Arriva European Community Action Awards 2016
Arriva London is part of the Arriva Group, which operates bus and train services in 14 European countries. Each year a committee drawn from the group invites all employees across Europe to enter the Arriva Community Action Awards programme, to demonstrate their charitable contribution to their communities in their spare time and, in recognition of these achievements, to present them with a gift for both themselves and their charities.
There was a multitude of applications this year and the quality of entries was very high. The selection process for the judges was very difficult, but three Arriva London employees were successful.
The three were:
- Tim Hatari, an operating manager at Brixton garage
- Fidelis Idowu, a bus driver also from Brixton garage
- Brian Kerr, a bus driver from Ash Grove garage
Tim’s charity is Loveworks, which is a small charity based in Reigate (Surrey) which does a tremendous amount of work in the local community. The primary activities of the charity involve: supporting individuals and families that have temporarily fallen on hard times with regular food bank supplies, supporting and organising events for the elderly that are lonely, vulnerable or unable to get out and supporting a women’s refuge of vulnerable young ladies and women fleeing domestic violence.
Tim said:- “I became involved with the charity in October 2012 when writing a university paper on volunteering, and was fascinated by the generosity of others. This led me to speak with the founder and other volunteers, which is how I really learnt about what they do and the founders’ motto – “It’s not what you give, but how you give what you give that counts”. This phrase has really stuck with me and from there I began helping with a regular food bank and recently participated in the London Royal Parks Half Marathon to raise money for them”.
Fidelis supports the charity Sense for deafblind people. This is a national charity that supports and campaigns for children and adults who are deafblind or have sensory impairments. Fidelis has run a number of marathons to raise funds for the charity and was recognised for his dedication to them.
Brian’s charity is a fairly new one, The Bounce Alzheimer's Therapy (BAT) Foundation - a young 'Health & Wellbeing' Charity that is pioneering 'Table Tennis Therapy for Alzheimer's'. Table Tennis has already been proven, in extensive studies carried out in the U.S. and Japan, to be incredibly effective in delaying the symptoms in early onset Alzheimer's and has been designated the 'World's No. 1 Brain Sport'. Brian appears in the video clip below.
Helping Brian to achieve his award was this comment from the charity:- “Brian Kerr has been with the charity since its registration in November 2014 and has worked tirelessly above and beyond the call of duty, for us, ever since. He is now an Ambassador for the BAT Table Tennis Therapy Table and regularly attends various events in the U.K. hosting play and explaining the therapeutic potential.”
Presenting cheques to each of the award winners was Arriva London’s Managing Director, Bob Scowen, who had this to say:- “I’m always delighted to hear such great stories about the staff who work for Arriva London and their generosity and kindness to their charities. It also gives me great pleasure to be able to present cheques from Arriva to these worthwhile causes”.
Published : Thu 28th Sep. 2017 - Fri 10th Nov. 2017
Route 175 operates with 16 double-deck vehicles from our Barking garage, with a twelve-minute frequency during the day. Route 103 operates from our Grays garage with 14 buses, with an eight-minute daytime frequency.
Preparations are complete for our display entry in this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show on Saturday. The Arriva London theme again this year is to celebrate the enormous contribution our staff make to charities through the Payroll Giving scheme. With over 1,000 staff supporting over 160 charities every week, and over £1,000,000 having been given in the last five years.
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