Staff Endeavors

SDL Germany raises €423 for BaanGerda

baangerdaThroughout 2013, SDL Germany had several events to raise money for SDL Foundation project BaanGerda. They sold ice creams, juice, cookies, sweets and recycled bottles. In total, they raised €423 in the office. Through the SDL Foundation, the orphanage BaanGerda in Thailand was able to build a house for HIV infected children. 

SDL Flatiron help 'Intercambio'

IntercambioannualreportThe marketing team based in Colorado put their skills to good use helping ‘Intercambio’, an organisation which aims to help people in the local community to achieve economic self-sufficiency through the acquisition of English language, life skills, and cultural fluency. The SDL team donated their time and used 3 of their charity days to build the charity’s annual report which will help them raise even more funds next year. 

SDL Vietnam support the Tam Duc House of Hope

New ComponentIn Q1, SDL Vietnam supported the Tam Duc House of Hope, which supports abandoned babies up to 3 years old, providing food and education. Over US$200 was raised just from office donations, which went towards milk and nappies – items urgently required. A team of 11 employees visited the orphanage to give the donations in person, and to spend time with a few of the babies cared for at the facility.


SDL Leuven raises the roof with ‘Le Dindon’

ledindontwoEmployees from the SDL Leuven office put on a play called ‘Le Dindon’ staged by actors including one of SDL Leuven’s employees in order to help raise funds to cover the study fees of a Ugandan lab technician who has been selected to study and train to become a doctor to work in a local Ugandan hospital. They produced programmes, served food throughout the play and took spontaneous donations. The play was a success and they raised 1359 EUR of which funds will be matched by the SDL Foundation.

SDL Italy work with IL SOLE ONLUS

ilsoleTen colleagues from SDL Italy work with IL SOLE ONLUS, an organisation dedicated to the assistance of abused children in Ethiopia. They translate reports on the children’s stories and progress for their Italian sponsors. The SDL Foundation has supported this initiative for the past 3 years. 

No event. No water. SDL Sheffield still run half marathon.

sheffieldcharitableendeavoursFour colleagues from SDL Sheffield took part in the Sheffield Half Marathon last month. Although the event was unfortunately cancelled, the team still ran the full distance – even without water! They raised over £400 for St Wilfrid’s Centre, a drop-in day centre for vulnerable, marginalized and socially excluded people.

Give it up for One25

BristolofficeOne25 is a Bristol-based charity that reaches out to women trapped in street prostitution, helping them to build new lives away from violence, poverty and addiction. Several members of the Bristol office are participating in ‘Give it up for 125’ – giving things up for 125 days such as alcohol, chocolate or using the lift. In addition, some are completing the Mendip Challenge (30 mile walk) and the Bristol Half Marathon, all to encourage sponsorship.

Flat-out Flatiron

boulderbolderThe Flatiron team raised over $1,000 for Partners in Rural Development in Africa. These funds will go towards building more sustainable modular schools in Ethiopia. 12 SDL employees participated in the largest 10K marathon in the United States, the Bolder Boulder, to make this happen. Funds raised will be matched by the SDL Foundation.

SDL Ukraine clean up Kiev

ukrainecleanA team from the Kiev office recently participated in a clean-up operation called ‘Let’s make Ukraine clean’ in a central park. Several companies were involved and they successfully managed to take away all the rubbish from a territory in a central park.

SDL Bulgaria runs for UNICEF

Bulgaria_UNICEFA team from the Sofia office participated in a corporate running relay race alongside many other companies. The event generated BGN 9000 for a local UNICEF initiative. The funds will help develop a network of local Centres for Maternal and Child Health, whose nurses and midwives offer home visits to pregnant women and families with children up to 3 years old.

Happy environment day

Bangalore_environmentBangalore office celebrated ‘Environment Day’ by distributing balcony and outdoor plants to all staff. This is part of the office’s initiative called ‘Climate Change Awareness’ designed to educate employees about climate change and how they can make a positive difference to the environment.

