Just a Drop simply would not exist today without the generous support of Reed Exhibitions. The world’s leading organiser of trade and consumer events -including World Travel Market – has supported the charity from its inception, by providing office space, telecoms and IT support, as well as expert marketing and PR advice. Today Just a Drop is just one of the official charities supported by Reed Exhibitions.
Founded in 1969 by Just a Drop’s Honorary President, Colonel John Blashford-Snell OBE and his colleagues, the Scientific Exploration Society initiates a worldwide programme of scientific expeditions focusing on scientific, conservation, education and community aid projects.
World Travel Market is The Premier Global Event for the Travel Industry. It’s tremendous support has enabled Just a Drop to carry out numerous vital projects across the developing world. “We have always had a very close relationship with Just a Drop and this has grown even stronger over the years”, says Simon Press, Exhibition Director. “I am particularly delighted that so many of my team have gone that extra mile to support the charity, often giving up their own free time to help out at functions and events. This helps bring staff closer together by giving them an added common goal.”
All Leisure group supported our ‘Just Help Haiti’ campaign. Roger Allard, Chairman of All Leisure group plc commented, “This tragic disaster has left Haiti with enormous challenges to overcome and long after the headlines have gone the people of Haiti will still need our support. By raising as much as possible, we hope to aid the urgent water shortage problems and, just as importantly, help with the vital ongoing support to ensure that the recovery process is sustained.”
Brighter Group – one of the most established PR and marketing companies in the travel and hospitality industry – provides us with PR and communications support to help raise awareness about the lifesaving work we carry out. Debbie Flynn, CEO, Brighter Group said, ‘‘I have a long-standing relationship with Just a Drop and am only too happy to support them in all of their initiatives. We are lending our services to Just a Drop to help them communicate the great work that they do and we are thrilled to be a part of their mission!”
Just a Drop has been adopted by Corinthia Hotels as its official charity and is supporting our work in Tanzania. Tony Potter, CEO and managing Director, CHI Hotels & Resorts, the operating company for Corinthia Hotels, and himself a long time supporter, explained that Corinthia chairman Alfred Pisani was most impressed with Just a Drop, because “the results have positively touched the lives and futures of so many.” Potter added, “now that Corinthia has opened its flagship hotel in London, we can work more closely with the Just a Drop team to help promote the Charity, which has become a benchmark for the travel industry in caring for the very communities around the world that host our guests.”
Inspired Films is a London based film and video production company, which is spearheading Just a Drop’s media strategy for 2011/2013. Creative Director – Louis Paltnoi – explains: “We are delighted and honoured to be supporting Just a Drop, in order to help highlight the incredible work the charity has done and continues to do in countries all over the world. I was fortunate enough to witness first hand the construction of Just a Drop water projects in Kenya and the very positive effect it is having on the local community.”
The Institute of Travel & Tourism is a proud supporter of Just a Drop, having raised over £150,000 at its annual ITT Conferences and President’s Dinners. Just a Drop’s President Col. John Blashford-Snell, who is responsible for all the charity’s project work, has often said how appreciative the Trustees are of ITT’s goodwill, fundraising activities and the personal support shown by Steven Freudmann, ITT’s Chairman. “The partnership between ITT and Just a Drop is a tremendous example of how the travel and tourism industry can change people’s daily lives.”
Simpson Millar LLP Solicitors has over 150 years experience and are accredited with the Investors in People and Lexcel quality standards. Craig Jones, Operations Director said, “After having the pleasure of sponsoring an event hosted by Just a Drop, I was made only too aware of whether we are using our water effectively. Never before has the phrase ‘spending money like water’ seemed more inappropriate. Just a Drop ensures that families have clean and accessible water and gives many people a fighting chance of enjoying their lives and avoiding sickness due to unsanitary drinking water.”
Founded in the summer of 1841 – when Thomas Cook ran his very first ‘one shilling a head’ rail excursion from Leicester to Loughborough – the Thomas Cook Group is one of the best-known travel companies in the world and has a history of supporting many of the world’s most underprivileged people. Joanna Wild, Chair of the Thomas Cook Children’s Charity said, “We are thrilled to be involved with Just a Drop – the work it does for children and communities is wonderful. Everyone at Thomas Cook is delighted that we can support the charity and we look forward to becoming further involved.” The Thomas Cook Children’s Charity is generously supporting Just a Drop with a grant of £25,000 each year for three years towards our work.
TUI Travel PLC is the world’s leading international leisure travel group. TUI is committed to sustainable development and is the proud holder of a World Responsible Tourism Award. Group Director for Sustainable Development, Jane Ashton, said, “We are delighted to be helping out on such a valuable cause. Just a Drop is working on some very important projects, such as looking at the long term solution for the damage caused by the hurricane on Haiti’s water systems. We are proud to be supporting such a worthwhile organisation.” TUI Travel is generously supporting Just a Drop with a grant of £25,000 each year for three years towards our work.