta to Paris raised a total of £531.75p.
Allan Presland, Managing Director of Parenta, said: “I am absolutely delighted with the effort put into fundraising by the customer service team. Completing a triathlon of this scale is difficult even for seasoned athletes, but the team managed to do this whilst balancing their everyday workload, too!”
He added: “I am very proud of the team. The money raised will be put towards building a new pre-school in Uganda next year.”
Parenta has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with WhileOnTheMove Ltd (WOM), a Finnish company that provides technology solutions to the childcare industry.
The arrangement will allow Parenta to integrate Daisy, WOM’s tagging technology, into its nursery management software, meaning settings will be able to easily monitor which children are in attendance. Each child will be given a personal tag, which will be used to check them in. This information will allow nursery staff to see at a glance who has arrived.
The technology is known as near field communication (NFC) and WOM has been bringing it to everyday life since the company was established in 2010. Presented as a mobile application, Daisy has been used with great success across Europe, increasing security and improving the daily registration process.
Parenta began business in 1999 and offers a range of support to the childcare industry, from management software and fee collection, to websites and training. It jumped at the chance to add this new element to its portfolio.
Tony Toms, Head of IT at Parenta is delighted with the partnership. “We aim to constantly innovate and find new ways to surprise our customers. Daisy helps to take our software to the next level, making nursery management easier for customers.
“We looked at developing our own product but Daisy is well-established, with an excellent reputation on the continent for this technology. It’s a perfect fit for us.”
Parenta customers can expect the launch of this fantastic new feature later this year.
“We are very pleased to have Parenta as our partner in the UK”, says Kari Kivistö, CEO of WOM. “Parenta has well-established client base and excellent personnel in marketing & sales, training and support teams. We believe Daisy in an ideal add-on to their portfolio.”
For the second year running, the Parenta Trust banger rally has raised enough money to build a pre-school in Eastern Africa!
Participants had a budget of around £350 to buy cars for the trip from Maidstone to Monaco. Each of the 14 bangers was modified in various ways; some were based on films, like Star Trek and Ghostbusters, while others displayed badges of local businesses that had sponsored them. One was entirely covered in fur and caused quite a stir around the continent!
The journey took the group through seven countries, and explored some of Europe’s most stunning scenery; from the famous Furka Pass, which was tackled by the Top Gear team and was in the James Bond film Goldfinger, to the spectacular St Bernard’s Pass between France and Italy.
The days were long as they drove for up to 14 hours, really earning the money they’d raised. Along the way there were pranks aplenty, with teams nudging each other’s cars in lay-bys, hiding keys and secreting smelly cheese under seats.
There were daily challenges, like bringing a snowman to dinner and getting all four wheels off the ground (one team managed this with a forklift truck!). It all added to the fun and feedback has been fantastic!
The final night was spent in Monaco, where everyone enjoyed a meal, some drinks and got to look at cars that were a world away from the old bangers they’d been cruising around in!
The total raised currently stands at £18,000, which will be used to commission another much-needed pre-school this year for disadvantaged children in Africa. Many of the teams have also committed to sponsoring children, which is also desperately needed.
Allan Presland, Managing Director of the Parenta Group, said, “It was another fantastic year for our rally. The trip was packed with fun and laughter and everyone made it home safely. We’ve not only exceeded our sponsorship target, but we’ve increased awareness of this great cause.”