We’re never afraid to do a spot of bookie bashing here at Geegeez, and heaven knows, they usually deserve it as well. But we’re nothing if not fair, and so it’s really pleasing to be able to highlight something positive from William Hill.
Later this month a group of 12 of their senior managers, headed up by PR director Kate Miller and director of innovation Jamie Hart are heading off to Kenya. Also taking part is former footballer Robbie Savage, who is now an ambassador for the firm. Now this is no jolly, and neither is it about an extension of Hill’s operations to East Africa. They will, though, be breaking new ground, literally.
The team will see how an initial donation of £15,000 from the William Hill foundation has been used to fund materials and labour for a new library at the Ol Maisor Primary School in Laikipia District, North of Nairobi. There’s a further £10,000 promised for books, sports equipment, uniforms and a school bell.
First though, the classrooms are in need of major refurbishment, and the William Hill team will be getting their hands dirty in carrying out some of this work. Chief executive Ralph Topping hopes that staff throughout the organisation will get involved in fund raising to secure the long term future of the school. He also plans to ensure that some staff are able to visit the project each year.
He said, “This is a major project for William Hill and a first for our organisation overall. We are committing time, resource and funding for this amazing part of Africa that is so far removed from our own day-to-day lives. Our team will be working hand in hand with local Kenyans to help build a future for the next generation and I’m hopeful our entire company will be engaged with the project in some way over the coming years.”
It’s much needed work and very welcome.