GOODYEAR IN SEARCH OF ‘TYRED’ PLAYGROUNDS
manufacturer and safety expert, Goodyear, has announced the launch
of its 2008 Playground Appeal, an annual campaign which aims to
raise awareness of the need for safe play in the UK.
According to a recent survey initiated by the tyre giant, 8 out of
10 people think that the equipment at their local play area is too
old, and even more alarmingly, over 90% of people believe that there
are not enough safe play areas for children in the UK.
Now, to help families raise awareness of the need for investment in
safe play areas, Goodyear is ridding the UK of its worst playground
by offering one needy play area a £10,000 makeover.
Goodyear’s spokesperson Anna Stanley said:- “For children,
playgrounds are all about having fun and enjoying themselves. Our
appeal is focused upon providing children with not just a fun
playground, but a safe one too and so we are appealing for
nominations of playgrounds that currently don’t meet either
The company is hoping its safety expertise will help to transform a
worn-out playground into a fabulous new fun zone, making use of
recycled old tyres.
Anna continues:- “Every year Goodyear recycles thousands of
tyres for use in sports and recreational surfaces, and this project
will ensure that these old tyres are put to good use, revamping
Britain’s worst playground.”
This is the 3rd consecutive year for Goodyear’s popular Playground
Appeal and adds further support to the company’s commitment to
Anna adds:- “This year we are also proud to announce that as
part of our on-going relationship with Birmingham Children’s
Hospital, our employees have chosen to support the development of a
much needed play area for the Child and Adolescent Mental Health
service at the Hospital; one of the best children’s hospitals in the
Physical play is important to the development of all children, but
this is especially true for children with mental health issues, and
so we are delighted to financially support the development of a play
area at the Hospital.
We are confident that both the new play area at Birmingham
Children’s Hospital and our £10,000 playground makeover will give
many children a safe and fun place to play.”
To nominate your local playground to win a £10,000 makeover please
Nominations are being taken online until 30 April 2008, whereby any
online voting poll will determine the playground most in need of the
playground will be announced during Goodyear’s Playground Safety
Week to be run from 26 May 2008 to 30 May 2008.
GREEN WAY TO MAKE USE OF OUR RARELY USED ITEMS
THIS week sees
the official launch of LetsAllShare, a ground-breaking new
website dedicated to promoting the many practical, economical and
environmental benefits that can be gained by simply sharing items
with other people we trust.
LetsAllShare is completely free to use
and is available to anyone wishing to share, lend or borrow any of
the items or products so many of us buy and use just once or very
also wish to give away unwanted items or maybe earn some cash by
renting or hiring them out for a fee.
The types of products that can be shared are endless. Typical items
include DIY tools, gardening equipment, roof boxes and bicycle
carriers, ski equipment, camping equipment, baby and child items, as
well as designer clothes, shoes and even birth pools. In today's
modern world where space and storage are in short supply the
LetsAllShare concept provides a perfect solution in which everyone
The initiative is the brainchild of Stas Murzynowski and his friend
Neil Lecky- Thompson aka 'Lecky', and came about when
they were having a conversation over a beer. Stas was describing how
a few months earlier his sister had said she was heading off on
holiday with her family and wanted to buy a roof box for her car.
Asking his advice on the best type to buy Stas said:- "why are
you buying a roof box when I have one in the garage that does
nothing for 50 weeks of the year?" As Stas and Lecky thought
a little more the concept of a website came to mind, dedicated to
serving all those people who would share not just items but services
and recommendations also, if only a mechanism was in place. After a
successful soft launch and many months of hard work letsallshare.com
has now officially arrived.
The site has already enjoyed many successful shares from Gucci shoes
and designer frocks to lots of DIY tools and even an office space in
Fulham, which just goes to show how far reaching the idea has
become. It's easy to get involved; you simply become a member
of LetsAllShare which is free to do. Once registered you will be
able to see 2 communities. There is a 'friends and family'
community into which you can invite trusted friends, family and
people you know, as well as a 'local community' which
is automatically set up and captures all other members who have
joined the scheme in your area.
You can also set up a
central community (such as an established network, local sports club
or mums and baby groups) to share specific products.
The beauty of the site is the total
flexibility in which you have complete control as to what you wish
to share, as well as the ability to dictate different terms for each
of your different communities. It's as simple as that.
LetsAllShare is very much ethically driven and both partners rank
its benefits to the environment high on their list of priorities.
We are all only too
aware of the need to become 'greener' in our outlook,
and as population increases there will only be so much of the finite
resources to go round.
Couple this with the
impact of consumer waste and pollution, and 'sharing'
suddenly becomes a very sound idea indeed.
To find out more about LetsAllShare and how you and the environment
can benefit visit the