Buddy and Gordon's great adventure

Alistairgordon“Sir Bradley” Buddy and Alastair Gordon (ex-CFO of SDL) have completed their 1000+ mile adventure, raising over £17,000 of much needed funds for Mencap. The particular Mencap project they supported provides 40 children with learning disabilities a week-long adventure, education and vocational break, while providing their parents and carers with a much needed rest. The trip, averaging 70 miles a day, covered a number of the larger islands around the UK.


Ironman Melchior Baltazar

melchiorMelchior Baltazar, part of the SDL Government team in the US, raised over £3,600 for Help for Heroes charity while competing in the UK Ironman on July 20 in Bolton, England. The money was raised from 67 donors, including 15 SDL employees and the SDL Foundation. The UK Ironman consists of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run.

Ice, Ice, baby


When it comes to doing their bit for charity, SDL CEO, Mark Lancaster, and Roddy Temperley, Global Head of Employee Experience and Human Resources, are certainly in good company. Showing they’re as up for a challenge as the likes of George W Bush, Bill Gates and even Justin Bieber, Mark and Roddy recently completed the Ice Bucket Challenge and then nominated all the Site Leaders. Some of you were brave enough to join in the fun. In case you haven’t seen the viral videos that are awash (see what we did there!) on social media, Mark, Roddy and the Site Leaders had a bucket of ice water dumped over their heads to raise awareness of ALS, a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. As a result of global fundraising efforts SDL raised in excess of $4000. If you have not seen their effort you can see it, and the others from SDL employees across the world, by clicking below.

73 SDL colleagues build new house

SDLHousehabitat73 SDL colleagues volunteered to help build a house with their own hands for a young local family who could not afford to purchase or rent a home of their own.
Building the 50-square metre house was all part of the ‘Cluj Build’ project run by the Habitat for Humanity International organisation and supported by the SDL Foundation. The organisation builds, renovates and rehabilitates simple, decent and accessible homes for families in need with the help of volunteers and community resources. Habitat for Humanity has built over 800,000 homes, benefiting four million people in 80 countries. Habitat for Humanity Cluj was founded in 1999 to help the more than one in four Romanians who face severe housing deprivation.
“We knew what the home was supposed to look like when it was built, but to see it with your own eyes being constructed and to realise how big it was, compared to what we had, was such a great joy,” said Mr Gaspar, who worked alongside the SDL volunteers to help build his house. “We’re so glad we had the opportunity to work alongside such hardworking volunteers from SDL and we thank them for all their efforts!”

SDL Finland hits the streets

SPRnalkapaivaSeven colleagues (and one dog!) from SDL Finland took part in the annual ‘Hunger Day Collection’, a three-day event where volunteers take to the streets to raise money for the Red Cross. Collected funds are used to help victims of natural disasters and conflicts around the world. This year the Finnish Red Cross is also helping to support an Ebola clinic in Sierra Leone, West Africa.

Saddle sore but worth it!

palacetopalaceSDL employees from various offices, including Maidenhead, Sheffield, Bristol and even one very keen colleague from the Wakefield (US) office, donned their spandex to take on the challenge of cycling 45 miles for the benefit of the Prince’s Trust. It certainly was a right Royal occasion as the SDL participants cycled from Buckingham Palace in London to Windsor Castle. In true One SDL fashion, all 18 employees positively embraced the challenge and cycled the 45 miles, raising a very impressive £2,023! The cycle ride is an annual fundraising event for The Prince’s Trust, which supports vulnerable young people with practical and financial support to help stabilise their lives and develop skills for employment. 

