Hft chosen as official UK charity for International Talk Like a Pirate Day

first_img Printable Hft pirate bunting; Howard Lake | 11 September 2013 | News Hft chosen as official UK charity for International Talk Like a Pirate Day Pirate posters for people to advertise their fundraising events. They include a suggestion to “scan this QARRRRRR code”; About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  29 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis HFT, the charity that supports people with learning disabilities and their families, has been chose as official UK charity for International Talk Like a Pirate Day.The annual event takes place on 19 September and involves people around the world dressing like a pirate, talking like a pirate (“aaarrr”) or holding a pirate event. Many participants engage in fundraising too.The UK partnership came about when Hft’s Head of Regional and Community Fundraising, Chris Clarke, noticed that the UK chapter of International Talk Like a Pirate Day had no official charity representative. So he approached  ‘Captain Slappy’ – co-founder of International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Advertisementcenter_img Printable pirate colouring pictures; Origami pirate hats; A welcome guide for fundraisers; More activity in 2014The charity anticipates learning alot about what resources work and how it can best support its fundraisers and supporters in the initial campaign. It hopes to expand on this considerable in 2014. Talk Like A Pirate DayTalk Like A Pirate Day is now in its 11th year. Participants greet each other with cries of “Ahoy matey” and intersperse their conversations with plenty of “aaaarrr”s and “aye.Facebook users can convert their page to Talk Like A Pirate by selecting it as a language. Online game Minecraft has also offered a similar functionality for players.  A pirate dictionary, to help people with speaking like a pirate.Hft’s Community Fundraising team has also been working to sign up a few local businesses, such as pubs and nurseries, to join in with the festivities and raise money for Hft with their own pirate-themed days. The charity has also been promoting the day via its Facebook page, asking followers to share their best pirate jokes and posting some videos to give them some ideas for fundraising. Captain Slappy confirmed the partnership.  He emailed: “Ahoy Chris!… I do, hereby, declare HFT.org.uk to be the “Official” site o’ International Talk Like a Pirate Day (UK Chapter) with all the rights and privileges and what-nots that comes with it! May they continue to do good whilst talking badly! Yo Ho Ho and a bottle o’ Rum! –  Cap’n Slappy. Keep up the good work, mate!” What is Hft doing for International Talk Like a Pirate Day?Chris Clarke, Hft’s Head of Regional and Community Fundraising, is the official UK representative for International Talk Like a Pirate Day. His pirate name is Mad Captain Christopher Piraticus or Mad Cap’n Piraticus for short.The charity is exploring how best to take advantage of the unusual partnership. It is promoting the event and encouraging the public to take part and raise funds.It has developed some pirate-themed resources and will itself be piloting some events and activities this year, with a view to expanding its activities in 2014.Resources include:last_img read more