Minerva Trust & Corporate Services Limited launched the ‘Legacy Project’ in 2013 to coincide with the celebration of the milestone birthdays of Minerva’s two founding shareholders, Vipin M.P. Shah and Umesh Sahai. The objectives of the project were clear; we wanted to establish a lasting legacy that focused on creating a positive, long-term and sustainable impact on the communities that continue to play a significant role for Minerva – namely Jersey, Africa and India.
The first charity that benefited from our support was Sense International, a global charity that had been supported for many years by the Meghraj family and also linked to our business connections in Africa. Working in collaboration with the Jersey Overseas Aid Commission, we funded four students from Hautlieu School’s International Baccalaureate programme to travel to the Kilimani School in Nairobi to help support the local deafblind children. The trip was a great success as each of the students benefited immensely from this experience, and over the months following their return, they spread the word about the work of Sense International raising funds for the Kilimani School.
As the Legacy Project has developed it has also enabled us to engage with our employees, who vote for their preferred local Jersey charity each year. In addition they are an integral part of the fundraising, whether it be by contributing to raffles and auctions or completing spinathons or baking cakes they all have a part to play with our fundraising.
Since 2013 we have supported Autism Jersey, The John Martyn Memorial School in Salangaon, India, where Umesh Sahai studied, Friends of Oncology Jersey and JERSKEN, a Jersey based charity supporting an orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya. All of these charities have benefited significantly from the money that has been raised which has helped support them with specific projects. To date Minerva has raised £36,000.
We recently launched our 2016/17 fundraising campaign and are pleased to be supporting Clic Sargent Jersey, a charity which supports Jersey families who have a child or young person fighting cancer, and the Multiple Sclerosis Society of India which supports the welfare of people affected by Multiple Sclerosis.
Our next fund raising effort for these charities is Jersey’s relay marathon which runs alongside the Jersey Marathon on 2nd October. Minerva has entered three teams and is raising funds through sponsorship. The Standard Chartered Jersey Marathon itself raises funds for the charity Seeing is Believing and this year for a project in Zambia.
Commenting on Minerva’s CSR policy, Steven Bowen, Group Managing Director of Minerva Trust & Corporate Services Limited said:
‘We are delighted to support charities in the communities that are important to us, and to many of our clients. Our Legacy Project fundraising campaign is something we are very proud of as it has given our staff and the business the opportunity to raise money required for specific initiatives and support those in need. This is something that is intrinsic to Minerva’s values’
As we continue to campaign for these charities we take time to reflect on what has been achieved since the launch of the project; supporting those in need, changing lives and maintaining positive relationships.
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