MapAction has released a video of Prince Harry, its Patron, visiting a volunteer humanitarian mapping team at a major disaster simulation exercise in Norway. In September Prince Harry surprised aid workers from around the world who were taking part in the international field exercise. There he was able to see first-hand how MapAction gathers crucial data at the scene of emergencies and translates it into maps, providing a common operational picture from which to plan and prioritise the response. This service underpins the delivery of emergency response by helping get the right aid to the right areas and people quickly, saving lives. Map Action has a team of over 70 trained volunteers who follow a well-practised deployment model, allowing them to respond within 24-48 hours of a rapid onset emergency.  Its first emergency deployment was to Sri Lanka in response to the Indian Ocean (Boxing Day) Tsunami of 2004. Since then the charity has undertaken 64 emergency missions, including responses to earthquakes, tsunamis, typhoons and conflict-related crises. In the past five years, volunteers have responded to humanitarian crises including Hurricane Matthew in Haiti (2016), conflict in Nigeria (2016), the Nepal earthquakes (2015), the Mediterranean refugee crisis (2015, ongoing), and the West African Ebola outbreak (2014). Earlier this year Prince Harry attended a briefing by MapAction to learn more about the charity’s response to the recent Nepal earthquakes. MapAction has been granted a BBC Radio 4 Appeal on Christmas Day, which is being presented by the broadcaster and comedian, Alexander Armstrong. Anyone wishing to support MapAction’s vital work can do so by visiting http://www.mapaction.org/donate. The appeal will also be on the BBC Radio 4 website from 25 December.

Prince Harry and The Countess of Wessex attended ICAP’s 24th annual Charity Day in support of charities they are affiliated with. The annual fundraising event sees ICAP donate all revenues and commissions on one day a year to a select group of charities around the world to provide them with a sizeable contribution to fund much-needed projects and initiatives. Among the charity beneficiaries, ICAP will make a donation to Sentebale, a charity of which Prince Harry is Patron. The funds raised from ICAP’s Charity Day will go towards continuing Sentebale’s efforts to deliver psychosocial support to children and adolescents living with HIV in Southern Africa. The Countess of Wessex attended the event in support of Shooting Star Chase Children’s hospice charity. Donations received from the day will be used to fund the refurbishment of St Christopher’s Hospice in Surrey. Since its inception in 1993, ICAP’s Charity Day has raised nearly £127 million for charities around the world, with over 60 ICAP offices worldwide taking part on an annual basis. Their Royal Highnesses were given a tour of the ICAP offices and met ICAP brokers dealing across a range of asset classes. Under the guidance of the brokers, Prince Harry and The Countess spoke to a number of ICAP clients to ‘close’ deals over the telephone.

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