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London, 12 Jun - MapAction’s patron, Prince Harry, attended a special reception last night to celebrate the charity’s recent achievements, with particular focus on its vital role in the response to the Ebola outbreak.

 

Prince Harry and fellow guests listened to presentations from MapAction volunteers who had deployed to Sierra Leone for the Ebola Response.

 

At the event Andy Kervell, MapAction volunteer, talked movingly about his experience of deploying to Sierra Leone to help with the Ebola outbreak. Prince Harry also gave a speech, reflecting on what he had heard, “I’m sure everyone here will share my admiration for the courage shown by MapAction’s volunteers in responding so readily to the Ebola response - this is nothing less than I have come to expect of them over my years as patron.”

 

Liz Hughes, Chief Executive of MapAction who accompanied Prince Harry at the event added, “From the recent Nepal earthquake to conflict in Yemen, our volunteers have proven time after time that they are willing to respond to increasingly unpredictable and volatile humanitarian crises. The need for our humanitarian mapping service has never been greater. We have the people and the skills to do more - what we lack is the funding. With the support of Prince Harry and fellow guests at our special reception, MapAction can make vital progress in rising to the challenges ahead.”

 

A copy of the video shown at the event can be viewed here:

 

 

For further information on how you can support MapAction’s work, please email: fundraising@mapaction.org.

MapAction is participating in a matched funding appeal for its response to the Nepal earthquake. Donations made through the Big Give will be doubled. UK taxpayers can further boost the value of their gift by adding Gift Aid.

 

To benefit from matched funding, please donate here.

 

MapAction does not benefit from the DEC appeal, so every penny, dollar or Euro donated will make a big difference to our work.

 

Thank you.

Katmandu, 26 Apr – A MapAction team has been mobilised in response to a devastating earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale that hit Nepal Saturday 12 noon, local time.  One of MapAction’s volunteers was already in Katmandu and is liaising with the United Nations on mapping needs.

 

Early indications are several thousand have died, many are still buried under rubble and hospitals are overwhelmed with casualties. The extent of the impact of the emergency is still to be fully determined but it is believed to have impacted Nepal’s second city, Pokhara, and mountainous rural areas.  The Government of Nepal has declared a state of emergency and requested international assistance. A UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination team and Urban Search and Rescue teams are deploying to assist.

 

MapAction undertook a preparedness mission in 2010 with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs ensuring essential data and information was pre identified to help with emergencies like this.

 

More info can be found at http://www.mapaction.org

 

If you haven’t already signed up, please could I urge you to set up an account with Give As You Live before you start bulk buying your gifts for Christmas.

For those not already familiar with GAYL, it’s a widget that raises money at no cost to you when you buy things online. Loads of major retailers (John Lewis, Amazon, M&S etc) have signed up to make a donation every time you make an online purchase from them.

It takes a couple of seconds to set up an account involving some very basic data. Then all you need do is click on the GAYL bar every time you buy something online and valuable pennies will come MapAction’s way.

Since October 2012 MapAction has raised over £660 through just 24 active users. Just think how much could be raised if we all signed up in time for Christmas! Do it now!

Visit www.everyclick.com/mapaction - click the “Give Now” drop-down and choose Give As You Live – then it’s pretty self-explanatory thereafter.

Ordnance Survey are considering changing the overlay showing latitude and longitude markers on their paper maps. This would mean moving towards the overlay showing latitude and longitude used on GPS devices, to help bring digital navigation devices and paper maps closer together and work more in harmony. They believe this would have little impact on the majority of users of OS paper maps. They are canvassing widely and would like to take into account the opinions of BCS members on this change to ensure that all options and impacts are fully considered before making a final decision.

If you are interested in replying, please visit the blog at


https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/blog/2014/09/proposed-changes-to-latitude-and-longitude-representation-on-paper-maps-tell-us-your-thoughts/#more-17254


where you will find more information and a link to a short survey which will need to be completed by Friday 3 October.

Check out this map published in yesterday's Guardian newspaper in the UK:

 

Ebola outbreaks from 1976 to now – interactive map | Society | theguardian.com

Interesting concept for a global reference system:

 

http://what3words.com/

 

MapAction is looking to recruit a part time IT Officer to carry out specific IT related tasks that will support the operations of the charity. Full details of the position can be downloaded - IT Officer job description Or visited here Recruiting for an IT Officer