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By Unattributed1  |  Posted: November 09, 2012

Comments (0) TV star Gok Wan has launched theVodafone World of Difference 2012 programme, giving 500 people from across theUK the opportunity to donate their time to a local charity of their choice andget paid.

As well as providing support to often-understaffed charities, the programme has so far helped 1500 people bring valuable skills and experience to charitable organisations across the UK.

The World of Differenceprogramme presents a fantastic opportunity for anyone recently inspired toconsider volunteering.  The World of Difference scheme is also anexcellent introduction to volunteering for those who may not have previousexperience.

For example, Cardiff resident NatalieElward volunteered for Bullies Out, having been bullied herself as a child andthen subsequently witnessing bullying as a teacher. Having always wanted tovolunteer for them the World of Difference programme provided her with theopportunity to do so and to make a real difference to the struggling charity.

Once winners are selected, theVodafone Foundation will pay £2,500 to their charities, to cover salary costs,once tax and National Insurance have been paid. Charities will also receive£250 towards expenses associated with enrolling and employing the winner. 

Gok comments: "The VodafoneWorld of Difference programme really does make a difference to the winners andcharities involved. It's amazing - eight out of ten of those who took partlast year planned to continue their work with their chosen charity after theprogramme finished" continued Gok. "I amhonoured to be asked to work with World of Difference again and proud to makeit my mission to let as many people, and charities, as possible know about thisonce in a lifetime opportunity."

Charities and individuals wanting totake part in the Vodafone World of Difference programme should visit vodafone.co.uk/worldofdifference. The website also hosts a Charity Matchmaker tool for those whowant to participate but don't have a specific charity in mind.

Entries close 13 November 2012, with placements startingin March 2013.

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  • Kaiser_Macsen  |  November 09 2012, 6:13PM

    Total donation: £1.375million. Alleged UK tax avoidance by Vodafone: £1.4billion.