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Blue Peter 60th: How Sightsavers got its name

first_img Tagged with: anniversaries appeals BBC TV Melanie May | 17 October 2018 | News During the appeal, more than 32,000 bring-and-buy sales took place across the country, with the final total reaching over £2 million.Sightsavers liked the ‘Sight Saver’ name so much that the organisation re-branded and changed its name that year.Blue Peter Editor Biddy Baxter said at the time:“The appeal smashed all its targets and raised almost 20 times its original goal. Two million people in Africa will have their sight saved as a result.”Blue Peter presenter Mark Curry, who fronted the campaign, said:“The 1986 appeal is one of the standout memories for me from my time on the programme.“I will never forget watching children walking hand in hand with their blind or partially sighted parents and grandparents guiding them across the villages.  I witnessed cataract operations performed by the Sightsavers team and saw the sheer delight when bandages were removed revealing eyes that could suddenly see again. I was totally in awe of this delicate work in tough conditions and with basic facilities.”“Our filming trip wasn’t without problems. We lost electricity many times at our accommodation and hot water was scarce – we often bathed in the lake! We travelled for miles over unmade roads in dusty, hot conditions but we knew how important our filming was in encouraging viewers to host or attend Bring and Buy Sales. The whole Blue Peter team was thrilled and proud that the 1986 appeal exceeded expectations.” Sightsavers is marking Blue Peter’s 60th anniversary by looking back at the 1986 Blue Peter appeal that gave the charity its name.  Blue Peter’s 1986 Sight Saver appeal asked children to host bring-and-buy sales to fund mobile eye units in Malawi, Nigeria and Tanzania. The aim was to raise £100,000 for the Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind, which was the original name of Sightsavers. Blue Peter 60th: How Sightsavers got its name Check out this throwback film showing the appeal and the incredible work done with presenter @MarkCurryBP #BluePeter60! pic.twitter.com/vq9x30dltK— Sightsavers (@Sightsavers) October 16, 2018 Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis5center_img  357 total views,  3 views today [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfcUANndBZo[/youtube]  358 total views,  4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis5 The proceeds from the appeal helped to fund:Two mobile eye units in MalawiThree mobile eye units in Nigeria and TanzaniaTwo motorbikes in The Gambia, each with seven years’ running costsTraining for more eye care workersBuilding more operating theatres for cataract operationsThe anniversary edition of Blue Peter was the 5,037th episode. The one-hour live special, was broadcast on CBBC on 16 October at 5pm, and looked back over the past 60 years, welcoming past presenters including Valerie Singleton, Peter Purves, Anthea Turner, Konnie Huq and Tim Vincent. About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

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Total’s battery unit links up with Tianneng, targets expansion in China

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:The Saft subsidiary of French energy group Total has struck a new deal to expand its presence in China in the fast-growing market for batteries, energy storage and electric vehicles.Total said on Thursday that Saft had signed an agreement with Tianneng Energy Technology to create a joint venture to expand their lithium-ion activity. The companies did not disclose the value of the deal.Manufacturing will be based at the Changxing Gigafactory, with a potential capacity of 5.5 gigawatt hours (GWh), part of which is already in operation.Total’s Saft arm will have a 40 percent shareholding in the new venture, while Tianneng will hold the remaining shares.The companies said they plan to expand the Changxing facility and ramp up its production capacity to meet future growing demand, mainly driven by e-mobility sales and the development of renewable electricity generation capacity.The deal gives Saft and Total an entrance into the Chinese battery market as European manufacturers race to catch up with Asian rivals in the fast-growing market.More: Energy group Total’s Saft arm strikes China batteries deal Total’s battery unit links up with Tianneng, targets expansion in Chinalast_img read more

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