Lord Mayor looks to business for charities cash

The Lord Mayor of Liverpool is writing to 201 of the city’s businesses asking them to donate £1,000 each to her charities.

Councillor Anna Rothery is launching the ‘201 Club’ fundraising drive at the Town Hall on Tuesday 12 November in a bid to secure money for the good causes she is backing this year.

Her charities are:

• The Anthony Walker Foundation – a local charity established in the aftermath of the racist killing of the 18 year old Anthony in 2005. AWF promotes racial harmony through education, arts and sports, values diversity and personal integrity, and the realisation of the potential of all young people.

• Amadudu Women’s Refuge – set up in 1991 to provide temporary accommodation and a range of services to meet the holistic needs of women and children fleeing Domestic Violence.

• LCR Pride Foundation – which aims to position the Liverpool City Region as the most LGBT+ friendly region in the UK. They do this by highlighting the daily barriers that LGBT+ people living in and visiting the region face, and by creating an inclusive culture where people feel they can fully participate and contribute.

• Merseyside Somali Association – established over 40 years ago by Somali seamen to address their needs in areas of employment, social, housing and health needs. Over the years the organisation has grown to become one the largest Somali community in the North West.

People wanting to raise money for The Lord Mayor’s Charities can contact Liverpool Town Hall on 0151 233 4651, email town.hall@liverpool.gov.uk, donate at http://liverpooltownhall.co.uk/lmca or text a donation to “LMAY18 £X” TO 70070 (X is £1, £5, £10).

Lord Mayor, Cllr Anna Rothery, said: “I am hoping to raise a lot of money for my charities this year and raise the profile of the excellent work they do. I can only do that with the generosity of other individuals and organisations who are willing to support them.

“I am aiming to get 200 businesses to each donate money, and am also looking for one to go over and above by contributing something extra – it could be a prize, or their time or something else – hence why I have called it the 201 Club.”

John Au, partnerships and Projects Manager from the Anthony Walker Foundation – which is one of the Lord Mayor’s charities – said: “Everyone associated with the Anthony Walker Foundation was really pleased and honoured to learn it had been chosen by the Lord Mayor as one of her chosen charities for the year.

“We’ve always taken pride and great consideration in whatever work and activities we perform on behalf of our communities and to be recognised by the Lord Mayor acknowledges our commitment while reminding us of our continued responsibilities to be the very best we can for anyone who would benefit from our services.

“The support from Lord Mayor Anna Rothery can only assist us in our determination to always moving forward in our work.”