Helyx are proud to support MapAction, the humanitarian mapping charity. Helyx raise money in the form of sponsored events and also several Helyx Staff are Volunteers for the Charity.
MapAction 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.
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).
Since September alone, MapAction volunteers have responded to:
- A conflict-related crisis in Nigeria affecting as many as 14 million people
- Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, Jamaica and the Bahamas
- A conflict-related crisis in Iraq
- An earthquake in Tanzania
- As well as contributing to disaster preparedness activities in Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal and Pakistan
This year MapAction are fortunate to be part of the BBC Radio 4 appeal and have our message presented by Alexander Armstrong (Presenter of Pointless, amongst other things) which will air on Christmas Day at 7:54am and 6.56pm and on 29th December at 3:27pm.
As part of this campaign MapAction have undertaken a brand refresh with a new logo and website (http://www.mapaction.org/).
MapAction has also recently released a video of Prince Harry, its Royal Patron, visiting its volunteer humanitarian mapping team at a major disaster simulation exercise in Norway: