The team at Minuteman Press in Cardiff prides itself on giving back to the community they love to serve. From going green and saving the rainforest to raising awareness and money for the homeless, they have dedicated themselves to supporting important causes and making a positive impact on society.
CARDIFF, Wales, United Kingdom—For the Minuteman Press team in Cardiff, Wales, 2016 was a banner year, and we’re not just talking about the valuable design, printing and marketing services they provide to their clients. When it comes to giving back to their community and supporting important causes that are near and dear to their hearts, this dedicated group has gone above and beyond to give back to their community and make a difference.
Here are some of the impressive highlights from 2016 and the beginning of 2017 that show just how much of an impact one business or organization can make if they choose to do so:
GO GREEN DAY AWARD
Sometimes, a plan comes together that makes perfect sense, and even better, it is executed to perfection. Minuteman Press in Cardiff was determined to participate in a fundraising event for Size of Wales, one of their favorite local charities. The purpose of the event was to raise money to save an area of the rainforest that equalled the size of Wales. The charity would then match the amount raised.
The team came up with an idea to design and print a colouring book entitled “Whaleys and Friends GO GREEN Colouring Book” that became a real hit and was sold at participating businesses. The book earned Minuteman Press in Cardiff the prestigious Go Green Day: Sustain Wales Award, which was a real honour.
The awards were presented at the National Assembly for Wales, which was a very high profile event that Minuteman Press was thrilled to be a part of. Here are some photos of the colouring book as well as the GO GREEN Day event:
SLEEP OUT EVENT FOR THE HOMELESS
Another cause that the Minuteman Press team in Cardiff cares deeply about is the local homeless population. They participated in an event called the Llamau Sleep out, which raised money and awareness about the young homeless in Cardiff. The team built their own shelter out of cardboard and slept outside for one night. Here is a flyer and some photos from the Sleep Out event, a night that the team will never forget:
SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL CHALLENGES FOR CHARITY
Sustainable travel is another area where the team at Minuteman Press in Cardiff does all they can to support a worthy cause that protects the environment. In 2016, not only did the team participate in several sustainable travel events, they won their category (workplace of 3-20 people) at two separate events where they were able to donate £100 to charities of their choosing each time.
Here is a rundown of the events that Minuteman Press in Cardiff participated in:
Sustrans, a UK charity, organised the national cycle network and raised awareness of low carbon travel for all. The Welsh branch is a customer of Minuteman Press and the team took part in the Cymru Travel Challenge. According to their website, “The aim of the challenge is to get as many people as possible travelling sustainably for local journeys.”
Minuteman Press won the event in their category in both May and October 2016. In May, they graciously donated their £100 prize to Guide Dogs for the Blind. “My mother is blind and has a guide dog so this is a charity close to my heart,” said Louise Williams, store manager, Minuteman Press in Cardiff.
In October, Minuteman Press donated their £100 prize to Challenge Wales, “a charity dedicated to providing young people between 12 and 25 years old a chance to develop their self-esteem and life-skills of team working and communication through the experience of sailing.”
As a result of participating in these sustainable travel challenges, the staff at Minuteman Press in Cardiff has made life changes that see more team members walking, cycling, and running to work instead of relying on regular transportation.
SUPPORTING ADDITIONAL CAUSES AND LOOKING AHEAD TO 2017
Another cause that Minuteman Press supported in 2016 was for the charity New Link Wales, which ran a Heroine Day Event that was to raise awareness of those recovering from substance misuse and the struggles as well as the stigmatism they encounter. For this event, the Minuteman Press team dressed as superheroes to show the courage that comes from recovery.
Here is a great photo of the Minuteman Press and New Link Wales teams all dressed up for a great cause:
Lastly, for this year’s 2017 calendars, Minuteman Press arranged a photo-walk with Instagramers Cardiff (@igerscardiff). Louise explains, “We met up with other Instagrammers to take photos on a planned walk through central Cardiff under the #igerscardiff landmarks. These were then entered into a photography competition for us to select the best images to be used in our calendar. We have produced a hanging calendar as well as a cd desk calendar, which have been very well-received by our clients! It’s a great way to break the ice with new customers and thank existing clients as well, reminding them that we are here for them to meet all of their printing needs.”
Here is a photo of the 2017 Cardiff Landmarks calendar:
MORE THAN JUST A LOCAL PRINTER
As Louise reflects on such a productive and rewarding year, she thoughtfully concludes, “We are far more than just a local printer, and we are proud to engage fully in our local community!”
Minuteman Press in Cardiff is located at 109 Bute Street, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, South Wales, CF10 5AD. For more information on Minuteman Press in Cardiff or to contact the team, visit www.cardiff.minutemanpress.com.
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