Swanbourne 2014

Taking on the Swanbourne Endeavour

All cash goes to Translators Without Borders

On Sunday 19th October 2014 “The K Team” are suffering the Swanbourne Endeavour to help raise funds for TRANSLATORS WITHOUT BORDERS.

A brave (and some might say crazy) team from K International are taking part in the 2014 Swanbourne Endeavour – a gruelling 10 km cross-country endurance challenge where we will find ourselves wading through streams, climbing over haystacks, jumping through fire, crawling under barbed wire….and best of all, getting caked in lots of mud!

But it’s not just for fun, we are raising money for Translators without Borders. They are a fantastic non-profit organisation who give important aid groups the platform to connect directly with professional translators, breaking down the barriers of language and building up the transfer of crucial information. In crisis-situations language barriers can cost lives, aid groups face a mission-critical challenge in disseminating knowledge in the language of those who desperately need it.

Help us reach our muddy goal by sponsoring our intrepid team of nutters. As Translators without Borders are based in the USA, we are using Razoo to collect donations in US dollars.  Click the big razoo button and pledge cash in aid of a great cause >>>

Online fundraising for The K Team take on the Swanbourne Endeavour

Here’s an example of Translators Without Borders latest work, a poster about Ebola in Swahili. This work saves lifes.

Translated Ebola Poster



Here are some pictures of our previous endeavours. It’s a great event.

The result from Swanbourne last year

Half of last year’s team just after the event.

in the mud

Paul on the last mile

one mile to go Paul is still strong


Rich in the first pond

party on

come on… let’s do this


helping each other out

cold water

this water was freezing

clean the gopro

cleaning the gopro half way round

the team in action

The Swanbourne Endeavour

Yesterday (Sunday 23rd October) 6 brave souls from K International competed in and survived (with only minor injuries) the Swanbourne Endeavour. In the picture above (from left to right) you’ll see, Dave, Jana, Paul, Yvette, Rich and Brian standing next to the bell from HMS Victory which we rang when we completed the race.

Held in the beautiful grounds of Swanbourne School and with patriotic music blasting out of the sound system we ran, crawled, swam and slid our way around the course.

It was all for charity and we raised over £500 for Fundacion Comunitaria de la Frontera Norte, support to Territorial Army soldiers, the Royal British Legion, the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Familes Association and Amara.

In total we recon we ran 7k cross-country and if that wasn’t enough the organisers had us… wading through ponds 4 feet deep, submerged in muddy water, crawling under 50 metres of barbed wire, crawling under nets, crawling through flooded tubes, leaping over burning straw, climbing over 8 foot tall walls, carrying logs and getting the muddiest we’ve all been since we were 6 years old. It was great fun.

Thanks to everyone who sponsored us, thanks to everyone who took part and BIG thanks to the organisers – it was a truly amazing event.

Hope to see you there next year :).

EDIT: Some more pictures are on our facebook page.

Ebola: Lost in Translation?

Ebola is a horrible disease, and education is crucial to keeping it contained. Unfortunately, however, most educational campaigns to date are missing an important element: translation.

For example, earlier this week in the New Statesman, Translators Without Borders founder Lori Thicke noted that despite efforts to educate Africans about how the virus is spread and how to protect themselves, ignorance about the disease remains disturbingly high:

The ebola communication failure was recently highlighted by UNICEF, Focus 1000 and Catholic Relief Services. In September the organisations reported that in Sierra Leone – one of three West African nations at the epicentre of the outbreak – nearly a third of the people believe ebola comes from mosquitoes, or the air. Almost two-thirds could not identify the ways to prevent the disease.

One big reason for this lack of knowledge? Information, signs and billboards have so far been mostly distributed in English or French, which only a minority of West Africans speak. Fail.

As TWB told the Telegraph:

“People will die because they do not have access to information in a language they can understand. Whether it is the cultural practice of kissing the dead soon after death, or eating bats, or simply a lack of understanding about how the disease is transmitted or treated, this lack of information leading to lack of knowledge is costing lives and facilitating the spread of the disease.”