SDL Sheffield smash Fundraising target

stwilfshandoverchequeBack in June this year, SDL Sheffield launched an internal competition to raise £10,000 to support the building of a new residential unit for SDL Foundation charity, St Wilfreds.
St Wilfrid’s provides care and refuge for the needy and homeless, and it helps equip its residents with the skills and knowledge to ultimately lead independent lives. SDL Sheffield colleagues set themselves up into three teams - Lingua Franca (English Network Office & Translators), GeminAid (the Gemini team), and Out of Office (iMT, PS, Business Applications and support functions) – and over the last five months the teams threw themselves into a huge range of fundraising activities, including cake sales, raffles, eBay sales, a triathlon, pub quizes, allotment clean-ups, extravaganzas, car boot sales, concerts and much more. The end result is that SDL Sheffield smashed its £10,000 fundraising target to raise a truly impressive £14,450! And the winners of the internal competition to generate the most money? The Out of Office team, which raised £7,46.

Maidenhead welcome everyone's favorite bear...Pudsey!

pudseymaidsPudsey bear made a surprise visit to Maidenhead recently, or rather Mark Grant, Central, UK and Nordics Financial Controller, donned his best teddy bear onesie to help raise money for Children in Need. Colleagues all pitched in and either made delicious cakes or bought and ate them (some people even did both!). ‘Pudsey’ made the rounds at the Maidenhead office and even popped in to get a special pat on the back, a donation and a thanks from Mark. All in all, £350 was raised for the BBC charity that funds over 2,600 projects around the world for children and young people. 

Tash-tastic for the men of Maidenhead and Bristol

mobrosmaidstwoMOVember gives real men everywhere the excuse to forgo shaving for a month and grow some stylish facial fuzz – as an added bonus, they can do it and raise money for charity.
So it was for the heroically hirsute men of Maidenhead and Bristol who threw caution to the wind and fearlessly stepped back into the 1980s, sprouting an array of stylish mustaches the like of which even Tom Selleck would be proud. The charity fundraising over, your now closely shaven colleagues would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to everyone who donated and got involved. The Bristol Office raised a fantastic £365 and the Maidenhead office baked and put on a fantastic lunch to support the MOVember Shave Off, which raised a tremendous £167. Further donations online brought the total to £1,427, a tash-tastic figure for a very worthy cause! 

SDL Vietnam delight Da Ra Hoa families

vietnamfoodbankEleven members of the SDL Vietnam team were delighted this month to be able to make donations of cash and clothing to help 180 families who live in the Da Ra Hoa community in the Lac Duong province in Vietnam.
The colleagues (a mixture of Insights, Development and Admin teams) travelled eight hours by bus and spent a night with the families of the Lac Duong province, one of the poorer provinces in Vietnam. They took with them the clothes and around $1,000 in cash, which they had raised with the help of SDL colleagues in Seattle. After all the fundraising and travelling, it was a real treat for the 11 colleagues to be able to personally deliver 5kg of rice, a carton of instant noodles and clothing to each of the families in need. Perhaps even more impressive, the colleagues used personal connections and made contact directly with the families who received the donations.

SDL supports Beadsforlife

BeadforLife_JapanFor the second year running SDL colleagues took part in the BeadforLife Global Bead Sale, a charity supported by the SDL Foundation.
Colleagues in 12 SDL offices around the world supported the non-profit organisation that provides entrepreneurial skills and educational support for women in Uganda.
In Los Angeles and San Jose (CA), Wakefield (MA) and Superior (CO), SDL employees purchased beautiful recycled paper bead jewellery, shea nut butter products and tailored items. Colleagues in the Maidenhead, Munich, Granada and Tokyo offices hosted Bead Parties, while colleagues in Lebanon, Norway, Poland and Turkey shopped at BeadforLife’s online web store.
A group of volunteers from the Superior office also spent a lunch hour helping to assemble wreath-shaped Christmas ornaments with repurposed BeadforLife beads.
It’s estimated that SDL raised around $12,000 dollars for BeadforLife in support of charity work such as numeracy training and coaching, income generation from the manufacture and sale of beads, sustainable farming through the provision of ox ploughs and improved seeds, and sponsorship for young girls to attend school.
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