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Cardiff Volunteering: Help us win £1,000 to help others

Charity seeks support to make social ‘noise’ for community donation!

Between the 16th November and 6th December, Cardiff Volunteering is asking their supporters to help them win a £1,000 Red Cup Grant during the second annual holiday challenge from Starbucks.

Supporters can follow Cardiff Volunteering on and Twitter, Tweeting using the Twitter handle @VolunteerCUSU along with the hashtag #RedCupCheer to help them win the vote, and up to £1,000 through a Red Cup Grant. Participants are also invited to follow the charity’s project page on Neighbourly’s website sharing the link online to contribute to the social noise being calculated across the initiative.

The #RedCupCheer challenge launches 16th November and runs for three weeks, with voting closing on 6th December. Cardiff Volunteering was chosen to participate by local Starbucks store partners who are celebrating the return of the Red Cup this Christmas.

Cardiff Volunteering provides a service within Cardiff University Students’ Union to get students volunteering and helping out in their community. They currently run around 25 unique projects that all require financial support. The projects help to support a range of vulnerable people including care home residents and children with disabilities. “A number of these projects rely solely on the support of our students – without their dedication, these projects wouldn’t run,” says Claire Blakeway, chair of Cardiff Volunteering. “All of our projects need financial support, whether it’s providing transport for our students or materials for activities. Funding would help contribute to the continuation and expansion of our projects.”

“Since we were founded in 1971, we’ve sought to be a force for positive action in the communities we serve,” says Simon Redfern, Director of Corporate Affairs, Starbucks EMEA. “By bringing customers together for some #redcupcheer, we hope to support some great local charities and celebrate the work they do every day of the year.”

Nick Davies, Founder of Neighbourly says: “Red Cup Cheer is a fantastic way for Starbucks to connect with projects close to the hearts of customers and colleagues in their local communities. provides a space for projects to tell their story and share among friends and neighbours so that Starbucks can focus support where it’s needed most. Good luck to all those participating.”

The value of the Red Cup Grant each charity receives will be decided on the basis of a popular vote conducted on Twitter and, as measured and recorded by Neighbourly’s software and verified by Starbucks.

For more information: Claire Blakeway, C/O Rachel, 02920 781494 or

Finally our volunteer of the week this week is Abi Mitchell! Abi turned 21 on the 17th November, but still came in for her Lead Volunteer training in the evening. Well done Abi!


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