Even in English-speaking countries, language barriers often prevent accurate language about ebola from reaching the most vulnerable immigrant populations.

For example, according to USA Today, it took a week for the Dallas County health department to get Ebola fact sheets translated into the languages spoken by the mostly immigrant population living in the apartments where the first US Ebola victim was staying. The original announcement was distributed in English. Anne Marie Weiss, president of the DFW International Community Alliance, told USA Today that for the most part, residents of the building “don’t speak English. The health department was too slow to translate the documents. It should have happened immediately.”

We have to do better than this!


K-Team-at-Swanbourne20 members of the team from K International are running the Swanbourne Endeavour on Sunday to raise cash for this cause. We need your help. Please either share the link or make a donation if you can. The link is here > Taking on the Swanbourne Endeavour <.

We’re getting close to our target of $1000 so everything helps. Thank you.

Supporting the MK Food Bank

Supporting the Community

What a massive heart!  The team at K International show yet another way of helping to communicate care in the local community.  Their contribution to the MK Foodbank during Harvest Festival will see many families being fed over the coming weeks.  Many thanks to the K International family

Donation to MK Food Bank

The Food Bank’s aim is that no child or adult goes to bed hungry in Milton Keynes!

Run By The Community, For The Community

Set up in 2004 by a local Christian Centre, led by Mark Sherratt, the Senior Pastor, The Food Bank relies entirely on donations of food and money from local schools, churches, businesses, organisations and individuals, working together to fulfil the aim and making sure that no child or adult should go to bed hungry.  It is manned purely by volunteers who donate their time in a variety of ways to make sure that the service is run to precision, whilst giving opportunities for school groups, offenders and those with all manner of disabilities to become involved in the sessions to develop skills in the warehouse

Milton Keynes Foodbank

How Does The Food Bank Work?

Referral Agencies identify families and individuals who need our support and issue a voucher entitling them to a food parcel. Clients can receive a food parcel 5 times in a rolling 12 month period although some cases may need a bit more flexibility for further help. Within this service there is also time for a chat and a cup of tea.

You can get involved by supporting your local food bank via the Trussell Trust, or if you are a fellow resident of MK, the Milton Keynes Food Bank

Fundraising for Nepal

Fundraising for Nepal

After the terrible news of two devastating earthquakes striking Nepal, the K International team are pulling together to raise funds for the relief effort.  One of our lead project managers, Sajeda Al-Nashash, has been instrumental in organising a week long food fair. Members of the team have been supplying a different set of culinary creations each day to collect for the appeal. Thanks to the folks here at K, we’ve had a great variety of gourmet morsels including smoothies, samosas, exotic salads, omelettes, quiche, cake, cookies and brownies to name only a few.

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nom nom nom cake

Cake for Quake

Its Cake for Quake Day at K International.

We’ve all brought in cake to raise money for the British Red Cross to help them with the Japan Tsunami Appeal.

Here are some pictures. If you are in the area please drop in and give us your cash.

want some cake? put some ££ in the cup

some home made. some not (but best are home made).

they’re going like hot cakes.

Gemma’s beautiful cup cakes

the midnight moo

The MK Midnight Moo Charity

K International takes its corporate social responsibility seriously. We believe all business has an inherent responsibility to its staff, its partners, the environment and the community that goes way beyond the creation and sustainability of profits.

We support as many charities as we can. We run for cancer research, we make cakes and sell them for the British Red Cross, we provide free design for a local youth charity and we support local charities.

Last week, Phillipa Trimnell, one of the K International completed the MK Midnight Moo for Willen Hospice in Milton Keynes.

Here is her story:

“It is midnight on a Saturday and most people are either out having a good time or tucked up nice and warm in bed.

