The Manx Wildlife Trust, the Island’s leading nature conservation charity, is delighted to announce the publication of its calendar for 2015. Showcasing spectacular Manx wildlife and scenes, the calendar has been very generously sponsored by PokerStars through their corporate giving programme, Helping Hands.
A longstanding Gold Corporate Member of the Manx Wildlife Trust, PokerStars launched Helping Hands in 2013. Sue Hammett, PokerStars’ Head of Corporate Giving, said, “Giving back to our communities and supporting our people has been at the heart of PokerStars since we first began and Helping Hands focuses our charitable activity on those two key areas of our business.” Sue went on to say, “We were delighted to have the opportunity to sponsor the Manx Wildlife Trust’s 2015 calendar, given that all proceeds from the sale of the calendar will go to fund the charity’s vital work to benefit the wonderful wildlife of our Island.”
To promote the sponsorship arrangement, the Manx Wildlife Trust recently held a photographic competition for PokerStars’ local staff. The two winning images – “Fantastic Fungi” by Zandi Dezman, Senior Manager, Planning and Reporting and “Snow in Laxey Valley” by Lynne McMenemy, Director of People Relations – both appear in the calendar. Zandi’s photo was taken one morning early in 2013, in the hills north above Crosby, when the vivid orange fungi really stood out against the dark winter landscape. Taken in March 2013 during that month’s heavy snow, Lynne’s photo shows the view from the Mines Footpath in Agneash looking east towards the Laxey Valley.
The Manx Wildlife Trust would like to thank PokerStars for their support and would also like to thank Zandi, Lynne and everyone else who has so kindly allowed their images to be used in the calendar. The calendar is available now from the Wildlife Shop in Market Place, Peel and various other local outlets.