Instead of being one of those sensible people, I decided, along with over 1700 other women, to walk 10 miles around Milton Keynes to raise money for Willen Hospice. The name of the walk was the ‘Midnight Moo’, so of course grass green t-shirts, with the face of a cow on the front and back, were compulsory – a great fashion statement for all involved.

We all started off in high spirits from Midsummer Place with lots of people cheering us on and a great party atmosphere. The first 6 miles were relatively easy, and chewing the cud with some nice carrot cake to fortify us at the re-registering point, we trotted on. Every couple of minutes or so, the marshals and other members of the public (and a team of firemen, which definitely cheered up a lot of the ‘herd’!) were out supporting us and cheering us on, which kept us going.

As this was a walk in Milton Keynes, walking past the concrete cows was a must, and quite a ‘moo-vellous’ sight, all lit up in the dark. The last two miles were the worst; our hooves were rather sore, especially as it was mostly up-hill. However, as soon as we saw the blue lights of Midsummer Place we were able to give it one last push and made it in 3 hours and 32 minutes – a very respectful time – and I also managed to beat my target of raising £150 for such a great charity and aim now aiming for £200.

A big thank you to everyone who supported me.”

The K Team

We did it. The Swanbourne Endeavour 2014.

We did it… we all ran the Swanbourne Endeavour. Happy to report that there were no serious injuries. The cuts and bruises are starting to disappear but we hope the cash and awareness we raised for the 5 charities lasts a lot longer.

We were 20 people of the 600 who took part. Shout out to star performers Ben who came in 3rd and Dave who was 14th with times of 1h 03mins and 1h 13mins respectively. Truly amazing how they managed to get around so quickly. Well done guys.

Special thanks go to Sam who organised the event and training. And Sheree who organised the fund raising last week. We exceeded our target of cash raised with £900 going to local charities and over a $1000 for Translators Without Borders.

Remember you can still donate up until the 31st of October, although we reached our goal, help us to smash it! As Translators without Borders are based in the USA, we are using Razoo to collect donations in US dollars.  Click the big razoo button and pledge cash in aid of a great cause >>>

Online fundraising for The K Team take on the Swanbourne Endeavour

I’ve put some choice photos below. I hope you get a sense of how difficult the ‘run’ is and how much fun we had (click on an image to open the lightbox).

Will start training again for next year soon 🙂

Thank you everyone who sponsored us. I know all the charities personally and know that the ££/$$ will go a long way and provide help to people who need it.

The Charities

Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA)

A national charity helping and supporting those who currently serve in the British Armed Forces, those who used to serve, and the families of both. The donation went to the Aylesbury Vale North arm of the charity.

The Royal British Legion

They provided welfare to the Armed Services, including ex-Servicemen and women, those currently serving, and their dependents. The donation went to the local Winslow branch.

The Bucks Service Charities

A group of several charities, providing support to Territorial Army soldiers and their families within Buckinghamshire.

Medical Detection Dogs

Their aim is to train specialist dogs to detect the odour of human diseases such as diabetes.

Translators Without Borders

Supporting humanitarian work around the world by providing translation for free.

multilingual transcription helping fight climate change

Multilingual Transcription: Helping Fight Climate Change

It came out of the blue. A crack in the ice and then a surge of water rushing at 400m3 per second down the slopes of the high Andes towards the remote village of Keara in Bolivia. The sudden flood swept away crops, farm animals and pets, but spared the human population on the whole. The surge also destroyed the only road, leaving survivors cut off for several months. But what caused this unexpected disaster?

Helping to Prevent Disaster

Known as the Apolobamba glacial outburst flood of 2009, it was the direct result of climate change. As glaciers in the Bolivian Andes recede (they have shrunk by 43% since the 1980s), meltwater forms lakes on loose piles of sediment that can prove unstable. If a rock or ice avalanche disturbs the lake waters, deadly floods can kill those living in the valleys below. Perhaps surprisingly, multilingual transcription can be an effective tool in helping prevent such climate disasters. Read more

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